ABOUT US – Our History

A specialist club for Great Danes was first formed in the United Kingdom in April 1883 – primarily due to the efforts of Mr Frank Adcock, Mr R Leigh Pemberton and the Rev Gambier Bolton. It was proposed to call it The Great Dane Club and under that name would be included all the various coloured specimens known as  – Boar Hounds, Tiger Mastiffs and German Mastiffs.


The Great Dane ClubMembers Ltd. ShowSat 07th Aug 2021
The GDC Members Limited
& Championship Show
05th & 06th August 2023
Schedules will be available next spring.
The Great Dane ClubChamp ShowSun 08th Aug 2021
The GDC Open Show 2023
Details to be added soon

The Great Dane Club would like to thank the following companies
for sponsoring our 2022 Members Limited & Championship Shows

Champions 2021
In recognition of all Champions made up in 2020/2021 the owners below were awarded with a special rosette to celebrate their dogs gaining their crown, these rosettes were awarded at our 2022 Championship Show.

If you would like your show to be advertised here, please get in touch.

The Great Dane Club of Denmark hope to see you at the EDS in 2023

Updated Breed Council Judges List Criteria – May 2022

Update – Registration of the colour Merle

As you will most likely be aware the colour Merle has been a widely discussed topic in recent years and the Great Dane Club has been keen to involve its members in guiding the route forwards.
The first members pole was conducted in December last year with 98% of voters supporting Registration of the Colour Merle. Since this time Merle has been added as a Non Breed Standard Colour for Registration by the KC.
Our second members pole was conducted in March this year with 64% of voters in favour of the Colour Merle being included as a Breed Standard Colour by the KC. We along with the other Clubs presented our members vote at the Breed Council meeting on 30th May 2021 and the results were announced.
The following is from the Secretary of The Great Dane Breed Council.

“At the Breed Council Meeting on Sunday 30th May ’21 the results of the Members poll, carried out by the Breed Clubs, were announced. The Club polls resulted in the required Club majority NOT being reached in order for the colour Merle to eventually in the future, being put before the Kennel Club for consideration for inclusion as a Recognised Colour within the Kennel Club’s Great Dane Breed Standard”.

The Colour Merle will now remain as a Non Breed Standard colour (NBS) with the UK Kennel Club for the foreseeable future.  
We would like to thank all of our members who participated in our polls.

To contact a member of the committee please message us via our Facebook page The Great Dane Club UK.

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