As tall as 32 inches at the shoulder, Danes rise above most other dogs, and when standing on their hind legs, they are taller than most people. These powerful giants are the image of elegance and balance, with the smooth and easy step of the born nobles. The coat comes in different colors and patterns, perhaps the best known being the black and white mosaic pattern known as “harlequin”. Despite their sweet nature, the Danes are guardians at home. Just the sight of these gentle giants is usually enough to make intruders think twice. But those foolish enough to confuse breed friendliness with gentleness will encounter a powerful enemy of true courage and spirit. Patients with children, the Danes are accommodating people who make friends easily.