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.

2020 AGM postponement
Following advice from the Kennel Club the 2020 AGM scheduled for Sunday 19th April has been postponed. Members will be notified about the rescheduled date when it is considered safe to hold it.

Crufts Results 2020 - Well done to all the winners and exhibitors.
BEST OF BREED
CASTLEMARY DRUID EJW IJC SJC ICH WW 15 18, Dog, Owner: MR M MURPHY
BEST PUPPY
SAXON SYN TISWY V D ROMERWEIDE AT ZWARTBOS, Dog, Owner: MRS V A SHONE
BEST DOG
CASTLEMARY DRUID EJW IJC SJC ICH WW 15 18, Dog, Owner: MR M MURPHY
BEST BITCH
IR CH MICONA SIERRA JWW 18/IR JUN CH [ATC AU02537IKC], Bitch, Owner: MRS H MOONEY
RESERVE BEST DOG
HIGHTIMBERS MASTER TICKETS, Dog, Owner: MS P A THOMPSON
RESERVE BEST BITCH
MICONA JULIET (IKC), Bitch, Owner: MISS L CAMPBELL,
BEST VETERAN
CASTLEMARY DRUID EJW IJC SJC ICH WW 15 18, Dog, Owner: MR M MURPHY

To read the 2020 Critique from judge John Sharpe and see the full results Click here

Lexi wins Top Opposite Sex Rally Dog 2019

Congratulations to Janice Robinson with Lexi who have won Top Opposite Sex Rally Dog 2019. Many congratulations, this is a real achievement. More can be seen at https://rallynews.co.uk/topdog.htm



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

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.

HCGB Calendar 2020

The 2020 Calendar is now available from John Sharpe, 01743 891310, or email pineshovawarts@gmail.com.

£7.50 per copy, postage extra - please check with John for exact postage charge.
Latest News
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