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Other names: Danish Mastiff, Danish Broholmer, Gammel Dansk Hund, Old Danish Dog, Dog of Frederick VII


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This large Broholmer breed hails from Denmark, where it was often employed as a watchdog in wealthy homes. In Copenhagen, around the 1800s, he was nicknamed the “butcher’s dog” as he would frequently be discovered lying on the steps of the butchers’ shops. Previously, the Broholmer would be used as both a herder and a watchdog, yet even today, he is still a lovely dog to be around children, regardless of his large size.

Key facts about the Broholmer

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Affectionate Calm

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Origins and history

The Broholmer’s ancestors can be traced back as far as the Middle Ages, when these dogs were used for stag hunting. Although there is little documented about this breed, it originated in Denmark and is nicknamed the Danish Mastiff. The Broholmer is actually a cross-breed between a local German breed and an English Mastiff. The dog was named after an 18th century gamekeeper, Sehested of Broholm. During the 19th century, the breed was very popular in Denmark, but then became almost extinct during the Second World War. The Broholmer breed was imported into the UK in 2009.

FCI breed nomenclature

FCI Group

Group 2 - Pinscher and Schnauzer - Molossoid and Swiss Mountain and Cattledogs


Section 2 : Molossian type

Physical characteristics of the Broholmer

    Adult size

    Female : Between 27 and 28 in

    Male : Between 29 and 30 in


    Female : Between 88 and 132 lb

    Male : Between 110 and 154 lb

    Coat colour

    Type of coat

    Eye colour



    A mastiff type, the Broholmer is a large sized dog, very well-muscled. He has a stance of dominance and power. This dog has a wide head and a broad, deep chest. The Broholmer has some loose skin, particularly around his neck region.

    Good to know

    If the Broholmer bitch has puppies, the litter size can be between 4 to 10 pups. As this is a large-sized dog, it may take some time for the puppies to reach full-size. Because of this, it’s important not to over-exercise or do any strenuous activities that might cause damage to your pup’s joints which are still developing. 


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      The Broholmer displays extreme devotion to his master and can be quite protective yet affectionate too.

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      This dog loves to play with older children, however his size is too large for families with younger children.

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      A dog that is well trained should be friendly, good-tempered and calm, yet still watchful.

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      The Broholmer is a very alert and intelligent breed.

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      This breed has been used in Denmark since the middle ages for hunting purposes. 

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      Fearful / wary of strangers

      It’s important to socialise this dog from an early age, to ensure that he will tolerate strangers and guests in his home.

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      The Broholmer can be quite a stubborn canine. Training should be consistent and ongoing, to make sure he knows that his master is the leader.

      Behaviour of the Broholmer

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        Tolerates solitude

        As a dog that devotes himself to his family, he’s not too happy when left alone for long periods of time. 

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        Easy to train / obedience

        An intelligent dog that responds well to strict training routines. Early socialisation training for a young puppy is recommended.

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        As a watchdog, the Broholmer will bark to alert you to any suspicious activity. 

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