Great Danes are coming in MANY colors these days...but only 6 of them are recognized by AKC for show. Those colors include Harlequin, Mantle, Black, Blue, Brindle, and Fawn.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The color shall be a glossy black. White markings at the chest and toes are not desirable.
The color shall be a pure steel blue. White markings at the chest and toes are not desirable.
Merle is a companion color of Great Dane that commonly comes from Harlequin breedings. Merle is generally grey base color with black patches. Merle coloration can vary from pale silver to dark ash grey.
Similar to fawnequin Great Danes however, the white base coat is marked with merle colors. They can be bluish, gray, or dark brown, "dirty" merle patches. Dirty patches have darker spots and speckling.
Similar markings as the Mantle only the black portion is merle in color.
Also called Porcelain, have a white base coat with clean blue patches and spots, all in a harlequin pattern.
Fawnequin Great Danes are white with fawn patches and spotting, in a harlequin pattern.
Brindlequin Danes have a white base coat with brindle colored patches and spots, in a harlequin pattern.
Mantled brindles carry brindle coloring in a mantle pattern on a white base.
Piebalds have white bodies with mantled markings on the head only. They may be predisposed to skin problems due to lack of skin pigmentation. Therefor, they should be sold as pet's only and NOT be bred. Please click on the link to read more about this color.
White Danes are not pure white, they may have some very small light colored areas, somewhere on the coat. White Danes do have skin pigmentation, like blue eyes and dark lips and eyelids. This dog is a double merle and carries a double merle MM gene. Vision and hearing problems are common among Danes carrying the MM gene.
Chocolate Danes are a solid chocolate color, nose and ear pigmentation is brown, not black.
Chocolate harls have a white base coat with clean chocolate patches and spots in a harlequin pattern.
Chocolate merles have a solid chocolate base coat with darker brown, merle spots, or patches. Merle markings and patterns are different in every dog appearing randomly, anywhere on the body.
Smokey fawns have a dirty, "smokey" looking, solid fawn coat. Young Danes may lose the smokey color as they mature.
Blue fawns have a solid fawn coat, there is typically a bluish tint, and/or a blue mask. Ear, nose and skin pigmentation is bluish black.
Basically a brindle colored Dane with the same bluish characteristics as the blue fawn.
Mantled fawns carry fawn coloring in a mantle pattern, on a white base coat.