The Hovawart is a naturally beautiful medium to large dog that looks similar to various retriever breeds like the Golden Retriever. With males noticeably bigger than females, the breed stands 58 to 70 centimetres at the withers and weighs 66 to 88 pounds. It is a powerful dog that has a slightly longer body than it is tall. It has a clean head with a moderately broad skull, triangular ears and strong and deep muzzles that slightly taper to the nose, which has well-developed nostrils. It has oval-shaped and medium eyes that is either dark or medium brown. These lovely eyes give off an intelligence, endearing and keen look.
The Hovie boasts of a beautiful long topcoat that is dense and close lying, which is either straight or slightly wavy. It also has a thin undercoat. The hair on the head and front legs is short, and is longer on the chest and belly, backs of the forelegs, and backs of the thighs and tail. According to KC standards, the accepted colours are black, blonde and black with gold.
This handsome dog has relatively low grooming needs as it only requires brushing two to three times a week. This becomes more frequent during the spring and autumn when shedding is heavier. It is a clean dog that should only be bathed when needed to avoid stripping off natural oils.
It is also important to maintain good oral hygiene by regular tooth brushing as well as providing your Hovawart with dental chews to remove tartar build-up. Also make sure that its ears are clean and nails trimmed.