Meet the Breed: The Weimaraner



  • Height: 22"- 27”
  • Weight: 50-70 pounds
  • Historical function: Hunting
  • Modern function: Hunting, companion
  • AKC classification: Sporting

Physical Characteristics:

The Weimaraner is one of the more interesting dog subjects in photography. There are thousands of photos of this active, expressive, silly and serious breed with the beautiful grey ghost coloring and muscular body.  The head is elegant, moderate in size, with a slight medial line going between the distinctive eyes. The eyes in puppies are blue and change to light amber, gray or blue-gray as adults. The eyes are set moderately wide. The nose is grey. The teeth meet in a scissors bite. The lips and gums are pinkish. The ears are long and pendant and fold forward. The body is muscular with the topline sloping slightly from the withers to the rump. The tail is docked to about 6 inches in the U.S. The coat is short, sleek and tight fitting and comes in shades of gray. The coat is single. A long-haired version is also occasionally seen.  

History of the Breed:

The Weimaraner was developed in by German nobility for hunting boar, bear, deer and wolves. It is a descendant of the Bloodhound. The Germans were quite possessive of the breed, sending sterile dogs to the U.S. Eventually the breed made its way through Europe and into the U.S. where the breed has gained a loyal following and made prominent appearances in pop culture, including Sesame Street, where Weimaraners dressed in human clothing perform skits. 


The Weimaraner is a highly intelligent dog that can figure out puzzles, patterns, and where you hide the treats. This breed is very people oriented and unsuitable for kennel living. In fact, these dogs may be prone to separation anxiety, causing destruction to furniture and even injuring themselves. This can be curbed with adequate exercise, training and may have a genetic component, so get your dog from a reputable breeder. This is an extremely loyal dog that is great with children, though may be too boisterous for very young children, knocking them down in excitement. This dog needs daily regular and extensive exercise. Without it, they may find unauthorized forms of entertainment that may be destructive. 

  • Best suited for: Active, athletic persons looking for a running partner. 
  • Preferred living conditions: This dog preferes to be with his people. Does not tolerate cold climates. 

Care and Health:

  • Grooming requirements: Easy care short coat needs only occasional bathing. 
  • Exercise needs: Daily long walk or run, plus playing. 
  • Life expectancy: 10-14 years.
  • Health concerns: May be prone to bloat. Feed two smaller meals daily instead of one large one. Less likely to get hip dysplasia than most dogs of this size, but can still be prone to it. 

Breed Club Links: Weimaraner Club of America. Perfect Pairings: Due to the single coat of this breed, a coat may be required in cold weather. We recommend our Ruffwear Fleece that seems to fit the Weimaraner's body style. 

Have any stories about a Weimaraner? Please share!

Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

This entry was posted by Mary.
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