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.

The Club Show 2017 was held at Oswestry Showground on Saturday 30th September

It was the 30th anniversary of the founding of the club, and we made a full weekend of it, with the breed show on the Saturday along with obedience and rally classes, a social event in the evening with a talk from our breed judge about the history of the hovawart, and a talk from Mark Harrison about his search and rescue work with Abbie. Sunday included a full breed seminar talk and other activities.

The judge for the Open Breed Show was Ans Schellekens, breed specialist from the Netherlands, and our club Patron.

Main results are posted, more detailed results and critiques to follow.

Breed Classes: Judge – Ans Schellekens
BEST IN SHOW 45 Driftingsky Mist (White, Lynda & Whitmore, Elizabeth)
RESERVE BEST IN SHOW 48 Driftingsky Arcus (Williams, Bettina & Andrew)
BEST OPPOSITE SEX 48 Driftingsky Arcus (Williams, Bettina & Andrew)
BEST DOG 48 Driftingsky Arcus (Williams, Bettina & Andrew)
RESERVE BEST DOG 16 Pines Wiggins (Harrison, Mark)
BEST VETERAN DOG 41 Fasskoley’s Mathan (Tyerman, Mark)
BEST BITCH 45 Driftingsky Mist (White, Lynda & Whitmore, Elizabeth)
RESERVE BEST BITCH 17 Fibi Srebrne Pole (Harrison, Mark)
BEST VETERAN BITCH 20 Minches Kees Killarney (Inches, Min)
BEST VETERAN 20 Minches Kees Killarney (Inches, Min)
RESERVE BEST VETERAN 41 Fasskoley’s Mathan (Tyerman, Mark)
BEST JUNIOR 26 Myka des Amis de Gaia (Payne, Heather)
BEST YEARLING 35 Annvad Lady Hazel (Stockton, Gill)

To see the full results including breed classes, special award classes, obedience, rally and good citizens please click here.

To read the Breed Show Critique by Ans Shellekens please click here

Hovawart Club of Great Britain 2018 Calendar

The Calendar is ready - order your copy from John Sharpe (email or order with your show entry to collect on 30th September at the club show.

Price held at £7.50 per copy.

Welcome to the Wonderful World of Hovawarts



This is a new guide produced by the club, particularly useful for new hovawart owners, but also interesting for all hovawart enthusiasts.

Available from John Sharpe: email

Price £10, + £1 postage for UK, overseas postage please email for price.


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:

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Show and event photos

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.
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
Tobias Trophy
After 13 qualifying shows, the hovawart with the most points is Gina’s Isalynn Elderen’s Hof with 8, closely followed, one point behind, by Ellen & Thomas’ Zwartbos Arreton and Elaine& John’s Pines Acorn. Surprisingly, all three are bitches. The three leading dogs, one further point back, are Julie’s Zwartbos Carisbroke, Janice & Dave’s Zwartbos Moonshine Whiskey and Mark’s Pines Wiggins.
As can be seen, with a maximum 5 points on offer at the best attended shows, there is still a lot to play for, and it is anybody’s race, so watch this space !