Here I will show you something very special
This is how the Harlekins are suppose to be looking in there colors. All based on Mrs. Eckerstein's standard, from 1981.
If you think you are recognizing my drawings of the poodles, you are rite. You have seen them before. I made them the first time for an International online magazine year 2005 and gave them rites to publish my work. Now I have done some changes to be able to place them here for you.
First up, comes the MANTEL SCHECKEN Harlekin.
As the name say this Harlekin has to have a black "mantel" over the body, this shall be even and just black. The white part on the body has to be with out any tickings!
Then my next poodle is called Accepted Mantel Schecken.
If the Harlekin has this coloring it will be accepted for showing concerning the standard, the mantel has to go all together, with out any white markings into it.
Then we have the Harlekin with tulip.
This "tulip" is placed at the head and this color is often with white parts on the head. Not a black mask. It is allowed some small black tickings, but of course as little as possible and then they shall be placed on the legs.
Finally we have the "Platten Schecken" this is always together with the "tulip". You never get a platten schecken with black mask.
The black markings shall be placed over the head, nice and even. One black spot over the shoulders next black spot shall come over the kidneys and the last one shall be over the tailset and cover half the tail.
The one of those 2 dogs who are the most correct is the left one, the other is accepted
Here I show the accepted Platten Schecken, its very important that the "halsring" (the black ring around the neck) is completed with out white into it.
So to put this together, I will say like this. The Harlekins are not allowed to have spots here and there over the body! They shall not have tickings. The black parts on the body have to be clear in the black pigmentation.
They shall carry more White than black. And the Black areas shall always comes on 3 parts on the body: The shoulders, the kidneys, and the tail set. The head shall be symmetrical if it contains white into it.
There are actually a lot of written information to get over and to learn more about, if you just ask the old time breeders. All are so helpful and want to share the interest of this color! The 4 different clubs in Germany are helpful as well and hand you information. The same with the VDH. I have gotten a thick folder from them, and I have made a copy from the most important page, so you can see more about it your self. It is not translated, but with an reference book in your hands, you will have no problems for translation it.
After all the years I have had into the "dog world" I surprise myself, when I get to react on some humans...one of the "breeding consults" at one poodle club have said like this:
The Harlekin poodles, are not carrying the REAL Harlekin gene as the gene should be if they where carrying this...so its not a correct name to continuing calling them as this! Harlekin include blue as well in the genes. She said.
Here I want to clear out this question, for those of you who belive that this beautiful poodle is named after the Harlekin gene.
They are not!
The name Harlekin, comes from the doll with the ribbons into it and then this doll is flounder to the music. They usually are black and whites. The same with the Clown "Harlekin" at the circus. He is a happy character with the special hat witch has bells into, and a black and white checked costume. HERE comes the name Harlekin from, for the lovely Poodles!!!
And this is also one of the reasons to, that Harlekin poodles CAN just be Black and Whites, NEVER silver with white or Brown whit white or what ever that actually exist.
And this is very IMPORTANT! A Harlekin who is fading out the black color, is NOT a correct Harlekin, the same as we can see those terrible "solid" Silvers, with white legs, silvery body and brown neck Winning BOB's or the Browns looking more silver than a silver born!
An other detail I want to mention here is about the ticking.
We know that: Ticking from one of the breeding dogs will carry on this ticking to the offsprings.
It is possible to see in a very early age, who of them in the litter will be carrying tickings as older dog. The "ticking puppies" gets tickings very early...
Its also possible to see, in an early age, if that special pup will be deep black in the color as adult. Or if he will fade out to silver as adult. The first place you can see this is at the head.
An other fault I have seen, so far I have been blessed to not have it into my breeding, but i have seen it on Harlekin Standards, it is the white "3rd membrane"in the eyes.
I can see this often one of the eyes, and normally this membrane is and should be dark, when I'm looking into a poodle eye who has one of them un pigmented, it gets me the feeling that I'm looking to an Siberian Husky....I know from the time I was breeding Afghans, that it's into some lines so it has to be inheritable.