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What Are The Types of Weimaraners?


There are two types of Weimaraners, based on the coat color and length; shades of silver, roe deer or mouse gray, sometimes blue. The short-haired Weimaraner is more common than the long-haired variant.

Color Variations

Everyone knows Weimaraners for their distinct silver coat and light eyes. But even Weims come in different shades of gray.

They can be silver/gray, darker (mouse) gray or even a roe deer gray, which has shades of taupe or brown in it. The color can be lighter on the head and ears. Some Weimaraners can have a white mark on their chest and toes, other markings are usually penalized.

Weims can also have a stripe of darker hair running down their spine, it’s called the “eel stripe”. It’s not a disqualifying fault and it’s not penalized.

Silver Weimaraner / Roe Deer Gray Weimaraner

Puppies are often born with a different shade coat (most often silvery gray) than the mother but later their coat will develop closer to their parent’s shade.

If you’d like to read more about blue Weimaraners, I’ve written a standalone article here. Their coat color is not considered as breed standard.

Coat Length

Short-haired Weimaraners

There are a lot of theories about the origin of the Weimaraner breed. One thing is for sure though, we will never know where they originally came from.

However, they have been bred for hunting for centuries. If you’d like to know more, I’ve written a standalone article here.

Weimaraners have little to no undercoat but they do shed, mainly seasonally. They don’t require bathing unless they’re dirty or the rolled in something stinky. They don’t have the typical “wet dog” smell.

If you’d like to know more about managing your Weim’s coat, check out this post I wrote.

Long-haired Weimaraners

Alongside the short-haired variant of the Weimaraner, there’s always been also the long-haired variant. Unfortunately these puppies were unwanted and used to be euthanazied just because the length of their coat was “undesirable”.

Despite this, some breeders actually started using them for hunting, much like their short-haired counterparts.

Long-haired Weimaraner

Some short-haired purebred Weimaraners may carry the recessive long-hair gene and this could result in some of the puppies from the litter have long hair. However, if your dog is a carrier of the longhair gene, it may not mean they will have longhair puppies for sure.

Long-haired Weimaraners are not a part of the AKC breed standard and long coat is usually seen as a disqualification. Long-haired Weimaraner can be registered in the AKC only if their parents are.

Tails of long-haired Weimaraners are not cropped-

The FCI has recognized long-haired Weimaraners as a breed standard since 1934.

Interesting Facts About Weimaraners

  • The Slovakian Wire-Haired Pointer breed was created by breeding a Weimaraner and German Wire-Haired Pointer.
  • The Weimaraner was accepted as a standalone breed in 1896, recognized by the AKC in 1943.
  • When Weimaraner puppies are born, their coat has darker stripes.
  • Puppies from the German Weimaraner Club are almost exlusively given to hunters.
  • Even famous people have owned Weims, most notably US president Dwight D. Eisenhower, Brad Pitt and Grace Kelly,

Sources:

  • Schrameyer, T., Dekomien, G., M.Pasternack, S., S. Reinartz, B., Santos, E.J.M. and Epplen, J.T. (2005), Long- and short-haired Weimaraner dogs represent two populations of one breed. ELECTROPHORESIS, 26: 1668-1672. https://doi.org/10.1002/elps.200410204


2 comments

  1. John A Flores
    John A Flores
    July 20, 2021 at 3:59 am

    I had 3 weims all past away father and daughter had green eyes , mother had red eyes.

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    • Dana - WeimaranerPlanet.com author
      Dana
      Author
      July 24, 2021 at 12:20 pm

      Oh, that’s interesting! It just shows that there’s an exception to everything! 🙂

      Reply

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