Doolin, our 7 year old Mantle Great Dane, was strutting his stuff this weekend at the Willamette Valley Great Dane Specialty Dog Show. Doolin is retired, but once a year he gets to go to the dog show for a day and be a show dog again. He really enjoys himself. He loves seeing his Aunties and gives them jumpy kisses. As he runs around the ring, his dog show family claps and cheers. We love our veteran dogs. Doolin is my first Great Dane show dog and he has a very special place in my heart. He is almost human and every day with him is a joy.
Great Dane Puppy Wins Big!
It turns out that if you win at a Great Dane Specialty Show you bring home a lot of loot. I was pretty surprised at the collection of ribbons and very cool trophies we got to bring home! Doolin is our first Great Dane Show dog and we have been pretty spoiled with his doing so well from the beginning. A huge thank you to Kathleen Davis of Davishire Great Danes in California, for our wonderful Doolin, Davishire’s Moving Hearts.
Doolin – Mantle Great Dane Puppy
As I said in an ealier post, Doolin, our mantle Great Dane puppy, in his first show, at 6 months old, just had to keep going back into the ring at the Great Dane Club of Western Washington in Shelton, WA! After sweeps, the regular specialty show was held. Doolin won his class then into Winner’s Dog class. No one expected him to be chosen since he was so young, but the specialty judge really liked him and gave him Winner’s Dog and then Best Great Dane Puppy in Specialty. This was simply amazing!
Doolin (Davishire’s Moving Hearts) began his show career with a Best Opposite Sex in Sweepstakes at the Great Dane Club of Western Washington Specialty show, in Shelton, Washington, September, 2011. As a person new to showing, I really wasn’t quite sure what was going on. I just knew that Doolin had to keep going back in the ring. Before the regular show, the specialties do sweepstakes shows just for the great dane puppies, and Doolin was the best boy Great Dane puppy judged by the sweeps judge, the girl did beat him for the best sweeps Great Dane puppy 🙂
Doolin was just a 6 month old puppy at this show, the youngest that you can enter for points is 6 months. Doolin was a trooper through out the long day. We started at 8am, Doolin’s class was the first class. Sweeps are for puppies 6-18 months old. Their are no AKC points awarded for winning. Only breed Specialty shows and the National Specialty show have sweeps competition. In an all-breed show there isn’t enough time to have a “sweeps” show for the Great Dane puppies. Since the sweeps show is just for young Great Danes, judging is usually concluded within 60-90 minutes. Then the regular Specialty show starts. For this show, there were two sweeps shows and 2 Specialty shows.