HARLEQUIN PATTERN & COLOR: WHY "fawnikins"
ARE HERE TO STAY.
An Explanation of the variety of mismarks found in harlequin breedings.
Harlequin coloration & pattern is dominant* to ALL other colors
& patterns, both accepted & rejected, in the Great Dane breed.
Therefore a Harlequin can carry, sight unseen, any & all colors
and patterns, & can produce anything from a "blue boston"
to a fawn porcelaine("fawnikin"), when bred to another Dane
who is also carrying for the same sorts of pattern/color. When this
occurs, the take-home message is that BOTH parents are carriers of the
masked (i.e.hidden or "recessive") pigment/pattern seen in
the unexpected puppy. AND most all of the correctly marked littermates
will carry for such hidden traits as well.
Harlequin color is inherited seperately from harlequin patterning. This
is obvious as Mantles, black dogs wi