Great Dane Championship Show – Sydney 2009

Over the long Easter weekend I headed down to Sydney for a very busy few days of photo sessions (coming soon) and lots of Great Danes! On Good Friday we headed to the Royal Easter Show to see the Great Dane judging, however they switched the schedule around and put the Danes on first, meaning we arrived too late to see them.

I wasn’t too worried however as the Great Dane Club of NSW held their bi-annual Championship Show on the Sunday which I had the pleasure of photographing. So many beautiful dogs made my job super easy and I thought I would share a few of my favourites.

A couple of gorgeous mantles (bostons in the USA).

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Another stunning mantle boy on the move.

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I love this moment between this big baby boy and his ‘mummy’.

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Another of her baby boys.

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A cute little blue girl from the same breeder as my Luna, see any family resemblance?

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She is such a bright, alert girl and totally up for a cuddle when I went to say hello later on.

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Big blue boy with the most lovely quiet personality (excuse the tongue out, it was quite a warm and steamy day).

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Fawns always outnumber the other colours and this show was no exception. This boy took out Best in Show.

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With his daughter taking out Runner-Up!

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The structure and look of a Great Dane’s head is quite an important aspect of judging and is something the judge pays careful attention to.

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This fawn female took out the honours in the special class of Best Head. Although the cropping of ears is illegal in Australia, handlers will often hold the ears up to enable the judge a better view of the outlines and shape of the head.

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One of my favourite fawn girls.

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Looking spectacular on the move.

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Lined up for judging.

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Last up is this beautiful little black girl. What a cutie!

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6 Comments
  • Susan Bourne

    17 April, 2009 at 2:15 am Reply

    Hi Charlotte – I can’t believe how the one blue Dane resembles Luna! The first photo of her with the slightly cocked ears and tongue hanging out is just too cute and too Luna. Love seeing all the photos of these Danes. Your beautiful Kaya was certainly one of a kind. She was so tall and slender with those long lovely slender legs and all of these show dogs, with the exception of the last black one, seem so much bigger, broader, larger in the thigh… quite a lot of dog! I hope your heart is continuing to heal. I’ve been so happy to see your continued work and really enjoy the new site with your work with the other dogs. Fondly, Susan — Tuk & Jack’s Mom from California.

  • Emilee

    17 April, 2009 at 2:42 am Reply

    Wow, these dogs are gorgeous! The blue girl looks SO much like your Luna! These Danes seem a lot stockier and broader than any Danes that I have ever seen. Is this normal for the show dogs? Great photos, Charlotte! 🙂

  • Charlotte

    17 April, 2009 at 9:20 am Reply

    Thanks for your comments guys. Great Danes in Australia do tend to be a bit more ‘beefy’ than their US counterparts and certainly more so than Kaya who was quite unique in that department, with her supermodel legs and fine frame. I loved the little Luna-lookalike, she was such a darling, and so very much like Luna. I’m pretty sure that her father is a half-brother to my Luna so they are definitely related!

  • Jennifer Kitrosser

    17 April, 2009 at 11:11 pm Reply

    Hey there Charlotte, I am new to your blog but wanted to tell you I thoroughly enjoyed looking through your photos of these soulful & gentle giants. I heart them =)

  • nicola Hooper

    18 April, 2009 at 12:35 pm Reply

    hi charlotte,
    thanks so much for taking some awesum shots of the danes at the NSW Specialty, and of course of my Stripe. Was great to catch up with you again

  • Rosalynne

    27 April, 2009 at 7:30 am Reply

    Hi Charlotte! I love the look of these beautiful Danes, I’m glad you mentioned the look of them in relation to the thinner ones I’ve seen over here. The 3 fawn’s lined up is such a neat shot, and the black/white boy sniffing lovingly on his “mama” during a competition is so sweet! Thank you for sharing these!

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