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.

Kennel Club Discover Dogs Crufts
Birmingham 2023

On behalf of all the nine Great Dane breed clubs in the UK, The Great Dane Club organised this years Great Dane stand at the Kennel Club’s Discover Dogs at Crufts (Birmingham). With over two hundred different dog breeds, there is no place better to find out more about a specific breed, Discover Dogs is for anyone that loves dogs.
We are proud to announce that this years stand organised by Joanne Walton has won Best Working Group Booth 2023. We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved in making this years event such a memorable one. A very special thanks to all the Great Danes who seemed to enjoy centre stage and all the fuss.

We have received some lovely comments and messages which makes all the hard work by all involved worth while –

Hello! We are vizsla exhibitors who visited the Great Danes at discover dogs , I just wanted to say how amazing the ladies were there and how friendly they were! My kids loved the dogs and the little rosettes were an amazing touch ! My daughter took hers into school today for show and tell, thank you !

“Yayy! I took one of the rosettes for myself which I will keep as a little keepsake. Great Danes are my favourite breed of dog, and I absolutely love visiting them every year at the discover dogs stand 🥰 I can’t wait to be in the position to own one in the future!”


Great Dane Breed Appreciation Day

We look forward to hopefully seeing some of you at our Great Dane Breed Appreciation Day. Sunday 14th May 2023 Wilbarston Village Hall, Carlton Road, Wilbarston, Market Harborough, LE16 8QD. The day is open to all who are interested in judging or who would just like to learn more about the Great Dane. Our Breed Speaker is Mrs Sue Searle (Murrayvhayle).
The MCE will be available for those who wish to take it, as well as limited availability for a Group mentoring session (12 spaces, candidates must be at least level 2 on the JEP in Great Danes).
In order to sit the MCE, applicants must fulfil the Level One requirements of JEP, which are:
* a minimum of 5 years proven interest in pedigree dogs.
* attend a dog show judge seminar (but it is not mandatory to take and pass the examination)
* attend a Conformation and Movement seminar.
* complete a minimum of 2 full-day stewarding appointments.
Cost of breed talk, MCE & including lunch £30, Breed talk only with lunch is £25
Please contact Joanne Flanagan by email Soupury@aol.com for information or to book a place.


The GDB&OA Championship Show,
The GDC Members Limited & The GDC Championship Show
Sat & Sun 05th & 06th August 2023

The GDC Open Show
Sunday 26th November 2023

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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