Brown or Chocolate Great Danes are not included in the six standard coat colours for Great Dane breed dogs. The colour is not acceptable for dog shows either. Chocolate coat colour does not only prevail in the Great Dane breed. Breeds like Labrador Retrievers, Doberman Pinscher often depicts brown or chocolate coat colour through their litters.
Brown or Chocolate Great Dane is not a show dog neither it is rare therefore, do not pay an additional amount for a Brown Great Dane. The Great Danes bearing chocolate colour are not included in standard coat colours of the breed. Unfortunately, Brown coat colour in Great Danes is an expression of a recessive gene existing in all carrier dogs of the breed.
Are Brown or Chocolate Great Danes rare?
Brown Great Danes are not rare. If you had not seen a brown GD previously this would not make it a rare dog. Brown or Chocolate Great Danes are not rare but rather responsible breeders refrain from breeding this mismarked Great Dane.
In other words the Chocolate Danes are not bred generally so the dogs are scarce.
Why the Brown or Chocolate Great Danes are not bred?
Learn below in the following part of the article.
Great Dane Breed Standard:
The Brown Great Danes in the breed are regarded the same as a mismark Great Dane. The dogs are neither standard dogs from A.K.C. standpoint nor do any Great Dane dog show would receive a Brown Great Dane for showing.
Therefore, a Chocolate Great Dane’ purchase is not recommended if you are into show dogs. Rather, buy a Great Dane adhering to Great Dane breed standard in its colour and all inclusive appearance.
Brown or Chocolate Great Dane occurrence:
A Great Dane who holds Brown Dane in its litter has an unwanted gene lingering in its genetics. As the Brown coat color is due to the recessive gene that could express itself any time in the litter.
Yet, there are certain cases when the litter would assuredly be a brown or Chocolate Great Dane.
- When two Brown Great Dane dogs are bred together, the litter can neither be Blue or Black but are Brown Great Danes. Further,
- If two Brown Great Dane dogs both sans dilution gene are bred, all litter would be brown or chocolate coat coloured. Whilst, when one Brown Great Dane involved in the breeding possess dilution gene and other does not, the produced Great Dane puppies would still be brown.
- When both involved Brown Great Danes hold dilution gene, then there is a possibility of colour dilute Great Dane puppies along with Brown Great Danes in the litter.
The dilute coat coloured Great Danes are also called as Lilac Danes.
Chocolate Great Dane breeding:
Some bad breeding kennels would intentionally breed the Brown Great Dane dogs. As Chocolate Great Danes might be produced under profitable breeding fallacy. Such breeders regard Brown Great Dane breeding as profitable by selling the dogs at high prices.
Though Brown Great Danes are produced through responsible breeding as well.
Brown Danes and responsible breeding:
As the brown coat colour is due to a recessive gene residing in the genetic makeup of a Great Dane. Once a brown Great Dane is born in a breeder’ litter, the pedigree holds an non favourite gene in its genetics for the breeder.
In addition to an unfavourable colour from show point, a Brown Great Dane’ presence would be a herald for the breeder to end breeding that particular lineage. As a Brown or Chocolate Great Dane would pass its brown colour bearing gene to all its puppies.
Indubitably, Great Dane dogs who are potential carriers of the recessive brown gene must not be bred. Additionally, the presence of this gene in a Great Dane lineage indicates no breeding between the two latent brown gene carriers. This is the ideal and responsible breeding norm.
Besides, breeding the Brown Danes might become a liability for a breeder as the dogs are not suitable for breeding, nor for showing.
Responsible breeders strive to enhance the quality of their litter continuously. Huge number of perfectly marked Great Dane puppies is their goal. They try to find out the dogs carrying unwanted colour among their breeding stock. Namely, Fawn, Brown, or Blue Great Danes.
Chocolate Great Dane and show breeders:
Great Dane breed has a plethora of coat colours in ts genetics. Usually, strange coat colours are not welcomed by a breeder in that their occurrence is a fiasco for an apt show breeder. Unfortunately, Chocolate coat colour in Great Danes is not accepted as a show Great Dane colour. Hence, breeding Brown Great Danes would be pointless.
Adroit show breeders would not breed the particular line further from a Brown Great Dane.
What makes Brown coat colour: The Brown Colour Genetics:
Proteins are critical to the development of an organism at birth. In canines, TYRP1, or tyrosinase-related protein 1, is a protein that is of paramount significance being responsible for coat coloration in dogs. It plays a key role in the formation of the pigment Eumelanin.
This is the pigment is what shades the coat colour of a dog. Its excess and scarcity would result in Black or Brown coats.
Black coat colour:
In the dominant form of the TYRP1 gene ( the B Locus), enough Eumelanin is synthesised. Providing black tinge to the coat, and the dog’s coat emerges black rather than brown coloured. Hence a Black Great Dane has dominant gene “B” in its genetic makeup.
Chocolate or Brown coat colour:
In case of Brown or Chocolate colour a mutation in the TYRP1 gene can happen, triggering an alteration. Eumelanin production is influenced which dilutes the prior black colour tinge. Brown colour coat develops owing to the changed amount of Eumelanin synthesis.
This mutated gene is known as the “b” allele. Brown Great Danes hold “b” gene in their genetic material. When a dog is homozygous for the mutation all black pigment appears brown.
Homozygous: Meaning the dog has two copies of the same gene.
which is recessive allele (b/b) in the above case.
The colour can also be alluded to as liver also beside brown and chocolate. In some breeds (such as the Australian Shepherd), this colour is referred to as red. Given, the B allele is dominant over the b allele. Therefore, a dog that is B/b or B/B will have a black coat, and not chocolate.
The dog must have b/b in order to have a dilution of black colour into brown tinge.
Brown Great Dane genetics:
|Parent colour||Genes||Litter colour||Genes|
|Black||Both Dominant (B/B)||Black||All with Dominant B|
|Black||1 Dominant 1 recessive (B/b)||Black||B and b both could be found|
|Brown||Both recessive (b/b)||Brown||All with Recessive b|
The “b” gene has no effect on other coat colours. Only brown and black coats get influenced by this gene’ mutation. TYRP1 mutations can affect the nose and pad coloration, changing it from black to brown.
Brown or Chocolate Dane’ concerns:
As Brown or Chocolate Great Dane puppies are born when both parents involved in the breeding are carriers of the recessive gene. The responsible gene is hanging in there for quite sometime and finally revealed itself.
The born Great Dane puppies due to the recessive gene unable to express black coloration.
This culpability furnishes the Dane puppy with a brown coat colour.
Brown Great Dane health problems:
The Brown Great Danes are not acceptable due to their brown coat colour. Additionally, this colour makes the Danes vulnerable. The Great Danes bearing brown colour are believed to suffer from skin disorders. A large breed dog, going through some skin disease would be a real problem.
Besides, coat related complications are also found in Brown Danes. The dogs are also prone to other health issues frequent in the Great Dane breed.
Double dilute Great Danes:
The Great Dane parents carry brown gene which is also responsible for coloration. Sometimes this unfit brown gene couples with a further colour dilution gene. This dilutes the black pigment to a greyish or blue tinge, producing a lilac colour. The resultant double dilution Great Dane puppies are reported to bear an increased risks related to coat and skin disorders.
Brown Dane and bad breeding:
Brown gene is not the most unwanted strand in terms of breeding and breeders ethics. As the gene can represent itself in any lineage even the best Great Dane pedigree can produce Chocolate Danes. So bad breeding is not the main reason behind Brown Great Dane’s birth.
Why not a Brown Great Dane?
Brown Great Danes are not accepted by the breed standard. Just like Mantle coat colour was once regarded as an unwanted tinge in the breed. Since, Mantle is crucial for the Harlequin breeding this transformed the Mantle Great Dane’s status.
Mantle Great Danes are now acceptable. Same can work for Brown Great Danes. If the brown colour’s significance for the breed is indicated, then it might gets included in the standard Great Dane coat colours.
Brown Gene Presence Test:
Great Dane breed holds a quite varied range of coat colours. Some of the genes responsible for coat coloration are known whilst others are yet to be found. Since, brown coat colour genetics are revealed the Great Dane dogs can be checked for the existence of this gene.