Blue vs Gray, what’s all the hype? Are Blue Weims rare?
The Blue Weimaraner has a distinctive charcoal gray coat. They were originally accepted by the American Kennel Club (AKC) and the Weimaraner Club of America (WCA). However, in the early 1970's the WCA voted to make the blue coat a disqualifying fault.
An AKC registered Weimaraner bred to another AKC registered Weimaraner is considered a purebred and registerable regardless of its coat color. These dogs may participate in all AKC events except conformation classes. Blue Weimaraners may compete without discrimination in North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association (NAVHDA), Versatile Hunting Dog Federation (VHDF), North American Dog Agility Council, Inc. (NADAC) and the International All Breed Canine Association of America (IABCA). They may not participate in WCA ratings tests unless spayed or neutered.
Since many reputable breeders will not breed dogs with disqualifying faults, the Blue Weimaraner has suffered at the hands of indiscriminate backyard breeders who breed for coat color only. Reputable Blue Weimaraner breeders will consider health, form, and function when selecting breeding mates. Whether you are looking for a gray, blue or long hair Weimaraner, look for a breeder who performs health testing, hunt tests their dogs in a nationally recognized organization such as NAVHDA or VHDF, and titles their dogs in AKC events. The Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) and WCA recommend the following health testing for Weimaraners: Hip Dysplasia testing (OFA Evaluation or PennHIP evaluation), Eye Examination by a boarded ACVO Ophthalmologist and results registered with OFA - OR results registered with CERF, Thyroid (OFA thyroid evaluation from approved laboratory, Hyperuricosuria (optional) DNA test from the UC Davis Veterinary Genetics Lab, Hypomyelination (optional) DNA test from the UC Davis Veterinary Genetics Lab. Visit the official club website:
Breeders should also be able to provide a written evaluation of their dog's conformation as judged by a reputable individual.
You can read more about the blue vs gray controversy at the following links:
Blue versus Gray
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