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Weimaraner – Dog Breed Guide

Breed summary

Size: Medium to Large
Weight: Males: 66 - 88 pounds; Females: 55 - 77 pounds
Height: Males: 23 - 28 inches; Frmales: 22 - 26 inches
Longevity: 14
Bark Tendency: Medium
Aggression: Medium
Compatibility to other pets: Medium


There are two types of Weimaraners dogs that is currently being bred today:

  • Short-haired Weimaraner. It is the official purebred that is recognized by all major kennel clubs and canine registries.
  • Longhaired Weimaraner. It is not officially recognized and is considered to be a fault or disqualification on dog shows hosted by the American Kennel Club. Longhaired varieties of this German breed are commonly bred in Europe.

The Weimaraners are happy, loving and very intelligent dogs. Therefore, because of these traits, they will make a perfect companion for families with kids.

Official Name

The official name of the Weimaraner breed in its native country is Weimaraner Vorstehhund. The Weimaraner is also called as the Grey or Gray Ghost, Weim, Weimer Pointer.


Date – Sometime during the 15th Century
Country – Germany
Family / Group – Gun Dog, Sporting

Recognized By:

Continental Kennel Club
Fédération Cynologique Internationale
American Kennel Club
United Kennel Club
Kennel Club of Great Britain
Canadian Kennel Club
Australian National Kennel Club
National Kennel Club
New Zealand Kennel Club
American Pet Registry, Inc.
American Canine Registry
Dog Registry of America, Inc.
North American Purebred Registry, Inc.


The Weimaraner originated in Germany sometime during the 19th century. It is a breed with deep roots and links to the 19th-century German aristocracy. The aristocrats in the court of Weimar specifically and exclusively bred these dogs to produce a gun dog that can effectively hunt big game such as bears and deer in Germany’s Thüringen Forest. When the numbers of big game type of animals declined, The Weimaraner evolved to a bird hunter, a task that it quickly adapted to, much to the delight of the German sportsmen. Today, Weimaraners continue to serve as hunting dogs in their native country. However, in other parts of the world, these dogs are gaining popularity as a companion pet.


Weimaraners are excellent hunting dogs that earned the nickname “Grey Ghost” when out hunting because of their impressive stealth capabilities when out in the field. This is a dog breed that is perfectly balanced with matching levels of energy, intelligence, and fun-loving disposition. Top that with a strong drive to work hard, Weimaraners are dogs that are great to work with and fun to have as pets.

Bred For

Weimaraners were originally bred to hunt big game such as bears, deer, and wolves that dwells in the Thüringen forest. Today they are mostly used as bird dogs, water retrievers and even as companions.


Weimaraners can be kept as apartment pets if sufficiently exercised. They are inactive indoors. Therefore, for keeping them healthy and happy, they will need a big yard or open space to run.


The shorthaired and longhaired varieties of the Weimaraners are easy to groom and requires little attention to keep it in tip-top shape. These are dogs that shed hair in average amounts. Therefore, brushing occasionally, once or twice a week will keep their coat healthy and shiny.


Weimaraners are naturally intelligent but they are also single-minded and will be stubborn on occasions. Because of that, It is advised to have them professionally trained to bring the best out of this dog breed.


Weimaraners have a record of being at high risk of getting gastric problems. These dogs are also prone to various cancers, eye disorders, dermoid cysts and Von Willebrand’s disease. Also, a genetic birth defect called dwarfism is common to some lines of this German dog breed.


Weimaraners are dogs that require special attention when it comes to their activity needs. In other words, these highly energetic dogs need a lot of exercise sessions on a daily basis. Therefore, owners should take these dogs on long brisk walks every day.