Weimaraner Dog Breed Guide | Gundog Journal


Main sporting role:
Retrieving, Tracking, Hunting, Pointing, Flushing
Over 10 years
More than 2 hours a day
Coat length:
Vulnerable status:

The Weimaraner was founded in the 19th century by the Grand Duke of Weimar, Germany, although similar grey dogs can be traced back to the 1500s. The Weimaraner was originally bred to hunt big game in packs, but it has evolved into an all-rounder capable of tracking, hunting, pointing, and retrieving both fur and feather on land and in water.

This breed can work on grouse moors, rough shooting, or at driven shoots in the beating line or picking up. The Weimaraner dog is excellent at tracking, whether for human, game, or blood scent.

Weimaraner: Key Characteristics

The Weimaraner is an incredibly majestic dog breed; handsome, tall, and well-muscled, and it’s known for its long muzzle, large hanging ears, and shimmering silver-grey coat.

Weimaraners are both fearless and energetic. They can be strong-willed and possessive, meaning they can pose a challenge for novice owners. These dogs are also easily bored and can be prone to chew objects when they lack stimulation, so it’s important to make sure they have plenty of exercise, toys, and play time.

Owning A Weimaraner: Pros And Cons

Weimaraner Pros

  • Loyal, loving nature
  • Highly intelligent
  • A good family dog
  • Barks rarely

Weimaraner Cons

  • Can be possessive and strong-willed, which can pose a challenge during training
  • Needs a lot of exercise each day
  • Can be very boisterous - may knock small children or elderly people over
  • Easily bored - may start to chew furniture and other household items when lacking stimulation
  • May be at risk of health conditions such as hip dysplasia and distichiasis (where small eyelashes grow on the inner surface of the eye, causing irritation)

How To Exercise Your Weimaraner

The Weimaraner has a very energetic, often boisterous nature, and it can knock small children over with its boundless energy. Help your dog to burn off some of this energy with regular exercise (a minimum of two hours per day) and encourage the whole family to get into the habit of taking a step back when the dog jumps up to avoid being knocked over.

How To Train A Weimaraner

A Weimaraner dog is incredibly intelligent, but it requires a calm nature that’s both firm and consistent during training.

Weimaraners can get along with children and other pets, as long as they are socialised early - otherwise, they can be wary of strangers and may try to dominate in situations with other dogs.

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