Breed Summary

The Broholmer is a strong and stout, good looking dog. They closely resemble the Mastiff. They have a lot of Mastiff in them and has even been given the nickname “The Denmark Broholmer” for that very reason. Standing about 2 ½ feet tall on average for males and a few inches shorter for females, this dog has a powerful presence. Males weigh in around 110 to 150 pounds, and females tend to run around 90 to 130 pounds. Even the walk of the Broholmer is dominant. Their bark is quite impressive. Their body is square and rectangular and his head is big, massive in fact. The length and width of his skull and the entire length of his nose are supposed to be of equal length and, as you might imagine, his head is not carried too high because it is large and heavy.

Country of Origin: Denmark

AKC Breed Popularity:

AKC Classification: Foundation Stock Service

UKC Classification: Guardian Dog Group

Exercise Requirements: <30 minutes/day

Height: Female: 27-29 inches.; Male: 27.5-29.5 inches

Weight: Female: 90-130 lbs.; Male: 90-150 pounds

Physical traits: Strong, Well-balanced, Muscular

Coat: Length: Short

Characteristics: Smooth, serried

Colors: Brown, brown with a reddish cast, black, yellow, or light-colored.

Overall Grooming Needs: Low

Personality traits/Temperament: Friendly, Watchful, Loving

Energy Level: Laid back

Tendency to Drool: High

Tendency to Snore: High

Tendency to Bark: Moderate

Tendency to Dig: Low

Social/Attention Needs: High

Life Expectancy: 8-10 years


Broholmers are healthy dogs. Their life expectancy is 8 to 10 years. Some dogs can develop itchy skin conditions where baths with a high-quality dog shampoo and conditioner is recommended. Flea control is also essential. Working with a responsible breeder, those wishing to own a Broholmer can gain the education they need to know about specific health concerns within the breed. Good breeders utilize health screening and genetic testing of their breeding stock to reduce the likelihood of disease in their puppies.


The Broholmer should do well on high-quality dog food, whether commercially manufactured or home-prepared. Add a high-quality dog multivitamin to complete the nutritional circle. Any diet should be appropriate to the dog’s age (puppy, adult, or senior). Some dogs are prone to getting overweight, so watch your dog’s calorie consumption and weight level. Treats can be an important aid in training, but giving too many can cause obesity. Learn about which human foods are safe for dogs, and which are not. Check with your vet if you have any concerns about your dog’s weight or diet.


The Broholmer usually does very well with obedience training, although he often requires an owner who stays firm and doesn’t budge on the rules. He is intelligent but can be stubborn when he wants to be. Although he isn’t known for being aggressive, all giant breeds must be socialized early and given boundaries. An owner must train with confidence and respect! Make sure to keep sessions short and vary the order of the commands in each training session to keep the dog on his toes.


Options for exercise include playtime in the backyard, preferably fenced, or taken for walks several times a day. Exercise can also come in the form of indoor activities, like hide-and-seek, chasing a ball rolled along the floor, or teaching them new tricks. Certain outdoor activities like swimming, hiking, retrieving balls, or flying discs can provide a good outlet for expending energy. Training for dog sports like agility, obedience, and rally can also be a great way to give your dog exercise. Use paw balm daily to protect their feet.

Fun Fact

The brawny Broholmer, also called the Danish Mastiff, is a breed that originated from a creative cross between local Germany dogs in the area and English Mastiffs.


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