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Life span: 7-12 Years

Height: 75cm (Male); 70cm (Female)

Weight: 50-68kg (Male); 41-59kg (Female)

Broholmer is a larger dog breed which belongs to Molosser type. They originated from Denmark and are known as Danish Mastiff. Broholmer is a protective, alert, fearless dog breed and is used to protect the livestock of pet owners. They are easy to train for behavioral and agility sessions. You can maintain your fitness as well with the Broholmer dogs.

Physical Characteristics

Its large body is strong, with loose skin on its neck and black rims around its eyes, nose and lips. Its tail is long and curves at the end, and its ears are set high atop its head and flop down. Their eyes are light brown with a black nose. Their double coat is made up of a short overcoat and a dense undercoat. The coat can be brown, black, yellow or white. If it is yellow, it has a black face mask, and if it is brown it may have a black face mask, but this should not go over the eyes.


Its history goes back to the 1500s, when Danish King Frederick II received dogs similar to the Mastiffs from King James VI, who was marrying his daughter, as a gift. It is also believed Mastiff like dogs were brought by Danish Vikings back to their homelands. These dogs were bred into what were called the Old Danish Dogs, which are believed to be ancestors of the Broholmer. They were used as guardians for the castles and estates of nobility, and as hunting dogs and livestock guardians. In the 1800s it almost became extinct, and was saved by Niels Frederik Sehested, a Danish nobleman, who set the breed standard and only allowed people to breed them according to it. He also changed its name to Broholmer. When the breed increased again, it became popular with all social classes. In 2010 it was recognized by the United Kennel Club, and in 2013 it was accepted into the American Kennel Club’s Foundation Stock Service.


This dog is calm tempered and loving with its family. It gets along well with children, although it might chase small pets. Its yard should always be fenced, and it will spend much of its time pacing in the yard and alerting you of any strangers on its territory. Training should involve all family members, and should let the dog understand that it is not the leader, and see everyone above it. It is best fit for families with older children.


Normally a healthy breed, the Broholmer will rarely have any diseases, but may suffer from:

Hip dysplasia, a hereditary disease in which there is an abnormal formation in the hip socket, that may eventually cause painful arthritis. It may also be affected by the environment they reside in.

Luxating Patella, in which the kneecaps may dislocate or move from its proper place.


Their short coat requires only weekly brushing and the occasional bath. Their ears should be checked regularly for dirt to prevent any infections, as well as their nails trimmed and teeth brushed. Although they do require daily exercised, it can be done throughout play sessions inside the house or in the fenced yard, and not necessarily by going out for a run. Training can be easy, but it must be done with all family members in order for the dog to understand that it is the lowest ranking in the family, or it might attempt to become the leader. Early socialization is a must with this breed.


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