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

The 2nd Quarter GDCA Board meeting will be held on April 8, 2017 at the Doubletree Hotel, HIA Airport, 15747 John F. Kennedy Blvd., Houston, TX. Meeting start time will be 9AM and will continue throughout the day.
Judges for 2018
Breed - John Walsh
Bitches - Nancy D. Simmons
Dogs - Mari Hayhurst
John Gerszewski
Susan Davis Shaw

Q1 2017 bulletin

Request from GDCA Internet Chairperson:
TO: GDCA Membership. We're looking for new candid photos of our dogs. Will need only those that exhibit dogs only, no handlers, show photos etc. (Check out Home Page for current photo samples.) Please submit .jpg to the Internet Chair. Thank you, Nancy

TO: Affiliate Club Secretary's. Please submit your upcoming show info so we can add it to the list on the website. Include Club name, date of show closing date, location, judge, contact person's email and show secretary.

First round ballots are in the mail to choose judges for 2018. Also included in the mailing is a question vote on whether you would like the Standards Committee to draft a color standard for the merle. If the majority vote yes, the Committee will get to work on developing a color standard for merle to be voted on by the membership at a later date. Please consider these ballots carefully and return both ballots before May 1st.

As you review the listing of Great Dane judges, please note that Barbara Steinbacher Dalane should have an * to indicate that she is a GDCA member.

Sue Davis Shaw
Corresponding Secretary

IMPORTANT: Check Out Pet "Lemon Law" Sites By State
Genetic investigation of wobbler syndrome in Great Danes

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.