Welcome to the Great Dane Club of Des Moines!

2020 Specialty Date

DATES AND LOCATION HAVE CHANGED!  - 2020 for our 44th Specialty!

Our 2020 shows will now be a part of the Amana Cluster as concurrent Specialties.  August 29th and 30th.  We are doing supported entries on August 28-31.  Information will be available soon on Onofrio.

Whether you are a breeder, exhibitor, trainer, pet owner, or fan of the breed, the Great Dane Club of Des Moines welcomes you to central Iowa's resource for all things Dane related.  As a GDCA affiliate club, we strive to promote and preserve this noble, majestic breed by upholding the GDCA Code of Ethics. Responsible dog ownership is a major focus in all that we do, from our specialty shows to metroplex meet-ups and events.  Throughout our website you will find information about the Great Dane breed, our club and events, and more! 


Meeting Dates are the second Tuesday of each month at the Northwest Community Center in Des Moines.

You might be a Great Dane owner if...

  • you tell your dog to sit, and he backs up until he finds a chair.
  • you walk your dog and everyone knows him by name, but you have no idea who these people are.
  • you carry a tape measure with you when shopping for a new vehicle.
  • you keep at least one color-coded "drool towel" in every room of your house..

Read more: You might be a Great Dane owner if...

Des Moines Great Dane Meetups

In addition to our annual specialty shows each September, the Great Dane Club of Des Moines participates in outings and community events. We've had meetups at the Farmers Markets in Downtown Des Moines & Valley Junction, Meet the Breed events at Brown Dog Bakery,  Fourth of July Picnic & Fireworks, and outings to Snookie's Malt Shop.  You can find out more information about upcoming events on the Des Moines Great Dane Meetup Group .  Don't forget to keep an eye on our Facebook page, and the events page of this website for more information as well!






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