The Weimaraner Coat Color…
~Sometimes folks ask
Can you tell me the difference between the blues, grays, and silver color?
The coat color for the Weimaraner technically (according to the breed standard) is either Gray, Silver-gray or Blue. People are sometimes confused. A part of this confusion might come from unscrupulous breeders who identify their pups in terms that they believe will net a sale. More than one person has written to us saying they have a Silver-Gray Weimaraner and the photo they sent along was of a Blue. What’s up with that? A breeder should know the coat colors — even at birth, they are easy to identify.
The Weimaraner’s coat can take on different hues. The time of day, lighting, and surroundings seem to reflect on a gray or silver-gray coat. Colors can be either darker or lighter than they would typically appear. We have used several methods for our photography. Natural lighting and a good photo box. We have our cabinet that uses auxiliary lighting. At times, it challenging. Just know that we attempt to get our photos true to color, but as I said–conditions affect the final product.
Now down to the nitty-gritty!
Here are two litter mates at three weeks of age. You can easily see the pup on the left is a blue and the one on the right is a silver-gray.
Color is somewhat subjective. People see it differently or describe it in their own terms. It varies in different settings and best seen in the outside light. Nonetheless, you can easily see that there is a vast difference between a young gray, silver-gray or blue Weimaraner.
In our opinion, color is not the most critical factor. Your preference might be one of the three colors. Nevertheless, the color choice pales in comparison to health, temperament, and other such factors.
All Weims are beautiful. There are pros and cons to coat colors. These tend to be all but minor unless you a Show-Person. A blue does seem to get hotter in the field during the heat of the day. A blue shows the cuts and scars and often has white hairs where the accident happened. A blue can be called a “tire screecher”. More than one person has reported a car screeching their tires when spotted roadside. This scenario can play out with the Silver-gray or Gray Weimaraner, too! Regardless of whether you prefer the blue or not, the gray and silver gray are equally lovely. The gray as we see the color is more a taupe color than actual gray. Of course, many old-time diehard Weim folks are all about the gray or the silver-gray. They have no use for the Blue.
When projects happen, Stackhouse goes to work. He is not quite sure Cliff has it right, but he is doing as told–staying in the Gator. Since Dad is distracted it would be a great time to sneak off and check out any number of things–the bird pens, the cats, or to dig in search of a gopher.
Good Boy, Stackhouse!
~ Roxy cleans up
We put 1 round bone and one Nylabone in their crates and the rest near the door. This is how things end up.
You may, or may not, remember Roxy and Sage who found a placement with a lovely Spokane area family. There have been challenges with the two girls; however, this family manages them so well. Recently, the visiting critter had disrupted the families sleep because of Roxy’s vigilance–click here to read the story. Then, there was the account of the shoes.
Lara keeps us apprised of the antics and whatnot. We sincerely appreciate the home for Sage and Roxy as well, as our relationship.
With the New Year and the idea of setting a New Year’s Resolution forefront, we might consider one. Another time we set these kinds of unrealistic and humorous goals is when we bring home the new Weimar. We say to ourselves that we are not making the same mistakes as last time. (oops) We pronounce things will be different. Maybe we say they are not on the furniture. (OMG) Well recently, we have heard many such a proclamation. Come on folks; we are all with Jeff and Marisa. Remember a couple of weeks ago when our blog featured the lovely Schatzi? If not click on her name to see that post.
Wind forward a couple of weeks and we hear from Papa Jeff how things are going. He writes “So much for not getting on the couch!!! She is great!!”
Have we not all been here? Well, consider this–it is typical that we go the way we went before or make new mistakes. Maybe you understand for what I speak.
Are You Shopping?
Did you make a return?
A question for you? Why not avoid the crowds and stay home? We can play a little game of Ice Frisbee and hang out. Then you avoid the crazy person who is suffering from after Christmas Crazy Syndrome. Have you seen what happens out there?
The driving. The crowds. The lines–at the checkout and the return counter are all best avoided according to the Weimar. Sometimes they know best, and if you ask them, it would be almost always. Winter Games Weims Play is nothing short of clever. Don’t you agree–manipulation and mind games might be a part. (hmmm)
Greetings From Far Eastern Oregon
~December 8, 2017
It is 29-degrees. That is warmer than we expected. The prediction is for a high of 32. (OMG) The outdoor potty area is made so we can wash away the pooh and whatnot. Isn’t that a grand topic for this Saturday morning? Well, unless it gets warmer, and I hope it does–I will not be able to do the thing with the hose. It means chipping away and carting off rather than the washing. Ah, Winter has its challenges.
The farmers are tuning up their snowmobiles and thinking of escaping to the mountains. We live on a farm. I call it a hobby farm and some of you would wonder why. I am not sure how many acres it takes to make a living. It used to be around 300. It has to be a lot more than that, and we have what we call a short-forty. That means a few acres less. We won’t be escaping to the mountains anytime soon. The Weims would not appreciate our absence, and we don’t have anyone to cover for us.
This Week on the Blog
Here are the week’s posts. Special thanks to all of you have remembered us with great updates. Sunday opened the week with Charlie Mae’s annual wrapping of the Christmas lights. To her dismay, we enjoy this holiday event. She is a good girl and allows it to happen.
Friday and Wednesday’s blogs are connected. In case you didn’t know Lucy and Toby were adopted by the same extraordinary family. One interesting thing about this that might also be confusing. On Facebook (who has its own protocol) the one photo of Toby was selected represent Lucy. If you see the gray pup photo–it is not Lucy. She is the stunning Blue sister. Toby is wearing the scarf. Finally, we heard from Wellie’s family. It has been awhile since we had an update. He is quite the Companion on every level–netting birds in tough terrain. Special thanks to Tyler for the update. It is great to see Wellie is still at work and doing fantastic.
Sunday— December 3 — Draping Lights (Charlie Mae Christmas Tradition)
Monday — December 4 — Duke
Tuesday — December 5 — Wellie (Undaunted and Effective)
Wednesday — December 6 — Big Ears (Toby)
Thursday —December 7 — Cypress (All Muscle)
Friday — December 8 — Happy Birthday (Lucy)
On a very personal note
We have scurried around this week because we have a litter exit today. We also were at Brad’s basketball games too! A Freshman wearing size 18 eighteen shoes and standing at least 6′ 2″. He is taller than the other listed teammates that are the same height. BTW-he is #42.
As for us, we are doing well. Nothing new to report.
Until Proved Otherwise
It is said we are believed innocent until proven guilty. The Weimaraner knows how to play the role of innocence. Looks are everything, right?
And when all else fails, and you are caught in the act, what do you do? Then there is denial I suppose. It was the neighbor dog, the cat, the kids, or dad. Well, the fuss on my lip was from me cleaning up you know. Don’t you appreciate my effort?
Didn’t I say it was someone else? I am just the innocent bystander I tell you. Now, where is that Puppuccino?
When do you expect your next litter?
A simple answer it would make things oh so much easier. The complexities of answering what others imagine as absolute, it anything but the case. No one knows this more than people who have waited for a lengthy season to get an OwyheeStar puppy. (Thank you, to everyone who stuck it out and stayed loyal. To those whose trust was implicit.)
The inexplicable craziness associated with raising the Weimaraner cannot be precisely defined. Nonetheless, we would like to shed some light on things from our side of the fence. We understand that many folks who come to us in search of the Weimaraner have waited until the eleventh hour and now they are in the hope of finding a pup sooner rather than later. On a rare occasion, we might see ourselves with an available pup upon your inquiry. This scenario could happen if the folks on the wait list are not ready (have a different timeline). There are the other factors too–the sex, the coat color, and the coat length to mention the three biggies. Also, for example, some folks want to hunt upland game, truffles, or sheds. We are looking for the Weims with the most hunt-potential for those engaged in hunting. During our Discovery and Placement Test process, we ascertain whether the pup is more inclined towards scent, and other cues. That doesn’t mean the less hunt-potential pup could not be a suitable hunting companion; however, we hope to place those pups with the Companion Weim folks. Other than the Weim-seeker’s preferences, availability and litters are affected by factors we often have little to no control over.
The female’s heat cycle might not be entirely consistent. Certain age-appropriate females will come into season every six months–others not so much. We figure on average any female might cycle about every seven months; however, there are times when our best guess is off. Last winter, for example, all the girls came into heat way behind schedule despite the chagrin of many. The lateness caused the arrival we got to be later and for some people, this time change was not going to work.
The complexity of mating cannot be understated. There is a reason we have more than one sire–we don’t keep breeding back to the same lineage. The right sire choice is essential. In some situations, we have had the luxury to use multiple sires; however, many times we have but one option. Or, where we have mixed in the Longhairs, we might have one option if we don’t want any Longhair pups in a litter. For example, Boone doesn’t carry the Longhair DNA marker–whereas, Stackhouse is a Longhair. Any female that carries the Longhair marker and is mated to Stackhouse would produce some Longhair pups. All this planning doesn’t always end up producing a litter.
When You Get Nothing
There are times when a mating happens, and it doesn’t produce pups. We suspect this happens a lot more than anyone talks about because we get inquiries from folks who have waited elsewhere and after two matings they never got a puppy. We also know, as we talked about with the four (from the Callie X Zee litter), not every female is a good producer. Vidalia never produced a single pup despite many efforts. Ginger and Cindee inconsistently produced small litters. Only Mousse produced the average-sized litter consistently. Who would have guessed? The lack of litters from a mating thing is not the end of the challenges.
To list a few other things–some females do not carry the litter to term. You watch their tummy grow, and they miscarry. Yes, it happens to the Weimaraner just as it does to some women. Or the litter might only produce one or two pups. All that time spent hoping, and you have not much to show for it. Those folks waiting for a puppy can become disillusioned. We can experience these feelings too! We have to shake off anything negative quickly. After waiting, and the pups arrive new information is available. Sometimes it is not as we hoped.
What a Year
2017 was such a year. Our litters leaned toward producing more males than females. Who can guess why? The opposite has happened in the past. When there are only one or two females to six males, soon the Wait List becomes prevalently female oriented. It would be easy to sigh and grow frustrated. Instead, we opt to rejoice in each pup as they arrive.
Our Wait List
We hope you can better understand how difficult the earlier question is to answer. When is our next litter expected? Those simple words imply more than a matter of who is pregnant. Reading between the lines, we believe the real question to be–when could I expect an OwyheeStar puppy? It is complicated. It is impossible to reply with any measure of accuracy. For some, they might turn in an application and find the option to move forward coming swiftly. Others, while vetted for some time must continue to wait. Know one thing–we are waiting and hoping with you. Nonetheless, we can only raise pups for which we know we have a quality home. That means, although we might hope for seven females, we cannot mate three additional litters to meet a quota.
We leave 2017 with the shortest Wait List in a decade. Therefore, we assume that the wait will be less. Nevertheless, keep in mind, we have to wait for the girls to be in heat to mate. Then is nine long weeks of waiting until the whelp (or if you prefer–the delivery). It is then we learn the outcome of the former mating. Typically, we mention it is between four and six months on average. Sometimes longer depends upon what is born and who is on the Wait List. People imagine if they could look at all the details they could figure out what is going to happen. Can I say that is laughable? Cliff and I have been raising pups for forty years. We continue to be surprised. The juggling act and the unknows require us to breathe and to (patiently) wait to see what happens.
Happy In Seattle
She is super happy in her new home.
She was shy Sunday & Monday – but happy & confident now.
Love this photo.
Luna Puppy fell asleep in my chair and kitty decided to join the snuggle. Look closely.
We Love Bedtime
We are thrilled that she is happy and that you folks love her so much too. She is off to a great start. Thank you, for sharing with us.