Originally known as Weimar Pointers, the Weimaraner breed was developed and perfected for German royalty in the Weimar Republic of Germany in the early 19th century. They were bred to be courageous hunters with exceptional speed and tracking ability. The nobles of Weimer used them to hunt wild boar, bear, deer and other big game. Ownership of the alluring gray dogs was carefully guarded and breeding was strictly controlled by the nobles and later by The Weimaraner Club of Germany.
Breed Standards for the Weimaraner
General Appearance: The Weimaraner is built to hunt with great speed and endurance and combines grace, stamina, raciness, and an alert demeanor
Head: Nose gray; Eyes, shaded light amber, gray, or blue-gray; Height-set long ears
Tail: Docked to 6”
Color: Mouse-gray to silver-gray
Size: Weight: 70-85 lb
Height: male: 25 – 27”; female: 23-25”
Gait: Smooth and effortless
Coat: The short and sleek coat is noted for its unique gray color
Temperament: Bold, Attentive and Playful
The first breeding Weimaraners were imported to the United States in 1938 by Howard Knight, a dog fancier from Rhode Island. In 1942, The Weimaraner Club of America was formed and the breed standard was created. Later that year the breed was recognized by Kennel Clubs. Weimaraners were shown at Westminster for the first time in 1943. A few years later, at the end of World War II, American service men returning from Europe bought more Weimaraners with them.