The Hovawart Club of Great Britain
Hovawart Puppy News

Hovawart Puppy News

Breeders: please let us know when you are expecting puppies

For puppy enquiries please contact the Breeders directly.

For Litter/Breed Information contact: Paula Foakes 07592760131 She will take your details and discuss hovawart puppies with you. The club does not operate a puppy waiting list but may be able to put you in contact with breeders who are planning a litter.

Information on this page relating to hovawart litters and puppies is restricted to club members, who are committed to the code of ethics. Click here to read the Club Rules and Code of Ethics, which includes a commitment to hip scoring, thyroid testing and breeding in accordance with the principles of the Kennel Club Assured Breeder Scheme.

Code of ethics
To breed only from hip scored dogs or bitches, or those which have foreign grades passed for breeding. The breeder will not breed from bitches or dogs with a hip score of over 20, or where the combined score of a mating will exceed 25 in total.
Not to breed from a dog or bitch resident in the UK until a blood test has
shown that the thyroid function is within the normal range valid at the date and time of the test. A copy of the result of the blood test to be forwarded to the Club Secretary for publication in the Year Book and inclusion in the Clubs Health Register.
The blood test should include Free T4, Total T4, Anti-thyroglobulin antibodies (TgAA) and cTSH, and should be conducted no more than 2 years prior to the mating. Breeders should be aware that the results may be affected by various drug therapies, and bitches being in season.

The club passed a resolution requiring DNA testing as follows at the 2018 AGM on 29.04.18 and when the Kennel Club have approved this it will be included in the code of ethics.
Not to breed from a dog or bitch until a DNA test for Degenerative Myelopathy (DM) has been performed, and a copy of the DNA result forwarded to the Club Secretary for publication in the Year Book and inclusion in the Club’s Health Register. No dog should automatically be excluded from breeding on the basis of a result, but matings should be planned to avoid the production of offspring with a double copy of the affected SOD1 gene and therefore considered to be more at risk of developing DM.’

Anybody considering buying a puppy from abroad should ask questions of the breeder regarding health testing, socialisation of the puppies before they leave the breeder, and availability of follow-up support from the breeder once the puppy is in this country.

Information about puppies on this page does not mean that the club necessarily endorses the breeding. Prospective puppy purchasers are strongly recommended to make their own enquiries as to health tests and any other relevant information.