Curly-coated Retriever vs Hovawart

Compare the Curly-coated Retriever to the Hovawart. Use the tool below to compare temperament, size, personality, maintenance requirements, and everything else between Curly-coated Retrievers and Hovawarts.

Quick Summary

Below are a few quick comparisons between the two breeds.
  • Owner Experience - Both the Curly-Coated Retriever and Hovawart are good choices for new or inexperienced owners.
  • Children - Both the Curly-Coated Retriever and Hovawart are great with children.
  • Grooming - The Curly-Coated Retriever is easy to groom. The Hovawart has high grooming requirements.
  • Barking - Both the Curly-Coated Retriever and Hovawart are above average barkers.
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Curly-Coated Retriever vs Hovawart
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Breed NameCurly-Coated RetrieverHovawart
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicNoNo
Lifespan8-12 yrs.10-14 yrs.
Height23-27 in.23-28 in.
Weight60-70 lb60-100 lb
IntelligenceHighHigh
History
Origin CountryUnited KingdomGermany
Origin Year1700 AD1210 AD
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessVery GoodVery Good
Family FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Kid FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Pet FriendlyVery GoodGood
Stranger FriendlyGoodBelow Average
Personality
  • Enjoys Attention
  • Loving
  • Willing To Please
  • Affectionate
Living Environment
ApartmentNoNo
IndoorYesYes
Small YardNoNo
Medium YardNoNo
Large YardYesYes
Temperature Tolerance ¹45°F to 80°F20°F to 70°F
Barks/HowlsOftenOften
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelHighMedium-High
Exercise RequiredHigh-Very HighMedium-High
Top Running Speed24 mph24 mph
StrengthHighHigh
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceLowLow
SheddingMediumMedium
DanderMediumMedium
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 NameCurly-Coated RetrieverHovawart
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaNoYes
Family/PackYesYes
IndependentYesNo
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyNoNo
AverageYesYes
Focused & PatientNoYes
Breed Instincts
AggressionBelow AverageAverage
Burrow/DiggingVery LowBelow Average
ChasingAverageAverage
Follow CommandsVery LowVery Low
FightingBelow AverageAverage
GuardingHighHigh
HerdingVery LowBelow Average
HuntingHighBelow Average
ProtectionHighHigh
Remove VerminVery LowBelow Average
SleddingVery LowVery Low
WatchHighHigh
Health Comparison
Breed NameCurly-Coated RetrieverHovawart
Lifespan
Lifespan8-12 yrs.10-14 yrs.
Common Health Issues
Hip DysplasiaNoYes
Underactive ThyroidNoYes
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameCurly-Coated RetrieverHovawart
Coat
HairYesYes
Coat Type
Curly CoatYesNo
Single CoatYesNo
Double CoatNoYes
Coat Texture
ShaggyYesYes
WavyYesYes
StraightNoYes
Coat Length(s)
ShortYesNo
LongNoYes
Coat Color(s)
BlackYesYes
LiverYesNo
Black/goldNoYes
BlondeNoYes