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The Broholmer, also known as Danish Broholmer and Danish Mastiff, has been dated back to the late 1500's. The daughter of the Danish King, King Frederick II, married the Scottish King, King James VI. King James VI gave English Mastiff-like dogs to the Danish royalty as a gift. Also, the legendary Danish Vikings, at times, would bring back Mastiff type dogs from their travels during the Middle Ages. These dogs then were mated with local drovers dogs known as slagterhunden or "butcher's dogs". These offspring are referred to as the Old Danish Dog. These dogs are regarded as the start of the Broholmer breed and are also considered as the "real" Great Dane.
In 1998, the Broholmer breed was officially acknowledged by the international breed registry FCI. As the breed continued to flourish, it became recognized by the United Kennel Club in 2006. Up until 2009, the Broholmer had only been found in Denmark and a few other European countries. In June of 2009, the first Danish Broholmer was imported into the United States, by Joe and Kathy Kimmeth (that's us). This beautiful female Broholmer was the first of the breed to be registered with the United Kennel Club. In July 2010, this Broholmer, named Honor, made the breed debut at the UKC Premier in Indiana. Since that time, breed interest is gaining considerably in the United States. As of today, we now have imported the second Brohomer (Zeke) into the United States, and to be more accurate, the whole Western Hemisphere.. Please visit Honor and Zeke's pages to learn more about this noble, large, gentle, and loving breed
The Broholmer is a mastiff type dog of large size and imposing build. It has a massive head and extremely powerful forequarters.
The Broholmer is good tempered. The breed is friendly and calm, but ever watchful. It is important that this breed shows great self confidence.
The head is large and broad, giving a heavy appearance.
Broad and rather flat. The topline of the skull is parallel to the topline of the muzzle. There is a moderate stop that is not too pronounced.
The muzzle is massive, and the same length as the skull, though it looks shorter due to the general heaviness of the head. The lips are pendulous, but not excessively so. The jaws are very powerful.
The eyes are round, and not too large. They range in color from light to dark amber. The expression shows great self confidence.
Medium sized, set rather high and carried hanging close to the cheeks.
Very powerful and muscular, with some throatiness.
The length and angulation of the bones of the shoulder assembly should produce free movement, with good length of stride, whether the dog is walking or trotting. The upper arms are very powerful and muscular.
In proportion, the Broholmer is slightly rectangular. The chest is deep and powerful, with a well-developed forechest. The withers are clearly defined. The back is rather long, and the topline is straight. The croup is slightly sloping.
Short and close-lying, with a thick undercoat.
Acceptable colors are yellow with a black mask; golden red; black. White markings on the chest, feet and tip of tail are optional.
HEIGHT AND WEIGHT
Average height for males is 29½ inches. For females, 27½ inches. Males weigh between 110-150 pounds. Females weigh between 90-130 pounds.