The Great Dane Club Of America (GDCA) recognizes seven colors in the conformation ring.

These 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:

  • Harlequin: 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)

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