ABOUT US – Our History

The committee of 2023 re-enacting a photo from the early 1900’s for our 140th anniversary.

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 GDC Members Limited & Championship Show
Sat 03rd & Sun 04th August 2024


The Great Dane Club in association with The Great Dane Breeders & Owners Association, The East of England Great Dane Club, The Great Dane Club of Wales and The South Western Great Dane Club held it’s first Breed Appreciation Day on Sunday 14th May 2023. The GDC would like to thank all involved and hope you all found it educational, informative, friendly and interactive and has left you with a new understanding and love of our breed the Great Dane.


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!”

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