Weimaraner

Grey Ghost

The Weimaraner is appreciated by all. His gait, character, loyalty, great aptitude and versatility make him a dog that can satisfy all kinds of owners.

Height 57 to 70 cm
Weight 25 to 40 kg
Life expectancy 10 to 12 years
Hair Loss High
Excercise Need High
Home country Germany

Quick Overview of the Weimaraner

Temperament

  • Passionate about hunting
  • Versatile and balanced
  • Docile and persevering
  • Good character

Appearance

  • All in muscle
  • Well-balanced
  • Harmonious proportions
  • Slim, elongated look

Health

  • Hardy and robust
  • No particular pathology
  • Gastric torsion
  • Generally healthy

Temperament of the Weimaraner

Passionate about hunting, the Weimaraner is versatile, balanced, docile and persevering.

His excellent sense of smell makes him a particularly popular hunting dog, but his loyalty, devotion and sociability also make him much demanded companion dog.

His good character allow him great versatility and his aptitudes as a working dog are also excellent.

Outstanding sense of smell, very methodical, versatility, docility, fidelity, perseverance, passion and affection are all qualities that can be attributed to the Weimaraner.

Slightly stubborn, he is however very easy to train but his education must be firm. He is not aggressive and gets along with everyone.

His great sociability makes him an excellent companion for children and the entire family.

braque de weimar personnalité

Breed Appearance

weimar gear ratio

Very muscular and well balanced, this medium to large pointer is a magnificent specimen of harmonious proportions. He has a slender, elongated gait and excellent build with very strong limbs.

The Weimaraner's chest is powerful and his whole body conveys an impression of great power. In the United States, his lightness and shades of colour have earned him the nickname of "grey ghost".

Height

Between 59 and 70 cm (23.23 to 27.56 inches) for the male
Between 57 and 65 cm (22.44 to 25.59 inches) for the female

Weight

Between 30 and 40 kg (66.14 to 88.18 pounds) for the male
Between 25 and 35 kg (55.12 to 77.16 pounds) for the female

Color

His coat varies in different shades of grey, including mouse grey, brownish grey and silvery grey.

Hair

His hair can be long or short. The short hair is thick and dense, while the long hair is supple, wavy or smooth with well-marked fringes on the tail and legs.

Morphology

His head has a faint stop. His eyes are amber, light to dark and slightly oblique. His large ears are quite long. His nose is dark. His tail is hanging at rest and horizontal in action.

According to the FCI breeds nomenclature, this breed belongs to group 7, section 1 and is #99

Characteristics of the Weimaraner

Does this dog suit your lifestyle?

Every dog breed has its own characteristics. However, the actual character of a dog can vary from one to another within the same breed.

Find out if the Weimaraner is your ideal dog breed with our quiz.

That will take you less than 3 minutes!

Take the quiz
Life in an apartment
Good first dog
Tolerates solitude
Tolerates cold weather
Tolerates hot weather
Affectionate
Friendly with children
Friendly with strangers
Friendly with other animals
Hair loss
Drooling level
Easy to care for
Robust health
Easy to train
Intelligent
Tendency to bark
Tendency to nibble
Protective
Instinct to hunt
Adventurous spirit
Energy level
Level of intensity
Need for exercise
Playful

Price and monthly budget

Price you can expect to pay for a Weimaraner puppy: between 1000 € / $ 1176 / £904 and 1500 € / $ 1764 / £1356
These prices are indicative and may vary from breeder to breeder
Average monthly budget for a Weimaraner: 120 € / $ 142 / £109
The monthly budget includes the average expenses for food and hygiene products (grooming, anti-parasite...)

Weimaraner pictures

Tips About this breed

To be happy, the Weimaraner has to be totally part of the family. He is sensitive and loves the company of everyone, which is why his happiness comes from his family.

The breed is probably one of the most dedicated and faithful races that exist. An enclosure where he is left to his own devices will make him very unhappy.

Even if he is slightly stubborn, his upbringing is easy and poses no real issues. By insisting on obedience and using a minimum of firmness, the Weimaraner will become one of the best companions that exists on the planet.

Athlete or not, sportsman or not, hunter or not, family or single, as long as the Weimaraner can benefit from the presence of his master, he will be happy.

Health of the Weimaraner

Very robust, this hardy dog has no particular pathology. Gastric torsion can sometimes occur, but by avoiding sustained effort before or after meals, the Weimaraner will enjoy excellent health.

GROOMING

He is very easy to maintain. A good and frequent brushing and regular monitoring of the ears are the only requirements in his case.

History of this breed

Several theories are behind the breed of the Weimaraner. Even if his ancestors are not officially defined, his name definitely comes from the Grand Duke of Weimar in Germany.

Charles-Auguste, a great hunter at the time, appreciated the great hunting aptitudes of this dog. It is therefore thanks to him that the said "grey ghost" bears the name of Weimaraner.

He is believed to be a mixture of Leithunds (now extinct) and Griffons. Others claim he comes from a cross between the German Shorthaired Pointer and other hunting dogs.

The Great Dane, Pointer, Husky and German Wirehaired Pointer are all mentioned as potential origins of the Weimaraner. Even today, his true origins are completely unknown.

Highly appreciated by the court in Weimar, the Weimaraner has been subject to controlled and planned breeding since around 1890, when the breed was entered in a stud book. The Weimaraner is one of the oldest German pointing dogs in history.

He is a hunting dog of undisputed quality, but also used as a life companion and working dog. The various police forces and search services around the world make great use of him in this role.

Leave a comment