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The Friendly and Intelligent Weimaraner

These elegant gundogs are an affectionate breed who love to be active. They're easily trainable and make great companions to an outdoorsy family. They aren't an easy breed to take care of, however, so they aren't recommended for first-time dog owners.

Weimaraner At a Glance

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Weimaraner At a Glance

  • Size: 22"-27", 55-85 lbs.
  • Lifespan: 10-13 years
  • Energy Level: high
  • Coat: Short, smooth, and sleek
  • Shedding: moderate
  • Hypoallergenic: No
  • Dog Group: Sporting
  • Common Nicknames: The Gray Ghost, Silver Ghost

Weimaraner Breed Guide

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  • Temperament

    Weimaraners are alert, steady, and intelligent dogs that love to be outdoors. While they're friendly and love being around people, these dogs may not be good with small children or other pets unless raised with them during puppyhood. Weimaraners are well-behaved dogs that are fairly easy to train. In fact, early stores of the Weimaraner made it seem as if the breed was born fully trained. While intelligent and eager to please, Weimaraners are independent dogs that like getting their own way, so they require firm yet gentle training. These dogs also have tons of energy and must be kept busy, or else they may become destructive out of boredom. That said, the Weimaraner functions best with active people who enjoy spending time outdoors.

  • Health

    Weimaraners are a generally healthy breed but they could be subject to a number of genetic problems, such as hip dysplasia, bloat, von Willebrand's disease, distichiasis, entopion, factor XI deficiency, hypothyroidism, progressive retinal atrophy, or immune-mediated disease.

  • Activity Level

    Weimaraners are one of the most energetic breeds. They enjoy consistent exercise, like a long, daily run. They can be trained in a variety of activities and enjoy the training. They can be a hunting companion or participate in agility competitions.

  • Grooming

    Weimaraner doesn't require much grooming. As with all dogs, trim their nails regularly. Brushing weekly will release dead hair and limit the amount of shedding you'll see. You only need to bathe them when needed, like after a muddy run through the woods. 

  • Shedding

    The Weimaraner's sleek, silver hair does shed a moderate amount.

  • Appearance

    Weimaraners have a silver-gray or mouse-gray coat that is short, smooth and sleek. They have floppy ears and amber or blue-gray eyes.

  • History

    The Weimaraner originated in the early 19th century in Germany, when members of the Weimar court sought to create a smart, courageous breed with great scenting abilities. No one is quite sure how they achieved this dog, but it's likely that the Weimaraner's early relatives include the Bloodhound, the English Pointer, the German Shorthaired Pointer, and other pointing breeds. In 1897, the exclusive German Weimaraner Club was formed to maintain the breed, but the rules were very strict. Anyone who owned a Weimaraner had to be part of the club, but membership was hard to obtain. The Weimaraner didn't come to the United States until 1929, when an American gained entry to the club and brought two dogs back to America with him. The breed was recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC) in 1942.