Champion harlequin Great Danes

About LiBERTÉ Great Danes

1973 was a very important year for me: my husband gave me a beautiful Great Dane puppy. Shayenne was the daughter of a world champion. She was not only to become my favorite pet, but also a playmate for my two sons Ingo and Björn, which allowed them to learn at the same time the responsibilities to care for her.

Only 2 years later – I guess every Great Dane owner has this desire – I decided to get another Great Dane as a playmate for Shayenne. Her name was Dana. For an unknown reason Shayenne was not able to propagate and therefore Dana became our foundation bitch. In 1976 I registered the kennel LIBERTÉ (French for freedom, liberty).

LIBERTÉ stands for my attitude towards the keeping of Great Danes. An animal as proud as a Great Dane deserves to be free, i.e., not in a cage, but brought up in close contact with other dogs and humans. To guarantee the peaceful coexistence of several dogs, we limited the number of dogs we owned at one time. This also reduces tendecies to become a puppy-mill. Up until today all our dogs have lived in our house.

I strongly support the regulations of the German Great Dane Club (Deutscher Doggen Club, DDC). Those regulations guide breeders to responsible care of the noble dog we all love. Sometimes those regulations are hard to understand, but the benefit of the breed is without doubt the main reason. One part of the regulations allows only the best dogs for breeding (to limit hereditary diseases), the other part guards those dogs against exploitation.
There are many rules to follow and steps you have to take if you want to breed with a Great Dane and get a DDC pedigree. They are too numerous to list, but to give you some idea the most important are (in my opinion):

  • Every Great Dane has to be x-rayed for Hip Dysplasia.
  • The set of teeth has to be complete.
  • Dogs have to be evaluated by a DDC official to get approval for breeding. Click here to learn more about the German standard for Great Danes.
  • Bitches can only be bred at 18 months of age, males at 20 months.
  • In the first week of their life all puppies have to be checked by a DDC official.
  • All puppies need vaccination before you can sell them.
  • In the eighth week of their life the DDC official checks the puppies a second time.
  • All puppies get a unique number tattooed in their thigh.

During the second check all data about the “parents”, the name, color, sex and the tattooed number, is recorded. Only this will allow the breeder to get pedigrees for the puppies from the DDC.

Now back to my kennel. In 1979 Dana had her second litter, the “B”-litter (litters in one kennel have to follow the alphabet – puppies in this litter must have names starting with this letter). Bismarck and Bavaria were among the puppies. I wanted to keep them, so I gave Bismarck to my husband as a present – smart move… Bavaria Liberté was later to become the foundation bitch of one of the two bloodlines in my kennel.

At this time a passion of harlequins arose in me. In 1980 Dana had the C-litter and to my great joy there were 3 harlequin males. Calif Glück would live for many years with my very dear friend Eva Robinson in California. Calypso Glück was to become a well known Champion and Great Champion in Brazil. Cornix would live in Czechoslovakia near Prague. Since Czechoslovakia was a communist country back then, it was possible for a GDR breeder to use Cornix as a stud. All this was done in adventurous ways and hopefully I will have time to write this down some day. After the fall of the Iron Curtain all this is now history, but we should not forget.

Dodini D’oro Liberté, a harlequin daughter of Dana (and you guessed it – the 4th litter), was the foundation bitch for the second bloodline in my kennel. The last daughter of Dana and the French International Champion Minos du Dogue du Vexins was Immortala Julia Liberté. She became German and International Champion – I was very happy to have bred such a noble and beautiful Great Dane. In a tragic accident Immortala died with 3 1/2 years – unfortunately we had no offspring of her.

I am currently writing the next part of this story. This will focus on the bloodline Bavaria – Königin Viktoria – Pyla – Ufo – Dolce Pyla.

Barbara RETTIG
LiBERTÉ Great Danes
Ringstr. 16- 18
37291 Herleshausen OT Altefeld
+49 (5654) 923753
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24 responses

  1. boris

    Dear Barbara,

    interest among female harlequin puppy, you can give me information if you have puppies,
    thanks in advance

    Regards Boris

    January 10, 2011 at 20:39

    • Barbara Rettig

      hello Boris,
      thank you for your interest.
      Please send me an e-mail to
      and please tell me a bit more:
      are you a breeder, where are you living,
      have you Danes, are you on FB
      Best regards,

      January 10, 2011 at 23:09

  2. Irene

    Hi I’m looking for a male mantel or Black. I’m from South Africa. Do have a female 8 light Harlequin months old and one black 3years old. I do want to breed later. The oldest females hips and elbows are tested .

    January 23, 2011 at 15:27

    • Irene

      Have bought a male black in South Africa from Liberte bloodlines for my daughter she wants to show, would very much like to buy a female harlequin pup from the Liberty lines so that I can go to shows with her. My dogs are kusa registered and hips and elbows tested. And I’ve never bred with a dog under 2 years.
      Please let me know if there are any requirements and procedures I have to follow.


      February 19, 2011 at 16:46

      • Barbara Rettig

        hello Irene,
        as I told you before, we have no puppies in the moment. on Feb 14 our last harl female went to Mexico. Next litter will be in June/July 2011.
        thank you for your interest
        Barbara – LIBERTE Great Danes

        February 19, 2011 at 19:17

      • Barbara Rettig

        hi Irene,

        nice you found a black male of LIBERTE lines, who was the breeder?

        We had no puppies all over the year 2011 but I hope for new litters this year. If ever you will be still interested, please send me a note to my e-mail address

        I never see these e-mails here on wordpress, and by a chance just got an information to look my many posts here.

        Are you on Facebook???

        Where are you living in South Africa?
        Thanks for your interest and may be we are just fb friends,

        Barbara and LIBERTE Great Danes

        January 7, 2012 at 18:37

  3. Barbara Rettig

    hi, in the moment we have no puppies, maybe in late spring will be a new litter, regards, Barbara

    January 23, 2011 at 21:37

    • Barbara Rettig

      hello Eileen,

      I have to excuse because I never have seen your e-mail and have never answered you on your question.
      Just now I found that we are fb friends!!!
      OK, in your photos you have shown a group of 3 very beautiful harlequins and also mantle puppies, so I think your request for a female is no more actuel.
      We had no puppies since Oct 2010, but we will have puppies hopefully again this year.
      Again please excuse.
      Regards, Barbara and Danes

      January 7, 2012 at 18:32

  4. Hello

    I live in Oklahoma, USA. I’ve had great danes since the early 1990’s.
    About 4 years ago I bought (who I think is a wonderful male dane) “Bubba” . He has a good pedigree…he’s half Polish and half well-known American lines…several champions on both sides.

    I’m looking for a full Euro harl medium marked female as a pet and to breed as much as once per year for about 4 years and then spay and keep her with usas her forever home. ( Presently we have Bubba , Sissy (just had a litter and now spayed) and Marilyn… from ‘Bubba and Sissy).

    We live on 5 acres, completely fenced and then we have about 1/4 acre fenced with dog quarters that are heated and air conditioned with remote infrared cameras. When we are home the dogs have the whole place otherwise they are in the smaller area. All of our dogs take turnas sleeping with my husband.

    I want a full Euro because of the blocky head, lips and muscular body. I have found them to have a sweeter temperment (is that my imagination?) Bubba has this AND i LOVE HIM SO MUCH!!!! Anyway with the Euro it takes me out of the regular great dane category and I can pick and choose who gets my pups…..I’m very particular…

    If you might consider me as a buyer, could you please tell me the cost and shipping for what I am wanting? And when you might be expecting a litter or if you know of someone else (good reputation) that might be able to help me.

    Thank you for your time.

    I am Sincerely,

    Eileen Callaway

    August 27, 2011 at 13:18

  5. noel flores

    Dear Barbara,

    I am very interested in buying great dane pups from you. I am from the Philippines and I have been a dog lover ever since I can remember. I hope you can consider me as a future home of your babies. Please email me how much it will cost me including shipping to the Philippines. Hoping to hear from you. Thank you. My email is I will gladly call you if I need to.

    noel flores

    December 13, 2011 at 11:17

    • Barbara Rettig

      hello Noel,

      I have to excuse for the delay of answering you. I never look on these account of wordpress and by a chance today received a note, because an other person send also a note to wordpress.

      OK, I hope to have puppies again in the late spring.

      Are you a member of the philippinish Great Dane Club??? or even e member of Facebook?

      Thank you again for your interest and keep in touch,

      Barbara and LIBERTE GREAT DANES

      January 7, 2012 at 18:54

  6. chayla lalonde


    I am looking for a show quality harlequin male dane. do you have any available?if you do could you send me photos and more information ? if you do not have any available could you please put me on a waiting list.

    thank you and i look forward to hearing from you .

    chayla lalonde

    January 7, 2012 at 17:46

  7. Barbara Rettig

    Hi Chayla,
    I answered you on your e-mail address.
    Regards, Barbara

    January 7, 2012 at 18:47

  8. Sarah McClard

    Hi, I am interested in purchasing a mantle male. I do plan to breed him. We currently own a harlequin male with Liberte’ bloodlines. Hes beautiful. We also own 3 other Great Dane females. We have a merle female( family pet only) we have a black and white female and a harlequin female. Please contact me with pricing and shipping prices and when you expect you have a litter with mantles. Thank you in advance for your time

    September 29, 2013 at 20:47

    • Hi, thank you for your request for a mantle male. The mantle of the present litter is just sold. I still have a black male with white paws available. I am not sure when we will have the next litter, maybe only in spring 2014. Thank you again Barbara Rettig LIBERTE Great DANES

      September 30, 2013 at 08:23

  9. Christina

    Is your black male still available?have you a female available? Thanks very much-

    October 19, 2013 at 00:03

  10. Hello, I am wanting to purchase a male harlequin or male mantle from your next litter. I have a male currently out of Zee Zee Tops Liberte and he is simply amazing. I am wanting to expand my breeding program more now with an import and I love your lines! If you could send me an email to with some information about when your next litter will be, along with prices on the male colors stated above and the price of shipping a puppy from you to the Atlanta, GA airport. I would be ever to grateful! I tried sending you an email but it keeps saying mail failure. Please get back to me whenever you possibly can as I am very excited on purchasing a puppy directly from Liberte.

    December 3, 2013 at 01:51

  11. tarun chawla

    Dear,good evening I tarun chawla from india very much interested in buying male harlequeen puppy for show .kindly tell me the procedure by which u can help us.hoping fr positive response

    October 2, 2014 at 18:24

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    October 9, 2014 at 14:09

  13. Hello! I come from the Philippines and work for a moving company. I have a great dane to be air freighted to Scotland and I am having a hard time looking for a kennel. We are looking at all options to get a kennel even coming from the US, Canada or UK. Can some one please assist if you know any?

    January 23, 2015 at 05:38

  14. Nina Potter

    Hi. I’m sorry to hear that Barbara has passed away. Can you please tell me if Liberte is still breeding and selling puppies. I’m am very interested in a male Mantle puppy. Thank you.

    September 8, 2015 at 04:02

  15. Mohamed

    How are you ?
    I want a great dane couple

    June 24, 2016 at 16:07

  16. Mohamed

    How are you ?
    I want a great dane couple
    Any colour but good quality

    June 24, 2016 at 16:08

  17. katherine cohen

    are you all still breeding? i am looking for a harl male puppy 770-846-9405 katherine cohen

    September 22, 2016 at 17:55

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