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it has been found that they get darker, and that the peculiar " striping " disappears, and in that case the introduction of a good fawn into the strain is advisable. The constant mating of harlequins has the tendency to make the black patches disappear, and the union with a good black Great Dane will prevent the loss of colour.
The following is the official description issued by the Great Dane Club:
General Appearance-The Great Dane is not so heavy or massive as the mastiff, nor should he too nearly approach the Greyhound type. 'Remarkable in size and very muscular, strongly though elegantly built ; the head and neck should be carried high, and the tail in line with the back, or slightly upwards, but not curled over the hind-quarters. Elegance of outline and grace of form are most essential to a Dane ; size is absolutely necessary ; but there must be that alertness of expression and briskness of movement without which the Dane character is lost. He should have a look of dash and daring, of being ready to go anywhere and do anything. Temperament-The Great Dane is good-tempered, affectionate, and faithful to his master, not demonstrative with strangers ; intelligent, courageous, and always alert. His value as a guard is unrivalled. He is easily controlled when well trained, but he may grow savage if confined too much, kept on chain, or ill treated. Height-The minimum height of an adult dog should be 30 ins. ; that of a bitch, 28 ins. Weight-The minimum weight of an adult dog should be 120 ibs. ; that of a bitch, 100 lbs. The greater height and weight to be preferred, provided that quality and proportion are also combined. Head-Taken altogether, the head should give the idea of great length and strength of jaw. The muzzle, or foreface, Is broad, and the skull proportionately narrow, so that the whole head, when viewed from above and in front, has the appearance of equal breadth throughout. Length of Head-The entire length of head varies with the height of the dog, 13 ins, from the tip of the nose to the back of the occiput is a good measurement for a dog of 32 ins, at the shoulder. The length from the end of the nose to the point between the eyes should be about equal, or preferably of greater length than from this point to the back of the occiput. Skull-The skull should be flat rather than domed, and have a slight indentation running up the centre, the occipital peak not prominent. There should be a decided rise or brow over the eyes, but no abrupt stop between them. Face-The face should be chiselled well and foreface long, of equal depth throughout, and well filled in below the eyes with no appearance of being pinched. Muscles of the Cheek-The muscles of the cheeks should be quite flat, with no lumpiness or cheek bumps, the angle of the jaw-bone well defined. Lips-The lips should hang quite square in front, forming a ri t angle with the upper line of foreface. Underline-The underline of the head, viewed in profile, runs almost in a straight line from the corner of the lip to the corner of the jawbone, allowing for the fold of the