Most kennel clubs also recognize a second variety of Weimaraner, the Long-Haired Weimaraner, but this variety has not yet acquired the full recognition of all major American canine organizations. Well known in America for its use as a companion animal, the Weimaraner is in actuality a working dog, more specifically a gun dog breed originally developed in 19th century Germany. The Weimaraner gets its name from the German city of Weimar, where it was primarily developed. This breed is famous for its beautiful grey coat, which has given the breed the nickname of, “The Grey Ghost.” Although this breed is thought of as grey, it is occasionally found in other colors such as fawn, blue, or black as well. This breed is sometimes known as the Weimar Pointer, although that term is now considered archaic.
Although the Longhaired Weimaraner has not yet aquired the recognition of all major American canine organizations, it is recognized by most kennel clubs as the second variety of Weimaraner. Developed along side its short haired counterpart, the Long-Haired Weimaraner shares an identical history to that of the Shorthaired Weimaraner. For more information about the breed please visit the main Weimaraner article.