Great Dane Ireland – Leevindane

Great Danes – Leevindane

Great Dane Dogs are our Passion.  At Leevindane we have been caring for Great Danes for 20+years.  During this time we have owned and loved Fawn, Black and Blue Great Danes. To date, 2019 Leevindane have produced Black and Blue Litters that have grown to become National Champions (12)  Multi Champions (5) in several European Countries, including, Finland, Estonia, Switzerland, Belgium, Luxembourg, Denmark and the Netherlands. We have made up International Champions (7) Junior Champions (9) European Junior Champions (1) European Winners (1) EuDDC Winners(1) Junior EuDDC Winner (1)  Vice World Winner (1)  Amsterdam Winner (1) Best Puppy Male Crufts (1) Veteran Champions (2)Veteran Celtic Winners(1) Celtic Puppy Winners (2) Celtic Winners (4)

We are the First and Only Irish Great Dane Kennels to have made Irish Champions in 3 Colour’s. The First and only Irish Kennel to have made up 2 Veteran Irish Champion & Celtic Veteran Champion.

Our Great Dane Puppies have found loving homes across Ireland, the UK, France, Finland, Europe, Bermuda and other countries of the World. We believe in health testing our Danes in order to prevent long-term health issues in the breed.

All of our Great Danes are Registered with the Irish Kennel Club and we adhere to the rules and regulations and code of ethics. Currently, we test for heart, hip, and elbow problems to ensure that we do not breed dogs with recognised health issues. To date, all of our tested Danes have been passed healthy and free of Cardiomyopathy and have also returned excellent hip and elbow scores. We are the first Irish Kennel to have participated in research on DCM with Liverpool University.  In 2017 we became the  First Irish Great Dane Kennel to successfully test our Puppies as part of the Pupscan Project. The Pupscan project is supported and partnered by the Irish Kennel Club and has agreed to a collaboration with University College Dublin.

Great Dane Puppies

We have embraced every opportunity to learn and educate ourselves in best practices in Animal Husbandry and diet for our beloved Danes. Most importantly we believe in breeding healthy well adjusted Great Danes of Excellent Temperament that will provide loving house companions.

If you would like to add your name to our list of potential homes.

or for more information on our health tests or otherwise please contact us.

A big thank you to all of our new and returning owners who have waited so patiently to provide a home to one of our wonderful pups. We welcome you to the extended family of Leevindane Great Danes.

We wish you all the very best of luck with your babies in the coming years and we hope you will keep in touch.  We love to see them grow and develop.

 Blue and Black

Thank you for Visiting our Great Dane website. As mentioned we have been passionately involved with Great Danes as a breed since 1997 celebrating 20+ Years of Great Dane ownership. In those 20 years, we have loved many wonderful companions.

Our Danes are our friends, our companions, our family members, our dependents and our passion. We treasure them above all else in our lives and protect and love them as you might love children. In return, our Great Danes have provided us with unconditional  Love, wonderful times and experiences.

The Beginning

In 1997 we were made aware of a litter of rescued puppies that desperately needed homes. We immediately decided to adopt one as we had been considering the Great Dane Breed for many years.

We contacted the R.S.P.C.A. in Northern Ireland & made arrangements to drive the couple of hundred miles to collect our Rescue Dane. We were very excited when we arrived to collect our Fawn Great Dane Puppy.  A great clumsy uncoordinated but very handsome male immediately befriended us. We named him Calvin. He was a fantastic companion who taught us much about  the gentle loving nature of this wonderful breed.  Calvin lived as our “surrogate child” for 6 joyful years. This was the beginning of our enduring passion for Great Danes.  It’s a journey that has seen us grow our family of Great Danes over the years.  Along the way,  we have had some heartbreaking times with the passing of our wonderful Pets.  For the most part, every day has been a special experience to witness the love and devotion that this large but gentle breed can offer. We never imagined a day would come that we would share our lives and home with so many wonderful Danes. Equally, we can never now imagine our lives without them.

Irish Kennel Club – Showing and Judging the Great Dane.

We became involved with the “Show Dog World” as recently as 2006 and have enjoyed some great times and success in this period. In the short time that we have been showing Great Danes, we have become one of the most accomplished and successful winning kennels for Great Danes in Ireland.

Leevindane Wins 9 trophies at the IGDC club show.
9 trophies at the IGDC club show

Our Kennel Leevindane is home to the most titled Great Danes in Ireland. No other Kennel has won as many titles both in Ireland and European countries including, Belgium, Finland, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Denmark. and Finland. We are also the first Irish Great Dane Kennel to have won International titles by winning CAC’s in four different European countries with several of our Dogs.  We shared some fantastic experiences along the way. Also, we have gotten to meet and know some great people through the “Show Dog Scene” who we are now delighted to call friends.  Showing Dogs, as enjoyable as it may be, never takes precedence over the health and well being of our Dane family. We would never have persisted showing our Danes if they did not enjoy the experience. We are both Irish Kennel Club Approved Judges at Green Star Level for Great Danes and are progressing in Group 2 Breeds.

Irish Kennel Club Judges List Derek Nevin

Irish Kennel Club judges List Michelle Leeper Nevin

Irish Great Dane Club Committee 2012

Irish Kennel Club Members, Committee work, and Club Membership

Since becoming involved with Showing Great Danes we have both served as committee members of the Irish Great Dane Club Combined Canine Committee, and we have both served as Secretary of the Midland Counties Canine Society.

Michelle served as Hon Show Secretary of the Midlands Counties Canine Society for several years. For the past two years, I have been happy to serve as the Chairman of Midlands Counties Canine Society.

Great Dane Association of Ireland

In 2016 we assisted in the setting up of a new fully inclusive Great Dane Association in Ireland. GDAI is dedicated to the development and promotion of the Great Dane Breed.  In 2017 the Great Dane Association of Ireland was affiliated to the Irish Kennel Club.  I am delighted to have been elected to serve as the first Chairperson of GDAI 2016-2017 and to have been returned for a second and third term 2017-2018, 2018- 2019. The Great Dane Association of Ireland is dedicated to improving the Health and Welfare of our Breed and to create an inclusive association where all Great Dane owners, be they Pet, show , registered or unregistered can work, learn and socialise together.

president of the Irish Kennel Club, Sean Delmar IKC president. Irish Great Dane Breeders, Irish Kennel Club Judges
Michelle and Derek with Irish Kennel Club President Mr Sean Delmar at Show Dog of the Year 2013
FCI  Great Dane Judges 

We believe it is important to offer assistance wherever possible to the running of shows. To offer an opinion, remain informed of changes and to learn from the experience of the people who have been involved with these clubs for many years. We have both also undertaken education and training as FCI Judges.  We have both judged at Green Star level in Group 2.  We have attended many judging seminars, education/training days, breed seminars, stewarding training and appointments wherever possible. We also have been instrumental in organising and hosting education and health seminars. Since 2017 Derek has also been the Irish Kennel Club Ard Comhairle representative to the Irish Kennel Club for Midland Counties Canine Society.

Tullamore Show.

In 2018 Michelle was invited by Tullamore Show the largest single Day livestock event in Europe with over 60,000 visitors to become involved on the executive committee to oversee the Obedience and Dog Show events.

Tullamore Show was awarded Tullamore Person of the Year for 2018 at an Awards Ceremony in April 2019. The Show Committee and all volunteers was recognised for its work in hosting such a successful nationally recognised event.

Great Dane Breeders/Health Screening

We are Hobby Breeders of Great Danes. Striving to improve our bloodline and the gene pool. Though not commercial Breeders, we endeavour to be as professional in our approach to breeding as possible. We do so with the greatest of commitment.  Our Danes welfare and the welfare of the Great Dane Breed is to the forefront of all of our actions. We never allow our females to whelp a litter until they reach full maturity between 2-3 years of age and never after 5 years.  All of our whelping takes place in our home under 24-hour supervision. All puppies are hand reared indoors until they are old enough to move to new homes typically at 8-12 weeks.  We are extremely selective in our research on suitability for homes for our puppies. We are extremely fortunate to date to ensure top quality homes and families for all our Great Dane Puppies.

Ever since we owned our first Dane we have set about educating ourselves in the well being and health of this fantastic breed. We have researched and exchanged information internationally with many other committed Breeders. At Leevindane, we have taken every opportunity to health test our Danes to ensure long and healthy lives for them and their progeny. All of our Dogs of breeding age have now been heart tested and declared clear of DCM (although annual screening is recommended). Our breeding Males and Females are also Hip and elbow tested.(see details on each individual Dog page). We are the First Irish Great Dane Kennel to have successfully tested and passed the EUDCC health assessment tests. Sunday, February 24th, 2013 we became the very first Irish Great Dane Breeder to have our Dogs Assessed for Breeding purposes under the EuDDC assessment program. “Aramis” became the First ever Dog and “Rua” the First . ever Bitch to be assessed by Mr Jacques Jansen President (NL) of the NDDC and Mr Sean Delmar President of the Irish Kennel Club.

Leevindane is also the only Irish Great Dane Kennel to date to participate in a DCM research study carried out by Liverpool University. This was arranged under the direction of the UK Breed Council and we are delighted to have been accepted to contribute to the research. We are delighted to assist in any research and testing that will improve the health and welfare of current and future generations of the Great Dane Breed.

Over the years, we have had some great assistance advice and support from many people. Far too many to mention individually. We must, however, mention and thank Ray and Jeannette Park of Rayjen Kennels for mentoring, guiding and educating us and becoming great friends with us along the way.

In 2017 we became the First Great Dane Kennel in Ireland to take part in the PupScan project by having our full litter tested and passed at Newbridge Veterinary Clinic.

Our Great Danes are often in demand for media work and have appeared regularly on TV including ads for Ulster Bank, Skoda and Live TV such as the Late Late Show.

Skoda Ad 2018 With Harvey and Harper

Ferrari Ulster Bank Ad 2016

Aramis Late Late Show 2016