BROMHUNDS INVOLVEMENT WITH LONG HAIRS


It was about 30 years ago that we saw our first long haired Weimaraner and at that time thought how lucky we were as a breed to have two varieties. Our involvement with the long hair variety in the early years was not so much premeditated but seemed to be determined by fate more than anything Not long after seeing our first long hair we were offered a long hair bitch from Gary Vise’s breeding , her name was Spectral Holly (Libby) was beautifully conformed and had a wonderful outgoing temperament but was very determined. At that time one couldn’t breed them with shorthairs so Libby was sent to Perth to be bred to another Spectral dog “Spectral Beau Brummel CD (Imp NZ)” with a litter of 7 long hairs resulting on the 23rd Feb.1979 .This was the first full long haired litter ever bred in Australia and the experience started our love affair with the variety. Libby then went to live in Perth. 

In 1981 Bromhund Rhiannon (Ch.Keno Hans Gerbar CD / Ch.Huttonvale Hiedi QC) was sent to Vic to be mated to Elfarin Von Kurt a long haired carrier from Austrian heritage, resulting in 3lh’s and 2 sh’s with the bitch Bromhund Grau Caddie going to Pat Adam (Grau Kennels) 

In 1983 out of the blue we received a phone call from Judy Colan (Colsidex Kennels) in the USA asking us if we were interested in a long hair bitch out of a Nanis litter which was extremely well bred .The quality of the litter was such that led Judy to offer them overseas due to the fact that long hair’s were banned from showing in the US. This led to the two bitches Nani’s Helga for Bromhund and Nani’s Charmin for Ghostwind being imported to Aust and the other long haired a dog in the litter was not considered due to his tail being docked. Both bitches had exceptional conformation for that time. 

“Helga” never produced a long hair as she was mated to our other US import and German import that didn’t carry the gene. The progeny of her matings to “Eng.Sh.Ch.NZ./Aust.Ch. Arimar’s Rolf vd Reiteralm (Imp.USA)” produced some of the biggest winning dogs in the show ring ever in Australia as their show records will show. All these dogs along with the progeny from “Charmin” carried the long haired gene and will be found in the majority of long haired pedigrees today. 

Many long hairs have been produced here and in NZ over the past 20 years but I feel the decision by the NWC and ANKC to separate the breed in the show ring has helped to get the variety better known and more popular. Now with the banning of tail docking it has seen an increase in the demand for the long hair which I think will be a big plus for the variety. 

By coincidence our 100th champion happened to be a long hair CH Bromhund Unique Trudi who we feel is the best long hair we have bred so far a reward for our long association with the long haired variety.  

Trudi was bred to the 2005 National Best in Show winner BISS Silverodhar Boy NDoubt these progeny still only young with one of the  2 that headed to Canada to represent the bred has done the breed and us proud. Bromhund Kalila Greysilk finished her Canadian Championship on the Aug 25 at the Weimaraner Association of Canada's Regional Specialty. "Gracie” was awarded Specialty WB BOW BP by breeder judge Gale Young (USA), she won this award competing against shorthairs.
She is owned by Lynda Graef of Ontario.

So now we have a few first's under our belt : 1st longhair to compete in a Weim Specialty in Canada, 1st LH to win at a Weim Specialty, 1st LH to finish a Canadian championship,
Another Record for Bromhund Weimaraners.... 

We have bred 14 champion longhairs, also buying longhairs that would add valualbe lines to our breding

With a new import just in the country we can only see great things ahead for the variety but we must strive to keep them part of the Weimaraner and resist any moves to have them a breed on their own.

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