Broholmer or Danish Mastiff

Broholmers are dogs with molosser characteristics that historically have been used as guard and hunting dogs. Despite their large size and protective instinct, they are extremely affectionate with those they consider family. In fact, they forge a strong bond and attachment with them.

Their anatomy is characterized by their hindquarters and deep chest, features that give an idea of the strength of these dogs, whose presence alone is intimidating. Outside their native Denmark they are not well known, but they have been officially recognized as a breed since the end of the 18th century.

Characteristics of the Broholmer

They are large and have a rectangular body, wider than tall, with muscular legs. The head is massive and broad, with a powerful jaw and a powerful neck with a slight dewlap. The nose is black and the eyes are round. Its coloration is amber and can acquire various shades. The end result is a tender look.

The ears are medium-sized and set high, hanging close to both sides of the head. The tail, on the other hand, is wide at the base and low set. In movement they raise it, but it never exceeds the height of the back. The hair is short and dense and has a thick undercoat.

Height between 73 to 77 cm in males and between 68 and 72 cm in females
Weight between 50 and 70 kg in males and between 40 and 60 kg in females
Short, dense and dense hair, very close to the body. Yellow, gold red, and black are supported. The yellow-cloaked specimens usually wear black masks. Some Broholmers may have white spots on the feet, chest, and tip of the tail.
Dominant, protective and affable character. They are not aggressive and enjoy the company of their human family on which they feel very dependent.
Good health but predisposed to suffering from dysplasias
Estimated life expectancy between 10 and 12 years
Broholmer or Danish Mastiff

Broholmer Temperament

Broholmers are distrustful by nature with those they do not know, they do not hesitate to stand their ground when faced with intruders and will give their lives, if necessary, to defend their family, for whom they feel a strong attachment. They are very affectionate and extraordinary as guard dogs. They do not tolerate loneliness and demand attention on a daily basis.

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They are territorial with other dogs, but get along well with other types of pets, such as cats, as well as with children, with whom they are especially patient. Socialization from puppyhood (from 4-8 months) is more than advisable for them to learn to coexist with other dogs and to assimilate that, for example, their family can receive visitors.

They are docile, calm and intelligent, but their training is not particularly easy due to their impetus and dominant character. In fact, it is not a breed recommended for people with no experience in dog training. Not surprisingly, some Broholmer owners have resorted to the services of a dog trainer.

What care does the Broholmer require?

Broholmer or Danish Mastiff

Despite their calm nature, they require a good dose of physical and mental activity on a daily basis. They are always alert, aware of what is going on around them and must give vent to that energy to stay balanced. However, exercises that require sudden movements or jumps are not suitable for them. Their joints will suffer.

They need space to run. Their ideal home is one that has a garden or is in the countryside. If you live in a small apartment in the city, you should provide them with several long walks. You should also take care of the quality of their food and ration it to several meals a day to keep gastric torsion at bay.

These dogs lose a lot of hair, especially during the moulting season (spring and autumn). Outside the shedding season you should brush him weekly and during the shedding season daily. Use a brush with short and separate bristles to avoid damaging his skin. His ears need to be cleaned weekly to prevent infections.

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History of the breed

Count Neils Frederik Sehested was responsible for the birth of the Broholmer as a pure breed. Thanks to him, they acquired official recognition at the end of the 18th century, taking their name from the castle where the Count lived, Broholm, located on the Danish island of Funen.

Broholmer or Danish Mastiff

However, their genesis dates back to the Middle Ages, a period in which they were used for hunting deer and to defend farms and feudal lands. As is often the case with other breeds, the two world wars drove them into oblivion and they were on the verge of extinction.

In 1975, a society of Danish fanciers managed to revive the number of dogs with the help of the Danish Kennel Club. At present, they are still not well known outside Denmark, where they are highly valued as guard and companion dogs.

Curiosities of the Broholmer

This breed is also known as Danish Mastiff or Danish Mastiff. Although they tolerate the cold, they are especially happy in temperate climates.

Broholmer or Danish Mastiff
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