Lifespan: 10 – 12 years
Temperament: Steady, Aloof, Stubborn, Energetic, Alert, Intelligent, Powerful, Fast
Colors: Mouse-gray, Silver-gray, Silver
Weight: Female: 25–35 kg, Male: 30–40 kg
Height: Female: 59–63 cm, Male: 62–67 cm
Nature and character
In addition to its beauty and elegance, the Weimaraner has a special character. He needs a loving and sensitive education, which should be paired with the appropriate care, effort and consistency. The Weimaraner is a confident, self-confident and intelligent dog. He loves challenges and loves to work, so he enjoys a special position among the hunting dogs due to his performance. With good training, the Weimaraner builds a very strong bond with his owner, which allows good hunting work.
Activities with the Weimaraner
The Weimaraner needs a solid caregiver who educates him knowledgeably. Because the Weimaraner is not used as a hunting dog, his hunting passion must be kept under control. This also happens because the tireless urge to move of this dog and his intelligence are satisfied by physical and mental utilization.
Above all, the Weimaraner is a hunting dog, who has his special qualities in the work after the shot. This means that he is particularly capable of detecting shot and lost game, which is equally true for water and wild birds.
He is also a dog with a pronounced territorial behavior, which makes him an excellent guard and guard dog. Therefore, the Weimaraner, if he is sufficiently employed, is also suitable as a family dog.
Origin & History
To the origin of the Weimaraner entwines a variety of theories. It is known that at the beginning of the 19th century it was held at the court of the Grand Duke Karl August of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach in Weimar. Already in the 12th century in France at the time of Louis IX. it should have been a dog with similar attributes, with a direct reference could not be detected.
According to another theory, the Weimaraner should find its origin in St. Hubertushund, or come from a cross with Arabian greyhounds. It is also possible that he is descended from the short-haired German Pointing Dog. Proof of his breeding there is approximately from the year 1890. 1897 was followed by the "Weimaraner club e. V.", a precursor of today's German breed clubs, a first club foundation for pure breeding of silver-gray Weimaraner.
Racial characteristics Weimaraner
From the external appearance of the Weimaraner is a medium to large dog, which is shapely and sinewy built and over has a strong musculature. According to the FCI standard, the height at the withers is 59 cm to 70 cm for males and 57 cm to 65 cm for females. The weight of the males varies between 30 kg and 40 kg, while females weigh between 25 kg and 35 kg.
The Weimaraner wears a short, strong, very dense and smooth-fitting coat, which is longer and denser than other comparable breeds. However, he is also bred as a long-haired Weimaraner. The color varies from silver gray to mouse gray, with head and hangings usually lighter or with white markings.
The Weimaraner has beautiful, amber-colored eyes that vary from dark to light and are sky blue in puppy age.