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Origin of the Breed

During the early 19th century, noblemen often went on hunting trips to catch wild game. They usually require a companion dog who has the courage, intelligence, speed, and stamina to perform the job needed. Furthermore, it should have an excellent sense of smell to track targeted animals.

Developed first at the Weimar Court, hence the name. This dog was trained to stand close to its master during hunting activities. Some say that it can even sit as a companion during evenings by the fireplace.

Known as the Weimar Pointer first, it is said that this breed was formed through the crossbreeding of several breeds such as the blue Great Dane, German shorthaired pointer, English Pointer, silver-grey Huehnerhund, chicken dog, and the Bloodhound. However, as the years passed, the forests in Germany dwindled in size and large game animals became a rare sight.

Eventually, the breed’s handlers started hunting for smaller game such as rabbits, foxes, and wildfowl. In the year 1897, an exclusive club was established to ensure that the breed was protected. More than a quarter of a century in 1929, an American sportsman by the name of Howard Knight was finally inducted and was able to bring to dogs with him home. However, Knight finally was able to introduce the breed in the year 1938.


One feature that is most distinct in this breed is its striking silver-grey coat. A Weimaraner does not actually have a silvery blue coat. The bluish colour is the result of brown and white hairs tightly interspersing throughout.

Besides this, you have to take note that there are basically two distinct varieties. One is the long-haired type, which requires frequent grooming. However, if you do not want hair on your clothes, short-haired ones definitely is your best choice.

On the other hand, you have to consider that this dog was bred to be out in the open. It has a lot of energy and stamina that it has to frequently exercise. It is also highly intelligent and, therefore, need lots of mental stimulation.

Unlike Golden Retrievers though, it does not have a soft-mouth and could have a low tolerance towards other animals such as the smaller ones. So if you also have small-sized pets such as birds, lizards, and rabbits, you should keep a watchful eye on this canine breed.

Moreover, these dogs are social and may suffer from separation anxiety when left alone for long periods of time. This may result in self-harm and destructive barking. Because even when this dog was bred for the hunt, a Weimaraner prefers to stay at its master’s side at all times. It is also protective and can be suspicious around strangers.

Weight and size

As with all other dog breeds, the males weigh much more than the females. A typical female dog of this breed usually weighs around 55 to 77 pounds while males weigh at an average of 66 to 88 pounds.

Another feature common in these dogs is its tuck-ups after the ribcage. Thus, giving them a very athletic look. With deep chests, these dogs are often mistaken to be skinny. However, this is just normal especially during their adolescence.



Weimaraner dogs can become overly attached to their masters. As a matter of fact, they are often dubbed as Velcro dog because of this behaviour. They are emotionally needy and should be shown affection constantly.

Sadly, this can become a negative aspect of the Weimaraner temperament as they succumb to separation anxiety very easily. For this very reason, they need to live indoors than in kennels. Moreover, they tend to become disinterested and aloof when around strangers. So it might not be easy to get along with this dog breed.

On the bright side, however, these dogs are really energetic. They require frequent exercising and training at all times. So you really have to devote time and energy for this. And if you are quite interested in dog sport, this breed might just be the right one for you. Furthermore, you also have to include mental games to keep your pup entertained.



Regarding this breed’s behaviour, you have to take note that this dog is orally-fixated or mouth-oriented. Therefore, they would have this incessant desire to put anything in their mouth even the inedible ones. This habit of chewing things can, in the end, lead to serious health complications. So you just have to watch out what your pup puts in its mouth.

They also have a strong urge to play tug or prey drive – a desire to chase things. As they are an outdoor-loving pup, you have to ensure that they are dry at all times. You do not want them to catch diseases and emit that foul wet dog stench.

That is why the Supreme Pro WetDog Drying Robe is an excellent outdoor gear for your canine companion. Made from comfortable organic material, this has a unique textile technology that keeps your puppy dry even after all of the running and playing.


When considering adopting this breed, you have to be willing to put in a lot of effort and time to train this dog. They are typically hyperactive. However, they have massive potential when trained successfully.

Since they are food-motivated, they are most likely ideal for dog sports. Intelligent and quick to learn new skills, they are great for people who have an active lifestyle. Nonetheless, you have to be extra careful when caring for a puppy.


Because of its hyperactive behaviour, these dogs are typically healthy. However, they are prone to contact infection and develop some of these health conditions during their lifetime.

  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Gastric dilatation-volvulus (GDV), also called Bloat or Torsion
  • Von Willebrand's Disease (vWD)
  • Distichiasis
  • Factor XI Deficiency
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)
  • Immune-mediated Disease

Therefore, if you are considering this breed, it is important that you are quite aware of these diseases. Health clearances may help prove that your dog has been tested and cleared for any of these particular illnesses. Meanwhile, the average life expectancy of this breed is around 11 to 13 years.

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