Look out Reindeer, if Great Danes learn to fly….


Fawn

Now I ask you – put some antlers, harnesses and reigns on these pups and do they not look like they are up to pulling a sleigh full of toys? I think Santa Clause’s reindeer better watch out – if Danes ever decide to compete for the job those little caribou could be in for some real competition.


Fawn                                                                                                          


Brindle

I guess the picture of Danes with antlers came into my head after seeing a couple of people put some of those clip-on antlers on their horses. There are horses smaller than Great Danes – granted they may be “miniature” – on the other hand these canines at 28″ – 32″+ can be bigger than a legitimate pony.


Blue                                                                                                   


Merle

Maybe it is the size that makes these dogs so fascinating. Or maybe it’s the fact that they’ve transitioned from origins that included hunting and killing boar to now being reliable family members. A lot of people like these big guys and gals, regardless of if they will ever personally live with one. Great Danes do, after all, take up a noticeable bit of space.


Brindle                                                                         


Merle

I was interested to find the range of colors now recognized in this breed by the AKC:

Black

Black & White

Blue

Brindle

Fawn

Harlequin

Mantle

Merle

White

Blue & White

Blue Brindle

Chocolate

Chocolate & White

Chocolate Brindle

Mantle Merle

Merlequin

Silver


Mantle


Harlequin

I’ll be honest, I’ve never even heard of a Merlequin before…although when I hear the name I could sort of imagine the color.

 

Great Dane colors website

I went to a Great Dane color site to make sure I didn’t mess up the colors – above is a picture from the site:
http://www.6stardanes.com/colors.html


Great Dane colors website

Now according to the Great Dane Color website, there are only six AKC show-colors of  Great Dane:

Harlequin, Black, Blue, Brindle, Fawn, and Mantle. 


Black


Blue

When I go to AKC bench shows the  most commonly represented Great Dane has been Fawn, which I think will make the strongest contenders for replacing reindeer because they’ve been around a long time, they will blend in with the overall color scheme that people are used to, and frankly — as a pretty old dude — I’m not sure Santa would immediately know the difference without his reading glasses on.


Fawn – Natural ears and Cropped (or trained to stand with tape)

Not that I’m suggesting that any Dane is currently thinking about taking a reindeer’s place – or are they….?

Is it my imagination or could I have stumbled onto a plot? 

It would appear this guy even has an elf in training. Just saying reindeer – you could be replaced by canines who would be happy to eat cookies, saving Santa a bundle on hay and oats….



Then again…maybe reindeer aren’t the only ones Danes would consider replacing….

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