Charlie Mae our first longhair
When we were first on the hunt to add another Weim to add to our family, our only thought was on a grey female to help fill the void left by Chloe. We did a fair amount of research/looking and landed on Owyheestar primarily due to your close proximity and puppy availability (little did we know how much more was in-store for us joining the Owyheestar family!!!).
When we first met Charlie Mae’s sister being placed Jill and Elle (Wife and Daughter) fell in love right away with the little fuzzy puppy… I thought.. A Longhair?? My immediate reaction was more hair and a long annoying tail.. NO THANKS!! After meeting the first longhaired puppy I softened some, but honestly I was overruled by the girls in my house and we got Charlie Mae who was ready to place immediately.
Now that we have had Charlie for over a year, I can honestly say I have NO regrets..
Let’s start with the hair.. Charlie is SO soft, we get comments ALL THE TIME on how soft her fur is and she loves to snuggle with us.. I can curl up next to her and hold her next to me and it’s like having a big giant soft plushy toy! I’ve noticed NO more hair than with our previous Weims. Charlie (Spoiled rotten) sleeps right between my wife and I in our bed and there’s no big fur mess in our bed so the shedding issue is just nonexistent for us (at least no more hair than we noticed with previous Weim’s).
Now on-to the tail.. Charlie’s tail is no bother at all, I’ve been around dogs with long tails before and swore I’d NEVER have one smacking stuff off the table or smacking kids in the face.. etc.. Charlie’s tail is so feathery with the fur hanging down, it really hasn’t bothered me at all.. she wags it, but mostly it just sails high like a flag in the sky saying look at my beautiful long tail, I’m wearing it with pride!
As to other longhair observations, I think Charlie fits the mold you’ve talked about. She’s much more comfortable in water (although not really into swimming yet), she has no hesitation in going wading at all (which is different from our shorthair experience). She does seem to stay warmer in the chilly weather also (which makes sense I guess), so if she’s outside a little longer I don’t worry about her. Almost always when I let Charlie and Murphy outside in the below freezing weather, Murphy is at the door in short order wanting back in and often I have to call Charlie inside…
Other than that, Charlie is all Weimaraner in all other ways, she’s mischievous, loving, velcro dog, devoted, and still thinks she’s a lap-dog! We couldn’t love her more! And as a last note.. the fur that sticks out from between her toes! LOVE IT! SO CUTE!
Breeder’s Comment: We cannot thank this family enough. They are great Weimlovers; this now includes the Longhair Weimaraner. We love how they describe Charlie Mae as having a huge personality.
The longhair receives mixed reviews. Most people doing the reviewing, have never met one. It is hard to wrap yourself around the truth surrounding the longhairs. They are not messy; one Labrador creates more cleanup than 2-4 Longhair Weims. Their tail is not a weapon. They do require a little more grooming, but it is minimal. They tolerate the cold well; some duck hunters prefer them for a hunting companion.