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.