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Denmark’s large cuddly watchdog


The Broholmer is a native Danish breed, whose type has been known since medieval times where it among others participated in hunt for boars and deer. Later it was primarily used as a guard dog on castles and larger manors. In the late nineteenth century count Sehested of Broholm initiated a pure breeding programme, which led to the breed name Broholmer. The breed almost went extinct after the second world war but by mid-1970’s a group of people, who were passionate about the Broholmer, and the Danish Kennel Club began working together to rebuild the breed by use of a few specimens and a couple of other breeds.

Read more about the history of this breed – HERE and HERE

OTHER NAMES – Danish Broholmer, Danish Mastiff, Gammel Dansk Hund, Old Danish Dog


The Broholmer is calm, good-natured and companionable. Broholmers were bred as estate guardians, so they will bark if a perceived threat is presented, but their size alone will probably deter any intruder. This breed does take their job of being a guard dog very seriously and is naturally wary of strangers, however once the stranger is welcomed into the house they will want nothing more than to be petted. It is a patient and child-loving companion and family dog, who willingly adapts to the life around them. A well-established leadership is important with this breed, because of it’s size and because it can sometimes seek to dominate it’s owner, and it is necessary to have early and ongoing socialisation and training. The breed is robust and enjoys being outdoors. It will happily join the family activity and exercise but often in a rather sedate pace, however for their size the Broholmer is a very agile. This breed is considered one of the most snuggly large breeds you could every have. They don’t really want to sit or sleep near you, they really want to sleep on you, they seem to think they’re lap dogs!


This information is taken from kennel clubs and other reliable sources

PURPOSE BRED FORHunting, Guardian, Companion
TEMPERAMENTFriendly, Calm, Alert
EXERCISE NEEDEDAt least 1 hour per day
HEIGHT – MALE75 cm / 29.5 in (to shoulder)
HEIGHT – FEMALE70 cm / 27.5 in (to shoulder)
COAT TYPEShort, Double Coat


  • Accidents can happen even with the most well-intentioned pets. If you do have small kids, they must be supervised when with a Broholmer at all times.
  • The Broholmer must have a solid, tall fence to keep it contained. They will patrol their fence line and alert you to any suspicious activity.
  • Broholmers are best suited in families with older children, because of their size and their tendency to try and dominate. They must be taught that they are below a child in the family pecking order.
  • Their nickname was “the butcher’s dog,” as they was often seen lying at the doorsteps of butcher shops.
  • Anything you do, camping, hiking, picnicking, walks in the park, they will be more than happy to go along with you.


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