A friend of mine is working with an owner to re-home their almost one year old fawn male Great Dane. Update: The owner has decided to surrender the dog to the Upper Midwest Great Dane Rescue: https://www.thegreatdanerescue.com/. Please visit the rescue’s website and work directly with them.
This is the information I have about the dog:
1 year old (in July) intact fawn male, cropped ears – still has a puppy brain with puppy energy, but very smart and loving
House-broken and knows sit, stay and shake
Getting along fine with their two Danes – female and male (when he is tolerating the pup)
Don’t know about cats
Needs to be crated when nobody is home – still at the tear up & swallow puppy phase
Practice, practice, practice! We frequently attend a drop-in conformation class, so that Bing learns to be a show dog. It’s much harder than it looks! And we want the dogs to enjoy showing, so we work hard to make it fun for the dog. Part of that includes getting the dog used to what is expected of them, so it’s an enjoyable experience and not a stressful one come the day of a show.
Here he is at the end of a long class (and an impromptu play session that followed), so a bit done with it all, but still a cooperative puppy. 7 months old.
Side note: Dogs show in conformation, not confirmation. Conformation is about how the dogs conform to the breed standard.
My website hosting company was sold to a different company and they migrated servers….and managed to lose over two months of blog posts and website updates. 🙁 My bad for not having everything backed up. Really bad timing as I had tons of pictures of the 2018 litter. I’ll try to add back some pics as I have time.
The Great Dane Club of America is working on revising the breed standard. One of the biggest pieces to the revisions is the addition of the color merle. This means that, hopefully in the near future, merles will be in the show ring!
Harlequin breeders have long realized that merles are part and parcel of the harlequin breeding program. We love our merles.
Why is the addition of merles so exciting? To understand that, one must first understand the importance of the merle gene in the harlequin world. In order to produce a harlequin (over simplified explanation), we must have one copy of the merle gene, along with a harlequin modifier gene.
That means, we need the merle gene to produce a harlequin. This also means that even when breeding two show-marked dogs together, right now, we always have the potential to produce non-showable puppies. This is problematic to harl breeders because we cannot pick the best puppy in our litter…we have to pick the best show marked puppy. We might be placing a better puppy in a pet home, merely because of their color. This removes wonderful dogs from the gene pool.
When merles can be shown, harlequin breeders have much better odds of producing an all show-marked litter, allowing them to pick the best puppy overall. Not just the best pup of a certain color. There are still some harl family colors that cannot be shown (like pie-balds, whites, “merliquins”, etc.).
The newest revision, presented at the general membership meeting at the Great Dane Club of America National Specialty, has some great wording, making patterns and markings less important than structure and breed type.
The GDCA Standards committee is doing a wonderful job writing up changes and listening to the membership’s feedback. They have went through multiple revisions and I think we are getting very close to a final version.
The Great Dane Club of America Charitable Trust supports Great Dane welfare and rescue efforts, educational programs, Scholarship Programs for junior handlers, initiatives to create great awareness of breed-specific health problems and medical research efforts to improve the quality of life of the Great Dane.
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