#### General statistics

First hovawarts were imported from Germany (DDR) to Poland in year 1985. First litter was born in year 1987 out of german-austrian combination.

Until 31.12.2018 was born in Poland 2654 hovawarts in 353 litters (this is the exact number of puppies with documents). From what living is about 1800 or more. Part of them was sold abroad. We also had so far about 125 imports (it is not known the actual amount of imported hovis, because not all are registered in the Polish Kennel Club). Only in the 2001 year we got more than 100 puppies, in 2002 - 108 + imports, in 2003 - 104 + imports, in 2004 - 172 + imports, in 2005 - 258 + imports, in 2006 - 156 + imports, in 2007 - 99 + imports, in 2008 - 190 + imports in 2009 - 130 + imports, in 2010 - 158 + imports, 2011 - 142 + imports, 2012 - 127 + imports, 2013 - 122 + imports, 2014 - 102 + imports, 2015 - 94 + imports, 2016 - 87 + imports, 2017 - 97 + imports, 2018 - 101 + imports.

There are in Poland already registered more than 145 hovawarts kennels (as of 31.12.2018; kennels that had litter or had / have a brud-female), of which about 35 are active, although litters regularly (at least once a year at the moment) have about 15 kennels, the rest from time to time, had one litter and ceased operations or just starting.

At the moment we have about 1800 hovawarts, of still mostly Czech origin, but already with a large admixture of German blood, thanks to new imports and foreign matings in breed homeland. Until now, e.i. in the years 1985-2018 we had:

- 68 imports from Czech (25 males and 43 females),

- 22 imports from Germany: 13 from RZV (5 males and 8 females), 7 from HZD (2 males and 5 females) and 2 from DDR (male and female),

- 17 from Slovakia (7 males and 10 females),

- 10 from Hungary (3 males and 7 females),

- 9 from France (2 males and 7 females),

- 3 from Holland (3 females),

- 4 from Austria (2 males and 2 females),

- 1 from England (male),

- 1 from Finnland (male),

- 1 from Sweden (male),

- 1 from Norway (female),

- 2 from Italy (male and female).

These are dogs used for breeding or shown at leats once on the show. For breeding were used 54 (18 males and 36 females) imports.

For now, it was already 14 hovis litters without pedigree, although such puppies happened before (had visible defects and did not receive pedigrees, although the whole litter was with papers), however, they were not used for planned breeding.

In the years 1988-2018 there were born in Poland 353 hovawarts litters from 164 females and 215 sires. 183 litters were from foreign males, 170 litters born from sires living in Poland.

Number of hovawarts litters per year.

Year |
Number of litters |
Number of pups |

1988 |
1 |
10 |

1989 |
1 |
5 |

1990 |
1 |
12 |

1991 |
1 |
8 |

1992 |
2 |
18 |

1993 |
0 |
0 |

1994 |
3 |
19 |

1995 |
3 |
17 |

1996 |
4 |
21 |

1997 |
4 |
29 |

1998 |
5 |
35 |

1999 |
7 |
53 |

2000 |
10 |
76 |

2001 |
15 |
103 |

2002 |
13 |
108 |

2003 |
12 |
104 |

2004 |
21 |
172 |

2005 |
33 |
259 |

2006 |
20 |
156 |

2007 |
14 |
99 |

2008 |
25 |
190 |

2009 |
18 |
130 |

2010 |
20 |
158 |

2011 |
17 |
142 |

2012 |
18 |
127 |

2013 |
17 |
122 |

2014 |
14 |
102 |

2015 |
12 |
94 |

2016 |
15 |
87 |

2017 |
13 |
97 |

2018 |
14 |
101 |

Total |
353 |
2654 |

Average number of raised puppies in the litter:

- average for all years : 7,52

- year 2000 : 7,6

- year 2001 : 6,87

- year 2002 : 8,31

- year 2003 : 8,67

- year 2004 : 8,19

- year 2005 : 7,85

- year 2006 : 7,8

- year 2007 : 7,07

- year 2008 : 7,6

- year 2009 : 7,22

- year 2010 : 7,9

- year 2011 : 8,35

- year 2012 : 7,06

- year 2013 : 7,18

- year 2014 : 7,29

- year 2015 : 7,83

- year 2016 : 5,8

- year 2017 : 7,46

- year 2018 : 7,21

In year 2002 there were born in Poland 108 hovawart puppies in 13 litters, in color:

- 50 black and tan (21 males and 29 females), which represents 46,3 % of the pups born in 2002 y.

- 50 blond (25 males and 25 females), which represents 46,3 % of the pups born in 2002 y.

- 8 black (5 males and 3 females), which represents 7,4 % of the pups born in 2002 y.

In year 2003 there were born in Poland 104 hovawart puppies in 12 litters, in color:

- 43 black and tan (22 males and 21 females), which represents 41 % of the pups born in 2003 y.

- 44 blond (21 males and 23 females), which represents 43 % of the pups born in 2003 y.

- 17 black (10 males and 7 females), which represents 16 % of the pups born in 2003 y.

In year 2004 there were born in Poland 172 hovawart puppies in 21 litters, in color:

- 63 blond (39 males and 24 females), which represents 36,6 % of the pups born in 2004 y.

- 78 black and tan (43 males and 35 females), which represents 45,35 % of the pups born in 2004y.

- 31 black (20 males and 11 females), which represents 18,05 % of the pups born in 2004 y.

In year 2005 there were born in Poland 259 hovawart puppies in 33 litters, in color:

- 123 black and tan (57 males and 66 females), which represents 47,5 % of the pups born in 2005 y.

- 94 blond (41 males and 53 females), which represents 36,3 % of the pups born in 2005 y.

- 42 black (13 males and 29 females), which represents 16,2 % of the pups born in 2005 y.

In year 2006 there were born in Poland 156 hovawart puppies in 20 litters, in color:

- 85 black and tan (41 males and 44 females), which represents 54,5 % of the pups born in 2006 y.

- 55 blond (29 males and 26 females), which represents 35,25 % of the pups born in 2006 y.

- 16 black (9 males and 7 females), which represents 10,25 % of the pups born in 2006 y.

In year 2007 there were born in Poland 99 hovawart puppies in 14 litters, in color:

- 44 black and tan (25 males and 19 females), which represents 44,4 % of the pups born in 2007 y.

- 40 blond (22 males and 18 females), which represents 40,4 % of the pups born in 2007 y.

- 15 black (9 males and 6 females), which represents 15,2 % of the pups born in 2007 y.

In year 2008 there were born in Poland 190 hovawart puppies in 25 litters, in color:

- 78 black and tan (42 males and 36 females), which represents 40,5 % of the pups born in 2008 y.

- 90 blond (46 males and 44 females), which represents 47,5 % of the pups born in 2008 y.

- 22 black (10 males and 12 females), which represents 12 % of the pups born in 2008 y.

In year 2009 there were born in Poland 130 hovawart puppies in 18 litters, in color:

- 77 black and tan (37 males and 40 females), which represents 59,2 % of the pups born in 2009 y.

- 41 blond (21 males and 20 females), which represents 31,5 % of the pups born in 2009 y.

- 12 black (6 males and 6 females), which represents 9,3 % of the pups born in 2009 y.

In year 2010 there were born in Poland 158 hovawart puppies in 20 litters, in color:

- 91 black and tan (47 males and 44 females), which represents 57,6 % of the pups born in 2010 y.

- 54 blond (31 males and 23 females), which represents 34,2 % of the pups born in 2010 y.

- 13 black (8 males and 5 females), which represents 8,2 % of the pups born in 2010 y.

In year 2011 there were born in Poland 142 hovawart puppies in 17 litters, in color:

- 70 black and tan (36 males and 34 females), which represents 49,3 % of the pups born in 2011 y.

- 49 blond (24 males and 25 females), which represents 34,5 % of the pups born in 2011 y.

- 23 black (8 males and 15 females), which represents 16,2 % of the pups born in 2011 y.

In year 2012 there were born in Poland 127 hovawart puppies in 18 litters, in color:

- 63 black and tan (35 males and 28 females), which represents 49,6 % of the pups born in 2012 y.

- 51 blond (23 males and 28 females), which represents 40,15 % of the pups born in 2012 y.

- 13 black (8 males and 5 females), which represents 10,25 % of the pups born in 2012 y.

In year 2013 there were born in Poland 122 hovawart puppies in 17 litters, in color:

- 64 black and tan (36 males and 28 females), which represents 50,4 % of the pups born in 2012 y.

- 50 blond (22 males and 28 females), which represents 39,4 % of the pups born in 2012 y.

- 13 black (8 males and 5 females), which represents 10,2 % of the pups born in 2012 y.

In year 2014 there were born in Poland 102 hovawart puppies in 14 litters, in color:

- 61 black and tan (30 males and 31 females), which represents 59,8 % of the pups born in 2014 y.

- 34 blond (19 males and 15 females), which represents 33,3 % of the pups born in 2014 y.

- 7 black (3 males and 4 females), which represents 6,9 % of the pups born in 2014 y.

In year 2015 there were born in Poland 94 hovawart puppies in 12 litters, in color:

- 54 black and tan (28 males and 26 females), which represents 57,4 % of the pups born in 2015 y.

- 33 blond (19 males and 14 females), which represents 35,1 % of the pups born in 2015 y.

- 7 black (4 males and 3 females), which represents 7,5 % of the pups born in 2015 y.

In year 2016 there were born in Poland 87 hovawart puppies in 15 litters, in color:

- 44 black and tan (23 males and 21 females), which represents 50,6 % of the pups born in 2016 y.

- 19 blond (12 males and 7 females), which represents 21,8 % of the pups born in 2016 y.

- 24 black (13 males and 11 females), which represents 27,6 % of the pups born in 2016 y.

In year 2017 there were born in Poland 97 hovawart puppies in 13 litters, in color:

- 50 black and tan (21 males and 29 females), which represents 51,5 % of the pups born in 2017 y.

- 38 blond (16 males and 22 females), which represents 39,2 % of the pups born in 2017 y.

- 9 black (6 males and 3 females), which represents 9,3 % of the pups born in 2017 y.

In year 2018 there were born in Poland 101 hovawart puppies in 14 litters, in color:

- 55 black and tan (26 males and 29 females), which represents 54,5 % of the pups born in 2018 y.

- 31 blond (17 males and 14 females), which represents 30,7 % of the pups born in 2018 y.

- 15 black (7 males and 8 females), which represents 14,8 % of the pups born in 2018 y.

According to the guidelines of the International Hovawart Federation IHF we have strongly disturbing inequality in colors. IHF guidelines state that the desired arrangement of colors in the population percentage should be: 30% blond, 60% black and tan and 10% black.

The year 2004 is the first year in which there were born less blond than dark puppies, especially black and tan. Still, the percentage of blond pups is too big. The year 2009 is the first year in which polish puppies have the correct percentage level of colour (especially due to homozygous parents and matings dark on dark)! In year 2006 for the first time in the history there were born more black than blond puppies!

General hovawarts percentage of the given color in Poland at the end of 2018 is as follows:

49,5 % black and tan, 38,4 % are blond hovawarts, and 12,1 % black. That is the exact opposite, only black colour, introduced in Poland only in year 2000, has the correct percentage. Such a large number of blond hovawarts is very dangerous, because blond hovawarts are always homozygous. The percentage is so high because of the popularity of this colour. We hope that this will soon change and that we will not have any more so many litters only blond (with breeding of both blond colour parents).

Here are some figures that reflect the colour problem:

Until 31.12.2018 in Poland were born 353 hovawarts litters in 115 kennels from 164 females and 215 sires.

Colours of used so far brud-females:

- 70 blond (representing 42,7 % of all females) born 157 litters (representing 44,5 % of all litters),

- 73 black and tan (representing 44,5 % of all females) born 152 litters (representing 43 % of all litters),

- 21 black (representing 12,8 % of all females) born 44 litters (representing 12,5 % of all litters).

Colours of used so far stud-males:

- 52 blond (representing 24,2 % of all sires) gave 87 litters (representing 24,7 % of all litters),

- 132 black and tan (representing 61,4 % of all sires) gave 219 litters (representing 62 % of all litters),

- 31 black (representing 14,4 % of all sires) gave 47 litters (representing 13,3 % of all litters).

353 litters, parents colour relation:

- 16 litters out of blond x blond,

- 54 litters out of blond x black and tan,

- 17 litters out of blond x black,

- 75 litters out of black and tan x black and tan,

- 120 litters out of black and tan x blond,

- 24 litters out of black and tan x black,

- 3 litters out of black x black,

- 21 litters out of black x blond,

- 23 litters out of black x black and tan.

It follows that up to 228 litters (it is up to 64,6 %) of 353 was out of at least one blond colour parent! So litters without at least one parent with a blond coat was only 125. Other data are: 296 litters were out of at least one parent with a black and tan coat and 88 out of with at least one black parent.

In addition, we only had 81 litters (it is only 22,9 %) without blond colour puppies (mainly due to homozygosity of one of the dark parents), 41 litters with no black and tan puppies and 256 litters of without blacks.

Approximate number of brud-females (up to 8 years of age, free of dysplasia, passed mentality tests) in terms of colour (as of 31.12.2018):

- 11 blond females,

- 29 black and tan,

- 6 black.

Since year 2005, the colours relation of brud-females slowly improved. However, we still see significant advantage of brud-females and often used in breeding of blond colour.

Aware breeders should therefor mate blond females as often as with dark (black or black and tan) homozygous males so there were coming as many as dark puppies, especially black and tan, by that disturbed colour percentage ratio of the polish hovawarts slowly equalize.