you for your interest in the Great Dane Club of Pennsylvania.
Our club was originally organized as The Philadelphia Great Dane
Fanciers Association, then as The Great Dane Club
of Philadelphia. The name was changed to what it currently is
in 1939. We are one of the oldest clubs in the
country devoted to the interests of Great Danes.
While the backbone of our club’s membership is a core of
devoted exhibitors and breeders with many years of experience in our
breed, many of our members do not have any interest in showing their
beloved companion dogs. They belong to the club solely for
the fun and camaraderie that is offered through sharing an appreciation
of our breed.
Our club currently holds dinner meetings at 7:30 p.m. on the second
Monday of each month, March through November.
year we offer programs that are enlightening, entertaining, and
hopefully educational. All guests are welcome. In
addition, our members and their guests gather each year to celebrate
our breed and our accomplishments at an annual Awards Dinner held at
one of the many fine restaurants in the area.
We hold two "fun" matches each year, spring and
fall. Here new puppies and handlers alike can experience the
fun of competing in the most casual of arenas, and perhaps enjoy the
exhilaration of winning their very first ribbon! For the more
seasoned enthusiast, our annual Independent Specialty Show has been
held on the first Sunday in October for over 40 years.
Conveniently located a short drive from the metro Philadelphia area,
the beautiful country setting of our show site is easily accessible
Pennsylvania Turnpike. It offers a relaxed atmosphere, good
food, concessions, raffles that will appeal to all dog lovers, and the
opportunity to experience autumn in the Northeast at its
best. Our show traditionally draws entries of the finest our
breed has to offer from many areas of the country. Recently,
we have also been hosting a second specialty show each spring in
conjunction with an all-breed dog club in the area.
So, if you share the sentiments found in the Club’s mission
statement: "…It is our responsibility to encourage
sincere, responsible, ethical, and scientific breeding, and to protect
and advance the interests of the Great Dane…", please give
some thought to joining us at one of our meetings and get to know
You’ll be glad you did.