Germany has produced many fine hunting dogs, and the Weimaraner is one of them. Related to the German Shorthaired Pointer, this breed was bred to be fast, have a good nose, and be a courageous problem solver. The Weimaraner has hunted large game as well as birds. The Weimaraner’s head is moderately wide between the ears and moderately long. The eyes are light amber or gray to blue-gray, and the ears are wide and dropped. The nose is gray. The body is athletic and the chest is deep. The tail is docked. The coat is short and smooth, with the breed’s distinctive feature being silver-gray coloring. The short coat needs only weekly brushing.
Weimaraners are energetic hunting dogs.
This high-energy breed was designed to run and hunt all day. Weimaraners are not couch potatoes, and all the training in the world will not change what they are: energetic hunting dogs. These dogs need vigorous exercise – a run and training – every single day. Training should begin early so that the owner can establish control and the puppy can learn household rules and social manners. This breed is intelligent, and these dogs often try to get their own way in life. Weimaraners left alone for too many hours may become problem barkers or escape artists. Socialization is also important, beginning young and continuing on into adulthood. Housetraining can be a challenge; the owner must be patient and consistent. The Weimaraner needs an owner who is dedicated to keeping this dog busy and who isn’t away from the house for too many hours each day.
The breed is usually very good with children, although puppies can be rowdy and rough. The Weimaraner is also good with other dogs his size, but since the breed has a strong prey drive, it is not to be trusted with smaller pets. Health concerns include hip dysplasia, eye problems, bloat, torsion, and von Willebrand disease.