Hovawart's playfulness and self-assured personality, alongside its remarkable intelligence, make it a great family dog. Although the softening of the temperament of the breed through the rumoured employment of Golden Retriever blood has had an impact on the present-day incarnation of the Howavart, its immense devotion to family members can still result in serious over-protectiveness at times. This great breed from the Black Forest mountain regions is slowly making its way into cities all over Europe, but it still does better in a house with a large yard than an apartment. Strongly built, well-muscled and rugged, this is an agile and energetic Molosser.
The rich coat is usually around 8 inches long and with even longer feathering. The most common colour is black-n-tan, but all-black and all-tan dogs are also allowed and equally attractive. Average height is around 27 inches.