The Blue Weimaraner has a distinct charcoal gray colored coat. Genetically speaking, Blue Weimaraners are dilute blacks and Grays are dilute browns.
The difference between a Blue and a Gray Weimaraner is in the tone of the color, not the deepness or darkness of the color. All Weimaraners, Blue or Gray, can be lighter or darker.
I’ve discussed the variation in colors of the Grays in my other article, “Not Just a Short Coated Gray Dog” but here are some more photos to illustrate, and in particular to compare to Blue Weimaraners.
Lighting can be deceptive, and it can make a big difference in seeing the true color!
The tell is the nose and rims of the eyes. Blue Weimaraners have noses and eye rims that are a very dark gray or black. Gray Weimaraners have noses and eye rims that are brown and/or fleshy color.
Easy Blue/Gray Genetics
The genetics are quite simple; Blue is dominant to Gray. This means:
- You must have one Blue parent to have Blue puppies.
- You can never get Blue puppies from two Gray parents.
If both parents are Gray, there is no Blue gene present, so it’s impossible for two Gray dogs to produce Blue. If one parent is Blue (which also means that dog has at least one copy of the Blue gene, because Blue is always expressed), you will likely get a Blue in the litter, but it’s possible that two Blue parents could produce an all Gray litter.
Confused? You can read more about genetics as well as information on color statistics based on mating on my other site, blueweimaraner.com.
A Short History of Blue Weimaraners
The Blue Weimaraner is basically an American “variety” that has a long and controversial history. There were few Weimaraners imported into the United States prior to WWII, but it was after the war that a large number of imports were introduced to the American public by service men. Cäsar von Gaiburg, the first Blue Weimaraner was among them.
Cäsar was imported in 1949 and was issued his German papers in 1950, but several months later the German Club president wrote to the Weimaraner Club of America that Cäsar was cross bred. And thus started the controversy.
Cäsar was AKC registered in 1950 based on his German papers, and therefore was considered purebred by the AKC. All his descendants, of both colors, are also considered purebred and are registerable.
This acceptance did not quell the controversy. It raged on in the US, as both colors were being produced under a standard that allowed them. There were two unsuccessful attempts to change the standard to disqualify but the disqualification was achieved in 1971 when the Weimaraner Club of America finally got the membership majority vote to disqualify the Blue Weimaraner. This is the standard that is still in effect today.
Gray and Blue Weimaraners have been bred in the US for over 70 years. Blues are not rare!!! They are an AKC registerable purebred Weimaraner, but are not allowed to be shown.
They are not accepted in other countries.
Are Blue Weimaraners Different from Grays?
Blue and Gray differ in coat color only!
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