GREAT DANE BREED STANDARDS
All national kennel clubs (countries) who are member of the organisation FCI (Federation Cynologique Internationale) are obliged to follow the FCI standard No. 235. Bacause a breed standard is interpreted differently there will be different styles of a breed. This is normal. But in this breed the difference are so pronounced you can talk about different breeds.
UK, Australia, New Zeeland, USA and Canada are not members of the FCI, but so called contract partners and they issue their own breed standards. For that reason substantial differences are found in the breed between those countries and the FCI.
Those differences in the style of the great Dane are very unfortunate, because it narrows down the gene pool.
The breed standard is our most important tool to secure the health and appearence of our Great Danes. We provide all standards as well as an comparison of all standards for download on this page to the left. An anatomical explanation is also available.
Illustrations of the standards and faults can be found at this link.