Bergamasco vs Hovawart

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

Quick Summary

Below are a few quick comparisons between the two breeds.
  • Owner Experience - The Hovawart is a good choice for new owners, whereas the Bergamasco is not recommended for new/inexperienced owners.
  • Children - Both breeds are child friendly, but the Hovawart is the most friendly between the breeds.
  • Grooming - The Bergamasco requires moderate grooming, but the Hovawart has high grooming needs.
  • Barking - Both breeds will bark frequently, but the Bergamasco has the highest tendency to bark between the two.
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Bergamasco vs Hovawart
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Breed NameBergamascoHovawart
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicYesNo
Lifespan12-15 yrs.10-14 yrs.
Height21-24 in.23-28 in.
Weight57-84 lb60-100 lb
IntelligenceHighHigh
History
Origin CountryItalyGermany
Origin Year1850 AD1210 AD
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessGoodVery Good
Family FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Kid FriendlyGoodVery Good
Pet FriendlyPoorGood
Stranger FriendlyPoorBelow Average
Personality
  • Affectionate
  • Jealous
  • Loving
  • Affectionate
Living Environment
ApartmentNoNo
IndoorNoYes
Small YardNoNo
Medium YardYesNo
Large YardYesYes
Temperature Tolerance ¹20°F to 75°F20°F to 70°F
Barks/HowlsVery OftenOften
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelMediumMedium-High
Exercise RequiredMediumMedium-High
Top Running Speed28 mph24 mph
StrengthHighHigh
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceNone-LowLow
SheddingNoneMedium
DanderNoneMedium
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 NameBergamascoHovawart
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaYesYes
Family/PackYesYes
IndependentYesNo
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyNoNo
AverageNoYes
Focused & PatientYesYes
Breed Instincts
AggressionBelow AverageAverage
Burrow/DiggingAverageBelow Average
ChasingAverageAverage
Follow CommandsAverageVery Low
FightingBelow AverageAverage
GuardingHighHigh
HerdingHighBelow Average
HuntingBelow AverageBelow Average
ProtectionHighHigh
Remove VerminAverageBelow Average
SleddingBelow AverageVery Low
WatchHighHigh
Health Comparison
Breed NameBergamascoHovawart
Lifespan
Lifespan12-15 yrs.10-14 yrs.
Common Health Issues
BloatYesNo
Hip DysplasiaNoYes
Joint DysplasiaYesNo
Skin AllergiesYesNo
Underactive ThyroidNoYes
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameBergamascoHovawart
Coat
HairYesYes
Coat Type
Corded CoatYesNo
Wire CoatYesNo
Double CoatNoYes
Coat Texture
ShaggyYesYes
WavyYesYes
WrinklyYesNo
StraightNoYes
Coat Length(s)
LongYesYes
Coat Color(s)
BlackYesYes
GrayYesNo
Black/goldNoYes
BlondeNoYes