Hovawart Breed Maintenance
The Hovawart is a low maintenance dog and only requires brushing once a week. Since he does not have much undercoat, he does not shed heavily at one time, but he does still shed throughout the year. Shedding occurs when the dead hairs loosen and fall out, by grooming once a week, these dead hairs are easily removed and keeps them from being deposited on furniture and clothing. Weekly grooming will also keep any tangles or mats from becoming unmanageable. Tangles can easily form behind his ears and in the feathering on his legs. The Hovawart is not hypoallergenic. Check his ears when he is groomed for any dirt or foul smell that might indicate an infection is starting. Since his ears hang down, he may be more prone to ear infections. His nails should be trimmed as needed, usually every few weeks. Set up a dental plan for him that includes weekly teeth brushing. Start cleaning his teeth from puppyhood to ensure he is accepting of having his teeth brushed.