Enthusiasts of the Deutsche Dogge met in Berlin on January 12, 1888 for the foundation of our club for the purpose to „improve and educate the Deutsche Dogge in all possible ways.“ and as it is set in the first statutes of the club „to achieve breed stock by using the possible practical and theoretical means of communication among the breeders“.
The Deutschen Doggen Club founders expectations have been fullfilled in all aspects. We are able to benefit today of all coat colour varieties of this noble breed and have a solid basis of breed stock. The once only for hunting purpose bred strong and stout huntingdog with massive head and strong cheeck muscles has now evolved into a Deutsche Dogge that unites power and elegance. Nobility is not only appearing with the head and neck but also the overall built obtained significant improvement. It is obvious that this noble breed is called „the Apoll of Dogdom“.
The expectations that the Deutsche Doge needs to be also a compagnion with perseverance and speed has materialized and special attention to movement and locomotion has come forward since. The natural drive of this canine and its excellent intellectual ability demand to apply sensbile activities.
We try to comply with those demands and on training and sports venues the local subdivisions and regional clubs hold weekly training hours. However with all the activities the Deutsche Dogge still is a breed of majestic composure and grace in its movements. It is therefore suitable as a home pet and easy to keep in appartments. It offers all its confidence to the owners. A friend of children and neutral to other home pets, however withdrawn and skeptical with strangers is it for better or worse linked to the owner and his family. It will defend his property with all its abilities and this gives it the unique character and value. Our officials and breeders have supported and promoted all those sensible characeritics so that the Deutsche Dogge in our today world of high technical standards still is the ideal partner.
Among the members of the German Kennel Club ( VDH – Verband für das Deutsche Hundewesen ) the Deutsche Doggen Club forms a strong unit today. The number of members exceed 4 000 at times where the homing of large breeds in urban residential areas is more and more difficult with the aversion against dogs in cities and on the countryside is growing. The partition of the Club into county clubs: Baden-Württemberg, Bayern, Berlin, Brandenburg, Hessen-Hessen-Nassau, Mecklenburg Vorpommern, Niedersachsen-Bremen, Nord, Pfalz-Saar, Rheinland, Sachsen, Sachsen-Anhalt, Thüringen und Westfalen as well as into local regional clubs allow the indvidual member to actively work for social club life and invest into his breeding activities for the benefit of the club.
The monthly club magazine unsere „DEUTSCHE DOGGE“ and the annual that is published in intervalls offer the overall communication means for all club events, of the Deutsche Doggen or the club. Both media in the meantime have grown into a popular instrument almost all over the globe and meets people that are interested about news on the country of origin of our breed.
It has not escaped the attention of the club, with its breeders and fanciers that initiatives that question the homing of large breeds exist. They are observed with attention. The club faces the challenge that its position – the position of cynology in general – is being undermined slowly. The club remains without compromising with reference to breed healthy and beautiful Deutsche Doggen, has stopped to behave as an elite , just the oppostie it invites all who are willing to cooperate. However breeders that are not willing to work according to the severe parameters for animal protection and follow the statues and breed rules set by the club will under no circumstances be allowed to remain member.
More than 100 years Deutscher Doggen Club is a long timespan. Especailly in cynology where nothing is so persistent as change of opinions, where economical crisis and two world wars with severe famine periods have been a terrible threat almost impossible to overcome and where enormous losses on breed potential had occured. It has then be an enormous feeling of joy when with the fall of the Wall in 1989 our East German friends rejoined and added their breed stock onto ours.
In the beginning 1987 we started the ban on cropping. The longtime appearance of our breed changed and alone the passion to breed Deutsche Doggen has not suffered since. With the support of the VDH the DDC succeeded to obtain the acceptance of the FCI Commission that in future the uncropped ear is the standard appearance and the breed‘s look is worldwide the same.
It has been the DDC’s aim to preserve the targets set by the founders in the best possible way. In compliance to the fact that tradition and the status of beeing the oldest breed club in Germany it has always been the heritage to come forward with new ideas and to be part in the development of cynology in Germany. Many dissidents and groups that formed besides the club, mainly during the change in century and in the twenties (of the 20th century) did not persist. Because of its large potential of members and breeders managed with modern ways the DDC also in future will not have to be afraid of competiton . Also the large cynological organisations of other countries, in particular the „Federation of European Great Dane Clubs (EuDDC)“ where it has a leading position and is seen as „Mother Club of the breed“
underlines its position.
Since 1897 the Deutsche Doggen stud book is carried on continuously and forms the basis for the whole of breedings with the Deutsche Dogge. The aim to continue the high standard of breeding the Deutsche Dogge also in future and to represent this breed publicly the DDC is aware of the support and sympathy offered by all true Doggen – lovers and all other cynologists.