All About the Breed Broholmer

Have you recently fallen for the Broholmer or do you simply love rare breeds? Learn all about the breed here, including: Breed History, Personality Traits, Train-ability, Benefits and Disadvantages of the Breed, and Common Health Concerns.

Also known as the Denmark Mastiff, the Broholmer is friendly and protective breed.

But how do you know whether you are ready to purchase a pet and if this breed is right for you?

This information is absolutely necessary in making the decision to purchase a pet.


The origin of the Broholmer can be traced back to 18th century Denmark. Enthusiasts believe the breed to have descended from such dogs as the Old English Mastiff and the Bloodhound, though this has never been proven scientifically or otherwise.

Throughout its history, the Broholmer has been most commonly used for hunting and tracking large game such as deer, guarding livestock against predators such as wolves, and as a watch and guard dog, proving its superior abilities to work while providing protection and companionship.

The destruction of World War II threatened complete extinction of the Broholmer. Credited for saving the breed is The Society for Reconstruction of the Broholmer Breed, a group made up of breeders and enthusiasts, who worked endlessly to gather breed-able specimens and repopulate the breed to the stable numbers it remains at currently.

Today, while the Broholmer has attained a regional popularity as a working and companion dog, the breed remains rather rare outside of its native Denmark.

Personality Traits

Best known for its loyal and protective nature, the Broholmer is willing to do anything necessary in order to protect its owner and territory. These dogs thrive on strong and dependable human relationships. The Broholmer is highly intelligent, naturally obedient, and generally easy to train.

As a pet, the Broholmer is obedient, loyal, loving, and affectionate. This breed is not suited for apartment or full-time indoor living, as it enjoys spending time outdoors, taking long walks, and playing games such as fetch and tug-of-war.


Due to its need for human relationships and willingness to learn, the Broholmer generally responds well to basic training and commands. These dogs are very bright, and have the ability to learn to perform most any task their trainer is willing to take the time to teach.

Establishing immediate dominance, trust, and respect is key to successfully training the Broholmer. This breed requires a confident, patient, and strong handler with a stern yet gentle approach to repetitive exercises and tasks.

Benefits and Disadvantages of the Breed

There are many benefits to owning a Broholmer, such as its no hassle, low maintenance coat. These intelligent dogs are easy to train, obedient by nature, and capable of learning to perform many impressive tricks and tasks. When properly socialized from a young age, the Broholmer gets along well with children and other pets, known for its gentle approach to small children.

These dogs are alert and territorial, making effective watch and guard dogs by announcing the arrival of guests and unwanted visitors, and serving as a deterrent to would-be intruders. The Broholmer is obedient, loyal, loving, and affectionate, making an excellent working dog, family pet, and companion alike.

Unfortunately, there are also disadvantages to owning a Broholmer. This athletic and active breed requires large amounts of daily exercise and room to run and play. Anyone wishing to purchase this breed lacking the adequate amount of time and space to dedicate to the dog is strongly advised against doing so.

A Broholmer not receiving the proper amount of exercise and space will often act out by destroying property, chewing, digging, barking, whining, and ignoring basic training such as housebreaking.

The Broholmer has a strong instinct to hunt and will occasionally indulge in a good chase. When on the run, these dogs are rather quick, and may pose a threat to other animals, neighborhood pets, and small woodland creatures. This breed must be leashed or properly secured at all times when outdoors.

As previously mentioned, the Broholmer remains rather rare outside of its native Denmark and can prove difficult to obtain. Individuals seeking to purchase this breed often encounter such challenges as inability to locate a breeder, high prices, and being placed on long waiting lists.

Common Health Concerns

While the Broholmer is typically known as a healthy and hearty breed, they do suffer from a few health problems, including: hip dysplasia, primary lens luxation - dislocation of the lens, hearing problems sometimes leading to deafness, glaucoma, distichiasis - ingrown eye lashes, sensitivity to anesthesia, obesity, and bloat.

Now that you know all about the breed, do you think you are ready to own a Broholmer?

Remember, purchasing a pet is a big decision and should be discussed thoroughly and seriously with your entire family.