- In the 1800s, German hunters made a concerted effort to produce an all-around gundog that could hunt game of all sizes, even deer and bear. Some of the breeds used in the mix were the Bloodhound, Red Schweisshund, and several early pointing breeds.
- The origin of the breed's distinctive gray color is unknown, but it was an early feature of the breed.
- The new breed was initially called the Weimar Pointer because the effort to produce it was sponsored by the court of Weimar.
- The German Weimaraner Club oversaw the breed's progress using stringent standards for breeding. They would not allow Weimaraners to be sold to non-members.
- In 1929, an American gained entry into the club and was able to bring back two Weimaraners to America, where they elicited great interest.
- The breed's early talent in obedience competitions aroused further interest, and its hunting ability won over sportsmen.
- The AKC recognized the breed in 1943.
Weimaraner Behavior Concerns
- Makes an energetic and protective family member.
- Gentle and playful with children, although may be too boisterous for small children.
- Demanding of attention.
- Loves to run and hunt.
- Only moderately outgoing toward strangers.
- May be aggressive toward strange dogs and other pets.
- Learns quickly.
- Does best with a firm owner who can combine reward-based training with good control and leadership.
- Some can whine or bark a lot.
Weimaraner Suggested Exercises
- Makes a fairly calm and alert housedog if given adequate exercise. If not given enough exercise, can be overactive and destructive.
- Requires daily exercise in the form of a long walk, or preferably, long jog.
- A well-fenced yard is essential.
- Hunting is the favored exercise. Swimming and retrieving are also favorites.
- This is not a breed for an inactive owner.
- Obedience training is essential not only for control, but for the mental exercise it provides.
- Coat is short and sleek.
- It requires brushing once a week to remove dead hair.
- Shedding is average.
Suggested Weimaraner Nutritional Needs
- Weimaraners tend to stay in good weight.
- Adult dogs should be fed a balanced diet, with restricted calories if the dog starts to gain too much weight.