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* HCNA is the official parent club of the Hovawart breed within the AKC and ​their registry is maintained by AKC Foundation Stock Service (FSS) 

Did you know?
Hovawarts are one of the longest-lived and healthiest of the working dogs due to the stringent breeding regulations of the International Hovawart Federation.  Breeding within the HCNA means that before dogs can be bred, they must pass health, temperament and 
conformation tests and their pedigrees must be evaluated for genetic diversity.

The HCNA is proud to be a long-time member of the IHF and to promote the IHF's standards here in North America.


The Hovawart Club of North America (HCNA) is a breed club solely dedicated to the betterment and stewardship of the hovawart within the USA and Canada. Our intention is to inform, assist and hopefully infect you with our passion for this magnificent, ancient and rare German dog!

Hovawarts are handsome, rugged and protective and possess a distinctive temperament and loyal disposition; they are large in size and belong to the working class breeds.

To learn more about hovawarts or to find out if this is the right breed for you, please contact us.

       HCNA 2020 Fall Specialty Show and 

         Temperament Test Postponed 

The HCNA Board and its Show Committee are sorry to announce that 2020 Specialty Show and Temperament Test, scheduled for October 9-11, 2020, will be postponed until Spring 2021. We are certain you understand, but we reluctantly concluded that we cannot confidently plan this event in light of the Covid-19 pandemic. Our shows require club members and judges to travel from across the country and from Europe; and we cannot guarantee that such travel will be safe or permitted soon enough to book flights and hotel rooms or to ask that you plan to drive your families and hovawarts to California in five months.

We plan to hold this event in April or May 2021 in Watsonville, California, the exact dates to be announced soon. We hope you are enjoying all your time with your dogs and we cannot wait to see you next Spring. 

        COVID-19 and 2020 Breedings
The Breeding Committee of the HCNA is not recommending breedings for 2020. Because the Hovawart population is small and spread across the country, matings necessarily involve interstate travel. It is the policy of the Club to encourage natural breedings as opposed to artificial insemination (AI) except in special circumstances. Unfortunately, this decision will mean there will likely be no new puppies this year. We thank you for your understanding and we look forward to a great 2021. If breeders would like to discuss this policy, please contact Elisabeth Arevalo (breeding@hovawartclub.org) directly.