FCI, VDH, DDC: Restore the Great Dane !

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Dear FCI, Dear VDH, Dear DDC:

The original Great Dane is a strong, elegant, majestic dog, loved and cherished for centuries by people who appreciated its physical fitness, intelligence, gentle nature, devotion to family and athleticism. The original breed standard contained words designed to safeguard the breed from breeding harm, specifically spelling out that it should be neither a mastiff nor a greyhound. For decades the breed held this harmonious middle-ground. But this important phrase was removed from the standard to devastating effect. As a result, the breed has been classified to the mastiff section of the International Cynological Federation's classification and that further doomed its fate. Today, particularly in Europe, Great Danes are disfigured beyond recognition to detrimental effects on their health and longevity. Thirty years separate the dogs in the picture above: in just 30 years the Great Dane has been changed from the harmonious, athletic, beautiful dog on the left, to the tragic caricature on the right... 

We believe passionately that these errors need to be addressed before it is too late. So we are petitioning the FCI, the German KC and the German Great Dane Club to reinstate this clause in the breed standard and remove the breed from the mastiff section of the FCI group II, where it clearly doesn't belong. 

Dear FCI, Dear VDH, Dear DDC: Do your duty. Do what you were founded to do. Uphold your own standards, statutes, directives and guidelines. You have enshrined in your constitutions that dogs should be fit for their original function. Therefore we demand that you stand by this principle: Restore the Great Dane. Save the breed. Save our beloved dogs from suffering, physical disability and premature death, in the hands of exploiters who intentionally breed for exaggerated features.

We cannot wait a minute longer. It is time for action, not merely words and good intentions. The Great Dane is being destroyed before our very eyes...

We, the undersigned, are Great Dane lovers from all around the world; we have the expert knowledge and the love for the breed combined in our hearts and minds. We demand action is taken to correct these errors and by doing so, deliver our beloved dogs from grave danger.

We will not stop until the Apollo of Dogs is safely restored and fit to perform its original function. We are confident you will come to the breed's rescue with integrity, decisiveness and responsibility. We remain, respectfully, with cordial greetings and very much looking forward to your immediate response, reflecting your careful attention to the importance of this matter.

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