There have been many books written on the subject of the development of the Weimaraner and some cover it exceptionally well, therefore I won't cover this in great depth but rather just give a very brief overview. I would encourage you to seek one of these books to get a much deeper understanding of the development and the many theories on the birth of the Weimaraner as we know it today. One I would personally recommend is the Bible of the Weimaraner as I refer to it, WEIMARANER WAYS written by Virginia Alexander of the Reiteralm fame and Jackie Isabell of the Arimar fame. The other is GUIDE TO THE WEIMARANER by Gillian Burgoin of the famous English prefix Ragstone.
Rather the intent is to give you a little more then that in terms of the history of the Weimaraner in Australia. In time I shall add to this page with further information and photographs, with the view to present a much fuller picture on how the Weimaraner has developed in Australia. I would welcome additional information which I would add to this page in terms of importing of Weimaraners or Weimaraner semen. It goes without saying any corrections are welcome, but please substantiate your information.
Today the origin of the Weimaraner is still a topic of debate. Many records were destroyed during World War I and II, or were lost over the years, leaving room open for much discussion. Varying theories have been put forth on how the Weimaraner came about. Notable dog experts such as GSP authority Dr Paul Kleemann, debated with some passion that the Weimaraner was a descendant of the Great Dane. Others would argue that the German Shorthaired Pointer was involved in the development of the Weimaraner. There were some attempts made at establishing a relationship between the Weimaraner and the English Pointer, the Spanish pointer or the Bloodhound. In Deutsche Waidwerk No.22, September 1, 1939, Major Herber wrote the Weimaraner had many characteristics in common with the St. Hubertus Brachen (now extinct). He felt the Weimaraner was a mutation in the Brache breed. What we do know today is that the Weimaraner was granted independence in 1896 by the Reichsjaegermeister. One year later, on June 20, 1897 the first club was formed. It was named ‘Club for the Pure Breeding of Silver-grey Weimaraner Vorstehhund’.
The first imports to arrive on Australian shores, in 1957, were Strawbridge Graf and Strawbridge Fidget, both from the UK. Dr Christenson imported them, however were bred together by Mr. Thomas of the PASSAU prefix. In the same year, Mr. Sproul of the LAUSDER prefix imported their respective littermates, Strawbridge Furst and Strawbridge Gypsy. These two were subsequently sold to Mr. Forest of the FORESTWAY prefix. The absence of other Weimaraners, lead to breeding and in breeding of these original four imports and their offspring for as many as 4 generations.
The 60’s saw the arrival of an American import, Regal Wunder Columbian Duke. Sadly he only sired one litter for Mr. J. Pontin’s MARNISSE prefix, before his premature death. Once again UK was the choice country for a further two imports. Derrybeg Anna arrived in whelp to Cartford Thundercloud. Some 12 months later Halsall Brown Pheasant arrived. Both of these bitches were imported by Dr Martin. The later of the two was bred firstly under the GREYGHOST and then, after her sale to Frances Weatherly, she was bred under the GREYMAR prefix. “Spooky” as she was affectionately know, produced some of the most successful progeny of the ‘70’s. Her sons and daughters became the back bone of many notable kennels of this same era. One of her most famous sons is the great Australian Champion Greymar Corey who in turn produced a son of great influence, Australian Champion Greymar Maximilian.
“Spooky” was bred to another American import, Fritz von Singen. This combination produced influential Greymar Noble Monarch, Greymar Leibcaen who in turn was the foundation for QUAILMASTER and Greymar Silver Faun who was the foundation for RAMBAI. In the same year of Fritz von Singen’s arrival, Acrise Amber arrived from the UK. She was bred to Greyghost Acoma under the GREYWEIM prefix. From this litter the female Greyweim Greta produced one of the early New Zealand imports, Shadowmar Baron. Another UK import arrived in this same year, Penny Silver Dawn. She was bred under the RIVERDRIVE prefix by Mr. Edgell.
The 70’s brought with them the UK dog Hansom Forward, imported by Mr. and Mrs. Clarke of the GREYLAG fame. Later Mr. and Mrs. Clarke imported another UK dog, Greyfilk Lammas. Mr. I Hansen imported a dog from UK Saxonlodge Silver Sentinal and a female Merryhell Dainty. The pair were bred under Mr. Hansen’s KENNERTON prefix. Mr. Hind of the HINDIN fame imported a dog, Monroe’s Zebedee, and a female, Hawsvale Hecate. A further five imports were to join those already on our shores, namely; Monroe’s Accolade, Merryhell Dauntless, Thuringian Swordsman, Hansom Jolly Swagman and Saxony Caliope.
Three German Weimaraners stepped onto the Australian soil in the 70’s. Arno von Hohenwald and Pia aus der Greifenburg. Both of these came via New Zealand with their owner Mr. G Vize, of SPECTRAL prefix, upon his return to Australia. Astra vom Actern Diek was imported by Mr. and Mrs. McKinley and was bred under the ROSENGARTEN prefix.
The 80’s brought with it some very exciting times for Weimaraners with a steam of American imports. The first of these was the most influential sire to date, Arimar’s Rolf VD Reiteralm. Tank, was imported by Mr. and Mrs. Mayhew of the renowned BROMHUND prefix, had an enormous impact on the breed and was used extensively over a large cross section of bitches. A very prepotent sire, he produced lovely angulations, which was evident in the sound movement of many of his progeny. A typical head type and sound hunting ability. Mrs. S Whitefield imported the dog Rahan’s Bold Ruler vd Reiteralm and Ranah’s Jordache of Quabana, both from USA and were bred together under Mrs. Whitefield’s QUABANA prefix. Mrs. Huxtable imported the dog Deerpath’s Charlemagne from USA. Although Charle’s career as a sire was somewhat limited in comparison to Tank, he left his mark. His arrival further complimented the already existing lines that were in Australia. Charle is best known for the beautiful shoulders, head and colour he produced.
The Mayhew’s brought in a longhair female from USA Nani’s Helga For Bromhund who was bred to Tank on six occasions producing some of the top winning Weimaraners in the History of the breed. Bromhund Galaxie, Bromhund Graphic Art, Bromhund Ultra Sonic (all Best In Show winners) and Bromhund American Express, a multi Best In Group winner. Further to these two Yanks, the Mayhew’s imported Salto von Zehnthof from Germany. Mrs. Shrigley imported the longhair female, a litter sister to the Mayhew’s longhair, Nani’s Charmin Of Ghostwind and Nani’s Windward Gale. Mrs. Horner and Mrs. Speck of DIVANI imported Tradition’s Tradewind Ke Nani, also a Yank. Mr and Mrs Gilbert imported Carnmellis Loads A Class from New Zealand.
Mrs. Ramsland of RAMBAI imported Tilmoray Tryst from UK. There were others that arrived, unnoticed, with their owners. Two such Weimaraners were Eb’s Yoshida San from USA and Benjamin Of Kenstaff from UK.
In the 90’s breeders very quickly recognised the potential for the use of frozen semen. There were no limitations, the world is our oyster. Mr. and Mrs. Hill of SINAWAY were the first to import frozen semen. Pondridge Practical Joker was a longhair from UK. DIVANI imported Norman’s Double Bubble and Nani’s Baht A Pack A Trouble, from USA, to name a few. BRITFELD brought in USA semen from Wismar's Jack Daniels. This litter only resulted in 3 puppies, the most notable and influential for BRITFELD is Britfeld Quake N Shake AI. YLAND and TALFRYN jointly imported Top Hat’s Dorian Gray. Probably the most successful of the resulting progeny would be Talfryn Spring Madness AI and Yland Keepth Carbon AI. HOLLOWHILLS brought out USA semen from Top Hats Top Gun and Smokey City EZ Moonstone. Notable resulting progeny from Top Hats Top Gun semen Hollowhills the Sorcerer AI. While the semen from Smokey City EZ Moonstone produced two litters. The first, resulting in one puppy Hollowhills Lord Ascolon AI, the second litter was bred jointly with HAZEWIND under the HAZEHOLLOW prefix which produced 4 puppies. GREYDOVE imported semen from USA & BROMHUND semen from UK, however this was from an American bred dog, Nani's Class Clown.
More recently Australia has seen further imports from USA by GRAUHUND and their Colsidex Grauhund Just Jeans and GREYDOVE’S Nani N Greydove Milenium Bug and Nani's Dis-Harmony. Von Luchbach's All Fired Up from USA was imported in partnership by HOLLOWHILLS and KISMANER. From the UK arrived Gunalt Clowning Around At Grauhund imported by GRAUHUND and Carnmellis Up To Scratch arrived from New Zealand and imported by GREYDOVE.
The latest import arriving from Sweden, BRITFELD’S Mimmtrix Hubert Xardiko At Britfeld, GREYDOVE'S American import Jokar's RC Promise and Greydove 'Ekahi Surfer Girl. Pewterun Greydove Black Magic arrivied in the flesh and will be owned by GREYDOVE who have also imported frozen semen from American & Canadian Champion Valmar’s Unanimous Decision BROM, American Champion Valmar's Sage v. Wustenwind, NSD, American Champion Nani's Smart Aleck, Am Ch Nani's Concert Master, Am Ch/Can Ch Arokat's Echobar Riverdance and Ekahi Greydove Quicksilver. KADMA has frozen semen from an American dog Am Ch Top Hat's Big Wave Surfer, whose semen was also imported by HOLLOHILLS. In Sydney LUKEDOM imported frozen semen from another American dog Am/Can Ch Nani's Choir Boy who also imported a bitch from Canada Winoka's Aria for Lukedom. Tasmania sees the arrival of yet another American dog Am Ch Wager's Casino Winning Streak imported by GHOSTWIND who also had on lease for 2 years from America Multi BIS/BISS Am/Can/Aust Grand Ch Graytsky's Smokin' in Havana.