Origin & Purpose
The Weimaraner is known to be of a very old breed type with early evidence dating back to the 13th century art and literature. The breed was standardized to its modern form at the court of the Grand Duke of Weimar in Germany from where it got its name. The 1800’s saw the Weimaraner developed into one of the prized continental hunting breeds that excelled in various types of game and hunting traits including tracking, searching, pointing, retrieving and indicating the location of downed large game. Unique to the Weimaraner was the retention of its need for kind handling and human companionship
As big game grew scarce due to encroaching civilization and with the introduction of guns to bird hunting, emphasis was placed on breeding in more pointing instincts.
Germany recognized the Weimaraner as a breed in 1896 and in the first part of the 20th century, despite opposition from the German breed club, a few individuals came to North America and eventually the breed was recognized in Canada.
The Weimaraner is now used on small furred and feathered game in its country of origin and almost exclusively on birds throughout North America. Today’s Weimaraner has retained its stamina, its hunting versatility, and its need for human bonding.
Height at withers
Dogs: 25-27 inches (64-69 cm)
Bitches: 23-25 inches (58-64cm)
Deviation of 1 in. (2.5 cm.) over and under this height is allowed, but should be penalized.
Coat and Colour
The Coat comes in two (2) varieties:
Short-hair variety: Short, smooth and sleek coat
Long-hair variety: Top coat is flat and smooth or slightly wavy. Length on flanks 1 – 2 in. (3 – 5 cm), slightly longer under neck and on forechest, belly, ears and tail. Moderate feathering on legs, chest and underside.
In shades of mouse-grey to silver-grey, usually blending to a lighter shade on the head and ears. Small white mark allowable on the chest, but not on any other part of the body. White spots that have resulted from injuries shall not be penalized.
Neck clean-cut and moderately long.
The walk is rather awkward. The trot should be effort-less, groundcovering, and should indicate smooth co-ordination. When seen from the rear, the hind feet should parallel the front feet.
Serious: Poor gait. Very poor feet. Cowhocks. Faulty back, either roach or sway. Badly overshot or undershot jaw. Snipey muzzle. Short ears. Yellow in white marking. A long-hair with excessive coat or a coat that is curly, wooly, silky or fluffy. Any grooming of the long-hair coat with the exception of neatening of ears and feet.
A distinctly blue or black coat.