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Thursday, December 22, 2011

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....










4 comments:

  1. Hi Christy: Beautiful dogs! Thanks for sorting the colors. And good idea keeping the best for last - I kept waiting for those reindeer pics and then there they were! I love the IDEA of giant breeds and the IDEA of owning one... I think wolfhounds are so romantic-looking. But the health issues, costs, and life length put me off. I did get to hang out with a Dane years ago house sitting for someone I knew a bit with a house (cabin, really) up on Quincy Hill, just below the hoist house on that little side street. Nice dane. Unfortunately, their ducks decided to take a (gander?) fly for the Portage, which of course, they could see from the house. They never did get all of them back. But I DID get a duck for Christmas from them which was very nice roasted for a big Christmas dinner get-together. Sure did like that Dane - actually, come to think of it, did they have two?
    Happy Holidays, Kathy

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  2. I think owning a Dane is like having children - perfectly good in theory but a certain kind of dedication in practice :-)

    Hope that Kathy, her family, and all other readers have a peaceful holiday season, with or without a roasted beast or other traditional dish of choice on the table -- or in Lil's case stolen off the counter.

    Many blessings and best wishes for the year to come.

    And if you are considering adding an animal to your life this year, remember adoption is always an option :-)

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  3. I think the Fawn are my favorite of the Great Danes. I have love Danes since I was a young child.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by! They are very handsome, aren't they.

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