It is cold and foggy here in the Big Valley. We have been reading online about some changes in the Great Dane Standard, but haven't checked to see if what is being passed around is correct or not.
Generally, and unless the GDCA Standard has changed, only blacks from blue breeding can be bred to blues. Only Blacks from Harlequin breeding can be bred to Harlequins and I guess the Mantles. Only blacks from Fawn Breedings can be bred to Fawns and Brindles. And of course black to black breeding. I have never known or heard or read that any black can be bred to any color other then the same bloodline the black was born into.
I do not stud my dogs out anyway. Although a lot of people ask or call or email me asking if I do, I don't.
Another rumor that I heard circulating is that you don't have to crop ears to enter into the show ring. That is also a new one for me. I know that in other countries ear cropping has been outlawed, and I have seen dogs or pups from these countries stacked with the handler holding the ears above the head. I guess you can and as the person told the other person asking about the ear cropping, the individual needs to be perfect in other areas.
I have been trying to get these pups to stack naturally by raising the food bowl. Some show person taught me that years ago, and it works. The pup learns how to stack with thier heads up. I know there is more to stacking a dog or puppy, but I think this little step helps them to get the idea to hold thier heads up.
I have never made the claim that any of my pups are BIS BISS quality, but since they are AKC registered dogs they can be shown in AKC sanctioned events and classes. Maybe this BIS BISS is where many people get mixed up, I guess it depends on whether or not you want to use your dog for sport and recreation or really sail to the top of Great Dane World.
Signing off, I am missing Hot in Cleveland. I hope Don Rickels stays on the show. It is a great comedy with a little vaudeville thrown in.