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Great Danes - week 9Updated : 23/02/2017

IT IS TIME to review the forthcoming shows and start with activity in April. Kicking off is the SWGDC’s championship show held at the Hutton Moor Leisure Centre, Weston-Super-Mare where we have two breed judges appointed. Our breed health officer Maria McGuinness (Dinahtron) is looking after the males and this will be ...

Great Danes - week 8Updated : 16/02/2017

OVER AT Madison Square Garden Centre, New York for the 141st Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show had the Great Dane judging on day two. The breed had Joyce Vanek (Evergreen, Colorado) appointed and she awarded BOB to the extremely popular fawn male Gr Chp Ch Gracyn Lost Creek The Descendant of Elan (Am Ch Elan’s Command D...

Great Danes - week 7Updated : 09/02/2017

THE M&WEGDC held its annual Colour Format show on Sunday at the Connexion, Coventry where David Simpson (Renescent) was appointed to judge the fawn and brindles, Mick Gordon (Rustibee Boxers, French Bulldogs) to judge the blue, harlequin, black and mantle and leading Collie specialist and all-rounder Geoff Duffield (Ange...

Great Danes - week 6Updated : 02/02/2017

THE KENNEL Club’s Breeder e-news email arrived with details surrounding its new educational resource for breeders as supported by the KC and Eukanuba. This free, invaluable, online resource provides much of what you need to know before breeding with your dog via an array of insightful films presented by experts in thei...

Great Danes - week 5Updated : 26/01/2017

SATURDAY was working day at Manchester where Sharon Pinkerton (Bareve) was appointed to judge the Danes. We were second in the ring, not before 11am, after Rottweilers. Sharon got underway with a magnificent entry of 60 exhibits giving 65 entries (11 exhibits absent on the day) at 1.45pm. Considering that there were no CCs o...

Great Danes - week 4Updated : 20/01/2017

I RECEIVED the latest breed watch booklet from the Kennel Club this week aimed at promoting pedigree dog health. This booklet is principally a resource for judges at championship shows giving them an opportunity to report any visible health concerns or exaggerations that they consider to be detrimental to the health and welf...

Great Danes - week 3Updated : 12/01/2017

THE FIRST all breed championship show of 2017 was at Boston where Penny Sands (Krakenexis), supported and sponsored by the EEGDC, was appointed to judge the breed without CC status. This year there were 27 exhibits making 35 entries (five absent on the day) and judging, located in part of the BIS ring, was underway at 9am. ...

Great Danes - week 2Updated : 05/01/2017

AS THE entries near closing for Crufts, I thought it prudent to remind exhibitors about the usage of soft crates and thank Gayle Waring for bringing this to the fore. Throughout the schedule there are a number of references that read: “All soft crates MUST be folded and stored under benches, they MUST NOT block gangway...

Great Danes - week 1Updated : 29/12/2016

MAY I WISH the readers of this column, and of course your Great Danes, a happy, successful and healthy 2017.       I thought it might be quite timely that we review the appointed championship show judges for the campaign ahead. We have already had Boston where Penny Sands (Krakenexis) was officiat...

Great Danes - week 52Updated : 20/12/2016

I FOUND the headline the on the front page of Dog World (Dec 9) most interesting and something I have been thinking on for some time: ‘Should judges be monitored on the showground?’ Certainly within Great Danes there have been a few occasions during the 2016 campaign where we have witnessed exhibits who have achi...

Great Danes - week 51Updated : 14/12/2016

LKA, THE final championship show of the campaign, had Michael Bruggenburg-Rothschild (Merribox) appointed to judge our breed. Michael’s entry was somewhat disappointing with 47 exhibits making 50 entries (17 absent on the day).      DCC, and BOB, was the open winner, Ch Vanmore Stop And Stare at ...

Great Danes - week 50Updated : 12/12/2016

THE FINAL breed club show of 2016 was at the Sports Connexion, Coventry where the Midland and West of England GDC held its championship show. A warm welcome from show manager Mandy Bithell and her team, all of whom were donning their festive knitwear. It was apparent that they were collectively pulling together to put on a s...

Great Danes - week 49Updated : 01/12/2016

THE GDC of Wales held its championship show at the Chepstow Leisure Centre, Monmouthshire where long term breed enthusiasts Rosemary Steiner (Arkubs), dogs, and Averil Thorndyke (Taranmur), bitches, were appointed.      This year the club adopted a new format with one spacious ring, which provided suff...

Great Danes - week 48Updated : 24/11/2016

IT WAS over to The Cricket Connexion at Coventry where the Great Dane Club and the Great Dane Breeders and Owners Association were holding their back-to-back open shows. This was the fourth year these two popular club’s had joined forces to stage such a day giving the opportunity for exhibitors to benefit from two show...

Great Danes - week 47Updated : 17/11/2016

ONE OF the most anticipated dates in the Great Dane diary is that of the South Western GDC’s top 12 finals. This year was its 36th competition, the 16th at Brean Sands, Somerset, and as always there were many who made the most of the weekend.      Secretary Sally Lewis has the unenviable task of ...

Great Danes - week 46Updated : 10/11/2016

THE WPBA of Scotland was held at the Royal Highland Showground where Sandy Lipman (Lisvane) was appointed. Sandy had attracted a wonderful entry of 66 exhibits making 73 entries (23 exhibits absent on the day). DCC was the limit winner, Carranisle Masked Monsieur at Tabordane (Roucandane Someone Like You ex Carbarline First ...

Great Danes - week 45Updated : 03/11/2016

AT MIDLAND Counties we had Barrie Croft (Malcro) judging who had attracted a wonderful entry, even more so for a weekday show, of 81 exhibits making 85 entries (22 exhibits absent on the day). Judging was delayed by 30 minutes due to traffic congestion and was underway at 9.30am. We had a super sized ring in the main hall ad...

Great Danes - week 44Updated : 27/10/2016

LIZ DAVIES, Great Dane Care, sent me a direct link to the Welsh programme Heno, a nightly magazine with stories from all over Wales, which features husband Gordon and the fawn male Capone who they have with them currently. The link is only available via the BBC iPlayer, www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p04b53j4/heno-thu-20-oct-...

Great Danes - week 43Updated : 20/10/2016

THIS YEAR’S Dane of the Year, the 64th, was sponsored by the GDC of Wales and held at Coventry’s Sports Connexion. As always we had two breed judges appointed and I am sure both ladies will agree that collectively they have a good number of years’ experience within the breed between them.   &nb...

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