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GREAT DANE CLUB OF AMERICA, INC. ANNUAL FUTURITY CONDITIONS
All Futurity nominations, form requests, inquiries and questions are to be directed to:
WHAT IS THE FUTURITY??
(one breeder's perspective)
by J. A. Murdock
Many people have heard this word time and time again but do not really know what it is all about. THE GREAT DANE CLUB OF AMERICA'S annual Futurity in a sense is the Breeder's Cup of Great Danes. It is a very important and prestigious competition, not between the owners of Great Danes, as in regular competition, but between those persons who have bred these magnificent beasts.
What is so important about this you might ask? Well, in a nutshell, it is the culmination of years and years if hard work and dedication to the Great Dane and to the ultimate betterment of the breed itself. The driving force behind the Futurity? To breed THE PERFECT GREAT DANE!
In order to understand the Futurity, one must first understand the process by which these selected puppies are nominated and finally entered into this competition.
Once the necessary breeding dates have been met, the required forms, having been obtained from the Futurity Statistician of GREAT DANE CLUB OF AMERICA, are completed and submitted back to the Futurity Statistician with the appropriate nomination fee.
This process is done while the bitch is in whelp - Before the puppies are born!
Wait a minute, you say. If the puppies are not even born yet, how do I know whether they will be worthy of such an honor when they are born. EXACTLY! You just hit the nail on the head! This is precisely why the Futurity is so important, so prestigious. By nominating the bitch while she is in whelp, the breeders take a stand and make a statement. Yes, they say I am nominating my bitch and her unborn puppies for the Futurity which, in some cases, can be well over a year in advance. Yes, I have worked hard to review pedigrees and pictures and have traveled to view stud dogs. I have spent hours analyzing faults and attributes. I have selected a stud dog and I have bred my bitch to this dog. No, I do not know exactly what these puppies will look like, but I have a good idea. Yes, I do believe that through experience, research and selective breeding, this yet unborn litter will contain future champions; better Great Danes than their parents. Yes, this is a breeder's testimony and I will put my money where my beliefs are and submit my nomination fee for this bitch and her unborn litter.
Can you now begin to see the involvement of the Futurity and the work, the pride, the joy of breeding better and better Great Danes?
The second step in the Futurity nomination process begins after the puppies are whelped and prior to them reaching three (3) months of age. Now, you have in front of you the physical result of all our labors and it is time to nominate puppies from this letter. Again, this must be done before the puppies reach three (3) months of age and all that is required that you list on the form the sec and color of the pup for each one nominated. You can nominate all the litter, or as few as one, if you like. Again, this is another testimony of the breeder: "Yes, I have now seen the litter and I still believe that I have bettered the line. I still believe that these pups that I nominate will be future Champions and, themselves, sires and dams of even better litters. And, I again will back up my beliefs with my nomination fee, this time on a per pup basis."
Finally, a few months before the actual show, which is held in October of each year, the FINAL nominations are due. The Futurity Statistician will mail to the breeder, one (1) entry blank for each puppy nominated. This is the final individual nomination for a particular puppy of that litter and also constitutes that particular pup's entry into the Futurity competition. It is the breeder's responsibility to either do all the entering for those puppies nominated or forward to the new puppy owners that final entry form. Strict rules apply to the closing date for the Futurity, just as they do for the National Specialty.
Now that you are aware of and, hopefully, comprehend the Futurity nomination process, I hope that you can understand, appreciate, support and become a part of the Futurity competition itself. It is a three-phase testimonial of breeders and a showcase for the fruits of their labors. It is not so much the competition (at least not for this breeder), but the inclusion in that competition is the joy. It speaks not only of dedication to the betterment of the breed, but of all the enduring love for these tremendous gentle giants who share so much of our lives.
Futurity Rules and Regulations
Download the Futurity Application Form for 2016 (Fill in PDF Form)
Download the Futurity Application Form for 2017 (Fill in PDF Form)