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Danish Broholmer

Danish Broholmer Dog, Breed, Puppies, Nature and Information

The Danish Broholmer is also referred to as the Danish Mastiff.

This breed has originated in Denmark and is a molosser breed.  The name of the breed comes from a Count of Broholm-Funen who was a royal game-keeper in the 1700s. He used to keep the dogs for stag hunting. A great deal of time was spent in standardizing the breed and soon it became quite popular in Denmark. The danish broholmer dog breed was also used as a guarding and protecting breed especially on large estates. The danish broholmer dog was rather popular among the royalty and also the artists in Denmark.

The breed is thought to have come into existence when the Bulldogs and English Mastiff were bred with local dogs known as slagterhunden. The breed almost became extinct following the two world wars. It was kept alive by a group of enthusiasts who called themselves the Society for Reconstruction of the Broholmer Breed. This group was given support by the Danish Kennel Club. New breeding programs were started in order to revive the breed.

Broholmer dogs that matched the standards already established were selected from across the country. These included a black Broholmer called Manne and a golden specimen called Bjorn.

The Danish Broholmer is a large strong dog. The head is huge and wide and the chest is deep and broad. The forequarters are powerfully built. The head and tail are carried low when in rest. During movement, the tail is much higher, but not above the topline. When the dog is alert, both the head and tail rise above the topline. Danish Broholmers are usually black or tan in color. The Danish Broholmer is a good natured and friendly dog. It is usually calm, but stays alert at all times. Self confidence is quite apparent in this dog breed. These dogs make excellent guard dogs. They are sociable and get along well as family companions. They are hard working dogs and must receive respect and regard from their owners. They are inherently protective and alert, but do not display aggression. They require considerable exercise and need to remain physically active. Danish broholmer puppies must not be exercised too much as hip problems and impairments in bone development may occur. These dogs do not need much grooming. To help with shedding, regular brushing with a firm bristle brush is recommended. Danish broholmer dogs are not prone to any specific health conditions.
  Submitted on September 5, 2011  

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