Description: This breed lives to hunt. Remember this if you get a Weimaraner because it will stalk anything that moves. Speaking of which, these dogs love to work. Donít let this dog get bored or you will regret it.
Weimaraners are friendly, intelligent, vigilant, protective and energetic with considerable stamina. These dogs are moody, can be very stubborn and will try to dominate, so when training the family/owners/handlers need to exude confidence.
Other Names: Weimaraner Vorstehhund
Height: 22 - 27 inches
Weight: 70 - 86 lbs.
Colors: Preferably silver gray; shades of mouse or roe gray.
Coat: Short, smooth and sleek.
Temperament: Responsive, alert, strong-willed.
With Children: Yes, usually very friendly with children if properly socialized at a young age.
With Pets: Yes
Special Skills: Field sports dog and family pet.
Watch-dog: Very High
Care and Training: Brush or dry shampoo coat as necessary. A rub over with a chamois will make his coat gleam. Prone to sunburn on his nose in the summer. Needs plenty of opportunity to run free and a lot of regular exercise. The Weimaraner requires obedience training which should begin at 5 - 8 months of age.
Learning Rate: High, Obedience - Medium, Problem Solving - High
Activity: Very High
Living Environment: He will adapt to urban living but does need plenty of space. He does not kennel well. To be an owner of a Weimaraner you should be active and confident. He is not a breed for the sedentary, lazy trainers who will leave him along for long periods of time.
Health Issues: Hip dysplasia, gastric torsion, bleeding disorders.
Life Span: 10 - 12 Years
Litter Size: 5 - 7
Country of Origin: Germany
History: The Weimaraner made his first appearance over 125 years ago in the German court of Weimar. His ancestry is from the old red Schweisshunde crossed with the German Shorthaired Pointer and several other German hunting breeds. Originally he was bred to be used to stalk deer and to hunt bear and wild boar. He made his impact in the US and Canada after the Second World War, but did not gain popularity in the UK until the 1950's.
First Registered by the AKC: 1943
AKC Group: Sporting