The Weimaraner is a moderately large, athletic, working dog. The Medium sized head has a moderate stop with a medial line going down the forhead. The nose is gray and the teeth meet in a scissors bite. The Somewhat wide-set eyes come in shades of light amber, gray, or blue gray. The high set ears are long and pendant, folded forward hanging down along the sides of the head. The front legs are straight with webbed, compact feet. The toenails are gray or amber in color. The tail is customarily docked to 1 1/2 inches to 1 1/4 inches when the dog is two days old. The short, smooth coat is tight to the whole body and comes in shades of mouse-gray to silver-gray, blending with darker shades on the body and lighter shades on the head and ears.
Happy, loving, intelligent, cheerful, and very affectionate. Good with children.
Without the proper exercise they will be very rambunctious and difficult to control. They learn quickly but will get bored if the is the same thing over and over again. This hunting dog has a strong prey instinct and should not be trusted with small non-canine animals such as hamsters, rabbits, and guinea pigs. They are socialized well with people, places, things and other animals. They are Brave, protective and very loyal, they make good guard and watchdogs. Weimaraners absolutely crave leadership. They want to know what is expected of them and for how long. If this is not made consistently clear in their head they will not be stable minded, may be stressed, possibly develop separation anxiety, becoming destructive and restless. Owners should not be harsh, but calm with a natural air of authority to their demeanor. These things are instinctually essential to having a happy well behaved balanced dog.
Give your Weim plenty of extensive exercise, or he will or can become very restless and over excited. Because this breed is so full of energy, the first thing they need to learn is to sit. This will help prevent jumping, as they are very strong dogs and will knock over elderly or children by accident. This breed especially should not be hit to discipline, they become wary easily. Once they have a fear of someone/something, they look to avoid and training is difficult. They are so eager to please, and motivated by reward (food or praise). Once learned, the dog will leap to repeat for praise. This breed likes to bark, and needs to be corrected if it becomes excessive. Very hardy, with a good sense of smell, and a passionate worker, the Weimaraner can be used for all kinds of hunting.
Height: Dogs 24-27 inches
Bitches 22-26 inches
Weight: Dogs 55-85 pounds or more give or take
Bitches 50-70 pounds or more give or take
Weimaraners will do okay in an apartment if it is sufficiently exercised. They are relatively inactive indoors and will do best with at least a large yard. They are not suited to outdoor kennel life.
These are powerful working dogs with great stamina. They need to be taken on walks or for a daily jog or run. In addition they need plenty of opportunities to run free. Do not exercise them after meals. It is best to feed a dog after a long walk, as soon as they cool down.
About 10-12 years of age.
The smooth, short-haired coat is easy to keep up. Brush with a firm bristle brush, and dry shampoo occasionally. Bathe n a mild soap only when necessary. Keep nails trimmed. Weimaraners are one of the easiest dogs to keep clean due to their short hair.
The breed is several centuries old and is derived from the same selective stock as other German hunting breeds and is descendant of the Bloodhound. The Weimaraner is a good all around hunting dog and an excellent pointer. They were originally used as big game hunters, such as bear, deer, and wolves, but is use more today as a bird dog and even a water retriever. The Weimaraner was first recognized by the AKC in 1943. Some of its talents include the following: Hunting, tracking, retrieving, pointing, watchdog, guarding, police work, service dogs for the disabled, search & rescue, and agility.
Gun Dog, AKC sporting
Recognition: AKC, CKC, FCI, KCGB, ANKC, NKC, NZKC, APRI, ACR, and DRA.