Origin and characteristics

The Weimaraner appeared in the early 19th century. These dogs belonged to the Nobles of Weimar, who bred the “Weimar pointers” to hunt big game. It is believed that the Bloodhound might be an ancestor or relative of the Weimaraner. Regardless of its origins, the nobles restricted the ownership of the Weimaraner to the membership of the German Weimaraner Club. The Weimaraner was later developed as a bird dog as big game declined in Germany.

He’s fearless so makes a good guard dog and friendly and obedient so is good with children. Weimaraners are highly intelligent, but they’re also independent thinkers. That combination can make them a challenge when it comes to training.

Weimaraners are active and require a high level of physical activity. Despite their hunting instincts, Weimaraners are house dogs. They need a large, securely fenced garden where they can run, and an active family who can provide them with the exercise and mental stimulation they need.

Weimaraners need a large amount of interaction with people. They tolerate other dogs well, if properly socialised. Other pets, such as cats, rodents, birds or reptiles, should be kept away from the Weimaraners; because of the breed’s hunting heritage, these dogs are liable to kill such animals.

Their bodies are strong and built for work, Weimaraners generally mature at 1 to 2 years, although they reach their full size around 6 to 8 months.

  • Lifespan:  11-13 Years

  • Size:  58- 69 cm

  • Weight: 25-39 kg

  • Breed group: Sporting Dogs

  • Coat: short, close, soft, single coat

Coat, Shedding, Grooming

The Weimaraner’s coat is short but dense, smooth, sleek. Their grey coats have earnt them the nickname, ‘the Grey Ghost’. They have little to no undercoat, that is more like hair than fur. The coat is distinctively gray in shades of silver to almost blue although the blue is considered by some to be out of the breed standard.

How to manage shedding?

Weimaraners are a moderate to heavy shedding dog. The Weimaraner is one of the easiest breeds to groom. Even when he has been running through mud, the dirt just seems to fall off him. Weekly brushing with a bristle brush should keep his coat and skin healthy. Weimaraners shed, but brushing will help keep loose hair off clothes and furniture. To make his silvery coat shine, wipe him down with a chamois. Bathe when needed. He takes great pleasure in rolling in anything stinky, so this may be more often than would normally be necessary.

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