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GDCA Breeder's Color Code

(As endorsed by The Great Dane Club of America)

"It shall be the goal of all to breed forward, never backwards, to attain pedigrees of puppies which have the desired color strains endorsed by the Great Dane Club of America."

There are only six recognized colors; all these basically fall into four color strains:

  • FAWN and BRINDLE
  • HARLEQUIN, MANTLE and HARLEQUIN BRED BLACK
  • BLUE and BLUE BRED BLACK
  • BLACK
Color classifications being well founded, the Great Dane Club of America, Inc. considers it an inadvisable practice to mix color strains and it is the club's policy to be cognizant of the following breedings:

1. FAWN
Approved Breedings
1. FAWN bred to FAWN or BRINDLE only.

1. BRINDLE
Approved Breedings
1. BRINDLE bred to BRINDLE or FAWN only.

Desired Pedigrees
Pedigrees of FAWN or BRINDLE Danes should not carry BLACK, HARLEQUIN or BLUE upon them.
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2. HARLEQUIN
Approved Breedings
2. HARLEQUIN bred to HARLEQUIN, BLACK and HARLEQUIN BREEDING or BLACK from BLACK BREEDING only.

2. MANTLE
Approved Breedings
2. MANTLE bred to HARLEQUIN, MANTLE, BLACK from HARLEQUIN breeding or BLACK from BLACK breeding only.

2. BLACK (HARLEQUIN BRED)
Approved Breedings
2. BLACK from HARLEQUIN BREEDING bred to HARLEQUIN, BLACK from HARLEQUIN BREEDING or BLACK from BLACK BREEDING only.

Desired Pedigrees
Pedigrees of HARLEQUIN, MANTLE or HARLEQUIN BRED BLACK Danes should not carry FAWN, BRINDLE or BLUE upon them.
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3. BLUE
Approved Breedings
3. BLUE bred to BLUE, BLACK from BLUE BREEDING or BLACK from BLACK BREEDING only.

3. BLACK (BLUE BRED)
Approved Breedings
3. BLUE bred to BLUE, BLACK from BLUE BREEDING or BLACK from BLACK BREEDING only.

Desired Pedigrees
Pedigrees of BLACK BRED Danes should not carry FAWN, BRINDLE, or HARLEQUIN upon them.
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4. BLACK (BLACK BRED)
Approved Breedings
4. BLACK from BLACK BREEDING bred to BLACK, BLUE or HARLEQUIN and MANTLE. (See note below)

Desired Pedigrees
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.)

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