Welcome to the Great Dane Club of America
     Welcome to the official web site for the Great Dane Club of America Inc. Within these pages you will find information regarding
  the Club, its structure, philosophy, and also a comprehensive collection of material concerning the Great Dane.

Today at the Great Dane Club of America

First ballot for 2020 judges going out soon. Approved Great Dane Judges List - click here

Special Note

The Great Dane Club of America Charitable Trust has donated $25,000 to research a new cancer infusion therapy for the treatment of Osteosarcoma in dogs. Based on our support the research group has committed to using great danes in one of their trials. This therapy could cross over into use in humans if it is successful in dogs. Please consider participating in this trial if you have a Great Dane who meets the guidelines. If you have any questions please feel free to contact Gary Nice at the email listed below, any Trustee or Dr. Neil O'Sullivan at drneil@minburncomm.net.

New Canine Infusion Therapy Trial is looking for Great Danes with Metastatic & Non-Metastatic Osteosarcoma. Trial is being conducted in Longview, TX (128 miles east of Dallas TX). Treatments will be twice a week either Monday and Wednesday or Tuesday and Thursday for four weeks and can start very quickly. Best candidates should be within driving distance of Longview, TX. For further information, please contact Gary Nice at garynice@caninecancercenters.com. In order for a candidate to enter the trial, we must have all documents verifying a diagnosis of the cancer including x-rays and pathology report. Complete health records also will need to be supplied.

*NEW* member application and sponsor forms available for download on the membership page!

Congratulations to Brianne Rock! Winner of the 2018 National Special Room Raffle Package
(Valued over $1,800.00)
Here is your chance to win a wonderful week , at the GDCA 2018
Midwest National in Kansas!
Where they say, “There is no place like home….”

  • 7-Night Stay (King or Double room) at the Capitol Plaza Hotel in Topeka, KS
  • Dinner and Lunch Package for two (2)
  • Top 20 Catalog
  • Conformation Catalog
  • Futurity Catalog
  • Video of the 2018 National Specialty (Donated by ShowDogVideoPros.com)

Current 2018 Bulletin (2nd quarter)

From the GDCA Board
Exciting Announcement for Continuous Fundraising

     Help Us Every Time You Shop at Amazon.com
     Amazon has a wonderful program called 'Amazon Smile', which contributes 0.5% back to charitable organizations that have registered with their program. The Charitable Trust just recently registered and you can help us and our Danes every time you shop at Amazon. When you are ready to shop, please go to this link: http://smile.amazon.com/ch/36-4436942
     This link is assigned to the GDCA CT and once you go to this link, sign into your Amazon account as usual to begin shopping, or if it is your first time shopping with Amazon, follow the prompts to create an account. Just that easy, just that quick!
     Please share this with all of your "non-dog" friends as well. As we get contributions back from Amazon, we will keep everyone posted on how well the program is doing.

Researching Your Pedigree
  *  Do you breed your Great Danes?
  *  Do you exhibit your Great Danes?
  *  Are you interested in researching how your Dane's pedigree may blend with another?
Glenn Beech, of Australia, developed and maintains a program that is a great resource for breeders: http://www.quintessa.net.au/Databases/search.html

Thank you in advance for shopping online, til you drop!

Great Dane Breeders
The GDCA has a Code of Ethics enjoins all breeders and requires its members to abide by certain practices designed to preserve and improve the breed and protect the Great Dane puppy buyer. Among them is a requirement that breeders be fully up to date on the latest in genetics and strive to eliminate hereditary defects in the breed.  The best place to obtain a well-bred Great Dane is from a reputable breeder. The key here is “reputable”. At all costs, avoid backyard breeders, on-line brokers and puppy mills, who work with poor quality bloodlines which may be genetically prone to a host of health problems.

Purchasing a Great Dane Puppy
Great Danes make wonderful family pets for a household which wants a large, affectionate short-haired breed who will offer a measure of protection. They are a very people-oriented breed and need to be a part of the family. Great Danes do not do well in kennel situations or where they are exclusively outdoor dogs. They need and crave human companionship. Great Danes are loving, easy to housebreak, simple to groom, and of average intelligence. The Great Dane Club of America's web site provides additional information about purchasing a Great Dane Puppy.
Great Dane Health and Research
Bloat - is the number one killer of Great Danes & Great Danes are the #1 breed at risk for bloat. For reasons not fully understood, in certain deep-chested breeds in particular, the stomach distends, then has a tendency to rotate, which cuts off the blood supply to various parts of the body, as well as effectively shutting down digestion. This condition is extremely painful as well as a true emergency that is rapidly life threatening. A dog with a bloated, twisted stomach (technically called "Gastric Dilatation and Volvulus") will die in great pain in a matter of hours unless drastic steps are taken: surgery is normally necessary. The reasons for GDV are currently not understood, however most would agree that multiple small meals per day and preventing vigorous exercise around mealtimes can help reduce the chances of bloat.