Briard vs Hovawart

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

Quick Summary

Below are a few quick comparisons between the two breeds.
  • Owner Experience - Both the Briard and Hovawart are good choices for new or inexperienced owners.
  • Children - Both the Briard and Hovawart are great with children.
  • Grooming - Both the Briard or Hovawart have high grooming requirements.
  • Barking - Both breeds will bark frequently, but the Briard has the highest tendency to bark between the two.
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Briard vs Hovawart
Black & Gold Hovawart
Breed NameBriardHovawart
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicNoNo
Lifespan10-12 yrs.10-14 yrs.
Height23-27 in.23-28 in.
Weight50-90 lb60-100 lb
IntelligenceHighHigh
History
Origin CountryFranceGermany
Origin Year1200 AD1210 AD
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessVery GoodVery Good
Family FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Kid FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Pet FriendlyVery GoodGood
Stranger FriendlyBelow AverageBelow Average
Personality
  • Affectionate
  • Enjoys Attention
  • Loving
  • Does Not Like Being Alone
  • Likes To Snuggle
  • Stubborn
  • Willing To Please
  • Affectionate
Living Environment
ApartmentYesNo
IndoorYesYes
Small YardYesNo
Medium YardYesNo
Large YardYesYes
Temperature Tolerance ¹20°F to 80°F20°F to 70°F
Barks/HowlsVery OftenOften
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelMedium-HighMedium-High
Exercise RequiredHighMedium-High
Top Running Speed19 mph24 mph
StrengthHighHigh
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceHigh-Very HighLow
SheddingMedium-HighMedium
DanderMediumMedium
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 NameBriardHovawart
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaNoYes
Family/PackYesYes
IndependentYesNo
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyNoNo
AverageNoYes
Focused & PatientYesYes
Breed Instincts
AggressionBelow AverageAverage
Burrow/DiggingBelow AverageBelow Average
ChasingAverageAverage
Follow CommandsHighVery Low
FightingBelow AverageAverage
GuardingHighHigh
HerdingHighBelow Average
HuntingBelow AverageBelow Average
ProtectionHighHigh
Remove VerminBelow AverageBelow Average
SleddingBelow AverageVery Low
WatchHighHigh
Health Comparison
Breed NameBriardHovawart
Lifespan
Lifespan10-12 yrs.10-14 yrs.
Common Health Issues
Hip DysplasiaNoYes
Underactive ThyroidNoYes
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameBriardHovawart
Coat
FurYesNo
HairNoYes
Coat Type
Double CoatYesYes
Coat Texture
RoughYesNo
ShaggyNoYes
WavyNoYes
StraightNoYes
Coat Length(s)
MediumYesNo
LongYesYes
Coat Color(s)
BlackYesYes
GrayYesNo
TawnyYesNo
Black/goldNoYes
BlondeNoYes