OwyheeStar’s Succeeding with the Weimaraner.5

~Confusion, Controversy, and a Conundrum-part two

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Weimaraner or Not?

It ‘s hard to imagine how anyone can look at today’s Blue Weimaraner without seeing a Weimaraner. Nevertheless, until very recently the Blue Ghost was a rare occurrence. Tire-screeching stories abound. Taken by surprise, a passing vehicle puts on the breaks to back up. Nevertheless, the Blue Ghost is like the Gray Ghost and Silver Gray Ghost in every other way. The only difference most agree is the darker coat color.

The 1971 WCA vote clarified and established today’s breed standard. The Blue Coat is allowed; however, it is considered a fault. Regardless, there has always been a handful of fanciers that valued the blue coat. While they didn’t win equality, they were not disuaded.

The Weimaraner Breed Standard

      ~as outlined by the Weimaraner Club of America (WCA)

Coat and Color
Short, smooth and sleek, solid color, in shades of mouse-gray to silver-gray, usually blending to lighter shades on the head and ears. A small white marking on the chest is permitted, but should be penalized on any other portion of the body. White spots resulting from injury should not be penalized. A distinctly long coat is a disqualification. A distinctly blue or black coat is a disqualification.

What Does This Mean?

 

Contrary to what some people say, the Blue Weimaraner can be AKC (American Kennel Club) registered–as long as both parents were AKC registered. It is that simple. The Blue Weimaraner (as well as the Longhair variety) may compete in obedience, agility, field trials, hunt tests, tracking, to mention a few of the most popular venues. A Blue Weimaraner; however, would be disqualified by the judge in the WCA Conformation Ring because the breed standard dictates the Conformation criteria. Performance events do not consider faults such as coat color. This is a good place to earn a title.

There additional competitive venues for the versatile hunting Weimaraner. Other than versatile hunt titles you may earn the International Show Title. This will be discussed in a future chapter on venues.

The Blue Weimaraner popularity continues to grow. The quality breeder who includes the blue coat is known to breed for more than color. The big picture (for lack of a better terminology) includes health, temperament, adherence to the breed standard (with this one exception) as well as an eye to all things Weimaraner. Raising the Weimaraner puppy and doing the breed justice requires an understanding of pedigrees, gene pools, potential health issue as well as how to raise and develop a quality Weimaraner.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About OwyheeStar

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Posted on February 12, 2016, in AKC, Blue Weims, Companion Weimaraner, Information and Education, OwyheeStar, OwyheeStar’s Succeeding with the Weimaraner and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. I still hope that the blue ghosts will be accepted once. They are wonderful… and 100% Weims :o) it’s the first time I read the wca rule completely and carefully… maybe the white spot on easys ankle is the reason that we never won something? (mark got a laughing fit and said yeah..dream on…)

  2. Do Blue Weims have a white spot? Longhairs? Our former blue Keeley did not. (She was not from Owyheestar) Maizie has a beautiful white vertical stripe on her chest.

    • Some people freak over the white. White on the chest is allowed by the breed. It is of course easily spotted on the blue. None of the three girls in the first photo on the blog today have any blue on their chest. It can and does happen in the breed. Breeding to get rid of it would mean compromising on other things.

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