Willamette Valley Great Dane Club
2020 Specialty

April 2nd, 2020 10:00pm-6:00pm

Our Specialty Show Judges

We are honored and thrilled that the following judges have agreed to judge our Specialties!

First Show

  • Conformation & Owner Handler - Dr. Tracy Powell - Conneticut

4-6 Month Beginner Puppy Competition

  • 4-6 Month Beginner Puppy Competition - Dr. Tracy Powell - Conneticut

Second Show

  • Sweepstakes - John Neet - California

  • Juniors - Cathy De La Garza - Texas

  • Conformation & Owner Handler - Cathy De La Garza - Texas

Show Documents

FAQs - Your questions answered

What is a Specialty Show?

Specialty Dog Shows are very special 🙂 Lets look at the various kinds of dog shows. "All Breed" shows, are just that, all breeds are allowed to enter and show. "Limited Breed" shows are for multiple breeds, usually one of the AKC groups, such as the "Toy" group, the "Sporting" group, etc.

Specialty Dog Shows are for a single breed. This is a much smaller show than an All breed show - because it is just one breed showing, but Specialties are VERY popular with exhibitors. Usually a judge has a great deal of experience in the breed being shown. For example, with a Great Dane Specialty the judge is likely to be a Great Dane breeder or perhaps a breeder of a breed built very similarly to the Great Dane. Exhibitors that receive awards, exhibitors that "win" at a specialty feel very good about their wins.

The awards, ribbons and trophies at a bit more elaborate at a Specialty show. There are often special events like a Raffle Table and special classes, like parades for veterans.

Exhibitors with their dogs travel further for a Specialty, so the breed entry numbers, in our case, the Great Dane entry is usually much highe

How often are Specialty Shows scheduled?

Usually a Great Dane Club holds a Specialty show annually, once a year. There are usually only 1-3 Great Dane Clubs in a state and not all of them have Specialties. So most states have just one specialty a year, but larger states can have 1-3 Specialties a year. In Oregon, there is only one AKC GDCA Great Dane Club and there is just one Specialty.

Will Great Dane Exhibitors and breeders talk with visitors during the show?

Yes! At various times during the shows, exhibitors and breeders will be happy to talk about their dogs and answer questions, but when it is getting close to the time their dog will be judged, they will switch gears and all the attention will be on their dog and what is happening in the ring. So understand that there are times when exhibitors won't be able to talk.

Will breeders have puppies at the show?

Generally the only dogs at the show are dogs that are entered. The age of the youngest puppy class is the 6-9 months class, so the youngest puppies will be 6 months old.

Fawn Great Dane

Come see lots of Great Danes and
Great Dane Breeders

The WVGDC Specialty Great Dane show is a wonderful opportunity for people interested in seeing Great Danes and meeting Great Dane Breeders. On Thursday, April 2nd, 2020, Great Dane breeders from Canada, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana and California will be showing their Great Danes.

We have two shows with between 45-55 Great Danes of all ages. We'll have puppies as young as 4 months old and veterans up to 10-12 years old. There will be Danes that are example of most of the Great Dane showable colors. 

Thursday is the first day of the 4 day show weekend. If you can't make the show on Thursday, Great Danes will be showing on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. We won't know what times Great Danes will show on Friday, Saturday and Sunday until about a week prior to the show. Check back here during that week to find out when Danes will be showing on Friday, Saturday & Sunday.

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