Group: Sporting Dogs

Origin: Germany

  – Male: 25 to 27 inches
  – Female: 23 to 25 inches

Known As: “The grey ghost of Weimar”


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Breed Profile

The Weimaraner was developed in Germany as an all-purpose gun dog for the nobility. Originally used to hunt big game, the Weimaraner is now used almost exclusively on small furred and feathered game. Best known for his versatility, the Weimaraner is used for pointing, retrieving and tracking.

He is friendly, fearless, obedient and alert as well as loyal and protective of his family. He has an assertive, bold and rambunctious nature. The Weimaraner is very energetic and needs plenty of exercise. However, unlike some other hunting breeds, the Weimaraner is not a dog to be left outdoors. He thrives on human companionship and is a loyal hunting companion.

The Weimaraner’s haunting eyes are a very distinctive feature of the breed — his eyes are either light amber, grey, or blue-grey. His coat ranges from mouse-grey to silver-grey and comes in two varieties — Short, smooth and sleek; and the Long-haired coat is flat and smooth or slightly wavy.

Health Issues

If you are considering the adoption of a Weimaraner puppy, or any breed, it is very important to be selective in choosing a responsible and reputable breeder. Ensure that the prospective puppy’s parents have all health clearances. Breeding of any dog should not be done until after they have been proven to be free of evidence of significant hereditary diseases. (For more information on selecting a breeder, see the articles on the main General Information page.)

Additional Health Resources:

Grooming Information

  • Grooming — This section of the Canada’s Guide to Dogs website includes tips, articles and information covering all aspects of dog grooming along with a listing of Groomers from across Canada.


Training Resources

  • Training — For training information, see this growing section of the Canada’s Guide to Dogs website for tips, articles, as well as listings of training centres across Canada.


Additional Information

  • Clubs, Sports & Activities — This section of the Canada’s Guide to Dogs website covers several sports and activities and also includes listings of non-breed specific Dog Clubs from across Canada.
  • Working Dogs — The Working Dogs section of the Canada’s Guide to Dogs website provides information and listings of organizations that are involved in various dog jobs, such as Guide Dogs, Therapy Dogs, Police Dogs, Protection Dogs, and much more.


*NOTE 1: CHIC – The Canine Health Information Center “is a database of consolidated health screening results from multiple sources. Co-sponsored by the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) and the American Kennel Club (AKC) Canine Health Foundation, CHIC works with parent clubs to identify health screening protocols appropriate for individual breeds. Dogs tested in accordance with the parent club established requirements, that have their results registered and made available in the public domain are issued CHIC numbers.” To learn more, visit: www.caninehealthinfo.org

*NOTE 2: The Fédération Cynologique International (FCI) is the World Canine Organization, which includes 91 members and contract partners (one member per country) that each issue their own pedigrees and train their own judges. The FCI recognizes 344 breeds, with each being the “property” of a specific country. The “owner” countries write the standards of these breeds in co-operation with the Standards and Scientific Commissions of the FCI, and the translation and updating are carried out by the FCI. The FCI is not a breed registry nor does it issue pedigrees.

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