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|Country of Origin
||Weimaraners were developed in
Germany in the mid 1800s at the Court of Weimar
||The Weimaraner, originally
called the Weimar Pointer, was the likely the result of breeding Bloodhounds, the
Red Schweisshund and pointers.
||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:
||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.
||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,
||Weimaraners have a distinctly
aristocratic head that is long and tapered at the muzzle.
Weimaraner eyes range from amber to blue-gray.
||Large, soft ears held down
||German Shorthaired Pointer,
German Wirehaired Pointer, Schweisshund, Bloodhound.
||The Gray Ghost, The Naked Dog,
Weim, Weims, Weimies, The Forester's Dog
Weimaraners. President Eisenhower's
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
Weimaraners' drop ears require consistent cleaning.
The Weimaraner may drool and be a messy drinker.
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.
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
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
separation anxiety which can lead to excessive barking, howling and
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.
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.
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
Weimaraners require smaller, more frequent meals to
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.
Flushing and pointing of birds, Agility, Scenthurdle,
American Kennel Club USA: Sporting since 1943
UKC: United Kennel Club USA: Gun dogs
Kennel Club: Group 1 Sporting
Cynologique Internationale: Pointing Dogs
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
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
that can express itself as excessive and loud barking, howling and
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.