The Weimaraner has a majestic appearance, notably because of his grey coat that sometimes borders on blue. It is an excellent pointing dog, and is otherwise very versatile, capable of satisfying many a prospective owner. A wonderful family dog, he also gets along well with children and greatly appreciates all displays of affection bestowed upon him. This german dog will be best suited to active and dynamic owners, ready to meet his significant expenditure needs.
Key facts about the Weimaraner
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Temperament :Playful Hunter
Origins and history
It remains uncertain whether this dog was born precisely in Weimar, the town being his namesake, but it is certain that it originated in Germany. The Bloodhound may arguably be his only ancestor, either directly, or via the Grey St. Louis Hound, which no longer exists today. He had allegedly arrived in Germany after crossing the Rhine towards the 15th century. According to other accounts, it was originally a local breed, resulting from a cross of the Weimaraner’s short-haired ancestors (Kurzhaar) and other hunting breeds.
FCI breed nomenclature
Group 7 - Pointing Dogs
Section 1 : Continental Pointing Dogs
Physical characteristics of the Weimaraner
Female : Between 22 and 26 in
Male : Between 23 and 28 in
Female : Between 55 and 77 lb
Male : Between 66 and 88 lb
Admissible coat colours are silver-grey, brown-grey and mouse-grey. All variations of these colours are accepted as well. The head and ears of the dog are generally lighter.
White patching is only occasionally admissible. Tan patching (from red to yellow) is not sought after and tan-brown patching constitutes an important defect by official standards.
Type of coat
Two varieties exist: the short-haired Weimaraner and the long-haired Weimaraner.
For short-haired Weimaraners, the coat is dense, very thick and lies flat. The undercoat is very light, almost absent.
For long-haired varieties, (1 to 2 inches) the coat is soft, smooth or slightly wavy with very little undercoat.
The mixed individuals have a double coat that consists of a top coat that is medium-length, concentrated, lies flat and has an abundant undercoat.
The eyes are amber; in pups, the colour is light blue.
The Weimaraner is a medium to big-sized dog, with a typical pointer constitution: an elongated body, slim and slightly arched neck, well-built and tucked in sides, strong limbs. The head is well-defined, with a noble side profile and a slightly pronounced stop. The ears are large, relatively long, with round tips and set high and narrow: they are slightly turned to the front when the dog is stimulated. The tail is shortened.
Good to know
In certain countries, such as Brazil, the Weimaraner is employed in various missions, oftentimes by the police force. He is particularly appreciated for his competence as a search dog due to his incredible sense of smell.
The Grey Ghost, as it is also called in the United States, is an affectionate dog, with a heart of gold. He can sometimes prove to be clingy but knows how to keep to himself if need be.
Very playful, especially with children, this German pointing dog is particularly fond of playtime.
What’s more, playing helps the dog expend himself- both physically and mentally- and also stimulates and tires him, trains him (learning self-control, static orders, recall etc.) and reinforces the owner-dog relationship.
Be careful about ball or stick-fetching games as they reinforce this hunting dog’s retrieving instinct. If the ultimate purpose is not to use him for hunting, the latter games are to be avoided.
If the Weimaraner is well exercised on a day to day basis and has the possibility to use up his energy regularly, he will be able to remain relatively docile and to be at rest in his bed (or on the couch, since he appreciates comfort quite a bit).
On the flipside, when he is out on a walk or in the middle of activity, his energy reaches such levels that it is at times tricky to calm him down. Everything is a question of balance and reasonable dosage.
The versatility of this German hunting dog indicates a certain degree of intelligence. He is balanced, docile, sensitive, and adapts to many ways of life.
His somewhat proud side should not make you doubt his intelligence, quite the contrary in fact.
This dog’s stubborn and determined personality is very useful during various hunting missions since he reveals himself to be a very methodical and persevering tracker.
Originally a pointing dog, the Weimaraner is furthermore a multifaceted hunter with a remarkable instinct that allows him to hunt for various pests just as well as bigger game.
Fearful / wary of strangers
This majestic grey dog is sociable, gets along well with guests but does need some time to adapt and trust.
In fact, those individuals that are too suspicious or even aggressive do not in the least meet the requirements of the breed’s official standards and will not be admissible. It is therefore important to carefully select the lineage of your prospective Weimaraner.
With his noble and majestic appearance, this Weimaraner could sometimes seem snobby and independant, but it actually isn’t part of his real nature at all. He is very attached to his social group and values shared moments above all else.
He does not like being put at a distance and needs to take part in his owners’ day-to-day life. As a result, this does make him somewhat dependant on his family, even if he can prove to be very autonomous when working.
Behaviour of the Weimaraner
Very close to his owners, it is difficult to leave a Weimaraner alone at home without having taken the time to expend his energy beforehand, and made sure that he is tired enough to sleep through your absences.
As soon as the Weimaraner pup first integrates the household, a gradual exposure to spending time alone will have to be undertaken, so that he can better tolerate his kin’s absences.
Easy to train / obedience
This hunting dog can prove himself to be stubborn and somewhat pigheaded if he feels that his leader is not confident and authoritative enough. At times quite proud, the Weimaraner can grow docile if an environment of trust is cultivated.
Training must be precocious, to prevent the dog from picking up bad habits, and firm so as to create a structure for the dog and make him feel safe.
Some rules of conduct must be implemented to integrate this big dog as smoothly as possible into the household, as he will not accept exclusion from family life.
Positive reinforcement training methods should absolutely be used, otherwise this seemingly noble dog’s sensitivity could be vexed.
A rather balanced dog, his barking will never be excessive. If he starts barking, it’s often because he’s alone and bored, or because an uninvited guest is encroaching onto his habitual turf.
Tendency to run away
Hunting dog often implies fleeing dog. Accordingly, hunting dogs have a very evolved predatory instinct, and their nose often makes them flee the nest to follow intriguing scents.
That being the case, the Weimaraner remains a somewhat atypical hunting dog who, despite his incredible sense of smell, prefers to stay close to his kin. Good training and mutual understanding between the dog and the owner will help limit the risk of escapades.