Broholmer dog: characteristics and photos

Broholmer: find out what this animal is like, its physical characteristics, character, behavior, etc. The broholmer is a fairly old breed of large dog that was used to hunt...

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The broholmer is a fairly old breed of large dog that was used to hunt deer and watch over the lands of feudal lords in the Middle Ages. But it was not until the 18th century that this breed from the Broholm-Funen region was officially recognized.

Broholmers are calm but have a lot of energy, so they need to spend it somehow doing a lot of physical and mental activity. For this breed, long daily walks are essential. In addition, they are not dogs that require a lot of care, but it is true that we must admit that they lose a lot of hair, so we recommend that people with allergies avoid adopting this kind of dog.

If you are interested in adopting a Broholmer, keep reading this breed sheet from PlanèteAnimal and find out everything you need to know about them before adopting one!


  • Europe
  • Denmark

FCI Nomenclature

  • Group II

Physical Characteristics

  • Rustic
  • Muscular


  • Large


  • 55-70

Adult Weight

  • 45-100

Life expectancy

  • 10-12

Recommended physical activity

  • High


  • Society
  • Quiet

Ideal for

  • Apartment
  • House
  • The hunt
  • The guard


  • Harness

Recommended climate

  • Temperate

Hair type

  • Short
  • Big

Origin of broholmer

The roofer's ancestors were used in northern Europe during the Middle Ages to hunt deer. Then they were used as guardians of feudal lands and farms.

However, it was not until the end of the 18th century that the breed appeared as it is known today.Around this time, Count Neils Frederik Sehested of Broholm-Funen began breeding these dogs as a purebred. The name of the breed comes from the Broholm-Funen region where it originated.

Like all other dog breeds, the Broholmer fell into oblivion during the World Wars and all but disappeared. It was in the 1970s that a Danish fancier society, with the support of the Kennel Club of Denmark, rebuilt and reclaimed the breed.

Nowadays, it is a little known breed that does not enjoy worldwide fame but is very well known in its region of origin.

Physical characteristics of broholmer

The broholmer is a large and impressive dog. The standard size of this dog is about 75 cm in males and 70 cm in females. The weight of males is between 50 and 70 kg, and in females between 40 and 60 kg.

Its head is massive and broad and its neck is thick and strong. Its nose is black. His eyes are round, rather small and amber in color, they give off a confident gaze. Its ears are of medium and high insertion and hang in suspension at the level of the cheeks.

The body of this dog is rectangular, which means that its height at the withers is less than its length. The top line is straight, while the chest is deep and powerful. Its tail is wide at the base and low insertion. The dog lifts it horizontally when in action, but never lifts it completely and it never curls over his upper back.

Her dress is short, tight and dense with a thick inner layer of hair. The latter can be yellow, gold red or black. Yellow-colored dogs exhibit a black mask. White spots on the chest, feet and tip of the tail are permitted in dogs of all colors.

Broholmer character

The Broholmer is an excellent guardian, as it is always alert and quite wary of strangers. However, as a rule, he is very calm and friendly, he enjoys the company of his loved ones and family life at home, and enjoys all kinds of outdoor activities.

Although they are not usually an aggressive dog, but rather calm, they can act in a reserved way with strangers and are generally very territorial with other dogs. Therefore, it is important to educate and socialize it properly from an early age to encourage it to have good relationships with other people, other animals and with its environment.

Broholmer Care

A weekly brushing is enough to take care of the Broholmer's coat, although it must be taken into account that these dogs shed a lot of hair. It may therefore be necessary to brush the dog once a day during moulting periods (twice a year).

Broholmers are calm-tempered dogs who have a lot of energy that they need to release. Therefore, they need long daily walks and play time. So exercises for dogs will be very helpful to tire them out.However, be careful with jumping and playing when they are very young because they could hurt their joints.

Due to their size, these dogs do not adapt to living in apartments. They must therefore have a large garden or live in a rural property where they can enjoy the freedom offered by these large spaces.

Broholmer Education

This breed is not the easiest to train, but very good results can be achieved if you use positive reinforcement. Perseverance is one of the keys to a well-behaved dog, but this maxim applies especially to Broholmer breeders. Dogs of this breed should only be adopted by people who are experienced and knowledgeable about canine behavior, as this is not an easy breed to train. Many individuals end up having recourse to a professional.

In general, this dog does not show behavioral problems when given enough space, exercise and companionship.Although he is a rather quiet dog, he needs daily exercise. It is also a dog that does not bark masses so much that one could qualify it as a silent dog.

Broholmer He alth

There are no cases of common illnesses in this breed, but it is worth taking precautions against common illnesses in large dogs. The most common diseases in large breed dogs are:

  • Heart problems
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Elbow dysplasia
  • Gastric Torsion

Similarly, it is necessary to take these dogs to the vet every 6 months to be able to prevent and detect any he alth problem before it gets worse. It is equally important to follow your vaccination schedule religiously.

Broholmer pictures

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