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The Full Weimaraner Description

The Weimaraner is a big, bold dog. They are smart and their busy minds thrive on activity. They are strong and determined, needing time, space, and attention. If you want the challenges of keeping ahead of the fearless "gray ghost", and your daily activities can include your dog, you may be suited to the Weimaraner. He loves kids and is used to being a member of a family.

Did you know?

The Weimaraner dates back to the early 19th century in Germany.
The Weimaraner has seen more actual competition of various types in the United States than it did in all its decades in Germany.

So you want to own a Weimaraner?

Weimaraners need lots of exercise; they do not make great city apartment dwellers unless their exercise needs can be adhered to.
Weimaraners are very dominant dogs and should be put through obedience training. You must be able to control your Weimaraner or he will control you.
Weimaraners do make a great family dog; they love children and are good guardians and watch dogs

Indicative Breed Standard


General Appearance

Medium-sized, grey with light eyes. Presents a picture of power, stamina and balance.


Hunting ability of paramount concern.


Fearless, friendly, protective, obedient and alert.

Head and Skull

Moderately long, aristocratic; moderate stop, slight median line extending back over forehead. Rather prominent occipital bone. Measurement from top of nose to stop equal to measurement from stop to occipital prominence. Flews moderately deep, enclosing powerful jaw. Foreface straight, and delicate at the nostrils. Skin tightly drawn. Nose grey.


Medium-sized, round. Shades of amber or blue-grey. Placed far enough apart to indicate good disposition, not too protruding or deeply set. Expression keen, kind and intelligent.


Long, lobular, slightly folded, set high. When drawn alongside jaw, should end approximately 2.5 cms (1 in) from point of nose.


Jaws strong with a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws. Lips and gums of pinkish, flesh colour. Complete dentition highly desirable.


Clean-cut and moderately long.


Forelegs straight and strong. Measurement from elbow to ground equal to distance from elbow to top of withers.


Length of body from highest point of withers to root of tail should equal the measurement from the highest point of withers to ground. Topline level, with slightly sloping croup. Chest well developed, deep. Shoulders well laid. Ribs well sprung, ribcage extending well back. Abdomen firmly held, moderately tucked-up flank. Brisket should drop to elbow.


Moderately angulated, with well turned stifle. Hocks well let down, turned neither in nor out. Musculation well developed.


Firm, compact. Toes well arched, pads close, thick. Nails short, grey or amber in colour. Dew claws customarily removed.


Customarily docked.
Docked: Customarily docked so that remaining tail covers scrotum in dogs and vulva in bitches. Thickness of tail in proportion to body. Should be carried in a manner expressing confidence and sound temperament. In long-haired, tip of tail may be removed.
Undocked: Moderately set, thickness in proportion to body. Reaching down to hocks and tapering towards the tip. Carried below level of back when relaxed; may be raised when animated. Not curled over back. Good hair cover.


Effortless, ground covering, indicating smooth co-ordination. Seen from rear, hind feet parallel to front feet. Seen from side, topline remains strong and level.


Short, smooth and sleek. In long-haired variety, coat from 2.5-5 cms (1-2 ins) long on body, somewhat longer on neck, chest and belly. Tail and back of limbs, feathered.


Preferably silver grey, shades of mouse or roe grey permissible; blending to lighter shade on head and ears. Dark eel stripe frequently occurs along back. Whole coat gives an appearance of metallic sheen. Small white mark permissible on chest. White spots resulting from injuries not penalised.


Height at withers: dogs: 61-69 cms (24-27 ins); bitches: 56-64 cms (22-25 ins).

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