Breeding dogs has been a passion for people through many centuries. Part art, part science and total devotion, breeding will show you all the best in the human-and-dog bond. It is exciting and challenging. Breeding purebred dogs is also time consuming, expensive and, occasionally, heartbreaking. If you go forward, your underlying purpose should be to improve the breed - not just increase its numbers - and you must be prepared to accept full responsibility for the puppies from the moment they are born until the day they die.

Following is the summary of different types of breeding employed by successful breeders to produce a true breed type:-

Inbreeding is a mating of two individuals that are related through one or more common ancestors. Example of this are litter brother to litter sister, Sire to daughter, or mother to son, etc. Inbreeding is not a recommended form of breeding, dogs expect in certain very experience breeders programs, usually done one time only for that one purpose.

Linebreeding is a form of inbreeding, usually invloves mating more distantly related dogs. Good line breeding will produce your best dogs who will in return produce even better dogs if done right. Line breeding will give you much higher constant results producing dogs of the same type, size, quality, traits and temperments.

Outcross is the mating of two dogs of the same breed that are otherwise virtually unrelated. Breeding dogs this way only leads to many uncertain factors and can bring in many things a breeder is unaware of or even make it impossiable to pin point were a trait or problem have come from.    

Most successful breeders use some formula involving general line breeding with inbreeding employed when sufficiently outstanding products of their line result and outcrossing only when another line can supply a strong characteristic in which they are lacking.

When breeding Great Danes, following are the "Color Classifications" to adhere in accordance with the "Code of Breeding Ethics" to breed temperamentally sound, structurally strong and long lived danes.

Color of Dane Approved Breeding Desired Pedigrees

- Fawn bred to Fawn or Brindle only.
- Brindle bred to Brindle or Fawn only.

Pedigrees of Fawn or Brindle Danes should not carry Black, Harlequin or Blue upon them.

- Harliquin bred to Harlequin, Black from Harlequin breeding or Black from Black breeding only.
- Mantle bred to Harlequin, Mantle, Black from Harlequin breeding or Black from Black breeding only.
- Black from Harlequin Breeding bred to Harlequin, Black from Harlequin Breeding or Black from Black Breeding

Pedigrees of Harlequin, Mantle or Harlequin BRED Black Danes should not carry Fawn, Brindle or Blue upon them.

- Blue bred to Blue, Black from Blue breeding or Black from Black breeding only.
- Black from Blue Breeding bred to Blue, Black from Blue breeding or Black from Black breeding ONLY.

Pedigrees of Blue or Blue Bred Black Danes should not carry Fawn, Brindle, or Harlequin upon them.

- Black from Black breeding bred to Black, Blue or Harlequin and Mantle. (See note below)

Pedigrees of Black BRED Danes should not carry Fawn, Brindle, Harlequin, Mantle or Blue upon them.

NOTE: Black Bred Great Danes may be bred to Blacks, Blues, Harlequins or Mantles only. Puppies resulting from these breedings will become Blacks, Harlequins from Harlequin breeding or Mantle. (category 2 above). Blacks or Blues from Blue breeding (category 3 above) or Blacks from Black breeding (category 4 above).

  • Breed Great Danes which are temperamentally and structurally sound.
  • Be familiar with the Breed Standard and breed only those dogs and bitches which most closely conform to it.
  • Keep well informed in the field of genetics and work to eliminate hereditary defects from the breed.
  • Refrain from further use of a Great Dane for breeding if the dog or bitch has produced any offspring with serious inherited defects detrimental to an animal's well being (physically or mentally), and has produced like results with a different mating partner.
  • Not breed to an unregistered Great Dane.
  • Not wholesale litters of Great Danes, sell to Brokers or Pet Shops, provide any animal for prize or raffle purposes; nor use a Stud Dog in like manner.
  • Keep all puppies with the litter until at least 7 or 8 weeks of age.
  • Sell dogs in good condition, health and sound temperament at time of delivery. They shall be free of internal parasites to the best knowledge of the seller; will have received the necessary inoculations to date; a record of dates and types of immunizations will be given; and a health certificate provided if required. Written instructions on the feeding, health care, training and any other information necessary for the dog's well being (e.g. ear crop care) will be made available after the sale to assist the new owner.
  • Provide a four or more generation color marked pedigree and the AKC registration at the time of sale of each dog.
  • Courtesy - GDCA

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