The Great Dane is a very large, elegant, muscular dog with a short, sleek coat. A height of at least 32 in. is preferred for males and 30 in. for females. The Great Dane comes in many colors, including fawn or brindle with black mask, black, blue, harlequin (white with ragged black patches) and mantle (black with white collar, muzzle, chest and tail tip). The body length is approximately equal to the height, giving an overall square appearance, though bitches may be slightly longer if well-proportioned. The back is short and level. The rectangular head is long and sculpted, with a very pronounced stop. The flat forehead is on a plane parallel to the muzzle. The muzzle is deep and the jaw square. The nose is black, except in blue Danes (dark blue-black nose), and harlequins (black spotted nose permitted). A scissors bite is preferred. The dog can be shown with ears either natural or cropped to a point. The natural ears are triangular in shape and fold down. Cropped ears stand erect. The long tail tapers to a point; it is carried low.
Breeding and raising Great Danes over 18 years. Our Great Danes are bred for conformation, temperament, and health--striving to improve the qualities of the breed to meet standards set forth by the AKC. Our bloodlines consist of old Meistersinger lines from Germany. This line was bred for large, blocky heads, enormous size and the perfect harlequin color pattern.