Breed Resources
Breeders, rescue and other information
Breeder Referral

Adding a carefully bred Great Dane to your household is a lifetime commitment that can bring you great joy. Be prepared to wait to find a Dane whose appearance and temperament will reflect the breed standard as the “Apollo of dogs” and whose breeders health test their stock in an effort to reduce the risk of disorders such as hip displasia and cardiac disease. While finding a responsibly bred dog may take some time, the wait will be worth it and can save you a lot of future heartache.

GDCNE is a member of the Massachusetts Pure Bred Dog Breeder Referral Service (PBDBRS). Members of our club who are listed below through this service are in good standing with the club. Should you feel you have not been treated fairly by one of these breeders, please contact Sabrina Holley-Williams, PBDBRS delegate, 781-856-0031, or Kim Thurler, PBDBRS alternate delegate, 508-528-8920. You will be asked to submit your complaint in writing.

Christina and Sabrina Holley-Williams, Fitchburg, Mass.,, blues/blacks/harlequins

Sterling Moffat, Lyme, N.H.,, 603-353-9651, blues/blacks

Susan Davis Shaw, Hanover, Mass.,, 781-826-3686, harlequins/mantles

Kim Thurler, Norfolk, Mass.,, 508-528-8920, serves as a general information resource and is happy to answer questions about the breed.
Intelligence, loyalty, and dependability are true breed characteristics.
– American Kennel Club breed standard
Adopting a rescue Dane that needs a new home can be a great option, particularly if you are open to an adult dog and are an experienced dog owner. The Great Dane Club of New England does not offer a direct rescue service but we support Great Dane Rescue of New England, Inc., another non-profit organization. For information or to donate to rescue, please contact them at
Other resources
Great Dane Club of America The Great Dane Club of America, which is the parent club of the Great Dane Club of New England, offers a wealth of information, including Great Dane breed history, the breed standard, health and welfare, finding a breeder, and rescue. 

American Kennel Club The American Kennel Club (AKC) provides information about the Great Dane and  almost 200 other dog breeds and how you can get involved with activities such as rally, agility, obedience and conformation shows.