The Great Dane breed comes in six acceptable colors recognized by AKC, FCI & The Kennel Club. Any variance in color, markings or patterns as described below shall be faulted to the extent of the deviation. Any Great Dane which does not fall within the following color classifications must be disqualified and cannot be exhibited in the ring. The coat should be very short and thick, smooth and glossy.

Fawn
Fawn

The color shall be yellow gold with a black mask. Black should appear on the eye rims and eyebrows, and may appear on the ears and tail tip. The deep yellow gold must always be given the preference. White markings at the chest and toes, black-fronted dirty colored fawns are not desirable.     

Brindle
Brindle

The base color shall be yellow gold and always brindled with strong black cross stripes in a chevron pattern. A black mask is preferred. Black should appear on the eye rims and eyebrows, and may appear on the ears and tail tip. The more intensive the base color and the more distinct and even the brindling, the more preferred will be the color. Too much or too little brindling are equally undesirable. White markings at the chest and toes, black-fronted, dirty colored brindles are not desirable.    

Black
Black

The color shall be a glossy black. White markings at the chest and toes are permitted but not desirable.    

Harlequin
Harlequin

Base color shall be pure white with black torn patches irregularly and well distributed over the entire body; a pure white neck is preferred. The black patches should never be large enough to give the appearance of a blanket, nor so small as to give a stippled or dappled effect. Eligible, but less desirable, are a few small gray patches, or a white base with single black hairs showing through, which tend to give a salt and pepper or dirty effect.    

Blue
Blue

The color shall be a pure steel blue. White markings at the chest and toes permitted but are not desirable.

Mantle
Mantle

The color shall be black and white with a solid black blanket extending over the body; black skull with white muzzle; white blaze is optional; whole white collar is preferred; a white chest; white on part or whole of forelegs and hind legs; white tipped black tail. A small white marking in the blanket is acceptable, as is a break in the white collar.














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