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Physical Characteristics


Breed Group:

Sporting/Gun Dogs


Male: 70 – 85 pounds
Female: 55 – 70 pounds


Male: 25 – 27 inches
Female: 23 – 25 inches


The Weimaraner is known for its smooth, gray coat that can range from mouse gray to silvery gray.


The coat of a Weimaraner is very short, and smooth to the touch. There is also a long-haired variety, although it is not recognized by kennel clubs in North America.



The Weimaraner is renowned for its elegant, slim, yet robust appearance. It is a powerful breed that is well suited for working in the field as a hunting dog. The athletic build of this breed is thought to be similar to that of the Vizsla. The Weimaraner is highly energetic, and will thrive with vigorous exercise and lots of attention.

Country of Origin:



Dogs similar to the Weimaraner have existed in Germany since the 1500s; however, the breed was first developed in the 1800s, and was meant to be an exclusive hunting dog for the nobility. The Weimaraner was treated with high esteem, and was allowed to live indoors with the family. As a result, Weimaraners today are still highly affectionate toward their owners, and will wither away if kept outside.


In Germany this breed is known as Weimaraner Vorstehund.
It is given the nickname “Gray Ghost” because of its speed and grayish coat.


Weimaraners are very energetic and sometimes even hyperactive, especially when they are puppies. They are very protective and territorial, therefore they tend to do better in a one-dog household. They become attached to their owners, and are wary around strangers. The prey-drive in this breed is strong, and thorough socialization at a young age is absolutely necessary to prevent unwanted aggression. With correct training and socialization applied, Weimaraners have lots of personality and are affectionate, loyal companions.



Professional training is recommended for this breed, especially for inexperienced owners. Although Weimaraners are by nature territorial and protective, excessive aggression and other undesirable behaviors can be corrected via comprehensive training and socialization. Patience is needed since Weimaraners tend to be high-strung and need to learn how to calm and control themselves.


Weimaraners need extensive exercise. They are highly athletic and enjoy lots of running, games, and play. They are very attached to their owners and are subject to separation anxiety if left alone for long periods of time.


Weimaraners are relatively high maintenance and require lots of time and energy; as a result they are not a breed for everyone. While they can be trained to be great family pets, they are not recommended for family with younger children. Many Weimaraners are abandoned because of behavior problems including excessive separation anxiety and aggression, when these behaviors can be prevented by responsible ownership; therefore it is important to be familiar with the needs of this breed before purchasing a puppy.


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