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March 3, 2015

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Silver State may go to the blue Weimaraners


Mona Shield Payne / Special to the Home News

A member of the Las Vegas Weimaraner Club and Rescue walks blinking weimaraners down Nevada Way during the 37th annual Santa’s Electric Light Parade in Boulder City Dec. 6.


A member of the Las Vegas Weimaraner Club and Rescue walks blinking weimaraners down Nevada Way during the 37th annual Santa's Electric Light Parade in Boulder City Dec. 6. Launch slideshow »

Admid good-natured barking from fellow lawmakers, Sen. Ben Kieckhefer introduced a bill to designate the blue Weimaraner as Nevada’s official state dog.

Of those senators interviewed, none have a Weimaraner and Kieckhefer says he owns a pug and a Labrador. But he said he’s doing it as a favor for a 9-year-old student at a Reno school.

The Weimaraner is used for such things as hunting chucker and bears. If Senate Bill 225 passes, the Weimaraner would join the mountain bluebird as the state bird, sagebrush as the state flower, silver as the state’s mineral and the black fire opal as the state’s official precious gemstone.

Kieckhefer, R-Reno, said the boy, whom he declined to name, did research and discovered the state did not have an official dog. The youngster and his classmates wrote Kieckhefer asking the Weimaraner be selected as the official state dog.

He said the student and classmates would be invited to testify at a hearing of the Government Affairs Committee and have a chance to see how government works.

But Kieckhefer conceded the chances are “pretty slim” in getting the bill passed.

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  1. Don't get me wrong -- I love Weimaraners -- but it's funny that a State Senator would propose the "blue" as the State Dog, when that color is usually considered a defect in the breed.


  2. I think its a cool lesson and this kid will have a great memory, howevermost of those states have a state dog because that particularbreed is synonymous with it. The breed usually originated from that state or is widely popular. That said since 75% of shelters in the state are filled with chihuahua or pit bull mixes maybe ee should go with that. Or the mutt. The mutt would send a good message.