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Danish Broholmer – Dog Breeds Guide

Breed summary

Size: Giant
Weight: 87 to 176 pounds
Height: 22 to 30 inches
Longevity: 11
Bark Tendency: Medium
Aggression: Medium
Compatibility to other pets: Medium

Adopt a Danish Broholmer, Dog Breeds Guide


The Danish Broholmer is a large, muscular and powerful dog with a large, broad head and short drop ears. They are giants of the large dog breed types, bred to guard large expanses of lands and help guard manors without fortification, the Broholmer dog can be called one of the hulks of the dog world.

Official Name

Danish Broholmer
Other Name: Broholmer


Date – Middle Ages / Country – Denmark
Family / Group – Mastiff, Guardian

Recognized By

Fédération Cynologique Internationale
United Kennel Club
Dog Registry of America, Inc.


Native to Denmark, Broholmers or also known as Danish Broholmer dogs have been around since the middle ages. During this era, these giant dogs were used for stag-hunting. As the year’s progress and with stag-hunting fading to obscurity, Broholmer became guard dogs that are used to protect large properties such as huge farm settlements as well as manors. It got its name from the royal game keeper known as Sehested of Broholm, considered the creator of this breed as he was the pioneer breed who developed purebreds of Broholmer dogs. World War II saw the decline of this mastiff type dog breed, but ever since the 1970’s, work on reviving and increasing their numbers has been going on.


The Broholmer are known to be dogs that are calm, docile and even tempered but can be dominant and protective when threatened.

Bred For

Originally as hunting dogs but eventually became guard dogs for large farms and manors.


They are outdoor dogs! The Danish Broholmer is suited for rural areas with large spaces.


Minimal grooming attention is required. These are dogs that seasonally shed and they are heavy shedders.


These giant Danish dogs are known to be very healthy!


This giant Danish dog breed needs a daily, long walk with constant pack leader training.