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Featuring July’s !RARE! Breed of the Month
the The Danish Broholmer
What is a Broholmer?The Broholmer or the Danish Broholmer is a large, mastiff type rare dog breed from Denmark that is recognized by the Danish Kennel Club and the Fédération Cynlogique Internationale (World Canine Organization). It was popular with renaissance royalty, but its main use was for guarding & hunting
History & OriginThe Broholmer was named after Count Niels Frederik Sehested of Broholm-Funen, who starting during the late 1850’s spent decades standardizing & popularizing the Broholmer. However, after two world wars came and went, owning & feeding such a large dog was “out of style” and people lost interest in breeding the Broholmer. At the end of the WWII, the breed nearly became extinct. By 1975, a group by the name of “The Society for Reconstruction of the Broholmer Breed” that was supported by the Danish Kennel Club began the work of preserving & reviving this declining breed. The committee searched the country for this breed with help from the media, vets & dog lovers. They found black variants of the breed in northern Seeland, and one of the variants, “Manne” became the keystone of the modern Broholmer.
Currently, the breed population is growing. However, it still remains rare. Breeding of these dogs are still only approved through the committee.
AppearanceThe Danish Broholmer is a large, Mastiff type breed. Its rectangular build is strong with composed and powerful movements. The front dominated by powerful forequarters; a large chest that is broad and deep, the neck sturdy and the head massive & wide. Its been said the breed resembles that of a Great Dane x Mastiff cross. The coat is lies close to the body and is very short, but also has a thick undercoat, and can come in a light brownish yellow, golden, red, fawn, with black points. White markings on chest, feet and tail tip are also common.
TemperamentThe Broholmer is a watchful, good tempered, calm, friendly dog that shows great self-confidence. They are also quite social dog with even tempers that make a great watch/guard dog and a family companion. But like any dog of its size it needs obedience
Featuring July’s Targeted Breed of the Month
the Dutch Shepherd Dog / Hollandse Herdershond
The Dutch Shepherd is a breed that is subjected to Breed Specific Legislation due to the similarities in appearance they have with other targeted breeds, and are often subjected to other types of discrimination because of that.
The Dutch Shepherd dog is a breed of dog that evolved in the early 1800s in the southern party of the Netherlands, specifically in the province of Brabant & neighboring Beligum. This dog shares similar origins with the German Shepherd Dog and Belgian Shepherds. Because of the difficulties in defining the Standards for this dog, as well as the image of the German Shepherd as the supremely efficient service dog, the Dutch Shepherd is a breed that’s quite hard to find outside of the Netherlands. It became an official breed in 1898 when the “Nederlandse Herdershonden Club” was founded. Before this club was formed, the Dutch Shepherd Dog were bred only for their working capacities which include:
-guarding the home
On top of all that, it also is extremely successful in field trials.
Dutch Shepherds are dogs of medium size and weight, with very well proportioned, powerful, muscular, well-balanced bodies.
• Country of Origin: Netherlands
• Functionality: working/herding
• Coats: 3 varieties; short hair, wirehair & long-hair.
• Height: 55-63 centimeters
The Dutch Shepherd is not for everyone. They are social dogs, and have a very good sense of the “natural pack order” and prefer the company of his/her pack. They are extremely competent dogs, with an independent nature, mind of it’s own and can be quite stubborn at times. This means they need an owner who can give stable, and strict guidance to the dog, with a consistently gentle attitude. Don’t try to raise the dog with a hard hand.
That being said, they are family dogs, and are good with children as long as they have that strict, stable training guidance needed. The dog needs plenty of exercise and attention in order to thrive in a home. They are active working dogs.