Great Dane Ireland – Leevindane

Leevindane Great Danes

Great Danes are our Passion. At Leevindane we have Loved, Cared and Shared our home with Great Danes since 1997. During this time we have owned and loved Fawn, Black and Blue Great Danes. Our Great Danes are first and foremost our Pets.

Many of them we have successfully shown gaining a great many Champion titles across, Ireland and Europe.

We are a hobby Breeder that from time to time breed a litter to continue our successful bloodline.

We are dedicated to Health Testing our great Danes in order to assist in reducing the incidence of Genetically inherited Health problems.

Our aim is to Breed Great Danes of excellent Health and Temperament to the F.C.I. breed Standard.

The Great Dane Temperament is an incredibly important feature of the Breed as they will grow to be a very large Dog. A well socialised and even tempered disposition is desirable in a Dane. It is vital that young puppies are properly trained and slowly introduced to new surroundings and experiences as the develop.This will help your Dane to grow into a confident Adult Dog.

Great Dane Puppies

Our Great Dane Puppies have found loving homes across Ireland, the UK, France, Finland, Europe, Bermuda and several other countries of the World. We believe in health testing in order to prevent long-term health issues in the breed. We are delighted that so many of our Danes achieve a grand old age, many reaching 12 or 13 years. 

Currently, we test for heart, hip, elbow and spondylosis problems to ensure that we do not breed dogs with recognised health issues.

All of our Great Dane Puppies are Registered with the Irish Kennel Club and we comply fully with their rules, regulations and code of ethics.

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.

We have embraced every opportunity to learn and educate ourselves in best practices in Animal Husbandry and diet. Most importantly we believe in breeding healthy well adjusted Great Dane Puppies 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.


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 remain active campaigners for Great Dane rescue to this day. 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 the BreedIt’s a journey that has seen us grow our family  over the years.  Along the way,  we have had some heart breaking 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.

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, we have become one of the most accomplished and successful winning kennels for Great Danes in Ireland.

Leevindane Great Danes Ireland Wins 9 trophies at the IGDC club show.
9 trophies at the IGDC Club Show

Leevindane Great Danes Ireland is home to the most titled Great Danes in Ireland. No other Irish Great Dane Kennel has won as many titles both in Ireland and European countries including, Belgium, Finland, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Denmark and Estonia .

Show Wins

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 Ireland, Finland, Estonia, Switzerland, Belgium, Luxembourg, Denmark and the Netherlands. We have developed Danes to 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 Fawn, Blue and Black.

The First and only Irish Kennel to have made up 2 Veteran Irish Champion & Celtic Veteran Champion.

We are also the first and only Irish Great Dane Kennel to have won International titles by winning CAC’s in four different European countries with several of our Dogs.

Our Kennel is the first in Ireland to have taken 2 Danes to Veteran Irish Ch Titles.

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 Dogs if they did not enjoy the experience.

We are both Irish Kennel Club 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 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. Since 2016 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 and to have served for 3 terms guiding the Asscociation to full IKC affiliation before stepping aside in 2019 in line with our Association rules. 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.

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

Canine first Responders

We are Hobby Breeders  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.

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

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