Boxer vs Hovawart

Compare the Boxer to the Hovawart. Use the tool below to compare temperament, size, personality, maintenance requirements, and everything else between Boxers 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 Boxer is not recommended for new/inexperienced owners.
  • Children - Both the Boxer and Hovawart are great with children.
  • Grooming - The Boxer is easy to groom. The Hovawart has high grooming requirements.
  • Barking - Both breeds will bark frequently, but the Boxer has the highest tendency to bark between the two.
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Boxer vs Hovawart
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Black & Gold Hovawart
Breed NameBoxerHovawart
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicNoNo
Lifespan10-12 yrs.10-14 yrs.
Height21-25 in.23-28 in.
Weight53-70 lb60-100 lb
IntelligenceAverageHigh
History
Origin CountryGermanyGermany
Origin Year1894 AD1210 AD
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessVery GoodVery Good
Family FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Kid FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Pet FriendlyVery GoodGood
Stranger FriendlyGoodBelow Average
Personality
  • Affectionate
  • Loving
  • Likes To Snuggle
  • Stubborn
  • Willing To Please
  • Affectionate
Living Environment
ApartmentYesNo
IndoorYesYes
Small YardYesNo
Medium YardYesNo
Large YardNoYes
Temperature Tolerance ¹60°F to 80°F20°F to 70°F
Barks/HowlsVery OftenOften
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelHighMedium-High
Exercise RequiredHighMedium-High
Top Running Speed27 mph24 mph
StrengthHighHigh
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceMediumLow
SheddingHighMedium
DanderLowMedium
Drool AmountNoneLow

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 NameBoxerHovawart
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaNoYes
Family/PackYesYes
IndependentNoNo
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyYesNo
AverageNoYes
Focused & PatientNoYes
Breed Instincts
AggressionAverageAverage
Burrow/DiggingVery LowBelow Average
ChasingAverageAverage
Follow CommandsBelow AverageVery Low
FightingAverageAverage
GuardingHighHigh
HerdingVery LowBelow Average
HuntingAverageBelow Average
ProtectionAverageHigh
Remove VerminVery LowBelow Average
SleddingVery LowVery Low
WatchAverageHigh
Health Comparison
Breed NameBoxerHovawart
Lifespan
Lifespan10-12 yrs.10-14 yrs.
Common Health Issues
AllergiesYesNo
Aortic StenosisYesNo
BloatYesNo
Boxer CardiomyopathyYesNo
CancerYesNo
Corneal DystrophyYesNo
DeafnessYesNo
Demodectic MangeYesNo
Hip DysplasiaYesYes
HypothyroidismYesNo
Underactive ThyroidNoYes
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameBoxerHovawart
Coat
FurYesNo
HairNoYes
Coat Type
Single CoatYesNo
Double CoatNoYes
Coat Texture
StraightYesYes
ShaggyNoYes
WavyNoYes
Coat Length(s)
ShortYesNo
LongNoYes
Coat Color(s)
BrindleYesNo
FawnYesNo
WhiteYesNo
BlackNoYes
Black/goldNoYes
BlondeNoYes