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.
Here is another example of light versus dark in a litter of Gray Weims.
Can you tell what color the puppies are in the photo below?
What about this photo?
Gray and Blue Weimaraners: Lighting Matters
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.
The genetics are quite simple; Blue is dominant to Gray, which means that you must have one Blue parent to have Blue puppies, and you can never get Blue puppies from two Gray parents. This is because if a dog is carrying a Blue gene, you will always see the Blue color. 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 on Blue Weimaraners
The Blue Weimaraner is basically an American “variety” that has a long and controversial history. There were few Weimaraners imported into the States prior to WWII, and it was after the war that a large number of imports were introduced to the American public via service men. Casar von Gaiburg, the first Blue Weimaraner was among them.
Casar 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 Casar was cross bred. There has never been an answer to why the German Club changed their minds about Casar; they would not have issued his registration papers in the first place if they had believed he was cross bred. And thus started the controversy.
Casar 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 controvery. It raged on in this country, as both colors were being produced under a standard that allowed them. There were two unsuccessful attempts to change the standard to disqualify them prior to 1970. In 1971, the Weimaraner Club of America finally got the majority vote to disqualify the Blue Weimaraner, and this is the standard that is still in effect today.
Today we are over 65 years into the inter-mingled breedings of Blues and Grays. Blues are not rare!!! The are an AKC registerable purebred Weimaraner, but due to its rocky history, there can be some bias against the color. Blues are not allowed to be shown, and they are not accepted in other countries
Are Blue Weimaraners Different from Grays?
Blue and Gray differ in coat color only!