When I met my husband, in 1982, he had fawn danes yet. When we got married he said he'd have loved to have a Great Dane living with us, but we lived in a small apartment in Milan, so my answer was "no, no, NO!!!". One week later my first dane, Lothar Indios dell'Armida, came into our house. He was an unforgettable blue giant and I fell in love with him and with the breed! With him I had my first show experiences, but his career was really short because he had a real terrible topline which became worse with his growth. Anyway his breeder used him a lot as stud so he gained the title of "Stud Champion". He died when he was almost 9, on December 1995, and I still miss him a lot!
When we moved to a little town immediately outside Milan we bought a blue female, Oceania Indios dell'Armida. She wasn't a show bitch but she had two wonderful litters and one of her son won the title of Junior World Winner. She died quite young (3 years old) for bloat after the second litter.