The Weimaraner is an all purpose dog and its name derives from the Grand Duke of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach, Karl August, whose court was based in the city of Weimar.
The breed was originally bred for hunting, first used for large game hunting, such as deer, boar, wolves and bears. Later, as the popularity of large game hunting declined, the Weimaraner was used for hunting smaller game like fowl, rabbits and foxes.
History of the Weimaraner
There are numerous theories about the development and history of the Weimaraner breed. Dogs with similar features to the Weimaraner have been traced as far back as the 13th century to the court of Louis IX of France.
The Bloodhound is believed to be among its ancestors, but perhaps not in a direct line. Other breeds used to create the Weimaraner, included the English Pointer, the German Shorthaired Pointer, the blue Great Dane and the silver-gray Hüenerhund. In the mid 1800s selective breeding started in Germany.
The nobles in the court of Weimar sought a breed that had all the qualities they needed for game hunting. They sought speed, good scenting, courage and intelligence.
Weimaraner coat colors
The breeds short coat and its unusual eyes give it a somewhat regal appearance. The coat is low maintenance, short, smooth to touch and the colors may be blue, gray or silver-gray.
Weimaraner Size / Weight
According to breed standars, the Weimaraner size should be between 64 and 69 cm (25-27 inches) for the male dog, and between 58 and 64 cm (23-25 inches) for the female. However, many dogs are both taller and smaller than the breed standards.
The breed is not heavy for its height, and males normally weigh from 32-36 kg (70-80 lb) and females from 25-32 kg (55-70 lb). The breed should appear muscular and athletic.
The breed need extensive exercise. It is an energetic hunting dog breed, prized for their physical endurance and stamina. No walk is to far, and they really appreciate games and play. You should be an active owner, not be afraid of physical activity. The Weimar is a versatile dog, they enjoy walking, jogging, hiking and to accompany you while bike riding.
Weimaraner as a hunting dog
It was bred as a hunting dog, and it is still a great hunting dog today. They are mostly used as upland bird dogs and also to some extent as waterfowl retrievers. They are methodical and careful hunters.
Weimaraner Behavior Disorder
A common problem with the breed is that they sometimes suffer from separation anxiety. That might include excessive drooling, barking and destructive behavior. Read more about the Weimaraner behavior here.
The breed is not one of the breeds with many health issues, it is a rather healthy breed. But they can be prone to bloat or gastric torsion, a rather serious condition. Rarely, some dogs will also be affected by skin allergies.