PRO AND CON ARGUMENTS FOR THE BLUE DISQUALIFICATION
Quoted in part from poem by Vicki Becker in the Graymatter,
Blue or Gray is about what we fight,
But the following question could end our plight.
If it weren't for color, wouldn't they all be white?
Prior to the final vote which disqualified the
Blues, the blue color was accepted in the original standard
(1943/1944), and two attempts at disqualification had been
unsuccessful. These events created many strong opinions and
ill feelings surrounding the entire issue, some of which are
"Because of his color, the American
Kennel Club conducted a thorough investigation and concluded that he
[Cäsar von Gaiberg] was purebred."
"He sired several Champions and is behind the pedigrees of many
outstanding gray Weimaraners" - M. Barnett, The Weimaraner
Magazine, February 1970
"Disqualification of the
blue color would remove emphasis on color and may have significant
effects as the change in the height standard. Breeders could
choose any stud dog without regard to the basic color in puppies he
throws. Emphasis could be placed on the conformation required
to make a top notch show and field dog, where it belongs." - L.
Irwin, The Weimaraner Magazine, February 1970
"Let's not confuse our judges, and our
novice exhibitors any further. Let's not change the color of
our distinguished breed." - B. & T. Gwinner, The Weimaraner
Magazine, February 1970
"We are not being fair to
our judges by allowing this discrimination to go on. We have
had judges ask us why can't the Weimaraner people get their standard
straightened out. Many of the old-time judges will put up a
blue, not being afraid to buck the protests, but the young judges
want judging assignments, so will steer clear of this controversy."
- M. Barnett, The Weimaraner Magazine, February 1970
"The German Club has accepted me as your voting representative to
their board. I also attend Board and Membership Meetings.
I have visited every kennel in Germany, and I know that there is no
blue dog anywhere. Mouse gray is not blue. Everything
darker than mouse gray is disqualified for breeding.
Everything not gray is destroyed." - H. Schulze, The Weimaraner
Magazine, February 1970
Weimaraner have been accepted by the AKC as pure-bred Weimaraners
and the AKC has refused more than once to disqualify the blues." -
M. Barnett, The Weimaraner Magazine, February 1970
"The purpose of the
Standard is to protect the fancy from mutations or mongrels however
attractive they may be." - D. Button, The Weimaraner Magazine,
"In my opinion
the term gray dog and Weimaraner are synonymous. I wouldn't
try to change this true Weimaraner color any more than I would seek
a white Irish Setter, a solid-colored Dalmatian, or a red Kerry Blue
Terrier." - I. Lawyer, The Weimaraner Magazine,
"To those of you who fear you may be losing the gray ghost symbol of
the Weimaraner -- The Weimaraner, whether he is a silver gray, blue
gray, or dark gray, is still the gray ghost. The blue
Weimaraner is a true dark gray, no brown tones." - M. Barnett,
The Weimaraner Magazine, February 1970
"Who needs Blues? The Blues I have seen were good physical
specimens. But what about the future? What's the next
step? How about long-haired Weimaraners because they have good
Weimaraner conformation? Shall we be more lax in the white
allowed because the specimen is good? What about the trouble
found in white shepherds, blue merles, parti-colored poodles, etc.
These genes have brought trouble." - S. Frenze, The
Weimaraner Magazine, February 1970
Fulks, Director, Weimaraner Club of America, Dallas, Texas, The
Weimaraner Magazine, March 1970
Having read published statements by fellow directors of the
Weimaraner Club of America, I now feel compelled to state my
reaction to an emotionally charged issue of disqualification of
the blue Weimaraner. My qualifications are not those of a
breeder or historian. I write only as an observer who
lives in an area of the country labeled by some as a "Blue
Belt," suggesting that we have hundreds of blue Weimaraners in
Texas. We don't. I am an owner of two silver-grays.
It's a matter of color preference, not of quality.
The blue Weimaraner is a fact of life. It is a
pure-bred Weimaraner; it is not something else and most
certainly it is not a mongrel. Some contend that breeders
of blues are out to make a buck on a dog they describe as
"rare." Equally relevant, I have heard silver-gray sellers
describe the breed to a prospective buyer as something so
versatile and excellent that hardly any other can approach it.
Aren't they, too, out to make a buck? And the preponderance of
breeders buy and sell silver-grays.
As an observer at the show ring and at the trials, I see the
same faults and the same qualities regardless of color. I see
the same temperament, the same beauty, and in each one, those
personality quirks which make each dog an individual within the
Memory recalls a pheasant hunt two years ago outside Oberlin,
Kansas. Walking the draws behind the finest hunting Weimaraner I
had ever seen, admiration for both the dog and its owner forced
me to recall mediocre performances under similar conditions by
so many others of the breed -- noteworthy individuals
notwithstanding. This hunter was a rough-coated blue, a thorny
burr perched indifferently on his hunter's nose. I remember
another blue; his topline was perfect, his coat sleek as a
circus horse, and he gaited like a spirited colt in the show
ring. I never knew his won-loss record, but he looked
magnificent, winning or losing.
Now the entire WCA membership is called upon to judge whether
the blue Weimaraner (which I confess I regard as no different
from my own pets) is to be disqualified from the show ring. The
outcome will no doubt affect its participation in the field.
So don't tell me about striped dogs, or long-coated dogs.
Don't tell me about the supposed hazards of someone's crossing a
Weimaraner with an Irish Setter. And don't tell me about
breeding for color alone-to make a buck. Tell me what is
truly wrong with the blue Weimaraner.
And while we're at it, consider breeding generally. Why
is it that the Weimaraner, with all its admitted versatility,
need so much upgrading both for ring and field? This is
the real breeding problem. What has this to do with color?
Comments in their entirety as
published in the February 1970 magazine - PDF
and March 1970 magazine - PDF.