After all, who could forget Scooby Doo, Brutus from the Ugly Dachshund, or Duke & Turk of Swiss Family Robinson fame? What about Astro from the Jetsons? Not a fawn I guess, what do you call a silver and white colored Great Dane anyhow?
Fawn Great Danes are by far the most recognized color of the non-Dane enthusiast. Fawn colors can range from a very light tan/yellow, to a dark tan/gold. Some will carry a black mask, while others will not. Typically, a fawn Great Danes with a black mask are more desirable as it meets the AKC standard. By my eye fawn Danes seem to grow a little heavier and "fill-out" slightly more than Danes of other colors like Black.
AKC standard for Fawn Great Danes:
The color shall be yellow gold with a black mask. Black should appear on the eye rims and eyebrows, and may
appear on the ears and tail tip. The deep yellow gold must always be given the preference. White markings at the
chest and toes, black-fronted dirty colored fawns 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.
As alway with all colors, slight mismarks will not render your Great Dane unfit for the show ring. As a matter of fact, there have been many mask-less Great Danes that have become champions.
What's with the black mask anyhow?
Ideally, a fawn Great Dane should have a black mask and as always, these Danes will be a little more expensive. The mask may be lighter on some Danes while others won't have it at all. Masked Dane puppies are produced when the litter's Sire or Dam carries the "mask" gene. The percentage of masked pups depends if one, or both parents carry the gene.
TIP: Don't miss the additional colors discussed in articles located at our Great Dane Colors main page!
If your Fawn Great Dane lacks black skin pigmentation, this is a fault called dilute. Dilute is a result of cross color breeding in the litter's lineage. White on a fawn Dane is usually due to cross color breeding as well. Examples of cross color breeding are; a fawn bred to a harlequin, or a fawn bred to a brindle that had harlequin in its line.
Regardless, Mask-less, mismarked or dilute, to us all Danes are champions:)