Weimaraner Overview-Owner Should Know

Weimaraner Overview


Weimaraner Information

Other NameGrey Ghost, Weimaraner Vorstehhund, Weim
Build TypeMedium
Life Cycle10-13 years
CharacterStubborn, Reserved, Fast, Intelligent, Firm, Energetic
HeightMale: 25-28 inches
Female: 23-26 inches
WeightMale:60-90 pounds
Female: 50-80 pound
ColorSilver, Grey-silver, Mouse grey
Average price700 US$


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The Weimaraner dogs are developed to accompany hunters for pointing, trailing and retrieving tasks during hunt. The dog is sturdy and strong with extreme of intelligence and grace. It is more popularly known as “Grey Ghost” due to its horrific and well groomed coat. A versatile breed Weimaraner holds high speed, high sensitivity, courage and passion. Quite easygoing and friendly with family, obedient and caring, the Weimaraner bears very light in a pleasant manner with children and pets letting in cats and dogs. The breed is trusted companion; eager to curl around, requires warm hands to hold, any job to do or yard to play. Its stubborn and independent nature sometimes makes it slightly rambunctious which need early treatment.

The build is more than average, smart and sturdy, well suited for working dogs, medium skulled and hanging long ears, long legs with flexible muscles, this breed contains great power, courage and stamina. Top line curved down beginning from head to rear. Silky, shiny and short coat is tightly fit all over the body and available in gray, silver-gray and also in slightly dark shades. Some dogs come with small spot of white near chest area. Flawless and easygoing stride enhances its dignified expressions.

The Weimaraner is a German breed and was developed in 19th century to provide all-in-one hunter, pointer, trailing and retriever functions. Bloodhounds are said to be its ancestors with some relation with English Pointer and Great Dane. Silver-Gray Huehnerhund is another breed in its contemporaries and possibly shares some role in the development of Weimaraner breed. Originally the breed was aimed to hunt large game like bore, bear, wolves and deer in German forests, which were well populated with wilds and games. As such animals reduced in German forests, the dog’s talent was used to hunt rabbits, foxes and birds. At one time breed was governed strictly by Weimaraner Club, adaption was bounded with membership of the club. The aim of club was to maintain standards and purity in the breed. The infertile pair of dogs came to USA in 1929 when an American postman Howard Knight joined the club. The real development of Weimaraner breeds in USA starter after World War II when American soldiers brought many dogs from Germany. The breed got popularity as hunting dog throughout the United States, finally breed was recognized by AKC in beginning of 1943. Heidi, a Weimaraner dog is recognized by it service with US Present Dwight D Eisenhower and had been kept in White House. After many ebb and flows, the breed got popularity and ranked high by AKC.


By instinct the breed is fearless, attentive and obedient friend, warm family companion and moderately effective watchdog. The smartness, love to work tendency and high determination also augment its character. The breed is very active indoors, love to run and chase, digging, barking, chewing, jumping, all you will find in it. The breed is well going with children and family pets, 

but reserved and curious to strangers, stubborn, rambunctious and independent temperament are also rarely seen. Timid and shying behavior is mainly observed during puppyhood. Non-obedient behaviour with biting is yet another issue during early age. Committed training emphasizing moderate temperament during socialization is mandatory.

The breed strengthens its family bonding by physical touches, rightly called as shadowing breed, they will follow you in your room, launch, yard and will try to lie curled in your feet. Weimaraner dogs need human interaction; they are not suited for kennel livings. Their energy level is also demanding of extensive exercise and wider area to ply in, the breed is not suggested for apartment livings therefore. Born hunter, Weimaraners are extreme chaser, not just to locate but to kill its quarries, also chase bikes and cars to some distances. Their independent instinct may ignore your command against their interests and will decide their self.

The Weimaraners are hard to train, an experienced handler is needed to control them. Crate training will be useful. New dog owners are advised to select any other breed. This breed needs minimum one hour extensive exercise daily, walk of two hours is also considered enough. Be prepare to invest in both money and time while selecting Weimaraner breed, additionally one should be extremely patience.

Owner Should Know

  1. Weimaraner is a high energy dog, one hour extensive or two hours walk a day is needed to stimulate its mind and physique.
  2. Always supervise the event in which small fury animals like rabbits and hamsters, are present to avoid being prey of Weimaraners.
  3. They get aggressive and destructive, excessive barking and digging, when left alone for long times.
  4. Weinmaraners are curious to strangers, they could behave violently, socialize the dog to bring moderateness.
  5. The breed is intelligent and self centered; they decide their self, somewhat stubborn in nature. Socialization is the key to success.
  6. Crate training would result better, the breed proves demanding during training.
  7. Blue and black colors for this breed are not standardized, care of being trapped by some irresponsible breeders, Gray or silver are original breed colors.
  8. Seek for reputed breeders and trustworthy suppliers to get health puppies, ensure puppies are clinically checked and are disease free.

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