Beauceron vs Hovawart

Compare the Beauceron to the Hovawart. Use the tool below to compare temperament, size, personality, maintenance requirements, and everything else between Beaucerons and Hovawarts.

Quick Summary

Below are a few quick comparisons between the two breeds.
  • Owner Experience - Both the Beauceron and Hovawart are good choices for new or inexperienced owners.
  • Children - Both breeds are child friendly, but the Hovawart is the most friendly between the breeds.
  • Grooming - The Beauceron is very easy to groom. The Hovawart has high grooming requirements.
  • Barking - The Hovawart has an above-average tendency to bark, while the Beauceron has a low tendency to bark.
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Beauceron vs Hovawart
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Black & Gold Hovawart
Breed NameBeauceronHovawart
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicNoNo
Lifespan10-12 yrs.10-14 yrs.
Height24-28 in.23-28 in.
Weight70-110 lb60-100 lb
IntelligenceHighHigh
History
Origin CountryFranceGermany
Origin Year1587 AD1210 AD
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessGoodVery Good
Family FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Kid FriendlyGoodVery Good
Pet FriendlyPoorGood
Stranger FriendlyGoodBelow Average
Personality
  • Affectionate
  • Aggressive
  • Loving
  • Stubborn
  • Willing To Please
  • Affectionate
Living Environment
ApartmentNoNo
IndoorYesYes
Small YardNoNo
Medium YardYesNo
Large YardYesYes
Temperature Tolerance ¹40°F to 70°F20°F to 70°F
Barks/HowlsRarelyOften
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelHighMedium-High
Exercise RequiredHighMedium-High
Top Running Speed24 mph24 mph
StrengthHighHigh
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceLowLow
SheddingLowMedium
DanderLowMedium
Drool AmountLowLow

¹This is estimated min/max temperature range for a healthy adult dog. Dogs that live indoors, puppies, seniors, unwell dogs, and/or dogs with improperly groomed coats may overheat sooner and get cold more quickly.
Instincts & Behavior Comparison
Breed NameBeauceronHovawart
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaYesYes
Family/PackNoYes
IndependentNoNo
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyNoNo
AverageYesYes
Focused & PatientNoYes
Breed Instincts
AggressionAverageAverage
Burrow/DiggingAverageBelow Average
ChasingAverageAverage
Follow CommandsAverageVery Low
FightingAverageAverage
GuardingHighHigh
HerdingHighBelow Average
HuntingAverageBelow Average
ProtectionHighHigh
Remove VerminAverageBelow Average
SleddingAverageVery Low
WatchHighHigh
Health Comparison
Breed NameBeauceronHovawart
Lifespan
Lifespan10-12 yrs.10-14 yrs.
Common Health Issues
Hip DysplasiaNoYes
Underactive ThyroidNoYes
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameBeauceronHovawart
Coat
HairYesYes
Coat Type
Double CoatYesYes
Smooth CoatYesNo
Coat Texture
StraightYesYes
ShaggyNoYes
WavyNoYes
Coat Length(s)
ShortYesNo
LongNoYes
Coat Color(s)
Black&tanYesNo
HarlequinYesNo
Tri-colorYesNo
BlackNoYes
Black/goldNoYes
BlondeNoYes