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    Default Hovawart, where are you?

    Hi all,

    Looking for owners and breeders of the Hovawart in Australia or NZ. I have met one, in Figtree Pocket in Brisbane three years ago, none since. He was an entire male brought over by his family from Germany when they moved and they wanted to bring the breed to Australia. I'm looking for anyone that knows anything about who may have these dogs or can help me out with contacting anyone. I have looked in to bringing them into Aus myself but the costs are astronomical and not something i could undertake on my own realisticaly given that i want to establish the breed here so would need multiple animals available. Anyway, any info much appreciated!

    Shoo.

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    Have you talked to dogs queensland?
    Dogs Queensland

    They might have some idea if anyone is trying to set up the breed here. Or ask the ANKC.

    It is a huge amount of money to get dogs into Australia and then some more to get the breed established.

    Have you thought about a Bernese Mountain Dog?

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    A Hovawart is nothing like a Bernese Mountain Dog. I guess there are some similarities in looks but temperament - Hovawarts are a sporty, guardian breed. I wanted a Hovawart for ages but unfortunately I don't believe that there are any breeders in Australia. I have no idea why - you look at some of the bizarre breeds that have made it to Australia and then the fact that something as beautiful, intelligent and workable as the Hovawart has not well, it makes no sense to me.
    I'm pretty happy with my dobies for now (so hard to own a dog with a double coat after owning a dobie...) but one day if I do move to a cooler climate, they will again be my number one choice. Let me know if you do learn of any breeders in Australia, I would still be interested.

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    Hovawarts are a sporty, guardian breed.
    So more like a long haired doberman? They do look like the Bernese Mountain dogs or even a bit like some Aussie Shepherds.

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    Long-haired version of this.

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    Kind of like a long haired doberman however, they are a herding breed/flock guardian and so there are slight differences between the flock guardians versus the personal protection dog that is the doberman. However they do also come in other colours in addition to the black and tan pattern. Here is a picture that shows all of the acceptable colours (there is one variation that look identical to golden retrievers, only larger).

    gruppevhovawart.jpg

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    Described as an estate and flock guardian, having read every description i have got my hands on, they sound like the breed i was born to be associated with.

    I have looked into the costs involved in bringing in a pair and it's just totally not a feasable option for me at the moment. I'm at the stage where i am perfectly happy to foster other animals for rehoming organisations until i can bring in the breed i really want.

    The process of having the breeed recognised here seems very straight forward if somewhat time hungry. I guess this goes to the top of my to-do list

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    rottweilers and german shepherd dogs were originally flock guardians. ie fit that description. Not like the Marremma that kind of becomes part of the herd.

    But rotties and gsd are not as athletic as that dog looks like it might be.

    Just bringing a dog through quarantine into Australia puts a decent hole in the wallet.

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    giving this another bump in case anyone new spots it. in contact with some breeders in the UK currently but hoping to find someone in the country (or NZ!)

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    Another bump for the merry sake of it.

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