November 4, 2002 The Great
Dane Club of America (GDCA) states there are six acceptable coats
in the Great Dane: fawn, brindle, black, blue, harlequin and mantle.
A surprising new color, initially thought to be a phenotype variant
of the brindle, was recently discovered on a remote tropical island
off the coast of Madagascar. Upon further study, it was determined
that this rare coat type breeds true and might therefore be considered
a legitimate new color pattern for the breed.
The Great Dane fancy is in an uproar
over this news. First to protest were the harlequin breeders. They
feel strongly that harlequins should be the only spotty bodies. The
brindle breeders also complained, saying they should have the only
jungle-cat pattern. Performance enthusiasts are, by contrast, embracing
the color. They feel the cheetah Dane should perform exceedingly well
in agility trials – although it is not expected to do well in
obedience. Clearly, this controversy will not end any time soon. It's
anyone's guess when – or even if – the Cheetah Dane will
brought to the United States. Stay tuned.
(Note: Cheetah Dane t-shirts and sweatshirts are now available
On the road again...
I've been back from the GDCA National Specialty for only two weeks,
and I find myself preparing for more travel. I'm leaving this Saturday
for a short trip to Germany by way of France. My initial plan was
to simply accompany my husband on a week-long business trip to Hamburg.
I then learned that the Euro
Dog 2002 Show is being held in Paris. This is a HUGE show with
over 11,000 entries from all over Europe. Thanks to Air France, I
was able to juggle my flight and arrange a two day stopover. I am
bringing along my camera, of course, in hopes of getting lots of shots
of European-style Danes. Anyone reading this who will be exhibiting
at the show, please drop
me a line. Maybe we can get together.
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