The Hovawart Club of Great Britain
Welcome to the Wonderful World of Hovawarts

Welcome to the Wonderful World of Hovawarts

Our club is dedicated to the Hovawart breed and this website is intended to help owners enjoy this beautiful breed. With official Hovawart standards, shows, information, activities, discussions, photos and a great deal more, we hope you find our site both informative and fun.

2018 Club Show

To be held on: Sunday 7th October 2018
Venue: Oswestry and District Agricultural Society Showground, Park Hall, Whittington Road, Oswestry, Shropshire, SY11 4AS

Open Breed Show, Limited Obedience and Mock Rally Trial
Open Breed Show Judge - Jeff Luscott

Breed, Obedience and Rally Schedules available. If you struggle with downloading the schedules from the links below and would like one posted out please request by emailing

For those club members who are new to showing and would like to know more about it, or even for club members who are not so new to it but would like to know more.. There is a club get-together on the Saturday afternoon before the show - see schedules for details. Free for club members.

Download Schedules and Entry forms

Please look at the whole schedule, not just the entry form - it gives you much more information about the show, classes and the day overall.

Click here for the HCGB Open Breed Show Schedule 2018

Click here for the HCGB Open Breed Show Entry Form 2018

Click here for the HCGB Limited Obedience Schedule 2018

Click here for the HCGB Limited Obedience Entry Form 2018

Click here for the HCGB Mock Rally Trial Schedule 2018

Click here for the HCGB Mock Rally Trial Entry Form 2018

Please note that there is a change of judge for the Rally - Judge will now be Bonnie Johnson.



The theme for 2019 is seasonal photos.

If you would like to see your hovawart on the club calendar please send your photos to by the 29th August.

The aim of Obreedience is to encourage more breeds to have a go at some of the exercises generally associated with obedience in a less formal but nonetheless competitive environment. Obreedience will be a team event and highlight the abilities of different breeds in a relaxed and fun display. - See more at:

Show and event photos

Club Facebook Group

The club now has a facebook group open to all paid-up members – go to facebook and search for Hovawart Club of Great Britain. This is for club information, and to help members keep in touch with club activities. We’d like to see more of you on there, so have a look and join the group.
Latest News
New Committee member
The committee welcomes Lucy Campbell, who has been co-opted to the HCGB committee until the 2019 AGM.
Degenerative Myelopathy in Hovawarts – HCGB Committee Statement August 2017.
There has been a lot of discussion about Degenerative myelopathy recently on social media and elsewhere.
Degenerative myelopathy (DM) in dogs is a painless progressive neurological disease affecting the spinal cord, usually presenting after the age of 8, and characterised by unsteadiness, weakness of the hind limbs, which can progress to paralysis over a few months to 3 years.
It causes spinal cord lesions, and diagnosis can only be confirmed with certainty by a post-mortem.
Development of DM is thought to be related to a specific mutation in the SOD1 gene (also known as Exon2). This mutation is widespread in many breeds of dogs, including hovawarts.
Each dog will have 2 copies of the SOD1 gene. The dog could have 2 copies of an unmutated/normal gene, or one normal and one mutated/affected gene, or two mutated/affected genes. This is commonly shown as n/n (unaffected), n/DM (carrier), and DM/DM (at risk/affected), depending on the laboratory that carries out the test. It is thought that in hovawarts the percentage in the population of n/n is 50%, n/DM 40%, and DM/DM 10%.
Dogs with two normal copies of the gene are highly unlikely to develop DM, as are carriers. Even dogs with two mutated genes may not develop DM, as the gene is not completely penetrant, and the age at which a dog may develop DM may vary widely.
There is now a genetic test that will show the presence of the SOD1 mutation, available from at least 2 laboratories in the UK. This can be done by a buccal (mouth swab), or a blood test.
The HCGB Committee view is that in the presence of a readily available and relatively low cost genetic test it would be advisable for all breeders to test their dogs before breeding, and then breed with the aim of avoiding the production of dogs with a double copy of the mutated gene (DM/DM).
This would mean that carriers and affected dogs could still be used for breeding if they are bred to a dog with a clear result.
The committee specifically does not recommend breeding only with clear (n/n) dogs. To do so would reduce the gene pool unacceptably, and increase the risk of other genetic diseases which may be even more devastating becoming more prevalent. The hovawart gene pool, especially in the UK, is already small, and other health factors such as hip dysplasia and thyroid function should also be taken into account when breeding.
With this in mind the committee will bring a proposal to the AGM in 2018 for approval by the members to add this to the HCGB Code of Ethics.
1. Breed Distribution of SOD1 Alleles Previously Associated with Canine Degenerative Myelopathy, R. Zeng, J.R. Coates, G.C. Johnson, L. Hansen, T. Awano, A. Kolicheski, E. Ivansson, M. Perloski,K. Lindblad-Toh, D.P. O’Brien, J. Guo, M.L. Katz, and G.S. Johnson. J Vet Intern Med 2014;28:515–521