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Great Danes - week 17Updated : 24/04/2017

IT WAS over to the Royal Welsh Showground in Builth Wells where the W/PBA of Wales had appointed long-term breed enthusiast Colin Richardson (Taylot) as our judge. A satisfying, above average for this society, entry with 69 exhibits making 78 entries (16 absent) awaited for a 9.30am start. The Dane ring, 20, was located at t...

Great Danes - week 16Updated : 13/04/2017

THE SCOTTISH GDC held its championship show at the Lanark Agricultural Centre on Saturday where breed judges Mandy Bithell (Bourntwyn) and Judy Thurlby (Justinian) were appointed. The venue is easily accessible, offers great parking facilities and the centre is light and airy. As has been the case for the past couple of year...

Great Danes - week 15Updated : 06/04/2017

THE SOUTH Western GDC held its championship show at Hutton Moor Leisure Centre, Weston-super-Mare, where two breed enthusiasts were appointed. It was a beautiful spring like morning, which made the journey very pleasant and upon arrival the sports centre was, adorned with silhouette Dane ring supports, which enhanced the loo...

Great Danes - week 14Updated : 30/03/2017

ON SATURDAY it was over to The Kennel Club Building, Stoneleigh for the Great Dane Breeders and Owners Association open show and The Great Dane Club’s limited show, another successful ‘back-to-back’ event for these two clubs. It was a beautiful spring morning and fortunately the venues car park was not too ...

Great Danes - week 13Updated : 23/03/2017

THERE were a number of worthy breed successes last weekend at open shows, which is very rewarding. At Woolwich and Bexley Jill Cranfield’s owner bred fawn male, Zeafther’s Heart Breaker (Ch Kantalar My Simple Heart ex Dutch Ch Z Total Minded) won BNSC working and ultimately G1 under Mrs H Watkins (Nineglens). Mis...

Great Danes - week 12Updated : 16/03/2017

THIS YEAR, for the Great Dane, Cruft’s began on Wednesday. As I am confident most will be aware I was nominated for the Breed Note Writer of the Year award at The Pawscars, celebrating the best of the British dog scene. The Pawscars, brainchild of the Crufts 2013 BIS handler Gavin Robertson and Dog World’s MD Stu...

Great Danes - week 11Updated : 08/03/2017

THE NORTHERN GDC held its championship show at Sutton Leisure Centre, St Helens where there were two long standing breed judges appointed with Janet Brooker (Beizjan) dogs and Jeanette Park (Rayjen) bitches. The weather left a lot to be desired on the journey to the venue with torrential rain and even a snow flurry greeting ...

Great Danes - week 10Updated : 02/03/2017

IT IS HAS been well documented that the only Great Dane to ever achieve the coveted title of BIS at Crufts (Olympia, Kensington), was the fawn male Ch Elch Edler of Ouborough (Kalandus of O ex Ch Raet of O) who achieved this back on Feb 7, 1953. Owned by ‘Mr Great Dane’, Bill Siggers, who piloted him to this titl...

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...

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