It is widely believed that the Weimaraner was bred at the court of the Grand Duke Karl August of Weimar in Germany. As such it is the oldest German pointing breed, and has been pure bred for about 100 years. The Weimaraner was originally developed as an all-purpose sporting dog for the nobility. Known as the dog with the human brain, the Weimaraner is incredibly versatile, combining his/her roles of personal hunting dog and household companion with distinction.
Nicknamed the “Grey Ghost” because of their sleek silvery-grey coat, the Weimaraner is a perfect choice for anyone with an active, sporty, lifestyle. They are extremely friendly and gentle particularly amongst the family. They are also protective, and will defend their territory from intruders and for this reason early socialisation is a must. The Weimaraner loves nothing more than to be by their human companion’s side and will follow you from room to room to be by your side. In general, Weimaraner’s are great with children and mix well with other pets especially when introduced at a young age. They are a powerful breed, so careful supervision is recommended around young children.
Grooming and care
There are both short and long haired Weimaraners, and their coat sheds approximately twice a year at which time it is a good idea to groom with a rubber mitt to release and collect excess hair.
The Weimaraner is not a breed that can be refined to the backyard day after day. They require daily exercise, including running. It is a good idea to keep up with regular training activities to keep their intelligent brains active so they don’t become bored and even destructive.
For the latest research in breed-related problems in Weimaraner visit the University of Sydney’s LIDA (Listing of Inherited Disorders in Animals) website.