The Great Dane Club Of America (GDCA) recognizes seven colors in the conformation ring.
colors are harlequin, merle (both solid merle and mantle merle), mantle, black, fawn, brindle and blue.
*Merle and Mantle Merle have recently been added as acceptable colors
to be shown in the conformation ring as of Spring 2018*
Within the standard there are the color families. These color families were developed to aide breeders in generating
a better predictability when breeding.
Below are the color families:
Black (from mantle, harlequin, black breeding not from blue breeding), Mantle, Merle Mantle Merle and Harlequin.
- Blue: Blue and Black (blacks from blue/black or black/black
pairing with blue in the pedigree not from harlequin, merle, mantle or black breeding)
- Fawn/Brindle: Fawn and Brindle (on occasion Blacks are used from fawn/brindle
and black breeding)