The Hovawart Club of Great Britain


A collection of articles regarding Hovawarts and dogs in general. If you have an interesting feature or article that you think our visitors would be interested in then please Let Us Know.

Breed Notes - 30 Aug 2020
It is well worth logging on to the Hovawart Club of Great Britain website…..if you are not already on it reading this….and clicking on to the link to the IHF video promoting the breed. It shows hovawarts undertaking lots of different activities, which may encourage you to give some of them a go. It is a truly international video, and includes several UK dogs and their owners……who will you spot? ….It is a cracking film, and my only regret about it is that it doesn’t include a section showing how wonderful the breed is pottering about at home with family, children and other animals. Recently our 5 have been enjoying Netflix and Amazon Prime while we take the chance of a bit of grooming and nail-clipping.

There has been a bit of discussion recently about the best way to start off a young dog at stud. Whenever I am faced with questions of this sort I go back to the book that has guided my path through 50 years of dog breeding, Hilary Harmer’s “Dogs and How to Breed Them”, and she, as usual, has advice germane to the conversation. Her view was that a potential stud dog should not be used before the age of 10 months, and that the first mating is very important because that is when he is taught what is expected of him, and he must be handled, whether necessary or not. He should not then be used again until he is about a year old, and ideally again at about 14 months. Thereafter a frequency of about once a month should be considered maximum. I have to say, with the limited number of matings and litters we have in this country, I don’t think that this maximum is likely to be much of an issue. We know from personal experience how hard it is for a dog to spend his first couple of years or so being told to “stop doing that” when he shows interest in the opposite sex, and then, all of a sudden, it is the very thing you want him to do. It certainly took our dear Dublin a good while to get enough confidence to mate when we tried him first at over two years old…he did learn, but it wasn’t easy, and our experiences with Remus were very much on the same lines. Of course, in our breed we do need to wait until the dog turns a year old so that he is old enough to have his hips scored, but I think the principle remains the same.

In these times of events not happening, it is good to hear about someone taking a positive approach. Lynne has just taken Torin on a week-long course with the UK College of Scent Dogs ….. who knew?...and has passed the first step towards a City & Guilds Detection Handler Award. She has three more two-day course covering searches of vehicles, buildings and routes, and can then go on to the instructor course. Torin just loves the work. So they are not left out, Liz and Lynne went to the first UK Scentwork Trial today, where Mist and Alize qualified at level one (Torin is already working at level two). This is in addition to taking part an an allbreedience team video competition, with four dogs involved, filming from their back garden.

It is a wonderful thing to get your dog involved in such activities, so if anyone else has been doing things that might inspire the rest of us to get stuck in, please let me know and I will tell the stories.

Keep well, keep safe

Elaine Sharpe
01743 891310
This article was posted on: 07-Sep-20
Breed Notes
Breed notes 2009
Breed notes 2010
Breed notes 2011
Breed notes 2012
Breed Notes 2013
Breed notes 2014
Breed notes 2015
Breed Notes 2016
Breed notes 2017
Breed notes 2018
Breed notes 2019
Show Results
Breed Notes - 17 Jul 2022
Breed Notes - 27 Jun 2022
Breed Notes - 1 Jun 2022
Breed Notes - 15 May 2022
Breed Notes - 20 March 2022
Breed Notes - 27 Feb 2022
Breed Notes - 13 Feb 2022
Breed Notes - 16 Jan 2022
Breed Notes - 19 Dec 2021
Breed Notes - 5 Dec 2021
Breed Notes - 28 Nov 2021
Breed Notes - 21 November 2021
Breed Notes - 7 Nov 2021
Breed Notes - 17 Oct 2021
Breed Notes - 9 Oct 2021
Breed Notes - 26 Sep 2021
Breed Notes - 18 Sep 2021
Breed Notes - 5 Sep 2021
Breed Notes - 22 Aug 2021
Breed Notes - 18 Jul 2021
Breed Notes- 10 Jul 2021
Breed Notes - 20 Jun 2021
Breed Notes - 13 Jun 2021
Breed Notes - 6 Jun 2021
Breed Notes - 26 May 2021
Breed Notes - 29 APR 21
Breed Notes - 18 Apr 2021
Breed Notes - 4 Apr 2021
Breed Notes - 21 Mar 2020
Breed Notes - 8 Mar 2021
Breed Notes - 21 Feb 2021
Breed Notes - 7 Feb 2021
Breed Notes - 17 Jan 2021
Breed Notes - 28 Dec 2020
Breed Notes - 13 Dec 2020
Breed Notes - 28 Nov 2020
Breed Notes - 22 Nov 2020
Breed Notes - 15 Nov 2020
Breed Notes - 8 Nov 2020
Breed Notes - 25 Oct 2020
Breed Notes - 1 Nov 2020
Breed Notes - 18 Oct 2020
Breed Notes (Our Dogs - Craig Hosie) - 06 Oct 2020
Breed Notes - 04 Oct 2020
Breed Notes - 26 Sep 2020
Breed notes - 13 Sep 2020
Breed Notes - 6 Sept 2020
Breed Notes - 30 Aug 2020
Breed Notes - 9 Aug 2020
Breed Notes - 27 Jun 2020
Breed Notes - 21 Jun 2020
Breed Notes - 8 Jun 2020
Breed Notes - 4 May 2020
Breed Notes - 17 Apr 2020
Breed Notes (Our Dogs - Craig Hosie) - 29 Mar 2020
Breed Notes - 29 Mar 2020
Breed Notes - 15 Mar 2020
Breed Notes (Our Dogs - Craig Hosie) - 10 Feb 2020
Breed Notes - 19 Jan 2020