Big or small, young or old, sporty or sedentary, all types of owners are suitable for the Broholmer. Of course his size can impress, but his balanced and very calm temperament allows him to live just about anywhere.

Height 70 to 75 cm
Weight 40 to 70 kg
Life expectancy 10 to 12 years
Home country Denmark

Quick Overview of the Broholmer


  • Excellent guardian
  • Calm and balanced
  • Not at all aggressive
  • Friendly, confident and vigilant


  • Muscular, strong and very powerful physique
  • Massive silhouette, but not heavy
  • Short flat coat
  • Falling ears


  • Does not suffer from genetic defects and particular pathologies

Temperament of the Broholmer

Excellent guardian, sometimes biting when necessary, the Broholmer is a calm and balanced dog.

Not at all aggressive in any way, he can bite when the need arises. He is generally friendly, confident, alert, attentive, reliable and has a strong temperament.

A good and flawless education is necessary so that he learns to control his natural defensive instinct.

Self-confident, balanced, vigilant but very attentive, this great dog is a tender. He loves his family, even the smallest.

This perfectly calm dog is compatible and adapts to all kinds of situations. He can live outdoors as well as indoors.

Excellent for hunting, he also excels as a guardian. Having worked for a long time on the great Danish estates, his vigilance is innate and present at all times.

He can be completely trusted and if an intruder shows up, he will be able to warn and restrain him if necessary.

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Breed Appearance


Of the Mastiff type, the Broholmer is large and has a muscular, strong and very powerful physique. Built with great strength, his massive silhouette is however not heavy and leaves a nice energetic and friendly impression. His gait is calm and composed.


Between 70 and 75 cm (27.56 to 29.53 inches) for the male
Between 70 and 75 cm (27.56 to 29.53 inches) for the female


Between 50 and 70 kg (110.23 to 154.32 pounds) for the male
Between 40 and 60 kg (88.18 to 132.28 pounds) for the female


His coat color can vary from pretty fawn with black mask, to golden red or simply beautiful absolute black. All these color variations can sometimes be accompanied by white markings on various parts of the body.


His short coat is flat and has a fairly thick undercoat.


His head has a rather large skull. His eyes, of a beautiful size and amber colour varying from light to dark, are well rounded. His ears are drooping and medium size. His nose is black. His tail is rather low.

According to the FCI breeds nomenclature, this breed belongs to group 2, section 2 and is #315

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Tips About this breed

His education must be firm and not exacerbate his fear of strangers. He is already self-confident, so it is essential to educate him early so that he can make the right decisions as an adult.

His character and temperament will allow him to grow in confidence and calm to become an excellent companion.

He is not aggressive, but will persuade all strangers with bad intentions not to follow their path.

Health of the Broholmer

Robust and very severely selected by the Danish Club, the Broholmer is protected from genetic defects and particular pathologies that may occur. He therefore enjoys good health and is rarely ill. His long life expectancy is also appealing for such a large dog.


Despite his short coat, it is preferable to brush it every week to remove dead hair and leave it healthy and beautiful. No other maintenance is necessary.

History of this breed

Dating back to the Middle Ages, the Broholmer was widely used at the time for deer hunting and later became the watchdog par excellence in vast aristocratic estates of Denmark.

The castles and large estates of the time were protected by this very brave dog.

Numbers increased around the 18th century and the dog was named after the Earl of Sehested of Broholm, who then contributed greatly to the breed's development.

The Second World War almost decimated the breed, which only had, at that time, one breeder registered in the entire country.

Around 1975, the breed underwent a revival after the efforts of a few enthusiasts who founded the "Society for the Reconstruction of the Broholmer" association which was supported by the Danish Kennel Club.

They succeeded in reproducing him from a male specimen named Gamle Bjron Fra Helsinge. The breed was officially recognized in 1998.

First used as a hunting dog and then a guard dog, the Broholmer is also very popular as a companion dog. He is able to combine these three tasks with great ease.

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