All About Weimaraners

About This Breed

Sometimes referred to as the “grey ghost” because of the distinctive color of its coat, the Weimaraner is an intelligent, courageous, and graceful dog breed. Bred in Germany in the early 1800s as a hunting companion, the Weimaraner still remains an avid outdoors type and makes for a great family pet.

Physical Characteristics

The Weimaraners is a large-bodied and powerful dog with a high tucked abdomen and deep chest. Its head is broad with dropped ears and eyes that are often gold, yellow or light blue in color.

COLOR(S)

This Weimaraner is commonly seen in various shades silver or gray.

COAT

Short and smooth.

Personality and Temperament

ACTIVITY LEVEL

High

POSITIVES

The Weimaraner loves to play games and excels at sporting activities. It is also great with lively kids.

THINGS TO CONSIDER

The Weimaraner needs plenty of exercise and attention. If it does not get enough attention it is liable to develop destructive behavior. The Weimaraner also is known to bark at strangers or chase cats.

*This is not a good breed for the first time dog owner.

Care

IDEAL LIVING SITUATION

The Weimaraner fares well in the suburbs or the country.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

In addition to regular exercise, the Weimaraner requires ample room to run around and play.

Health

The following conditions are commonly seen in Weimaraners:

  • Hip dysplasia
  • Hemophilia
  • Bloat

 

History and Background

Compared to other breeds' longstanding histories, the Weimaraner is rather young. Dating back to the early 19th century, the Weimaraner was bred to function as a gundog, able to hunt animals of all sizes, including large animals such as bears, wolves, and deers. They also were speedy dogs which displayed courage, intelligence, and good scenting ability. Thought to have originally descended from the Bloodhound, the modern Weimaraner is the product of selective German breeding, mixing Red Schewisshunds and various pointer breeds, including the German Shorthair Pointer. In fact, early on the Weimaraner was known simply as the Weimer Pointer, a name derived from the court by whom the breed was sponsored.

The German Weimaraner Club strictly supervised the growth and development of the Weimaraner. So much so that prior to 1929, no Weimaraners were allowed to be sold to non-members. However, rules were relaxed soon thereafter and two Weimaraners were imported into to the United States by Howard Knight, an American club member. The breed would eventually receive wide recognition in the U.S. after performing well in various obedience competitions.

The American Kennel Club granted recognition to the breed in 1943. Today, the Weim is seen in more competitions in America than it ever saw in Germany.