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Dogs similar to the Weimaraner have existed
in Germany since the 17th Century but it
was not until the early 1800s that the breed
as we know it today was developed. At the
court of the Grand Duke Karl August of Weimar,
the breed was bred specifically as an all-purpose
hunting dog for the nobility and, once perfected,
was closely guarded until 1896. In that
year, the Weimaraner was officially recognized
in Germany due to the efforts of a small
group of sportsmen. The following year,
the same group formed the Weimaraner Club
of Germany and only members of the club
were allowed to breed the prestigious dog.
A similar club was created in America in
1941 by one of the German Club members,
and breeding practices and regulations similar
to those in Germany were enforced. The popularity
of the Weimaraner has grown in both the
States and Canada since the late 1940s and
there are now many kennels across the continent.
Bred as a hard-working hunter, the Weimaraner
enjoys plenty of outdoor activity.
The height of a Weimaraner is 25
- 27" (63.5 - 63.5cm) for dogs, 23
- 25" (58.4 - 58.4cm) for bitches.
Weimaraners weigh 70 - 86 lbs (31.2 - 38.4
The coat of the Weimaraner is short, smooth,
dense and shiny.
colors for the Weimaraner's coat include
only those shades between mouse-grey and
silver-grey. A small white spot is allowed
on the chest but nowhere else. Minimal brushing
is required to keep the coat groomed.
The Weimaraner is alert and courageous,
is intelligent and easily trained, and is
friendly yet protective. He makes an excellent
and loyal family pet.
The Weimaraner, because of its deep chest,
is one of the breeds most at risk for gastric
torsion (bloat). The average life expectancy
for a Weimaraner is 10 - 12 years.
The Weimaraner takes well to obedience training
and field trials. While his original quarry
when hunting consisted of larger animals,
he is mostly used now to track smaller furred
or feathered prey.
AKC: Group 1 - Sporting Dogs
ANKC: Group 3 - Gundogs
CKC: Group 1 - Sporting Dogs
FCI: Group 7 Section 1 Continental Pointing
KC: Sporting - Gundog Group
UKC: Gun Dog