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

The 2018 Club Show was held on Sunday 7th October 2018, at Oswestry and District Agricultural Society Showground, Park Hall, Whittington Road, Oswestry, Shropshire, SY11 4AS. It included an
Open Breed Show, Limited Obedience and Mock Rally Trial, together with Good Citizen Tests.
Many thanks to all our judges - Jeff Luscott (Breed), Hester Oxborrow (Special Awards Classes), Carole Thornley (Obedience), Bonnie Johnson (Mock Rally), and Helen Hepple (Good Citizens), and to our Show Manager Joan Goldin.
Thanks also to all the helpers on and off the committee who worked really hard to make it a successful day. And thanks to the exhibitors who came along and took part. The weather was kind if a little cold.

Congratulations to the winners - the main awards are listed below. For full results click here

Bethan Hughes from Our Dogs Photography was at the show, and her photos can be seen on her website www.bodrhonyn.com, or telephone 07719053563. These will be featured in Our Dogs Show Gallery for the main winners, and if you would like your photo included there is a small charge for this. You can also purchase the photos for your own use.

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HCGB OPEN SHOW 2018 RESULTS

Breed Classes:  Judge – Jeff Luscott

BEST IN SHOW                     36     PINES FLASH BANG WALLOP (Sharpe, John and Elaine)
RESERVE BEST IN SHOW   22     HAYAKLAUSE MOLLY (Murphy, Mr M)
BEST OPPOSITE SEX          54     DRIFTINGSKY ARCUS
(Williams, B&A)
BEST DOG                            54     DRIFTINGSKY ARCUS (Williams, B&A)
RESERVE BEST DOG            23     MICONA FOXTROT (Murphy, Mr M)
BEST VETERAN DOG            15     DRIFTINGSKY DUSK (Gutjahr, Mrs E & Mr T)
BEST PUPPY DOG                 46    HIGHTIMBERS MASTER TICKET (Thompson, Pauline)
BEST BITCH                           36    PINES FLASH BANG WALLOP (Sharpe, John and Elaine)
RESERVE BEST BITCH           22    HAYAKLAUSE MOLLY (Murphy, Mr M)
BEST VETERAN BITCH           34    PINES ACORN CDEX UDEX
(Sharpe, John and Elaine)
BEST PUPPY BITCH                5     HIGHTIMBERS JUST THE TICKET    (Boyd, L)
BEST PUPPY                           46   HIGHTIMBERS MASTER TICKET (Thompson, Pauline)
RESERVE BEST PUPPY
             5   HIGHTIMBERS JUST THE TICKET    (Boyd, L)
BEST VETERAN                        34  PINES ACORN CDEX UDEX (Sharpe, John and Elaine)
RESERVE BEST VETERAN         15  DRIFTINGSKY DUSK (Gutjahr, Mrs E & Mr T)
BEST JUNIOR                            42  MICONA ECHO (Stewart, Anne P)
BEST YEARLING                        23  MICONA FOXTROT (Murphy, Mr M)

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: http://www.thekennelclub.org.uk/press-releases/2013/november/breeds-take-the-lead-in-the-new-crufts-%E2%80%98obreedience%E2%80%99-competition/#sthash.bRubTwYS.dpuf

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Show and event photos

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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.
References:
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
2. http://www.animalgenetics.eu/Canine/Canine-disease/canine-dm-degenerative-myelopathy.html
3. http://www.laboklin.co.uk/laboklin/showGeneticTest.jsp?testID=8158D