History of the Weimaraner Breed
The Weimaraner gets its name from the German court of Weimer, which sponsored the effort to design an ideal gun dog that could hunt all sizes of game, including wild boar, deer and bear. Known as the Weimar pointer, this breed came from bloodhound, red schweisshund and early pointing breeds, such as the German shorthaired pointer. It is uncertain where the familiar gray colorings originated, however it was an early feature of the breed. The German Weimaraner Club controlled much of the activity of the breed, including registration. Dogs could not be sold to nonmembers, and it was difficult to obtain membership. Only approved breedings could be registered, and poor specimens were destroyed. In 1929, an American who had gained entry to the club brought two dogs back to America. Because of the Weimaraner’s extraordinary obedience, American enthusiasts were attracted to the breed, especially after discovering its hunting abilities. The AKC did not recognize the breed until 1943, and it did not gain popularity in the United Kingdom until the 1950s. The Weimaraner has had more competition in the United States than in all of the decades in Germany, and today it still has a dedicated following.
Size and Appearance of the Weimaraner
An aristocratic-looking breed, the Weimaraner has great speed and endurance and a kind expression. The breed is built to hunt and exhibits grace, stamina, alertness, and balance. This medium-sized breed has a short, sleek coat colored in silver gray, shades of mouse or roe gray. Its gait is effortless, and its sense of smell perfectly complements its work as a hunter.
The Weimaraner is a friendly, lively dog that needs to get out to run and play. If left penned, it will grow frustrated and destructive. It can be stubborn, but is very intelligent. Its high activity level and size may make it unsuitable for small children. It is alert and wary of strangers, making it an excellent watchdog.
Weimaraner Recommended Maintenance
The Weimaraner requires occasional brushing or dry shampooing as necessary. Protect its nose from sunburn in the summertime. An active breed, the Weimaraner needs plenty of exercise and is happiest with access to a large yard. It can live outdoors in warm climates, but it is a social dog that needs the companionship of its owner and family. The Weimaraner requires obedience training beginning around the age of 5 months. It is an intelligent breed that learns quickly.
• Life span: 10–13 years
• Major concerns: gastric torsion
• Minor concerns: spinal dysraphism, CHD, entropion, distichiasis, vWD, hemophilia A, hypertrophic osteodystrophy
• Occasionally seen: ununited anconeal process, eversion of nictitating membrane
• Suggested tests: (hip), (eye), (blood)