Homeland of the Broholmer is Denmark. Its story began in the Middle Ages, when representatives of the breed were used for hunting deer.
The breed originated from a cross between English Mastiffs, Great Danes and descendants of old Viking dogs. It owns his name to game-keeper from the 18 century - Niels Frederik Bernhard Sehested (1813-1882) of Broholm. He started an initiative to save the breed. During his travels in Denmark, he tried to find as many representatives of Broholmer as possible, and gave a lot of people a free dog, hoping they would produce a litter.
In the years after World War II they were almost extinct, but thanks to a breeding program and some Danish enthusiasts, who found isolated representatives, they were saved. In 1983 there were 35 Broholmers with 50% black and 50% yellow coats. They possessed 6 generation pedigrees. Today, the so called Danish Mastiff is a very rare dog.
The breed was popular in the 70's, especially as a guard dog in the luxury homes of noble Danes. Dogs were imported to the UK in 2009 with the idea to be on the English clubs import list.
The Broholmer Mastiff has a massive and strong body, covered with short hair. The height varies between 70 and 75 cm and weight - between 40 and 80 kg. The head is broad, there are wrinkles on the neck and the chest is strong and deep.
The top line of the skull should be parallel to the top line of the muzzle. The muzzle is massive, looking rather short due to the heavy head. The eyes are round and their color can vary from light to dark amber. The ears are medium-sized and set high; they hang close to the cheeks.
Coloration occurs in yellow with a black mask, red or black. On the chest, legs, and the tip of the tail may have white spots.
Character and behavior
This dog has a calm and balanced character. He is strong and brave, quiet and relaxed. You should socialize him from an early age and pay enough attention to his needs.
The Mastiff Broholmer is benevolent, friendly and decisive dog with strong territorial instincts.
Training and education
The Danish Broholmer is large, menacing and fearless. Very loyal and can be trained fairly easily. You must trust him and provide him with a lot of physical exercise. Use entirely positive methods, because the representatives of the breed can be quite stubborn at times.
Like other large breeds, the Broholmer shouldn't be forced to many exercises or run while still a puppy. This is not good for a young dog, his growth and development.
The average life expectancy of these dogs is around 6-11 years. In general, this is a strong breed with no particular health problems.
Grooming and care
The Broholmer doesn't feel well in an apartment as he needs more space to run and play. It is important to be socialized from an early age because sometimes he can develop behavior problems at a later stage.
Children and other pets
This dog is suspicious towards strangers and is always attentive, but does not like to bark. Gets along great with children and other pets in the family, with the exception of other dogs.
King Frederick VII and Countess Danner owned a few Broholmers and one of their portraits show them with one of their pets.
The Broholmerselskabet (the breed club) celebrated its 25th anniversary in 1999 with an exhibition of more than 100 Broholmers. Today there are about 800 dogs of this breed, most of them living in Denmark. Puppies for sale could be found also in England and USA.