To sum up our previous two discussions in a few words is difficult. We talked about the DNA factor. How it requires both parents to carry the fluffy coat (Longhair) DNA marker to produce Longhair pups. We talked about how difficult it is to see the difference at birth and the DNA testing we do to ensure we have the pups labeled accurately. Finally, we discussed the feathering and showed you a decent photo of what you might expect. What else is there to talk about? Read on to hear what others say about the Longhair Weimaraner–sometimes called the other Weimaraner.
W.W. Denlinger (*)
~In Regards to the Longhair
The ideal hair length is between long and shorthair in the range of the original coarse. It should be smooth and thick with a water repellent undercoat, resistant to weather and thorns. At the same time, it should not be too sensitive to dirt and burrs.
The long-haired Weimaraner has been described as conforming to the Standard for the short-haired dog in every respect except for the length of coat. At birth, the coat of the SH Weimaraner is inclined to be rather crisp, with definite stripes which disappear within a short time.That of the LH Weimaraner is soft and wooly at birth, and has no stripes. The coat of the mature dog, no longer wooly, has a silky texture, and is straight or slightly wavy. On the upper part of the body, the coat is tighter than on the SH dog; on the lower part, it is not so tight. The outer sides of the ears are covered with long, soft, silky hair. The tail, which is not docked as is that of the SH Weimaraner, is heavily feathered so that in the field the dog appears to have a graceful plume-like flag.There is soft feathering on the backs of the legs, and between the toes
*As reported for the Weimaraner Club of America by Deborah Andrews
Weimaraner Club of America Liaison to the German Weimaraner Klub e.V.
Denlinger, W., The Complete Weimaraner, p. 183, retrieved from (http://www.weimclubamerica.org/worldweims/longhair/article06.html).
~Now he’s a California Boy
Our perfect shy little puppy is anything but shy any longer! Alder will approach almost anyone or anything for some play time. After living in Oregon for the first few months, we moved to Southern California! Alder quickly adjusted. Let’s just say we can’t keep him out of the ocean, and if he is out, then he is rolling in the sand which is wonderful for our home and cars.
Being a household dog means he never ceases to entertain us. He has two chihuahua siblings and frankly, our 85 lb monster thinks he’s the same size as his little buddies. He makes this clear while trying to sit on our laps in the car, or by sleeping on their tiny beds. All in all, we wouldn’t trade our perfect pup for anything!
I just thought we should email you to let you how happy my family and I are to have found you guys. It was our good fortune because we got our beautiful and the most perfect dog from you–Alder. I included some pictures in case you guys wanted to see how much he’s grown! He loves to cuddle, play at the beach, and fetch pretty much anything. We could not be happier.
We are ever so happy to receive news of Alder. We are also especially delighted to hear your lap Weim experience. It sounds like Alder enjoying his essential role within the family. How excellent that he is a perfect fit for your family. Thanks for remembering us.
On Charlie Mae
~The Annual Tradition
You can tell it’s Christmas time at the Spight house!!🎄🎄🎄. We got Charlie Mae 5 years ago just before Christmas and she wouldn’t leave the lights alone when I was trying to fix them and I wrapped her up. Been a traditional activity ever since!
We hauled some sand in for our project.
Blue really loves sand I hauled in several ton and he would not leave or let me spread the sand, he stayed there nearly all day.
We do A lot Together
As you can see by the photos, Blue is getting big. My parents love him too! Oh yea, and loves the water. He is doing really well with shed, pheasant, and rabbit hunting. He spooks out the small game a retrieves them for me.
We remember you driving all the way from Southern California to pick up Blue after completing your special mechanic’s training as part of your military assignment there in Missouri. The weather was touch and go, but somehow it worked in your favor.
Goldee loves Mom’s house, there are chickens living on three of the four fence lines. She goes from one side to the next to the next and around again. Every once in a while she’ll come over to our chairs to say hello and just as quick she is off to hunt the birds at the feeders. Mav and Autzen are down the fetch business from the minute we arrive and the minute we leash them up to leave. They LOVE their Grammy’s acre.
Earlier in the day, Goldee awakes to find out today is going to be excellent.
Waking Up Sunday
~ To hear you are going to Grammy’s Acre
Like all grandchildren, Goldee, Maverick, and Autzen love Grammy’s place. Today, it is back to work and life as normal. They await the weekend like their humans.
Is A Thing
The Modeling Mogul Prima Donna (Goldee) has her moments. She loves the camera for the most part. Unless it were to interrupt a search for vermin that might gross out some who adore her. She has been known to nab a mouse or gopher. Recently, the turkey leg search was captured on video. Seriously, poultry is dangerous once it is cooked. They can eat the entire live bird with no ill effect. Cooked bones are another matter. Thank goodness this was more a search than a find.
We are honestly not sure what this says about the humans who love their Weimaraner.
~ AKA Smokester, etc.
Update on The Smokester– he is potty trained!! (Well, at least almost.) He knows how to use the dog door to go out to our small dog run to potty! So proud of him!
And he is very brave in his kennel and only whines for a little bit when we put him in there for nap times.
Lulu is a fan!
She loves the Cubbies and the Cowboys :).
What do You Mean? Another Fluffy!?!
~Rumor has it…or Mama Heidi reports!
Her problem is she has heard that a new puppy is coming in a few weeks so she is ticked off about everything right now, very hormonal.
The best approach is to keep Lulu as the center of the universe status. The new baby is adorable but doesn’t displace her at all. They will be friends — eventually.
Olli and Rudi
It has been a few months so I thought that I would share this picture of Olli and Rudi snuggling at the distillery. Who would have guessed that Rudi would have tolerated this degree of closeness or that Olli would sit still for that long?! It is a memory worth savoring.
Both are doing well. We were convinced that Rudi would not make it through the summer and the vet told us that we were nuts – he is fit and has another 1-2 years in him! That is not what we were expecting to hear but are thrilled that we will have the boys to walk in the woods together and explore new areas. Olli is just a delight – we continue to chuckle over his multi-faceted personality and his precocious nature. He has gotten a little skittish recently but we are working through it and chalking it up to being a teenager.
Take care– Mary (September 29, 2016)
We promised to talk about the longhairs. So, let’s start at the beginning. Above is a photo of the 2013 Greta X Stackhouse litter. There were ten pups in her litter, and six of the ten were longhairs. Greta carries the DNA marker for the fluffy-coat trait. Therefore, if she is mated with a Longhair or with a carrier (like herself), she will produce longhairs within her litter. The number of longhairs we will get varies. The average is 50%; however, the year before she produced two in her litter of seven pups. Predicting what we might get is a slippery slope.
You will also notice, that the pups look the same. We get early DNA testing to ensure we know which pups are the longhairs. Before long, it is very evident. At two weeks of age, there is no need to identify which pup is going to be the longhair. It is clearly evident.
Rapid changes unfold each week, and soon the pups look more like this…. The two photos were taken on the five-week birthday. We chose the same pups for each set of photos. The changes are always dramatic, but never more so than for the longhair.