Midland & West of England Great Dane Club

Midland & West of England Great Dane Club

Est. 1948

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Stud Book bands outline the various levels of qualification criteria which have to be achieved for a dog to gain its Stud Book Number- an award which will qualify a dog for entry at Crufts.

The bands are divided into 5 levels, and breeds are assigned their band on an annual basis. A dog can gain a Stud Book Number in various ways, through winning a Challenge Certificate or a Reserve Challenge Certificate or having gained a specific award in one of the classes in their band at a Championship Show where CC's are on offer for the breed.

A Stud Book Number can also be awarded to a dog having qualified for it's Junior Warrant. CC's, Reserve CC's and Junior Warrants qualify in all bands.

The Stud Book Bands are reviewed annually using entry statistics gathered from General, Group and Breed Club Championship shows over the previous two years. The totals are then averaged out and applied to a scale which determines which Stud Book Band the breed falls into.

For 2015 it is confirmed that the Great Dane will be in Stud Book Band C. This means 1st/2nd in Open Class or 1st in Limit Class.


Our committee received a letter of thanks from the Animal Health Trust after the M&Wof EGDC donated £750 to help in their research for inherited genetic risk factors relating to Osteosarcoma in Great Danes

Please click HERE to view letter.  (Apologies for the poor quality of the image)

With the aim of increasing entries and encouraging new exhibitors the KC, after a two-year consultation, has revealed the names of the six new ‘All Breed’ shows where all breeds will be allocated CCs – Bath, Darlington, LKA, Leeds, Manchester and Windsor, which will join Crufts, Birmingham National, Welsh Kennel Club and Scottish Kennel Club May show.

It has been brought to the attention of the GDBC that some ill advised people have been using various social media platforms to abuse, and bully. It must be known that this reflects badly on the perpetrators and will not be tolerated. For guidelines and advice regarding this, please click here Kennel Club Issues Advice On Social Media Use and Facebook Rules and be aware that there will be consequences, and extreme cases of threat or bullying will be reported to the legal authorities.

On the 25th January the Kennel Club Genetics Centre at the Animal Health Trust launched the "Give a Dog a Genome" project and we are pleased to announce that our application to be included has been accepted. The £1000 donation for each breed is being matched by the Kennel Club. All nine Breed Clubs are fully supporting this research to create the UK's largest Genome bank.  This will be of considerable help in the understanding of the canine genome and improve canine health.

The aim is to sequence the entire genomes (consisting of 2.4 billion DNA letters) of 50 different breeds by the end of 2016. The Health sub-committee made its initial enquiry to the AHT in mid-February, securing a place subject to receipt of the donation. The uptake in the project by breeds has been extremely quick. The £1000 donation money came from the Breed Council (8 clubs) and the Great Dane Breeders and Owners. There are now over 70 breeds who have applied to join and in addition to the original 50 required, the AHT hope to move forward in 2017 with a further 25. It is understood that we are included in the first 50 to be sequenced. For more information it is suggested that you visit the AHT website at www.aht.org.uk/gdg

The Kennel Club have approved a new official DNA testing scheme for Inherited Myopathy in Great Danes (IMGD)/Hereditary Myopathy/Centronulcear Myopathy (HMLR,CNM) This is something within our control and, with careful breeding programs, can be eradicated from our breed. The test being done is Centronuclear myopathy (CNM) for inherited myopathy or, in the old days, central core myopathy. Laboklin does the test for mutation in the BIN1 gene.

Genetic Tests  may also be carried out for coat colour testing   LISTS OF UK LABORATORIES

The Kennel Club has confirmed that from 1st August 2018, any DNA health test result submitted for inclusion on its database must have at least two forms of identification on the result certificate.   

It will be mandatory to include the dog’s microchip or tattoo number along with either the dog’s registered name or registered number. Any test results that do not carry these identifying features will not be accepted.

This brings the recording of DNA test results in line with those health tests carried out by the British Veterinary Association.

On 9/9/2018 Mr Neil Morgan was unanimously voted in as our Acting Secretary,(now converted to Sectretary at the 2019 AGM) due to Sarah Tempests reluctant resignation from the post, having upcoming surgery and other commitments. Sarah will be staying on the committee in her role as Social Secretary            


Neil would like to introduce himself to you all…..

I have been involved in the dog world since the age of 12. A long time ago………

My chosen breed way back then was Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, “Hywillhaze”. I lived in the same village as the late great Molly Cocker, “Homerbrent”. We would travel to many a show together and in those days many a trip was on a dog coach. I remember vividly leaving Newton Abbot railway station at 11pm at night to make it to the championship shows of Scotland.

I took a sabbatical from dog showing to raise a family and have returned to the world of Great Danes. This is entirely my wife’s fault who has wanted one since the age of seven. We have both fallen totally in love with the breed and could now not foresee living without one.

However, my involvement within the dog scene was still strong, helping my parents run the Devon County Dog Show (3-Day event) these past 35 years. My mother judges in the Toy and Utility groups at championship shows and my late father was Group steward at Crufts, Windsor and Richmond shows.

Not much has changed over the years, except the drastic full in numbers. Whilst this is undoubtedly due to many reasons, expense probably being high on the list. The sheer vast array of breeds on offer today has clearly contributed.

It is with Great Honour that I take on the reins of Secretary (Acting) and will commit 100% enthusiasm to the role. We have a great team at M&WEGDC that I know will help and assist and many a helping hand I have found within the Great Dane community as well.

I appreciate we have different opinions and debate is always healthy but let us not forget we are all volunteers and we all love our Great Danes. It is particularly important to me that Great Dane clubs work together and support each other, we are after all on the same side.

Kind regards

Neil Morgan

You may now view and check your membership status     HERE

June 2019

The lovely Ken Humphries has kindly agreed to take on the role of Patron for the Mid & West of England GDC. Thank you Ken,we are very much appreciative.


We have received the following information from the KC :

Breed Watch – Great Dane  

Following the Dog Health Group’s Breed Standards & Conformation sub-group meeting, I have been requested to contact you on behalf of the sub-group with regard to Breed Watch.

Following discussion of visible health and welfare concerns in a number of breeds,

the sub-group concluded, following approval of the Dog Health Group and the Board, that “unsound movement”, “weak hindquarters” and “nervous temperament” should be monitored and therefore should be added to Breed Watch as points of concern for the breed. It was also agreed that the current point “conformation defects of the upper and lower eyelids (loose eye lids)” be amended to “excessive amounts of loose facial skin with conformation defects of the upper and/or lower eyelids so that the eyelid margins are not in normal contact with the eye when the dog is in its natural pose (e.g. they turn in, or out, or both abnormalities are present”.

Breed Watch is an early warning system intended for judges to note any visible points of concern which they should take into consideration and penalise when judging the breed. Judges are asked to complete the judge’s health monitoring form following appointments at championship shows. This is to prevent introduction of health and welfare concerns that are detrimental to a dog’s wellbeing and to maintain high standards of health in the show ring. The form can be accessed online below;


Exhibitors should also take the time to become familiar with the points of concern that can affect their breed, as they too have an important role to play in ensuring that dogs are free from health concerns and exaggeration.

As Breed Watch serves as a “roll-on, roll-off” system, after a period of 12 months should no reports of these concerns be made by judges when completing the mandatory health monitoring form given above, then the point(s) will be reviewed and potentially removed. All points of concern are assessed quarterly and breed health co-ordinators will receive an annual summary to share with their breed, this is to continually review points of concerns reported by Judges.

More information on Breed Watch and the Judges Health Monitoring process can be found at



Kind regards,



Charlotte McNamara


Health and Welfare Development Manager

Canine Health and Welfare

The Kennel Club


Midland & West of England  Great Dane Club

Annual General Meeting

A message from the Midland and West GDC Committee:

"In light of the escalating COVID-19 pandemic the committee have taken the decision to postpone their AGM, scheduled for Sunday 10th May 2pm at the Cocked Hat, Rugby Road, Binley Wood CV3 2AY until further notice. We hope everyone will understand their decision in these very challenging times. The committee will communicate a revised date when it is safe to do so, via Our Dogs Breed notes, M&WEGDC web site and social media, more importantly, please stay safe".


We have been advised with immediate effect, Tony Pearce has decided to step down as Chairman of The Great Dane Breed Council. I’m sure that you will join with us in wishing Tony well and thanking him for his input as Chairman in recent years and for his sterling efforts over many years as Breed Health Officer.