History & Overview
The Weimaraner was created during the 1800s by nobles of the German royal court at Weimar. The desire was to combine all of the qualities for a hunting dog with good scent ability, speed, courage and intelligence. Originally bred to hunt large animals, this pointing dog was later adapted for small game also.
Weimaraners are hunting dogs with a strong prey drive and will chase anything that moves and won’t remember until later that he left his yard. He does not do well living outside or in the kennel. He has a strong need to live with his humans. Weimaraners are very energetic animals. They are bred to hunt all day with their master. Changing this behavior changes the Weim. If you can not deal with this behavior, you should look at other, less rambunctious breeds.
With their shimmering steel, sleek, short coat and amber or blue eyes, Weimaraners are visibly striking. They are graceful with speed, stamina and endurance. There are two different varieties, the short-haired and the less common long-haired (which is not acknowledged by the AKC). Weimaraners make excellent companions as they are all-round dogs who love family life.
At A Glance
Weim, Silver Ghost
Country of Origin:
Versatile hunting dog, pointing dog
FCI Classification: Group 7 – Pointers & Setters; Continental Pointing Dogs, Type “Braque” (with working trial)
AKC Classification: Sporting Group
Large (23 – 27 inches at shoulders)
Silver, roe or mouse grey, as well as shades of these colors. Head and leathers generally slightly paler. Only small white markings on chest and toes permitted. Sometimes a more or less defined trace occurs along the back. Dog with definite reddish-yellow marking (“Brand”) may only be given the classification “good”. Brown marking is a serious fault.
12 – 13 years
Regular brushing with special attention given to the ears.
Intelligent, confident, assertive and strong-willed. Makes an excellent companion with a strong need to please.
Early socialization is necessary.
Suitability for Children:
In general, Weimaraners are excellent family dogs that enjoy having people around. They love children and enjoy the attention. However, like any dog, a Weimaraner who has never met children is less likely to exhibit such tendencies. Because Weimaraners are a large, strong breed, they must be taught to properly interact with a variety of people, including children.
Children younger than mid-teens are less capable of handling a large, powerful Weimaraner. Children should be at least 6 years of age except in exceptional cases. Adolescent Weimaraners can be extremely clumsy and can unintentionally injure a toddler. Weimaraners raised with children seem to have a distinct advantage in socialization. Weimaraners are very loyal to their family and especially good with children after they get through their clumsy adolescent stage.
Young children love to tease, and it can be threatening to the dog. Teasing is a major cause of children being beaten by their pets. Treat it seriously.
Daily brisk walks are a must! They are not suitable for apartment dwellers unless well exercised.
Very dominant dog. Obedience training is not optional and should begin at an early age. Provide gentle, firm and consistent discipline.