Great Dane Colors

Below are some of the more common Great Dane color patterns. It should be noted that breeding Great Danes should be done by professionals as there are many factors that go into breeding stock. We cover more on breeding in the "owners" section.
Learn more about colors at the GDCA website.


fawn Color Patch

Color: Fawn
Characteristics: The Fawn is tawny in color displaying a black mask around the muzzle and eyes.
AKC Recognized: YES


Brindle Color Patch

Color: Brindle
Characteristics: The Brindle has a tawny base with a black "chevron" striped pattern resembling tiger stripes
AKC Recognized: YES


Black Color Patch

Color: Black
Characteristics: The Black is solid black in color. On occasions it will display small white spots on chest or tip of tail.
AKC Recognized: YES


Blue Color Patch

Color: Blue
Characteristics: The Blue is solid blue in color with the blue resembling steel. On occasions it will display small white spots on chest or tip of tail.
AKC Recognized: YES


Mantle Color Patch

Color: Mantle
Characteristics: The Mantle is mostly black in color with white "collar". Variations will include a white blaze down the muzzle, possible white around the tip of the muzzle and tail.
AKC Recognized: YES


Harlequin Color Patch

Color: Harlequin
Characteristics: The Harlequin is a solid white base with patches of black. Patches should appear "torn". Some patches of Merl are acceptable.
AKC Recognized: YES


Merle Color Patch

Color: Merle
Characteristics: The Merle has a bluish-gray base with patches of black. Patches should appear "torn". Many variations of Merle, merle-mantle exist.
AKC Recognized: NO