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History The Broholmer, which is also referred to as the Danish Broholmer, is a molosser-type dog breed from Denmark. Dogs of this breed are large guardian dogs which were named after Sehested of Broholm, a game-keeper during the 1700s. These dogs were used to hunt stag at first. Later on, they were kept as guardians for manors and farms.
During World War II, the Broholmer nearly became extinct. Dogs of this breed were saved by a several Danish enthusiasts who founded "The Society for Reconstruction of the Broholmer Breed". They were intent on making sure that the number of Broholmers increased. This society gained the support of the Danish Kennel Club. They began reviving the breed and succeeded in keeping it from becoming extinct. In 2006, the Broholmer gained recognition from the United Kennel Club.
Appearance Broholmers are large mastiff-type dogs that have a strong, rectangular build. These dogs are powerful and they move quickly. Their forequarters are particularly prominent. Their head is wide and large, and their neck is brawny with some loose skin. The chest of these dogs is deep and broad. When they are at rest, their head is carried low, and when they are attentive, their head is carried higher, and they raise their tail. These dogs have a complete set of white, evenly spaced teeth that meet in a level or scissors bite. Their nose is large and black, and their medium-sized ears are set high and hang close to their cheeks. Their round eyes are light to dark amber in colour. The coat of these dogs is short and thick, featuring an undercoat.
Colours The coat colours of this breed include yellow with a black mask, golden red, and black. These dogs can also have white markings on their feet, chest, and the tip of their tail.
Temperament These dogs make great family pets because they are calm and even-tempered. When properly socialized, these dogs can grow up to be very friendly. They are, however, watchful towards strangers. Broholmers also possess great self-confidence. Dogs of this breed can get along very well with children if raised with them and socialized well with them from puppyhood.
Weight Dogs of this breed have a height that ranges from 22 to 30 inches, and a weight that falls between 87 and 176 pounds.
Problems Broholmers have no known genetic health concerns. Ailments affecting Broholmers are those common to other types of dogs as well.
Living Conditions These dogs are suitable for individuals who are experienced in taking care of pets. It's also best for these dogs to live in a rural home. These dogs adapt well to different climates.
Requirements These dogs should be taken out for long walks daily. It's important, though, for young Broholmers not to be over-exercised. Too much physical exertion can damage their hips because their bones are not yet well-developed.
Training Requirements Broholmers have an instinctive desire to protect. Owners should be able to give these dogs consistent training using positive reinforcement methods. These dogs should also be socialized well from puppyhood onwards. Training Broholmers can be challenging for inexperienced owners because these dogs have a tendency to be quite dominant. Owners should know how to display strong leadership skills and let the dogs know that humans are the leaders of the pack. When trained properly, these dogs grow up to be calm, even-tempered, and friendly.
Life Expectancy Dogs of this breed have an average life span of 6 to 11 years.
Grooming These dogs shed heavily twice a year. Owners should brush the coat of these dogs regularly to rid it of loose and dead hairs. Brushing should be done more frequently during the shedding season.
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