Dog Profiles - Description of Weimaraner


Description: The Weimaraner or "Silver Ghost" is a picture of grace, speed, stamina, alertness and balance. A one-family dog that is reserved with strangers he will make a good watchdog. He requires an owner who has a firm, no-nonsense approach who will take time to train and socialize him. Boundless energy, tireless, driven and a remarkable sense of smell make him a great hunting dog. Known to hunt for as long as six hours at a time. When well trained the Weimaraner is a confident and assertive dog who makes a wonderful companion.

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. Usually very friendly with children if properly socialized at a young age. Good with other pets. Good field sports dog and family pet. Very good watch dog, good guard dog.

Care and Exercise: 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.

Training: 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.

Registration: ACA, AKC, ANKC, CKC, FCI (Group 7), KC(GB), UKC