Also Known As:
Weim, Gray Ghost, The Naked Dog
Area of Origin:
Early 19th Century
Friendly, Fearless, Alert, Obedient
Pointer, Vizsla, Wirehaired Vizsla, German Shorthaired Pointer, German Wirehaired Pointer
Best Breeds For:
An active individual or family. They love being part of the family pack, but don’t mix well with cats, small dogs, or other little pets.
A well-trained Weimaraner is a joy. They’re smart, independent thinkers with a strong prey drive, so start their training early and stay firm, consistent, and gentle.
Weimaraners are definitely house dogs. They’re not cut out for kennel or backyard life, and they’re too active for an apartment.
Weimaraners are a pretty young breed—they date back just to the early 19th century. First bred in the Weimar court in Germany by noblemen who loved to hunt and wanted a smart, courageous dog with good speed and stamina, and a great nose, too. Weims were great at hunting all day long and sitting with their owners by the fire at night. When the breed first started, in order to own one, you had to join an exclusive club, but by the mid-1950s, Weimaraners were already the 12th most popular breed in the American Kennel Club.
Good To Know
Bred with enough speed and endurance to hunt all day long.
Health & Care
Height: 23” to 27” at the shoulder
Weight: 55 to 85 pounds
Lifespan: 11 to 13 years
Prone to: Hip dysplasia, hypothyroidism, and bloat. A small percentage of Weim puppies have a genetic predisposition to overreact to vaccines. Some Weims are known to have inherited blood diseases or eye diseases that usually have a very minor impact on their life.
Grooming: One of the easiest breeds to groom because of their short silvery coat. Dirt seems to fall right off of them. Brush weekly with a bristle brush and shine your pup’s coat with a chamois cloth. As with all breeds with long ears, keep your Weimaraner’s ears clean and dry.
A beautiful grey coat. Stunning aristocratic features. Bred for speed, good scenting ability, courage and intelligence, Weimaraners are the ideal companions for a long-distance runner or an active family. They were bred to be hunting dogs (and their prey drive is nearly impossible to override) who love to be with their pack day and night. They’re easily trainable and super smart, but can’t take being left out of the action in a kennel and can’t really tell the difference between a beloved pet cat or bird and a trophy, so they’re best in families with big dogs or no other pets.
Featured Image: Dexter the Weimaraner