5 Acceptable Great Dane Colors
In order to have a Great Dane that you can use as a show dog, it must fit into one of the 6 specific Great Dane colors. It is a breed standard for the Great Dane club of America. These types of dogs are categorized by their colors and if they are not exactly correct, they won’t be accepted.
Breeders who raise Great Dane puppies must never try to cross breed these Great Dane colors. Sometimes breeders have been known to attempt cross breeding to quickly establish a certain type of color breed. They try to pass these pups off as the real deal. But they are not and will not be recognized as a show or special type dog. The cross breeding of these great Danes can also do damage to the dog. For example, the breeding of white and Merle great Danes is thought to cause hearing damage or even deafness because of the mix of genes.
Breeders can cross breed to introduce certain colors back into a breed. But they must be pure breed dogs to begin with. This type of cross breeding is acceptable when trying to change or alter the Great Dane colors back to the original color breed.
Great Danes are a domestic breed and they are known for their size. They are some of the largest dogs in the world. They are family friendly dogs and have a good temperament. These dogs are very protective of their surroundings and are great watch dogs. But they sometimes have issues with chasing animals that are smaller then them.
There are 6 Great Dane colors that are officially accepted. These colors define each breed of dog.
Harlequin Great Danes have a white over all color. They also have small black patches of fur all over the white color. These black patches should never cover large areas of the dog and they should also never go into a stripped or connected pattern. Although a gray spotting or salt and pepper colored coat will not disqualify them from being show dogs, they are less acceptable then the evenly spotted Harlequin.
Blue and black great Danes should have an all over strong color. The coat should be glossy and no color variations are accepted. They should have no gray or white markings on the chest or toe area and the colors should be a dark rich black or a strong steel blue color.
Fawn great Danes are yellow in color. They should also have a black spotting on the face area. The spotting can rim the eyes and eyebrows and even spot the ears. But if there are black spots anywhere else, they are not considered to be a fawn type dog.
Brindle colored great Danes have an all over black or fawn color and these colors are assembled into a pattern. The pattern resembles tiger stripping. Other types of dogs like the pit bull also have these stripped patterns. They are possibly the most beautifully patterned out of all the Great Dane colors.
Mantle great Danes colors are said to resemble Boston terriers. The over all color of this type of dog is white. But it is blanketed in a black color also. Its head should be black with a white colored snoot area. It should have a white chest area and a mostly white front and back leg area. The tail should be tipped in white. If there is a small white mix on the blanketed black hair, it will not make the dog undesirable. This is viewed as a break in the black color and is considered stylish.