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Hunting Dog
Country of Origin Weimaraners were developed in Germany in the mid 1800s at the Court of Weimar
Ancestry The Weimaraner, originally called the Weimar Pointer, was the likely the result of breeding Bloodhounds, the Red Schweisshund and pointers. 
Original  Function The Weimaraner was developed to be an all around hunting and gun dog for large game including deer, wild boar and bears. 
Height at Shoulder Female 23-25"  Male: 25-27"
Weight 70-85 lbs
Lifespan 13 Years
Coat The most common Weimaraner has a short, close, soft, single coat that is more like hair than fur.  The coat is distinctively gray in shades of silver to almost blue although the blue is considered by some to be out of the breed standard.  

The less common long haired Weimaraner has a medium-length double coat with feathering on the tail, ears and legs.  The long haired gene is recessive and approximately 1/3rd of the Weimaraners born in Germany are long haired.  This variety is fully recognized everywhere but the USA. 

The standard Weimaraner colors range from silver to a medium or mouse gray.  The very dark blue-gray or 'blue' Weimaraner is considered to be out of the USA show standard as is the long haired Weimaraner.  The long haired type can be registered and compete in field and obedience trials.

Tail The Weimaraner's docked tail is quite long at approximately 6".  The tail is long and whip-like if undocked.  The long-haired Weimaraner has a long, plumed, undocked tail. 
Head Weimaraners have a distinctly aristocratic head that is long and tapered at the muzzle.  Weimaraner eyes range from amber to blue-gray. 
Ears Large, soft ears held down
Related Breeds German Shorthaired Pointer, German Wirehaired Pointer, Schweisshund, Bloodhound.
Alternative Names Weimaraner Vorstehhund
Nicknames The Gray Ghost, The Naked Dog, Weim, Weims, Weimies, The Forester's Dog 
The Famous Photographer William Wegman's Weimaraners. President Eisenhower's Heidi.


Grooming: The short-haired Weimaraner's coat is light and requires very little attention except for the occasional bath and light brushing.  Weimaraner shedding is usually quite sparse and consists of a dusting of short, straight hairs.  The long-haired Weimaraner's coat consists of a wooly under coat and a straight or wavy outer coat.  The long-haired Weimaraner requires consistent brushing especially during shedding seasons.

Weimaraners' drop ears require consistent cleaning.  The Weimaraner may drool and be a messy drinker. 
Exercise requirements: Very high.  The Weimaraner is a very high energy dog and requires daily exercise both on and off leash.  Weimaraners have been known to run at over 35 mph.  Puppies and young adult Weimaraners require a great deal of exercise in order to avoid destructive behavior.  Older Weimaraners are less rambunctious while still retaining their highly attached personalities. 
Aggression: Weimaraners are serious, sometimes obsessive hunting dogs.  They can be aloof towards strangers and strange dogs and can chase and harm small animals.  Weimaraners make excellent watchdogs as they are alert and will bark loudly at strange noises, other dogs and people. 
Temperament: Weimaraners are strong, independent, high-energy dogs.  They can be stubborn and difficult particularly when they do not receive sufficient exercise and training.  On the other hand, Weimaraners are highly affectionate and attached to their families.  Weimaraners do not do well in kennels since they require close contact with their families. 

Weimaraners are high strung and excitable.  They are known to constantly demand attention and follow their owners around incessantly.  The Weimaraner is one of the breeds most prone to suffer from separation anxiety which can lead to excessive barking, howling and destructive behavior. 

Firm, strong, consistent, energetic and athletic for puppies and young Weimaraners.  This is not the dog for inexperienced dog owners, families with very young children or families looking for a quiet house pet.
Trainability Good
Health concerns Canine hip dysplasia (CHD), bloat and gastric torsion.
Hemophilia A, hypertrophic osteodystrophy possibly caused by combination vaccines, entropion, spina dysraphism, distichiasis, von Willebrand's disease (vWD).  Eversion of the nictitating membrane of the eye.  Ear infections.
Environmental requirements: Due to their short, light coat, Weimaraners have a low tolerance for cold and may need extra heating and clothing during the winter.  Weimaraners have a moderate tolerance for heat. 

Weimaraners love to run and are very fast on their feet.  Weimaraners also love to chase and require strong, tall fencing.

Weimaraners require smaller, more frequent meals to prevent gastric torsion aka bloat.  Weimaraners have a narrow body and deep chests and are one of the breeds most susceptible to this frequently fatal disorder.  Strenuous exercise should not immediately follow feeding and vice versa.  Older Weimaraners are also prone to obesity. 
Activities: Flushing and pointing of birds, Agility, Scenthurdle, Flyball.
AKC: American Kennel Club USA: Sporting since 1943
UKC: United Kennel Club USA: Gun dogs
CKC: Canadian Kennel Club: Group 1 Sporting 
FCI: Fédération Cynologique Internationale: Pointing Dogs
    Group 7/Section 1/The Weimaraner is Breed 099

ANKC: Australian National Kennel Council: Group 3 Gun Dogs
KCUK: Kennel Club United Kingdom: Gun dogs
NZKC: New Zealand Kennel Club: Gun dogs
The svelte, muscular and aristocratic Weimaraner was developed during the 1800s in Germany under the direction of the Court of Weimar a principality in central Germany.  The Weimaraner was created as an all around hunting and gun dog.  The Weimaraner was originally used to hunt large game such as boar and deer.  As large game became scarce, the Weimaraner was used to point and flush birds.  A number of different breeds were likely included in the development of the Weimaraner including Bloodhounds and several different types of Pointers.  For many years, Weimaraners were limited exclusively to members of the German Weimaraner Club and were not exported.  Howard Knight who became the first President of the Weimaraner Club of America in 1943 imported Weimaraners to the USA in 1938. 

Weimaraners are elegant, beautiful, powerful dogs that can be demanding and quite challenging.  Weimaraners are highly affectionate dogs who will often follow people from room to room and sleep underfoot.  They are intelligent, sometimes stubborn and can be domineering if not exercised frequently and provided with consistent training.  Weimaraners often suffer from separation anxiety that can express itself as excessive and loud barking, howling and destructive behavior. 

Weimaraners in Germany are still held to a strict all around hunting dog standard.  They are not considered house pets but working dogs capable of tracking a blood trail, flushing game and retrieving.  Weimaraners still hunt boar, deer and birds. 

Puppies and young Weimaraners can be challenging because of their high energy, intelligence and need to be with people.  Prospective families should consider the amount of time and attention that they can devote to a Weimaraner.  For the dedicated and active family, Weimaraners are fun-loving companions who can excel in hunting, canine sports such as agility and family activities. 

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