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Danelle German

Danelle German, CFMG, CFCG, owned CFA’s Bara Cattery from 1999-2005. During that time, she produced and showed many National and Regional award-winning Persians, including CFA’s 3rd Best Cat in Premiership in 2005. In 2005, she retired from showing to focus on her feline-exclusive spa and resort, The Catty Shack, Ltd., formerly located in Simpsonville, SC.

Danelle is the founder of both the National Cat Groomers Institute and the world’s first feline-exclusive grooming school which was in Greenville, SC. She currently serves as President and Certifier/Instructor for the NCGI and is a member of Wahl’s Elite GroomTeam. Along with her husband, Michael, she is the inventor and patent holder of the Catty Shack Vac™ drying system and the inventor of Chubbs Bars shampoo for pets.

Danelle has authored the Ultimate Cat Groomer Encyclopedia, Cat Grooming Ain’t for Pussies, NCGIA Culture Books, and many articles for a variety of grooming publications. She is also the author of certification study guides for cat groomers. Danelle has appeared on Animal Planet’s Cats 101 and Must Love Cats and has been interviewed and filmed numerous times for Discovery Channel, local TV stations, Kittens USA and other media. She is the winner of the first Groomers Got Talent competition held at Groom Expo in 2009 and has won each creative dog grooming competition that she has been allowed to compete in with a cat.

Speaking regularly on all topics related to cat grooming and behavior, Danelle is a true pioneer in the field of feline grooming. Her lectures and training materials can be found around the world. In addition to speaking, Danelle has judged cat grooming competitions at various shows in both the US and Europe and has served as a judge for the Cat Writer’s Association.

Danelle German
National Cat Groomers Institute
Catty Shack Vac
Chubbs Bars

More About Danelle German

What are the two proudest moments of your career?

Winning 3rd Best Cat in Premiership 2004/2005. Winning Best First Timer and All-Around 1st Place in the in-ring grooming creative competition in Knoxville TN in 2010 (was the first time I ever competed in a dog grooming competition). To beat the biggest creative comp names in the industry was loads of fun, especially since I’m not a dog groomer! Also, have to add another proud moment – the release of the inaugural issue of Purrfect Pointers Magazine earlier this year.

Are you formally trained, apprenticed, or self-taught?

Self-taught, although competing with Persians taught me a great deal.

What is your favorite breed of dog to groom?


What is your favorite breed of dog to live with?

Persian or Standard Poodle

What advice can you offer to aspiring pet professionals?

Strive for excellence in all that you do.

What do you love to do when you are not working?

Paddleboarding, camping, and time with family (especially the grandchildren!)

What driving force keeps you going?

Mostly my Type A personality and competitive nature.  But also, when I’m really worn out or don’t care all that much about my own aspirations, it’s the people that have benefited from what we offer at the NCGI that keep me going. Hearing about someone else’s huge moment of success inspires me to press on and keep fighting the fight.

What one thing really ticks you off?

Freeloaders that try to steal what I have worked so hard to create.