THE WEIMARANER KLUB e.v.'S LETTER
At the height of the Blue controversy, just before the
disqualification in 1972, the Weimaraner Club of America devoted
quite a few pages
of their official publication, the Weimaraner Magazine,
to present pro and con views of the proposed disqualification. The May 1970 issue
published the WCA Board of Directors Meeting Minutes from March
1970 - PDF where there is a notation that the membership voted
to not disqualify the Blues. These minutes also reveal that despite the vote, the Board continued to
discuss the Blue controversy at length -- with a plan to advise
judges of the interpretation of the standard, the semantics of the
terms mouse-gray and blue, and finally the idea of sending a Blue to
Germany for their clarification. Helen Schulze, the WCA Liaison to
Germany stated that “Germany would not recognize the blue but she
would be very happy to contact the German Club regarding it if the
membership wished.” (May 1970, Old Board Minutes
A letter from the German Klub regarding the Blue Weimaraner
- PDF was
published in the April 1971 issue of The Weimaraner Magazine, along with an
English translation of the letter. Read by the entire membership,
this translated letter was probably one of the most influential
pieces of “op ed” that the magazine published. Unfortunately, the
English translation of the letter was highly biased and slanted
towards the WCA’s desire to disqualify the Blues.
For ease of comparison, the English translation of
the German Klub
letter as printed in the Weimaraner Magazine - PDF is copied below in
black text. The text in blue was provided by
Reilly Translations -
published in the BluMar magazine. The third translation is in red
and was provided by Thomas Merkle
- PDF. Both the alternative translations are compelling
variants to what was presented to the WCA membership in the
magazine, and these alternative translations, done independently,
are much closer to each other than the original.
For point by point discussion of the differences in translation,
please see Merkle’s
To the President of
The Weimaraner Club of America
Mr. Ted Jarmie
10071 Brier Lane
Santa Ana, California
Fulde (West Germany) Sept. 27, 1970
Regarding the “Color Standard” of the
Weimaraner Club of America
Re: Color variants of the Weimaraner Pointer
Subject: Colour variants of the Weimaraner
Correspondence from members of the AWC, also reading your magazine
on “blue and gray”, and talking the situation over with your Liasion
to our Club, I come to the concludion [sic], that in the USA a new
color shade is to be brought into the Weimaraner Breed. This shade
to be called Blue.
The present correspondence of the Weimaraner Club of America, as
well as oral reports of their agent, Mrs. Helen Schulze, and,
furthermore, inspections in their Weimaraner Magazine shows that a
color variant (or: sport) exists in the United States which has been
designated “The Blue Weimaraner.”
The present correspondence of the american Weimaraner Club, same as
the verbally transmitted coverage by your appointee Mrs. Helen
Schulze, and furthermore the inspection of your Weimaraner magazines
indicate the existence of a colour variant in the USA which is
designated as “Blue Weimaraner.”
The Weimaraner Club of Germany as Standard designing for the
Weimaraner Breed, would like to go on record that it cannot
recognize the color shade “Blue”.
The German Weimaraner Klub e.V., as a standard determining
institution for this breed of dog, confirms that such a color
variant cannot be recognized.
The Deutche Weimaraner Klub e.V., being an institution [responsible
for] defining the standard of this bred, concludes that such a
colour variant cannot be approved.
The Institution “Federation Cynologique Internationale”, which would
compare with your “American Kennel Club” would not give permission
to change the color in the standard.
Also, there is no intention of petitioning for recognition of this
color variant at the FCI (Federation Cynologique Internationale).
Neither is it intended to file an application for approval of this
colour variant as the FCI (Fédération Cynologique Internationale).
We consider the Weimaraner Club of America our friend, and we beg
you to breed our Weimaraner as it was breed [sic] now for nearly 200
years, namely “Gray”.
On account of the good relations with the club there (in the United
States) we strongly urge that our pointing breed be bred according
to the known standard, otherwise we will be forced to bring about an
import embargo for all these Weimaraners – including the breed
associations located outside of Germany and outside the continent.
Based on the good relationship with the local Weimaraner Club [means
the WCA], we solicit you to breed our setter in the sense of the
common standard only, as in the opposite case we will be obliged to
dispose an import protection against all Weimaraner setters,
including the non-german and oveseas breeder associations related to
Our 3 gray shades are:
In order to clarify our breed’s color variants defined in the
standard, we have enclosed 4 photos (numbered 1-4 inclusive and
stamped with the seal of the Breed and Examination Warden and his
For the clarification of the colour variants of our breed which are
defined in the standard, we enclose 4 photographs (numbered 1 – 4
and stamped with the core of the Commissary for Breeding and
Examination, accompanied by his signature).
1. the Silvergray – Picture No. 1.
2. the Rohgray – Picture No. 2
3. the mousegray – Picture No. 3
Photo 1 Weimaraner Pointer SILVER GRAY
Photo 2 Weimaraner Pointer DEER (ROE) GRAY
Photo 3 Weimaraner Pointer MOUSE GRAY
To Image 1 Weimaraner setter SILVER GREY
To Image 2 Weimaraner setter DEER GREY
To Image 3 Weimaraner setter MOUSE GREY
Picture No. 4 (right side of Pictures) from Mrs. Helen Schulze as
“blue” marked Weimaraner. This color and its shades will not be
recognized in our standard.
Photo 4 (on the right): a pointer designated for us by Mrs. Helen
Schulze as a “Blue Weimaraner: that, assuming the color (hue) of the
photo and the original are identical, is not recognized.
To Image 4 (right part of the image): a setter described as “BLUE
Weimaraner” by Mrs. Helen Schulze, which – presuming the consistency
of the represented with the original colour shade – shall not be
Picture No. 4, was send [sic] to me from one of your own members in
1966. At that time I did not cornider [sic] it worthwhile to
mention. As it did not confirm with our color standards. At this
time I have to take a stand. If the “Blue” color variation is taken
in the standard, we have to close our import for the Weimaraner from
the USA. We also will advice [sic] our Weimaraner Clubs all over the
World to do the same. We have to do this to guard our Breed.
As for photos 3 and 4, it has been established that these photos
were sent to the Weimaraner Klub e.V. in 1966 from the United States
for an opinion. At that time doubts existed as to the true natural
color rendering. These doubts have now been eliminated through oral
explanations and agree with the color designation of the owner
Referring to the Images 3 and 4 it is stated that these images have
been supplied from within the USA to the Weimaraner Klub e.V. for
response in 1966. At that time, the authenticity of the colour
representation were disputed. These doubts henceforth have been
dispelled by the given verbal declarations and are in accordance
with the colour description by the owner [female form] (BLUE).
May I also say, Taking in the “Blue” color, will also change the
“Amber” color of the eyes and automatically the color of the nails.
Both characteristics of our Breed.
Reference is expressly made to the fact that, analogous to the
standard-conforming color possibilities, there exists a relationship
between the color of the nails and the color of the eyes. The eye
color may not exhibit a darker shade than that of dark amber and
represents a yellowish brown, in which the emphasis is to be placed
It is explicitly referred to the fact that, analogous to th ecolour
variants [possibilities] within the standard, a relation to the
colour of the claws and the eye colour exists. The eye color may not
show a darker shade then dark amber (AMBER) and represents a
yellowish shade of brown, emphasizing on yellow.
[No signature in WCA’s translation]
Breeding and Examination Warden
Commissary for Breeding and Examination
Virsutzender des Deutschen Weimaraner Klubs
First Chairman (President)