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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 & Origin

The 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.


The 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.


The 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:
-herding sheep
-guarding the home
-rescue work
-police work
-drug detection
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.

Quick Facts:
• 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.

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Scooby-Doo27 Featured By Owner May 31, 2014  Student Artist
Awwww! I love dogs!!! I think those breeds would be great for my family.😀
TeaPhotography Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012  Professional General Artist
Added again to #DevNews July 27th Edition.
TeaPhotography Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012  Professional General Artist
Added to #DevNews for July 6th Edition.
glassreflections Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
:D Thank you.
TeaPhotography Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012  Professional General Artist
Wow, WOnderful article!
Thank you for this very informative and interesting article, I just loved it. :heart:
cookie4me Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Ah, dutch pride! When I choose my breed, I had two ''finalists'' as it were. Border collie or dutch shepard. I choose border collie purely for their smaller stature. If I ever get a second dog it will be a wire haired dutch shepard. To me, they're one of the most beautiful dogs out there.
glassreflections Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
They have gorgeous coats I agree. We had a mix a few years back that was part Dutch Shepherd (and German Shepherd and Malinois) and he's how I was introduced to the breed and the reason why I chose the breed for this :)
He's right here: [link]
cookie4me Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow! Keir was very beautiful. May he rest in peace. :)

I myself have had a Malinois mix as well. Shepherd mixes are wonderful dogs.
glassreflections Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you for your kind words.

Malinois are great dogs, and shepherd mixes are always fun to have around.
mimmiley Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
How cute :D
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