Blue Great Dane Puppy Bitch Leevindane “Je-t’aime” from our recent litter such a Great little Girl so full of Life. Both parents heart, hip and elbow health tested for more information on health tests or otherwise please contact us.
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 wish you all the very best of luck with them in the coming years and we hope you will keep in touch, we love to see them grow and develop.
This is a repeat mating which produced a fabulous litter including “Harmony” Jun Ir Ch, Jun World Winner Finland 2014 and Jun EuDDC Champion Netherlands 2014 and EuDDC best Junior in Show Netherlands 2014.
Both Sire and Dam are fully Health tested for Heart (Doplar) Hips and Elbows and were the first Irish Great Danes to complete and pass the EuDDC assesment under Mr Jacques Jensen (Netherlands).
We are now accepting enquiries from forever loving Pet and Show Homes.
Great Danes Blue and Black
Welcome to our Great Dane website, we have been passionately involved with Great Danes as a breed since 1997.
Our Danes are our friends, our companions, our family, our dependants, our passion, our link to society in many ways. We treasure them above all else in our lives and protect and love them as you might love children. In return our Danes have provided us with unconditional Love, wonderful times, experiences, opportunities to meet and befriend many people and a reason and focus to live life to the full.
In 1997 we were made aware of a litter of rescued puppies that 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 and a great clumsy uncordinated but very handsome male immediately befriended us. We named him Calvin (1997 – 2003) & he was a fantastic companion who taught us much about the frailty,and the gentle loving nature of this wonderful breed. Calvin lived as our “surrogate child” for 6 joyful years. This was the beginning of our passion with Great Danes and a journey that has seen us grow our family of Great Danes. Along the way we have had some sad times with the passing of our wonderful companions but 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 but equally we can never now imagine our lives without them.
Showing Great Danes
We became involved with the “Show Dog World” as recently as 2006 and have had some great times and success in this period. We shared some fantastic experiences and got to meet and know some great people through the “Show Dog Scene” who we are now delighted to call friends. But to us enjoyable as the shows can be, our “Show Dogs ” are first and foremost our companions, our pets, our friends and our family. We would never have persisted showing our Danes if they did not enjoy the experience and indeed we have one beautiful girl “Beauty” who had fabulous potential but did not enjoy the experience and so we brought the curtain down on her show career at a very early age. She lives at home, happy to see the other dogs readied for the show knowing that she can laze at home on Show Day. Since becoming involved in the “Show Scene” we have become active members of the Irish Kennel Club. Showing regularly both at home in Ireland, in the UK and also throughout Europe, whenever possible.
We have also served as committee members of the Irish Great Dane Club and several other show committees including the Combined Canine Committee, BSD committee and the Midland Counties Canine Society of which Michelle was former Hon Show Secretary and I have now inherited the position. In our short time showing we have had great success,much greater than we could have possibly imagined. We have currently 5 Junior Ch titles,5 Ir Champions and 5 International Champions, 1 Multi 3 Multi 4 and Multi 5 Champion, never previously achieved in Ireland in the Great Dane Breed.
FCI Judging Great Danes
We believe it is important to offer assistance wherever possible to the running of shows. To offer opinion, remain informed of changes, accept direction, all in order to learn from the experience of the people who have been involved with these clubs for many years. We have both also commenced our training and education for as FCI Judges. We have attended many judging seminars, training days and breed seminars, and carried out stewarding appointments wherever possible.
Great Dane Breeders/Health Screening
For many years when people asked if we bred Great Danes we would almost apologetically explain that we only ever Breed if we are looking to keep a puppy for Showing purposes or to continue a blood line. I was almost ashamed by the misinformation presented about Breeders and how they are depicted. Firstly let me be clear we are not commercial Breeders, we are Hobby breeders attempting to to be as professional in our approach to breeding as we are with everything that we do.It has taken me several years to accept that everything that we do, be it showing, breeding or anything else we do with our Dogs we do it with the best of intentions, with the greatest of commitment and always with our Dogs welfare and the welfare of the Great Dane Breed at the forefront of our mind. We do not and have never Bred regularly. We never breed our females before 3 years of age and never after 5 years. All of our whelping takes place in our home under 24 hour supervision and our puppies are hand reared indoors until they are old enough to move to new homes typically 8-10 weeks. We are extremely selective in our research on suitability for homes for our puppies, and have been extremely fortunate to date to ensure top quality homes and families for our Great Dane Puppies.
Ever since we were lucky enough to own 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 relating to health issues, nutrition and temperament, and are actively involved with many of our fellow breeders in the health testing of our Dogs including heart, hip, elbow testing etc. Here at Leevindane we have taken every opportunity to test the health of our Danes to ensure long and healthy lives for our Danes and their progeny. All of our Dogs of breeding age have now been heart tested and have been declared clear of DCM (although annual screening is recommended and carried out by us), and our breeding Males and Females have also been Hip and elbow tested.(see details on each individual Dog page). We also actively take part in the IGDC and EUDCC health assessment tests and in fact were the first Irish Great Dane Kennel to participate in this test. We are also the only Irish Great Dane Kennel to participate in a DCM research study carried out by Liverpool University under the direction of the UK Breed Council and we are delighted to have been accepted to contribute to the research. We are happy to advise and assist in any research and testing that will improve the health and well being of current and future generations of our Great Danes and the Great Dane Breed in General. Along the way we have had some great assistance advise and support from many people too many to mention individually. We must however mention Ray and Jeannette Park of Rayjen Kennels for mentoring and guiding and educating us and becoming great friends to us along the way.Sunday February 24th 2013 we became the very first Irish Great Dane Breeder to have our Dogs Assessed for Breeding purposes under the EuDDC assesment program. “Aramis” became the First ever Dog and “Rua” the First ever Bitch to be assesed by Mr Jacques Jansen President (NL) of the NDDC and Mr Sean Delmar President of the Irish Kennel Club. Jacques is a specialist Judge of Great Danes judging Danes extensively in Europe. He has had Danes since 1974. He has served on the Nederlandse Duitse Doggen Club in different committee positions for 25 years and has also served a 6 year term as Secretary of EuDDC. It is out intention to fully test our Breeding line going forward for elbows, hips, and heart, to attempt to reduce the incidences of hereditary problems within the Breed and to increase the longevity of our Danes and their progeny.