Other name: Danish Mastiff

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The Broholmer is a large mastiff type dog. Its silhouette is writable in a rectangle, its gaits are regular and give off an impression of power, accentuated by the imposing substance of its forehand. Strongly built, the Broholmer combines robustness and elegance in its appearance.



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Hair type Short
Origin Denmark
Template Giant
Head shape Triangular
Weight and size
Sex Weight Cut
Female From 40 kg to 60 kg From 70 cm to 75 cm
Male From 50 kg to 70 kg From 70 cm to 75 cm
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History of the breed

The origins of the Broholmer go back to medieval times when its ancestors were used in particular for deer hunting. The Broholmer is said to be descended from dogs brought back by the Vikings to Denmark and subsequently crossed with mastiff-type dogs originating in Germany. After the hunt, he stood out mainly for his skills as a guardian, securing a large number of large properties such as mansions.

The first true selections were made from the late 18th century, mainly under the leadership of Count Sehested Broholm which also gave it its name. The Broholmer breed found itself on the brink of extinction following World War II. It took 3 decades to regain correct staffing levels. From the mid-1970s, in fact, the Broholmer Reconstruction Society endeavored to perpetuate it, with the support of the Kennel Club of Denmark.

The Broholmer breed was definitively recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI) on May 26, 1982. Its official FCI standard in force was published on June 26, 2000.

Broholmer Pictures

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Physical features

His hair: short and well laid against the body. The outer coat is associated with a thick undercoat.
Its color: fawn with black, red, gold or black mask, with or without white markings on the chest and on the feet.
His head: massive, broad and heavy. Reach low and tilted towards the ground when the dog is at rest. Raised when in action or awake. The skull is broad, rather flat, and the same length as the muzzle, which is massive. The stop is not overly marked. The nose is large and black, the lips drooping, the jaws muscular and articulated in scissors or pincers.
His ears: moderately large, set high and falling against the cheeks.
His eyes: round, medium size, light to dark amber in color, displaying a confident look.
His body: longer than tall, massive. The neck is powerful and muscular, the topline is straight, the withers strong and well marked, the back rather long, the croup moderately long and moderately sloping, the chest powerful and well let down.
Its tail: thick at its base, set rather low and carried drooping when the dog is at rest. Raised to horizontal when in action.

Behavior and character

Barks / howls

Behavior with others

Cohabitation with children
Sociable with other animals
Love strangers

The Broholmer is a dog with a balanced temperament . Rather calm and friendly with his family, he is naturally wary of strangers. This makes the Broholmer a good companion and a vigilant, dedicated, sure of himself and courageous guard.

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To be sure that you can manage it properly in adulthood, it is imperative to give the Broholmer a very good quality education : it must be early, while having both firmness and gentleness . It is a question of making him know the limits not to cross, but without brutalizing him.

Living conditions

Suitable for apartment living
Good for new masters
Love it hot
Love the cold

The Broholmer is certainly not a house dog. He needs large spaces and to benefit from a maximum of freedom of movement. He is happier in the country, but he can adapt to city life if he is walked around enough.


Ease of gaining weight

The Broholmer is a robust and fairly healthy dog. However, as with any large breed of dog, the risk of hip dysplasia and stomach dilation / torsion is never completely ruled out.

Hypoallergenic breed


Litter size

Between 4 and 8 puppies.

Major concerns
Hip dysplasia
Elbow dysplasia
Gastric torsion
Minor concerns
Degenerative myelopathy
Occasional concerns
Patella dislocation

To guard against these risks and insure your companion in the event of health problems, Woopets recommends Broholmer dog insurance .

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Life expectancy

Minimum: 10 years

Maximum: 12 years

The life expectancy of a Broholmer is, on average, between 10 years and 12 years.

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Maintenance and hygiene

Ease of maintenance
Cost of maintenance
Hair loss
Drool level
Ease of grooming

The Broholmer remains subject to 2 moults each year , usually occurring in the fall and spring. Its main maintenance measure is regular brushing.

It is recommended to brush the dog once a week apart from the moults and 2 to 3 times a week during the latter . This helps keep his dress and skin clean, while getting rid of dead hair.

His eyes and ears should be checked regularly to make sure there is no trace of dirt or any infection. If they do not wear out naturally, its claws need to be cut. If you are new to this, it is recommended that you seek advice from a veterinarian. His teeth need to be brushed frequently to eliminate the build-up of tartar and the proliferation of bacteria.

Price and budget

Purchase price

€ 1,500
2000 €

The purchase price of a Broholmer is between € 1,500 and € 2,000.

Annual maintenance cost

800 €
1000 €

The annual maintenance cost of a Broholmer is between € 800 and € 1000.

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His diet must be of high quality and provide him with all the nutrients he needs. It should also be adapted to its size, age and level of exercise. Its food is to be divided into 2 meals per day . In order to reduce the risk of gastric torsion, it is important to ensure that the Broholmer eats calmly and does not engage in any physical activity for the half hour before and after his meal.

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Physical activity

Energy level
Potential to play

The Broholmer needs a lot of exercise to thrive and burn off. Long daily walks allow him to be satisfied on this plan, but it is necessary to avoid too intensive physical activities which can damage his joints. It also thrives during outdoor play sessions with its owner and family.


Classifications & Standards
(FCI) Fédération Cynologique Internationale
(AKC) American Kennel Club
(UKC) United Kennel Club


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FCI Information



FCI Group

Group 2: Pinscher and Schnauzer – Molossoid and Swiss Mountain and Cattle Dogs and other breeds

Recognized by FCI

Since 1982


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