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Weimaraner Facts

  • Group
  • Sporting
  • Affiliations
  • Height
  • 23" - 27"
  • Weight
  • 60-90 lbs.
  • Lifespan
  • 12 years | Add yours

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  • Exercise Requirement
  • High - This breed requires vigorous daily activity
  • Training Requirement
  • Difficult to Train
  • Grooming Requirement
  • Easy
  • Colors
    • Silver / Grey
  • Breed Characteristics
    • Hunting heritage
    • Should sleep indoors

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The weimaraner originated in Germany.

Date Of Origin

This breed developed in the 1200's, however, selective breeding did not begin until the 1800's.


The weimaraner was created by German aristocrats in the courts of Weimar during the nineteenth century. The breed was originally used to hunt big game in the Thuringian forest but was later adapted to hunt birds. It continues to be used as a hunting dog and companion in Germany and the U.S.

Many famous people have owned weim's:
US President Dwight D. Eisenhower owned a Weimaraner named Heidi. French President Val?ry Giscard d'Estaing owned a Weimaraner called Jugurtha, who is said to have had such human habits as laughing or drinking tea. Brad Pitt owns a Weimaraner named Purdy.


This is a medium to large, lean, muscular dog. It has a long, broad head; long drop ears that are slightly folded and set high; light amber, gray or
blue gray eyes; and a gray nose. The tail is docked. The short coat is sleek and gray and there may be a small, white marking on the chest.


The weimaraner is intelligent, energetic, and fun-loving. It is a hard worker but will try to get its way. Since they were bred to be true members of the family, some Weimaraners suffer from severe separation anxiety. Manifestations of this behavior disorder include panicked efforts to rejoin the owner when separation occurs, excessive drooling, destructive behaviors, and associated injuries such as broken teeth or cut lips.

Behavior modification training and medications may reduce the severity of symptoms associated with this disorder in some Weimaraners. However, the breed is generally refractory to such treatment and behavior modification training efforts. As individuals of the breed age the severity of separation anxiety symptoms decreases somewhat, but does not completely abate.

More common, lighter manifestations of separation anxiety include wailing, which mimics a high pitched crying tone. This is even more noticed when the Weim's master is near, or returning home. If properly socialized young, the tendency for separation anxiety may be reduced.

In similarity to lighter manifestations of separation anxiety are the inability for the Weimaraner to leave its master's side. Many Weimaraners will insist on even sleeping as close to the master as possible. It is not uncommon to find the Weim sleeping on the master's bed.


very hardy, with a good sense of small, and a passionate worker, the weimaraner can be used for all kinds of hunting. It also makes a lively companion dog for an owner that works from home or can take their weim with them when going out.

Health Concerns

Bloat, dermoid cysts, dwarfism, eye problems, hip dysplasia, von Willebrand?s disease, cancer.

Additional Information

This breed requires an active, dog experienced owner and somewhere to run. Be advised, although this breed is beautiful, it is stubborn, cunning, and matures slowly. Be prepared for years of puppy-hood, long hours of daily training, massive amounts of proper socialization, and to be with this dog almost constantly. They will nuisance bark to let you know they do not like being alone or just to hear their own voice. The best cure for this is considered exercise. A walk will not suffice, you may need to hire someone to job, run or swim your dog.

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Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Publishing, 2000

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Author: Bruce Fogle

Simon & Schusters Guide to Dogs

Publisher: Simon & Schuster inc, 1980

Website: http://www.simonandschuster.com

Author: Elizabeth Meriwether Schuler

Dog Bible

Publisher: BowTie Press, 2005

Website: http://www.bowtiepress.com/bowtie/

Authors: Kristin Meuh-Roe, Jarelle S. Stein

The Howell Book Of Dogs

Publisher: Wiley Publishing Inc, 2007

Website: http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/

Author: Liz Palika

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