Category Archives: OwyheeStar’s Succeeding with the Weimaraner

Elio

At 16 Weeks

Lorenzen's Elio June 23 2017Elio continues to be an absolute joy and an incredible addition to my little fur family!  He’s a calm, well-mannered puppy who picks up on things incredibly fast! We’re going into week 3 of puppy classes and he’s doing great! 🙂

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Vaccine Crossroad

A Reminder to Proceed with Caution

The Sadie X Stackhouse Litter will celebrate their sixteen-week birthday on this coming Sunday (June 25th). That brings everyone to a crossroad. By now a lot has happened, and everyone will have found themselves insanely busy raising their Weimaraner. The Weimaraner’s (and the OwyheeStar) Vaccine Protocol can have been forgotten.

Your Veterinary office will have a different (broad-based) vaccine protocol. Even if they agree to follow the recommendations, it will fall on the pup’s owner to remember these details. We suggest putting the dates on your calendar and ignoring the Veterinary office alerts. Otherwise, it gets very confusing. If you have forgotten the protocol read on1

 

  • 6-Week NEOPAR® Puppy Shot(given at OwyheeStar)
  • 9-Week *Nobivac Canine 1-DAPPv
  • 12- Week *Nobivac Canine 1-DAPPv
  • Other vaccines such as Lepto and Kennel Cough (Bordatella) should be given as needed–and avoided when possible. We recommend not combining these shots with any other vaccine–, especially rabies. Vaccine challenges the immune system to build antibodies; therefore, we strongly encourage you to space Lepto, Bordetella, and Rabies vaccination at least two weeks apart. We realize that many veterinary practices give multiple vaccinations at a single visit; however, this approach is easier on the immune system. If a reaction does occur, then you know what caused it and plan to avoid it in the future. Yes, we understand this is a more costly approach–avoiding the risk is worth it!
  • 16-Week Crossroad <== Opt for the Vaccine Titer Test instead of automatically getting another puppy shot. Your Vet is going to recommend just doing the shot because that is typical for the all-breed approach; however, a percentage of Weims are vaccine sensitive. Although your pup probably never had a reaction before, please do not ignore this warning. Even a mild vaccine reaction can trigger immune system issues–some of these lead to on-going health problems and in certain instances death. It is not worth the risk! The vaccine titer test runs more than double the cost of the typical puppy shot, but it might save you thousands over time as well as the potential heartache. Almost without exception, our protocol has been producing immunity by week sixteen, which means your puppy doesn’t need any more essential vaccine. If you need the optional vaccines (Bordetella or Lepto) these can be done; however, please space them at least two weeks apart from the Rabies.
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PUPPY VACCINE CLARIFICATION (Lepto)

There is a significant push by the Veterinary community (due to the recent rise of Lepto) to include Lepto in the puppy shot. The Weimaraner Club of America (as well as others who study this breed) recommend you wait to give the Lepto, etc. until the puppy shots are completed. The puppy shot should not include Lepto or Corona. No other vaccine should be combined with the puppy shot. Waiting for the Lepto, Bordetella, and another vaccine until the pup is a little older is less risky. It takes more effort and costs a bit more to space the vaccine, but is worth it.

What is the DAPPv?

Canine Distemper, Adenovirus Type 1 (Hepatitis), Adenovirus Type 2 (Respiratory Disease), Parainfluenza, and Parvovirus (Click Here to read more about the vaccine we use. Remember the Puppy Shot should not contain the Lepto or Corona.

OwyheeStar Disclaimer

The Weimaraner Club of America (WCA) Vaccine Protocol

We are neither Licensed Veterinarians nor Licensed Veterinary Techs. Our recommendations are based on twenty-plus years breeding the Weimaraner (exclusively) as well as the breed recommendation (from the Weimaraner Club of America). Ultimately, you have to decide what is the best approach. This protocol is considered a more Holistic and safer approach. That being said, our advice cannot replace that of your Veterinary of choice. 

Feeling Safe

Much Loved Lily

16409334_10211759143916648_1128018835_oIt is Sunday. We all need to feel like this Weimaraner. Today, we hope you feel enveloped in love. That you have what you need and more importantly, you feel safe. Keep your focus on who and what matters.

Don’t Be Pulled Down the Street

Getting Compliance on the Lead

       ~ or achieving a loose leash heel

Good Collar.jpgWe have discussed this on many occasions because it is vital to the foundation of success. All too many Weim folks cite compliance as best off-leash. Your Weimaraner likes to be in control of what they are doing. The Weimaraner loves to run free–we love to see them too! We suggest this is something that is an earned privilege.

Jan Magnuson about the Magic Collar!

I would recommend forgoing the harness, it will likely just teach your pup bad habits that you will have to deal with later at an accelerated pace.  I use a nylon martingale collar on my dogs 24/7 where I keep their pet license tag, that is what I put on puppies at 8 weeks of age.  For training, we use the Good Dog collar (photo enclosed), it is a humane and effective check collar that emulates a “mama dog correction” and works amazingly well (some of my dog obedience students dub it the “magic collar”!)

Jan Magnuson @ SunStar All Breed Dog Training

Breeder’s Comment

This collar needs to be used correctly in order to achieve success. As with any training collar, it is a tool and it is meant to be used to achieve a desirable outcome. It can be used when you are out and about. We do not see this as something they wear continuously–just for clarification.

 

 

7 Steps To Getting Off to a Good Start

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  1. Be committed — Commitment to the process is primary. Training your pup will take time. Think of this as a journey (a road trip) with a destination in mind. Don’t set timelines; instead, take this adventure together. It will take as long as it takes for each achievement. Sometimes just when you think, you have arrived; your Weimaraner will hit a snag or transitional phase. There are many of these stages in the first couple of years. As with an adolescent, they can be going along well and suddenly regress. Please take this in stride it is nothing personal. The first occurrence could well be prior to week twelve. Stay calm and move ahead–this is how to avoid ingraining fear or some unwanted behavior.
  2. Keep your eye on the young puppy at all times—This is vitally important for at least the first 2-3 weeks, or until you have the housebreaking part accomplished. Use a crate, bag, or soft-side crate to confine the pup when you cannot be vigilant. The crate should not be too large. If it is more than they need they may select one end for a potty area.
  3. Be consistent–Do everything in the same manner! For example, the pup wakes up and stirs. At first, you would pick them up and carry them out to the area where you want them to go potty. Each time you see them circling or rousing from a nap go to the potty-area. If you use the bells hung at the door, then ring them as you go out the door. Soon they will be ringing the bells as a signal for you to open the door.
  4. Keep it simple — Although your pup can learn amazing things, it is best to do a few simple things and build upon those experiences. The process will unfold naturally if you allow it to do so; start with getting them to come. Although they all follow and come to us, it is different once they start to mature. Do the hallway exercise (5-7 retrieves each night). By using a hallway (with adjoining doors closed) there is nowhere for them to escape with the toy, ball, or dummy. Some people treat them when they bring the item to their hand. It is not necessary. The activity is a reward in and of itself. Have a couple of bumpers or toys (designated for this activity). Make it an event every day until you move to the yard because you have compliance.
  5. Keep it fun — Weimaraners are brilliant and learn quickly. A trainer might tell you to work for an hour and even a half hour doing one exercise every night, but we suggest ten minutes. Do it for ten minutes and then do something fun. This approach works for us! If your Weim pup loses interest, you lose ground in the training process.
  6. Remember it is about your relationship — No matter what you are doing it is important to remember that Weims are all about relationship. If they get their feelings hurt, things can go sour quickly. Your bonding experience is vital to the success of this relationship. Take time to think and see things from their perspective. You are the center of their world. They not only want to control you, but they want to own you. Weimaraners are the ultimate Velcro dog and must learn how to stay alone. Your relationship is a double-edged sword. They need a lot of time, attention, and affection. They also need to find ways to cope when you are absent. We recommend starting this process very early, or they will come to expect you will be there 24 X 7. Separation anxiety can be a huge issue in this breed.
  7. Be patient — When you go out to teach your pup a skill, make sure it is a learn-able task. Plan enough time to accomplish the task–but keep your training focused to ten to twenty minutes maximum. The short bursts of success are more effective than lengthy sessions. Your attitude and demeanor play into the equation too! If you are feeling stressed, forego training your Weimaraner. There are many methods of training. Nevertheless, choose one that enhances your bonding experience and one that creates a respectful environment for all concerned.

The best Weimaraner people are those that are natural leaders. Anytime you feel your relationship is stressed then you are going down the wrong road. The persons that are neither too strict nor too lenient are usually, the ones that excel. Regardless of what happens, it is always best to pro-active than to be reactive. Stay calm. Keep it simple. Get results. Plan little steps of learning and build upon them. Try our 7 steps to Success, and we believe you will be on the right path.

Wishing you fewer puppy bites and more puppy kisses

~ Shela and Cliff

 

 

Therapy vs Service Dogs

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I do Therapy Dog visits with my dogs; my dogs are certified and registered through Therapy Dogs International   http://sunstardogtraining.com/recommended-links/  .  Please note that there is a difference between “Therapy Dogs” which provide comfort to anyone, and “Service Dogs” which are classified federally through the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and are trained to do specific tasks to assist people with their disabilities like Guide Dogs for the Blind and Seizure Alert Dogs (contact the ADA for more info).

To work toward Therapy Dog certification, you need a sound, stable-temperamented dog that is highly socialized and trained; so, start the moment you get your pup!  Contact a recommended humane trainer in your area http://sunstardogtraining.com/how-do-i-choose-the-right-dog-trainer-for-me-and-my-dog/  and start your puppy off on the right “paw”!  Jan~

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Like any job or career, there are many different types of people who train dogs, and the range goes from fabulous, professional, quality trainers to abusive, ego …

 

Jan Magnuson
SUNSTAR All-Breed Dog Training

Best-In-Show Champion American Bulldogs & Weimaraners, LLC
P.O. Box 98072, Des Moines, WA 98198 (206) 241-2908

OwyheeStar’s Succeeding with the Weimaraner.11

Is The Weimaraner Right for You?

~ Part Three

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The American Kennel Club (AKC) is the oldest and most respected kennel club in America. The United Kennel Club (UKC) is another choice, but for most Weimaraner breeders they must get the AKC papers even if they are associated with the UKC. We mention this only to set the stage for our third segment discussing the Weimaraner as a choice. Many folks go straight to the AKC to discover which breed is right for them. Here is what they will find listed as the AKC on the Weimaraner’s temperament.
Lauded for his ability to work with great speed, fearlessness and endurance when on the hunt, the Weimaraner is also known for being an easily trainable, friendly and obedient member of the family. This is a breed that loves children and enjoys being part of his family’s “pack.ʺ A well-trained Weimaraner is a delight to live with, but an untrained one is akin to a canine demolition derby. Puppies should be started in classes at an early age.

Accurate–however, a bit Misleading

We can agree on one thing–the Weimaraner is hard to define on paper. People write they did their research and discovered the Weimaraner is a match. On paper or via a quiz that asks a few questions this might be true. Nevertheless, these bits of information can lead you to a decision that is either heartwarming or something shocking–it doesn’t work out for you. The latter means you probably find yourself embroiled in the soul-searching battle to get the Weimaraner to become what you expected. This concerted effort to get the Weim to become what you believe they should be is all too often followed by a drop at the rescue. Sometimes these fur-kids appear on Craig’s List (God forbid). Desperate people paint a lovely picture to look for unsuspecting people to take the Weim off their hands. Typically this is preceded by a small fortune spent on various trainers and equipment but in defeat, the desperation to get them out of the household can lead good people to do the unthinkable.
No one goes into this process thinking it will be easy. Almost everyone asks their self if they are crazy–even when this is a second time around Weim. This magnificent creature can throw you a curve ball of the best or worst kind. Depending on whether you get the save or not. With that being said, let’s look at these touted characteristics one at a time.
  • Easily trainable

Depending upon breeding and early breeder socialization the puppy you receive should be ready to learn the basics. For those who understand the commitment and follow through faithfully with the basics (house breaking, crate training, the recall as well as the loose-leash heel) things go well. All of this and more is achievable. The ease of doing so will depend on your understanding of the breed, how you follow through and is contingent on you making the right choices.

Freedom is Earned!

OwyheeStar admonishes their clients to remember that freedom is earned. Too much freedom (and who doesn’t want the puppy running around) will lead to accidents as well as the idea they are free to do as they please. This situation will affect the housebreaking or all of the basics as mentioned earlier. Even more disconcerting is the fact failure to achieve these areas of discipline may also set your pup up to develop bad habits. These behavioral issues will lead to non-compliance and in turn, create other scenarios such as making them less than welcome to others.

The Human Factor

The vast majority of the OwyheeStar puppy clients achieve success with ease; however, even some of those fall on hard times. The Weimaraner is not a dog you train and move on–they require a strong leader and insistence that they meet the standards you have set. We don’t know anyone who would claim this is an easy breed to train. Nonetheless, if you get it right, they can become a joy. To enjoy living with them requires a sense of humor as well as the ability to deal with their quirks and the quandaries to which they gravitate.

Described As

  • Friendly
  • Obedient
  • Loves children
  • Pack-loving
  • Delight to live with
Friendly— Most Weims are friendly to some degree. Socialization is important once you bring home your puppy. They can gravitate toward only caring about their family. They can become aloof and standoffish with strangers. Some are more prone to this behavior than others.
Obedient — Many people fail to master compliance on the leash. They resort to head halters or front hooking leashes to manage the situation, but that is not compliance. Others are unable to get the recall–the Weim coming when called part down. We need to remember that the Weimaraner can spend lots of time manipulating their humans. Is that the description of obedient compliance?
Miles kissingLoves Children — Raising the Weimaraner with children usually makes a big difference. There have been cases when the Weimaraner doesn’t tolerate a child. We believe this to be rare–it does happen. Conditioning the young Weimaraner to children and situations is important. They need to learn to tolerate children if nothing else. Some Weims just love the baby of the family and will lay with them for hours.
Pack-loving — The family is their pack. They are never happier than when they are leaning against, sitting on, or close to their beloved family members. This leads to a propensity towards severe separation anxiety. They really don’t like being left behind.
Delight to live with — This is probably the one item on the list we think is very misleading. 11891270_10207599167758656_1427309952331633864_nWhether they are delightful or not is going to depend on your expectations. If you are a neat freak and come home to the toilet paper shredded, the trash was strewn, and a vomiting pooch will this be upsetting? How will you approach this issue. Some are perpetually into the garbage or stealing things from the kitchen counter. Some are chewers–they munch on your house siding, furniture, etc. They shred every toy you buy. Some dig, bark, and demand constant attention. Many of these behaviors are the result of human failure to condition them while it counts. Avoiding behaviors start while the pup is young and continues as they reach teenage behaviors. Freedom is earned — write that on your heart. It might save your Weim’s life and you a lot of frustration.

OwyheeStar’s Succeeding with the Weimaraner.10

Is The Weimaraner Right for You?

~ Part Two

Finding the right breed is primary to adding a dog to your home. People often seek us out to try to discover an answer. As with any topic, the Internet is flooded with bits of information (and varied opinions). There is a Weim Quiz by this title. Numerous writers, owners, and bloggers have written about the Weimaraner. They have expounded on its attributes and cautioned about diving head-long into Weim ownership. There is no doubt this breed is not for everyone.

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*Photos can be misleading –achieving the Christmas Tree with Cat pose.

 

While determining if the Weimaraner is the correct breed and choice for your lifestyle, please consider the following information copied directly from the Weimaraner Club of America (WCA)

Is The Weimaraner Right For You?

The Weimaraner Standard describes the breed temperament as friendly, fearless, alert, and obedient, but this is but the half of its personality. Assertive, bold, loyal, and headstrong also fit, giving the dog a loving attitude with a willingness to take the upper paw in the family if the opportunity presents itself. Housebreaking can be a problem, as can destructive chewing.

Like most large hunting breeds, the Weimaraner needs lots of exercise and must be kept in a fenced yard to prevent him from ranging in search of game. Because he was developed as a hunting dog and still maintains those instincts, he may be dangerous to birds and small mammals. Unlike many hunting breeds, however, the Weimaraner is a house dog and does poorly when confined to a kennel.

This is a breed that needs obedience training to control his rambunctious nature. Owners should have a crate for the new puppy for help in house-training and to protect furniture and woodwork from puppy teeth when the little rascal cannot be watched. Puppy classes or control exercises at home are essential for the Weimaraner the moment he enters the family. He must be taught all members of the family are to be obeyed. Training methods must be gentle and firm, for harsh treatment will sour his attitude.

1. Weimaraners are very energetic animals…they are bred to hunt all day with their master. Changing this behavior changes the essential Weim. If you can not deal with this behavior, you should look at other breeds less rambunctious!

2. Weims are not soft mouthed like a Golden Retriever or Irish Setter. They are still the game hunter and some Weims have a low tolerance for small fur bearing animals including cats and small dogs. Changing this behavior again changes the basic temperament of the dog.

3. Weims can bark and if you are away from them too much and they are left to themselves, Weimaraners are like any other lonely dog, they will bark incessantly and develop bad habits or try escaping their surroundings.

4. Although Weimaraners are hunting dogs, they do not like living outdoors. They require your attention. They are the true, loyal, hunting companions in every respect, needing your friendship. Chaining a Weim outside will not work!

5. Inspite of the folklore and myth surrounding the breed, the Weimaraner is not a wonder dog. Given the opportunity, he will still steal the pot roast off the dining room table when no one is looking!

This may seem like a lot of work, but a good owner/dog relationship could last around fifteen years. Longer than some marriages! The time and effort put into finding a dog that suits your needs and personality, whether it a Weimaraner or some other breed, will provide a rewarding experience for both of you over the life of the dog.

Blue EyesThe Weimaraner is all of what you just read and more. Caution is in order. If you feel you cannot embrace any part of the breed, and are entertaining thoughts of changing the breed’s tendency–please (for your sake and the pups) make a different choice. It is not fair to the Weimaraner, and the likelihood of failure dramatically increases.

*Achieving the photo with your Weimaraner sitting Christmas Tree poised with your kitty is not always going to happen. Getting to this point takes time, patience, and more than a little savvy.

Please watch for Part Three–coming soon!

OwyheeStar’s Succeeding with the Weimaraner.9

Is The Weimaraner Right for You?

~ Part One


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Look into my eyes. Let your name not be listed among those that turned the likes of me into a shelter or gave me to a rescue organization. Never be named on the list of folks who returned me to their breeder. I hear you saying it would never happen to you. Let us be clear. Every person who turned in the Weimaraner never intended to do so; therefore, ask yourself how so many end up in rescue.

Seeing the adoring and well-behaved Weimaraner on the beach is not living with one. Nor can it be confused with raising the obedient and compliant Weimaraner. This outcome is not something that comes naturally in case you didn’t know. It requires a level of commitment and more than a little knack to achieve. If that doesn’t cause you pause, then consider that more than a few dog savvy people have failed.

The Heart Wants–What the Heart Wants

We have heard it said that the heart wants what the heart wants; however, in this scenario, we are talking about a dependent living creature. They get no choice in whether they get you or not. Everything they become is dependent on you and your relationship.

Relationships require work. We all know this when going into them; however, all too often when things don’t go our way we bail out. It may well be true that people will hang in there longer with a fur friend. Nevertheless, we live in a disposable society. After the destroyed designer shoes, or when the police arrive after the neighbor’s fifth complaint about the incessant barking are you at your whit’s end? How did we arrive here? Take a look in the mirror. The destructive behavior or the incessant barking started early on. The lapse in early training can lead to a lifetime behavioral issue. Freedom must be earned. If not, then who pays the price?

Questions

In light of statistics, we suggest you pause to reflect on the cost and the consequences of any one of your shortcomings. Here are a few matters that require an honest answer.

  1. Do you have time for the Weimaraner? They need attention throughout the day. No, they cannot just stay in the yard ten hours and be petted at night.
  2. Do you have a securely fenced yard? Define secure for this breed–remember some unlatch gates, climb fencing, and tunnel under a fence to escape. Maybe they are not escaping so much as looking for you.
  3. Will the Weimaraner be where you are–on vacation with you, in your living room, and a part of whatever you are doing?
  4. Are you active? Do you run, walk, or hike on a regular basis. Regular being almost daily.
  5. Are you attracted to them because you are a neat freak? Yes, they do shed eyelash length hair. No, it is not all over your furniture and clothing. They like to put their nose on your windows, and goober up door frames. Ask any Weim fancier and if they are honest, you will learn about more than a few messes they endured.
  6. Are you annoyed by someone demanding attention–leaning on you, pawing you, or nose butting you? The Weimaraner is the ultimate Velcro Dog.
  7. Do you envision having the perfect dog with the perfect manners? Stop right there. If you are obsessed with this idea, this breed might not be your best choice. Most Weimlovers are quick to admit the demands are enormous, and compliance is difficult to master. Perfection is overrated.

We realize that everyone wants a well-trained Weimaraner but if this is one of your primary goals, you and the breed would be well served if you opted for something different. Few, if any, Weimaraner folks have escaped destruction or damage. There are many reasons for this; however, even the best trained Weimaraner seems to get into the occasional bit of trouble.

They might shred their bed. They would likely snatch the pot roast–given the opportunity. Finally, they are prone to separation anxiety. This can play out in the most unusual of circumstances and end up with damaged household goods. Chewing soon becomes habitual and the catalyst can be any number of things–too much freedom, boredom, or the stress of feeling abandoned. Sometimes we fail to realize there is a problem until it is the norm. It is then their name appears on Craig’s List (God forbid) or they are dropped at the shelter with a flimsy excuse.

The Unforeseen

There is no way that anyone seeking a Weimaraner puppy is thinking we will just get rid of it if it doesn’t work out. They always feel they are cutout for the breed. It is a fact; however that most Weims who end up castoff do so because of human error. Raising one is more work than they thought or they didn’t get it done right early on. The Weimaraner with an incorrigle habit got that way because their family failed them. These are left to the breeder or rescue folks to retrain in hope of finding a more than suirable second chance home.

We realize that there are unforeseen circumstances where a person cannot keep their Weimaraner; however, not for one moment do we believe every Weim in rescue qualifies. It is imperative as a breeder that you screen applicants to ensure the pup’s future.

Many Thanks

We cannot approach this topic without giving the rescue organizations a shout of thanks. Without doing the work of rescue and rehabilitation it is impossible to comprehend all that is involved. They scour the ads and check the shelters to make sure no Weimaraner falls through the cracks. God bless them everyone.

Coming soon- part two of this topic. 

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).

 

Relatively Unknown

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.

Coat Colors

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Young Maverick (a 12 Week old Blue Longhair Male) —Photo by Terri Jacobson Photography

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.

Finally

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.

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Young Maverick (a 12 Week old Blue Longhair Male)  Maverick will develop more feathering and plumage as he matures. Goldee (pictured here) is an adult and has a lovely top coat.–Photo by Terri Jacobson Photography

 

 

 

 

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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~Origins of the Longhair Weimaraner — part one

THE LONGHAIR WEIMARANER
Aspects Relevant to Origin, Behavior and Species Protection
by Dr.Hans Schmidt- -noted Weimaraner Longhair Breeder.
Wrisse, Germany (click here to read the original post)

Close-up head study of Esta with pigeon in mouth.

The Weimaraner with its notable gray coat is considered the oldest purebred German fowl hunting dog. There have been purebred Weimaraners since 1878 according to Ernst Richnow of Aurich, Ost Friesland, Germany. He held the position of Secretary of the German Weimaraner Breeders Club, founded in 1897, from 1908 until 1935.

In Germany, mostly shorthaired (SH) dogs were used for hunting land fowl. Water fowl were hunted primarily with longhaired (LH) dogs. Members of the Delegate Commission, which was the forerunner of the Jagdgebrauchshundeverbandes- – JGHV (a hunting/working dog club), eagerly tried to copy the sleek aristocratic English hunting dogs. They did however dock the tails to create a distinguishing feature. 

The LH Weimaraners poorly matched this desired ideal. They did appear from time to time, as is evidenced in the old classified ads, but were not used for breeding. One reason for its rarity might have been the fact that the LH gene is recessive. Shorthair is the dominant trait. LH x LH always produces LH. Sometimes, LH puppies will appear from two SH parents, if both parents have some LH blood. The “mixed” blood is not always obvious in the SH Weimaraner.

Frequently, there is a tendency towards Stockhaarig (a shorter, coarser coat type). While breeding such genetically mixed dogs, there will be 25% SH, 50% genetically split and 25 % LH in the first generation. These LH specimens are pure LH once again. The Long- and Stockhaarig varieties must not be considered a novelty. The characteristics reflect their origin. Two early authorities in the breed’s history share their opinions concerning the longhair issue.

 


A puppy from Dr.Schmidt’s “N” litter.
  • Dr. Loewe: “In appearance these dogs exhibit strong muscular build with especially broad chest and very good ear set (regarded as very important at the time). Apart from the satiny, glossy, slightly lighter head, these somewhat lower and heavier dogs had thick, dense weatherproof coats.”

  • W. Schmiedeberg: “Occasionally I have come across longhaired, completely German looking dogs that were called ‘Weimaraner,’ however, nothing could be found as to their origins. I believe, that their name was derived from the geographical location or that they originated from Deutsch longhaired dogs crossed with Weimaraners.”