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Hovawart Dog Breed

The Hovawart is a striking and versatile German breed with a rich history as a working dog. These dogs are known for their imposing presence, characterized by a sturdy, muscular build and a thick, double coat in shades of black and gold. Originally bred for guarding estates and farms, Hovawarts are renowned for their protective instincts, loyalty, and watchful nature. They are intelligent, obedient, and highly trainable, making them excellent choices for tasks like search and rescue, tracking, and even as assistance dogs. While they can be reserved around strangers, they form deep bonds with their families and are known for their affectionate and loyal temperament. Hovawarts require regular exercise and mental stimulation, thriving in active households that appreciate their protective instincts and the loving companionship they provide.


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Dan Sayers

Dan Sayers is the Editor-in-Chief of SHOWSIGHT digital and print publications. He received a B.S. from Drexel University where he studied interior architectural design. His professional career has allowed him to develop his planning, problem-solving, and project management skills, which were employed in the office, educational, and financial sectors. While working as a project manager, he earned a Graphic Design Certificate from the University of the Arts and began creating ads for many of America’s top-winning show dogs. Through this work, Dan became Editor-in-Chief of the nation’s first online-only dog show publication. His current role expands on this experience and broadly extends to cover the sport of dogs in Companion and Performance events as well as all aspects of Conformation.

Dan is a long-time member of the Irish Water Spaniel Club of America and is the organization’s current AKC Delegate and Archivist/Historian, as well as a club-approved Breed Mentor. From 2000-2010, he was the club’s AKC Gazette Columnist. He breeds Irish Water Spaniels under the Quiet Storm prefix and has judged the IWSCA National Specialty Sweepstakes twice. Dan is a member of the Morris and Essex Kennel Club as well as the Dog Writers Association of America, which recognized his illustrations in the award-winning canine compendium, the Encyclopedia of K-9 Terminology.