Harlequin Great Dane or Dalmatian?
"Hi! My name is Eagle.|
Whatever folks may say I'm not a Dalmatian.
I'm very different from a dallie.
Sure, I'm black & white
and have floppy ears,
but that's where the line is drawn.
Join me while I show folks how to tell
a Harlequin Great Dane from a Dalmatian."
"Not all Great Danes have pointed, standing ears.
"These are pictures of my mom, Star, as a puppy.
"This means most Dalmatians
only reach knee level on an adult person."
(Male on top, female on bottom)
Expression is alert and intelligent.
Set moderately well apart,
medium sized,somewhat rounded &
set well into the skull.
Thin and fine in texture.
Moderate size,proportionately wide at the base
gradually tapering to a rounded tip.
Set high and carried close to the head.
Head & Muzzle
Flat top of skull with a slight vertical furrow
approximately as wide as it is long.
Cheeks blend smoothly into a muzzle.
Top of muzzle is level & parallel to the top of the skull.
Equal in length to the top of the skull.
Completely pigmented on the leather.
Either black or brown.
"Great Danes come in MANY color variations.|
But its the HARLEQUIN Great Dane who is often mistaken for the Dalmatian
merely because its a matter of black & white."
Dalmatian - Base color is pure white.
In black-spotted dogs the spots are dense black,
in liver-spotted dogs the spots are liver brown.
Spots are round and well-defined, the more distinct the better.
They vary from the size of a dime to the size of a half-dollar.
They are pleasingly and evenly distributed.
The less the spots intermingle the better.
Spots are usually smaller on the head, legs and tail than on the body.
Harlequin Great Dane -
Base color is white with
black torn patches irregularly and
well distributed over the entire body;
a pure white neck is preferred.
The black patches should not be large enough to look like a blanket or so small to give a stippled or dappled effect.
Less desirable are a few small gray patches,
or a white base with single black hairs
showing through, giving a salt and pepper or dirty effect.
Now if you come across someone who mistakes
your Great Dane for a Dalmatian
just point them here.
Thanks for stopping by."