Compare black Great Danes to any dog of any color..
Their glossy black coat reflects light like a mirror, showcasing every muscle and movement.
We all desire a pure black dog yet more often than not, we find black Danes with small white areas on the chest and tips of the toes.
Below is the AKC standard for the black Great Dane. Requirements for color conformation state, "white markings are not desirable". White is accepted in moderation on the chest and toes but be careful if you're buying a dog for showing. Less white is better when picking a show puppy and will increase your Dane's chances for points in the ring.
AKC standard for Black Great Danes:
The color shall be a glossy black. White markings at the chest and toes are not desirable.
Any variance in color or markings as described above shall be faulted to the extent of the deviation. Any Great Dane which does not fall within the above color classifications must be disqualified.
Different breeding combinations can produce a black Dane puppy!
There are many different breeding combinations that will produce black Dane puppies and other colors may also be thrown. This page is focused on black so we'll briefly touch on this color and won't get into detailed breeding discussion.
Pure black Great Danes are produced by a Black/Black breeding. Blue Great Danes may also occur if one or both of their parents carry the "blue" gene. Although a pure black dog is more desirable, black Danes with slight to moderate white on the chest and toes are common. These dogs are typically a product of a Harlequin/Harlequin, or Harlequin/Black breeding.
Black Great Danes may also result from a Brindle/Black or Fawn/Black breeding and while some breeders do this, cross breeding these colors is deemed unethical by the Great Dane Club of America Breeder's Color Code.
More Great Dane Colors: If you've arrived at this page from a web search like Google, be sure to check out our additional articles on Dane colors and patterns located here. You can also reach that page by following your breadcrumb trail below.
If you are thinking about breeding Great Danes, please do your homework! There are many ways to produce badly mismarked dogs! Breeding a black Great Dane from a Brindle/Black litter, with a Black Dane from a Harlequin/Black litter would give you a "pot luck" surprise of coat colors. Not to mention possible genetic health implications and other problems.