Broholmer is a large, friendly, and loving dog originating from Denmark. Although they are good dogs, Broholmers are also watchful and confident. This dog is widely used as a guard dog for wealthy people. These dogs look intimidating but they are in fact very calm and good-natured dogs full of love for their family. Broholmer always want to be near his family and especially loves to snuggle. They are a great fit for families with children. These dogs also go by the name Danish Mastiff.

FUN FACT: Because of their similar appearance Broholmers as often mistaken for English Mastiffs.

Broholmer Height


27,5-29,5 in (70-75 cm)

Broholmer Weight


90-150 lb (41-68 kg)

Broholmer Origin



Broholmer Life Expectancy

Life Expectancy:

8-10 years

Breed History

Broholmers have been known from the Middle ages. They were mainly been used for guarding purposes on farms. World War II nearly destroyed the breed but thanks to the breed enthusiasts they began reviving the Broholmer breed and they founded The Society of the Broholmer breed.

Today these dogs are can still mostly be found in their native land – Danmark.

FUN FACT: Broholmer was officially been accepted into the American Kennel Club in 2013.

Dog Breed Characteristics

Energy Level
Grooming Needs
Exercise Needs
Kid Friendly
Dog Friendly
General Health

FCI Standard

  • Group 2 Pinscher and Schnauzer, Molossians and Swiss Mountain-and Cattledogs. Section 2.1 Molossians, Mastiff type. Without working trial.

AKC Standard

  • Height: 27,5-29,5 in (70-75 cm)
  • Weight: 90-150 lb (41-68 kg)
  • Life Expectancy: 8-10 years
  • Group: Foundation Stock Service

Broholmer Grooming

Broholmer has a short smooth coat that may come in brown or tan and sometimes with white markings and a black mask. These dogs are easy to groom and weekly grooming will keep the dog looking good.

FUN FACT: Because of their short coats, these dogs are not suited for colder climates

Brush their teeth at least three times a week to prevent tartar buildup and infections. Make sure you use products that are made especially for dogs as human products could potentially harm them. Trim their nails if they don’t wear them down naturally. A good indication is if you can hear them clicking on the floor while they walk. Clean their ears and check for signs of redness or infections. Use a cotton cloth and never insert anything in their ear canal. You can always check with your Vet about the products you should use and the proper technique.


This is an active dog that will need regular playtime to be satisfied. This dog will love chasing balls, play hide and seek but also will enjoy all various and fun activities such as swimming, disk flying, and hiking. To make this dog happy you will have to devote your time to playing sessions if you don't want him to develop behavior problems. They will in fact became bored and destructive if they don't spend all their energy.


Broholmers thrive on human contact and they are great family dogs. Since they were bred for guarding purposes these dogs will also protect their human family. Like any other dog breed, even Broholmer requires early socialization. It is essential to secure that your dog doesn’t become shy or aggressive. Expose your dog to many different people, dogs, sights, and situations to secure a well-rounded dog.

Training these dogs should be easy because of their intelligence and eagerness to please their owner. These dogs can adapt to any environment as long as you secure them with plenty of physical and mental activity.

Broholmer and children

Early socialization and proper training can teach them to behave even when children are around. Broholmers are more suitable for families with older children who know how to properly play with such a dog.

Children should never be left alone with any dog no matter what breed it might be. You should make sure that your children understand how to approach dogs of this breed and that they understand how to properly interact and play with them.

Broholmer and other pets

Broholmers can get along well with other dogs and can enjoy their company. They can learn to get along well with other dogs and animals if they are properly introduced but mostly it all depends on the socialization process.

Health problems

Broholmer are dogs with a life expectancy of 8-10 years. They are like any other dog breed prone to some health problems that every (future) owner should be aware of. To be sure that you'll get the healthiest possible dog never buy a dog from a puppy mill breeder or a pet store. Broholmer can suffer from

  • Hip dysplasia - Genetic problem affecting hips resulting from an improperly formed hip joint.
  • Elbow Dysplasia - Usually, it affects large breeds and is caused by uneven growth of three bones making a dog’s elbow.
  • Bloat

Broholmer Breeders

When getting a dog, the most important thing is to get it from a responsible and reputable Broholmer breeder. These dogs are energetic and protective, and getting a poorly bred dog can have catastrophic results. Responsible breeders will breed dogs that don’t only look good but have great characters as well. You must find a good Broholmer breeder that can help you learn about this breed and make an informed choice about getting a dog with these characteristics. 

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