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White, Piebald, Harl, Merle, Dapple are "PATTERN genes" (not color genes) and were caused by the domestication process by mankind. Domestication changed the reproduction rate and changing the reproduction rate affected the migration rate of melanoblasts (embryonic precursors of the pigment cells), and caused lack of pigmentation - leading to the development of the "pattern genes." Examine the Trut-Fox-Study, or look at the page "Piebald Great Danes" at Waggin' Tails Dachshunds.

Piebald Great Danes

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Stern v Loheland (Njord v Loheland x CH Ozelot v Birkenhof) (CH Ozelot v Birkhenhof was imported to the US) Both of Stern's grandfathers were full brothers (CH Elch Edler vd Saalburg and CH Dolf vd Saalburg) AND her father (Njord v Loheland) was a product of a father/daughter breeding (CH Dolf vd Saalburg x CH Ferguni vd Saalburg).

CH Rungnir v Loheland (Mungo v Loheland x Nepa v Loheland) Born 1933. Litter brother to famous RS36 Riese v Loheland. Rungnir (far right in the above picture) - not only were both of his grandfathers full brothers (Ch Elch Edler vd Saalburg and CH Dolf vd Saalburg) but Rungnir's mother (CH Nepa v Loheland) was the product of a father/daugher breeding - CH Dolf vd Saalburg x Ch Ferguni v Loheland. I believe that Rungnir was sold to US Warrendane.

CH Estid Zeus (Import) (CH August of Brae Tarn x CH Zelia v Loheland) Foundation stud of Dinro. Rosemarie Roberts purchased him from Ernie Ferguson in CA. Estid Zeus was bred to Annabella of Dancroft - both sharing the common grandfather CH Randolph Hexengold.

CH Ajax Telemon of Brae Tarn (CH The Duke of Roxdane x CH Heide of Brae Tarn) Sire of CH Dinro Aslan and Ch Dinro Aelric. Ajax was 6 years old before he started his stud and show career, and then produced 15 champions. Ajax’s owners brought him to “Pop” Gilbert for boarding and of course “Pop” immediately recognized the qualities of the dog. Ajax was still actively breeding at 10 years of age.

CH Hatto-Kirschbaum 578 (golden brindle) (Rolf-Ploetzer 99 x Leda-Gombert 164) Born 1895 Owner: Fritz Kirschbaum, Berlin. Breeder: August Gombert, Berlin. Litter brother to Prinz 811. Hatto-Kirschbaum was bred to his daughter, Zampa-Lueder 760 and produced Hatto-Magnus 579.

Hatto-Magnus 579 (brindle) (CH Hatto-Kirschbaum 578 x Zampa-Leuder 760 – father/daughter breeding) Born Octobert 1897. Owner: Dr. P.A. Bossers, Breda (Holland). Breeder: Wilhelm Lueder, Oschersleben. Hatto-Magnus went to Holland and produced famously. A Dutch daughter went to England and virtually founded the Redgrave line.

CH Ajax vd Klausenburg. (Ador-Viktoria x Monika Tipp-Topp) Harl, blue carrier. Ajax was imported to the US around 1930 by John P. Wagner who later had the famous Mazelaine boxers. Sire in USA of Hendrick's Cuno (H) leading to Mountdania Harls.

CH Zarina of Sudbury. Ador-Viktoria was bred to Zora of Sudbury and sired Eng. CH Zarina of Sudbury (harl, shown below) in England. (Ador-Viktoria went to the huge Send Kennels of England and was called Ador Viktoria of Send. "Huge" is an understatement, I've seen a picture of their 100+ danes posed in a photo.)

CH Ador Tipp-Top (harl, blue carrier) (CH Prinz Fuchs x Freya Tipp-Topp) Sire of Ador Viktoria. Born 1921. Breeder: Andreas Brunner, Munchen. Mounted and put in the Andy Warhol museum. Ador Tipp Topp was a blue-ribbon winner at Westminster. After the Great Dane died, he was stuffed by a taxidermist at Yale, and eventually sold to a drama student for $10.

CH Ador v Amalienborg's half brother (having same father "Roland v Riesenfeld") was CH Harras Sauer 7526 (who should not be confused with the first Harras Sauer 3667, a harl son of Prinz vd Paulsburg 3615, though BOTH Harras Sauer's had the same dam - CH Hero Sperberg 3650).

CH Rux-Conny v St. Magn-Obertraubling. Born Sep 23, 1951. Breeder: Jos. Stehberger, Munchen-Neubiberg. Owner: Willi Glittenberg, Munster-Westf. Siblings were Ramona, Rita and Rosi von St Magn Obertraubling. Rux-Conny was bred to Diana von Forst Schonberg and produced, on July 3, 1957, the litter: Astrid, CH Atilla and CH Asta vd Grossen Geist. Rux-Conny was bred to CH Wodka vd Stadt-Hamburg and produced, on Aug 13, 1957, the litter: I.W. Harper, Helios and Haila vd Stadt Hamburg. And many others

RS34 Ortrud Hexengold (brindle) Born April 3, 1932 (CH Dolf vd Saalburg x Klio Hexengold) (Dolf's sire and Klio's grandsire was the great CH Bosko vd Saalburg.) Breeder/Owner: Carl Narbe, Hanau am Main. Ortrud was among a litter of 8 pups – despite the new rules demanding culling to six. Dam of 6 Hexengold litters. Producer of multiple champions.

CH Nepa of Loheland Born 1931 3 of Nepa's 4 grandparents were from closely related Saalburg lines - Bosko vd Saalburg, Dolf vd Saalburg, and Lora v Birkenhof (father was half-brother of Bosko vd Saalburg) - making her VERY linebred on the Saalburgs and on Bosko's father (the great Tantalus v Sonnenberg). Nepa's 4th grandparent was the great Fauna Moguntia. Bred to Oerlang v Loheland & Mungo v Loheland (both heavily inbred on Saalburg), Nepa produced exquisite champion after champion from both.

RS 41 Kant Doggensport. (light brindle) Born July 31, 1937. Breeder/Owner: Willy Blass, Alzey. Bred to Susi Kadow and from this breeding descended Ch Douglass vd Irminsul, CH Valeska v Schloss Dellwig, Ch Atilla vd Stadt Hamburg, and CH Artus v Kochertal. Kant Doggensport produced importantly in Germany, for the v Schilfkolben, Schloss Dellwig, Klingenpfad and other Dane kennels; and produced many, many other champions and progenitors of the 'German type' around the world.

Born Aug 13, 1957. Breeder: Carl Daniels, Hamburg-Altona. CH I.W. Harper vd Stadt Hamburg was purchased by Toni Pratt of Meistersinger kennels and co-owned with Charles Staiger. Progeny are WAY too numerous to list here, but the one which began my interest in Dane pedigrees was a half brother/sister breeding of CH I.W. Harper von Stadt Hamburg (CH Amor v Meistersinger x CH Heide von Meistersinger) which produced Bill Miller’s Village Squire – the sire of BMW’s foundation bitch “Biche d’Zagreb.”

CH Atilla vd Stadt Hamburg. Born 1954. Owner: Werner Duerholt, Wuppertal-Langerfeld. Breeder: Carl Daniels, Hamburg. Progenitor of many German and American champions.

Aglaja was imported by Rosemarie Roberts (Dinro) from Mrs. Von Rohden’s von Loheland Kennels in Germany. One of Dinro's two foundation bitches. She was heavily inbred on the Saalburg line, particularly the famous Ch Dolf vd Saalburg. Her littermate "CH Aslan von Loheland" went to Cairndania. He was an outstanding brindle and was several times a Best in Show winner.

CH Zeus v Ohligs (aka Ch Zeus v Mercheid), brindle, born 1906. This was Hermann Kadow's first Dane of note. One of the breed’s most influential sires and was used often by other breeders. This dog won many prizes and was a very important progenitor of the breed. He was obviously very recognized as worthy since his head is the emblem of the West German Dane Club. Progeny include CH Ciska-Moguntia, CH Primas vd Rheinschanze, Freya-Rhenania, CH Bosko vd Saalburg, Ch Dolf vd Saalburg, and many more

CH Wodka vd Stadt-Hamburg, harl, born 1952. Paternal grandparents were a fawn and a harl. Used for breeding by the famous Carl Daniels (the DDC Studbook Chairman) and Willi Glittenberg (an official on the Judges committee). Sired 3 out-freaking-standing harl males - CH I.W. Harper vd Stadt-Hamburg, Jagla vd Stadt-Hamburg and one of Germany's favorite studs Marko vd Kreuzchanze 44107. Those three harls made their mark and influenced the breed in both the United States and Germany.

BISS CH Dinro Taboo, fawn. Sire to at least 21 champions. The epitome of selective inbreeding can be seen in his progeny - CH Dinro Taboo Again, CH Dinro Strictly Taboo, CH Dinro Taboo's Voodoo. CH Dinro Taboo sired many champions for Dinro, Reisenhof, Northcliff, Mountdania, Keppen, Danelagh and Eaglevalley and progeny for other lines that produced champion after champion.

CH Honey Hollow Stormi Rudio, rich golden fawn. Stormi produced one of the breed's greatest showdogs - CH Honey Hollow Broadway Jim. Anyone can look up the incredible contribution that Stormi, his progenitors and his progeny made to the Great Dane breed. Too bad that his legacy is tainted with the "sour grapes" attitude of his fellow show breeders. Their jealousy over Stormi Rudio's success in the show ring resulted in the infamous "Color Code of Ethics" by the GDCA.

Stormi Rudio - Waggin' Tails Miniature Dachshunds

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CH Senta-Valeria 207, brindle, blue carrier. Maskless. Born 1891. CH Senta-Valeria was the main foundation of the highly influential Gloria line. In the DDSB vol. III she is sometimes referred to as CH Senta-Gloria (same registration number). She was mated to 6 different dogs and the resulting lines were bred to outstanding sires and dams and frequently interwoven.

  • Laurel M

    Is maskless a good thing, or just 'there'? I had a maskless fawn Dane years ago...could never determine whether it was a desirable trait or not.

  • Jan Harris

    Large masks are desirable in this day and age; but back in the day of Senta - breeders were able to look "past" colors and patterns and breed the best representatives of the Dane - no matter what colors or markings they were. And thank goodness they did, because we wouldn't have the Danes we have today if they had not. :-)

Sektor v Inn, fawn, blue carrier, perhaps maskless. Born 1902. Sektor was considered the best and most successful stud dog the dane breed had ever known, besides his sire Prinz 811. Although his brother Meteor had taken the highest show honors, he did not have the ability to produce as well as Sektor did, proving – even back then – that in spite of completely identical bloodlines it’s not always the best and most beautiful dog in the litter that’s the best dog for breeding.

CH Sandor I v Inn 641, golden brindle, born 1894 or 1895. Sandor first appeared at a US show in 1898 (when he was 4 years old) and cleaned up over an entry of 79 Danes. He was the founder of many American lines. He was described: “as a combination of size, symmetry, character and quality we have never had his equal in this country and it is possible he could not have been beaten by any dog living when in his prime.”