OwyheeStar’s Succeeding with the Weimaraner.8
The Other Weimaraner
~A few relevant Longhair Weimaraner facts — part two
In part one we explored the history of the Longhair Weimaraner. There are many things to be said. Those infected with the fluffy Weimaraner infection may well be the most adamant of all Weimlovers. Nevertheless, this is going to be a few simple facts that we believe to be true (as of 2016).
The Longhair Weimaraner is relatively unknown in America; however, people are discovering them. Some sightings lead to the inevitable conversation and disbelief–many walk away believing this is a mixed breed dog, and the owner is in denial. Despite their disbelief, they are a thing and have been around for some time. Others are smitten and attracted to this variation.
A search to find the Longhair reveals that there are not many places to look for one. There are a few breeders here and there. An occasional pup (or pups) may present in a litter raised by the unsuspecting backyard breeder. Unless you DNA test the parents, no one can be sure they are not mating two carriers. The one exception would be if you had mated the pair before and they did not produce Longhairs. Even then, OwyheeStar’s first Longhairs came in the second litter born to Storm (sired by Dusty). Since then it has become a practice to ensure any acquired Weimaraner is DNA tested for the Longhair DNA Marker (also called the fluffy coat).
The Hair or Feathering
The traditional gray ghost attracted a lot of followers due to the eyelash length hair that forms their smooth and elegant, easy care coat. The idea of the additional hair shakes some to the core because they were all to glad to leave behind the Labrador’s leavings on their floor, furniture, car as well as their clothing.
Think luxurious and silky velvet to the touch. The other Weimaraner as it is often called is set apart by the wavy and flowing top coat. This top coat is what sets the Longhair apart from the more tradition Gray Ghost. The soft feathery long topcoat is also pleasant to the touch. The upper body’s tendril length may vary a bit–ranging from slightly more than an inch to a bit longer than two inches. The lengths tend to increase on the lower side of the neck, the forechest and belly. Other unique Longhair features include the undocked tail (and the larger the flag, the more stunning the picture) as well as the toe hair. The wavy ears are also celebrated.
The Longhair often has a double coat–the thicker undercoat and the varied length outer coat. This double coat is often prized by those who like to hunt in cold weather–especially those hunting waterfowl. Even the non-hunting companion person will soon discover that the Longhairs are not as hairy as the Labrador or even the Golden. They do require a bit of grooming; however, it is not as bad as you might imagine. While most fluff lovers would shudder at the thought of it–the Longhair can be clipped (toes trimmed) and the hair will return. In a hot location, a summer shave might not be a bad choice. Another perk for those that love some hair and tail to go with–this coat doesn’t tend to matt or shed in the same manner as other similar type coats.
The Longhair can be found in the shades of gray as well as blue. To get the Blue Longhair requires one of the parents to be a blue and both parents much carry the Longhair DNA marker.
Variations of Another Kind
The Stockhaar can occur when mating the Longhair Carrier to a Longhair. This coat is unique in many ways. Again, there are variances even with the Stockhaar and often it may be difficult to place a definitive label on a younger pup.
The Stockhaar’s coat tends to be dense–double-coat by nature. Unlike the Longhair, the top coat is close fitting. There quite likely will be some wave tail texture and possibly elsewhere. Also, you may notice a slight feathering in the adult Stockhaar. In Germany, the Stockhaar is classified as a Longhair.
The Stockhaar appearance is a mystery –no one knows the exact trigger or reason for their appearance. Some cases of their appearance have been reported when two smooth coats have been mated. Their appearance within a litter seems to be more closely linked to the Longhair and the Longhair Carrier. Regardless, a lot remains unknown–the mystery of DNA and how it weaves through a purebred Weimaraner is not an exact science.
The Longhair is like the traditional Weimaraner in every way except the feathering hair and the American Weimaraner sports the undocked tail. To us, it seems that the Longhairs tend to be more vocal. It is very difficult to attribute most of the temperament differences to the Longhair trait–the breed as a whole has many varied characteristics. Responsible breeders attempt to breed for stability and trainability as well as health and looks. The fancier has preferences. While the Weimaraner Club of America is not going to endorse the Blue Longhair; sometimes the heart what the heart wants.
About 1/3 of the Weimaraners born in Germany are Longhair. The Longhair trait is recessive. The USA (WCA–Weimaraner Club of America) has been discussing the inclusion of the Longhair; however, it is yet to happen. Regardless, the Longhair Weimaraner is accepted throughout the world –except in America.
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