Often referred to as the “grey ghost” because of the distinctive color of its short, sleek coat, the Weimaraner is a graceful dog with aristocratic features. Bred for speed, good scenting ability, courage, and intelligence, he remains an excellent game hunter and active participant in other dog sports.
Originally known as the Weimer Pointer (derived from the court that sponsored the breed), the Weimaraner is a product of selective German breeding and comes from the same general stock as other German hunting breeds. It is believed to be a descendant of the Bloodhound and was originally used to hunt wolves, deer, and bear. Over the years because of the rarity of a bigger game in his surroundings, the Weimaraner adapted to become a bird dog and personal hunting companion.
Originally, Germany was possessive of its skilled all-purpose gun dog. Some of the earliest Weimaraners, prior to being sent to America for breeding, were sterilized in order for America not to popularize their special breed. But starting in the late 19th century the breed became increasingly common throughout Europe and the United States.
Although slower than many other gun dogs, such as pointers, the Weimaraner is thorough, which made it a welcome addition to the sportsman’s household. The breed’s happy, lively temperament has endeared it to families. With the rise in popularity, some changes have been made to the breed. Both in Britain and America (where the breed remains popular) breeders have taken care to breed to a standard.
Lauded for his ability to work with great speed, fearlessness, and endurance when on the hunt, the Weimaraner is also known for being an easily trainable, friendly and obedient member of the family. This is a breed that loves children and enjoys being part of his family “pack.” Grooming maintenance is low due to his short coat.
- Sporting Group; AKC recognized in 1943.
- Average size: 23 to 27 inches tall at the shoulder.
- Hunting dog, family companion.
- Apartment is ok.
- Low activity indoors.
- Daily extended and vigorous exercise.
- Easy care.
- Average shedding.