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.
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.
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.
I was interested to find the range of colors now recognized in this breed by the AKC:
|Black & White|
|Blue & White|
|Chocolate & White|
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.
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....?
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....