Weimaraner Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Weimaraner so you can get to know the breed more.

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OriginGermany flagGermany
Other Names
What other names does the Weimaraner have?
Grey GhostWeimWeimaraner Vorstehhund
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred

Weimaraner Price and Availability

Price
How much does the Weimaraner puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it?
$1500-$2000
If you choose to purchase the Weimaraner, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Weimaraner for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Weimaraner gets to a happy place.
Availability
How easy is it to get a Weimaraner?
Very frequent: The Weimaraner is quite easy to get. There is a risk of overbreeding, as it is an extremely popular breed.

Inbreeding is common because of its popularity. A new study suggests that inbreeding contributes to the incidence of disease and health problems.

So be careful, buy from a trustworthy place or kennel and seek the help of an experienced person, a professional, to make the right decision.

Weimaraner Size

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog?
Large
Weight
How much does the Weimaraner weigh? Weimaraner weight:
Male: 55-70 pounds (25-32 kg), Female: 50-65 pounds (23-29 kg)
Average Weight
What is the average weight of the Weimaraner? Weimaraner average weight:
Male: 62.5 pounds (28.5 kg), Female: 57.5 pounds (26 kg)
Height
How tall is the Weimaraner? Weimaraner height:
Male: 24-24 inches (61-69 cm), Female: 22-25 inches (56-63 cm)
Average Height
What is the average height of this fido? Weimaraner average height:
Male: 24 inches (65 cm), Female: 23.5 inches (59.5 cm)

Weimaraner Grooming, Hair and Care

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the Weimaraner have? What does this canine coat/fur look like?
Fine
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Weimaraner's coat?
Blue SilverGray
Grooming
How to groom the Weimaraner and how often?
Effortless: The Weimaraner requires minimal grooming. Seasonal flea treatment is needed, but cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't necessary.

Ears and eyes should be cleaned sometimes to avoid infections. Weimaraner is one of the best choices if you don't have the time, skill, or money to take care of a high-maintenance dog.

Highly recommended for beginners.
Shedding Level
How much do Weimaraner dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Grey Ghost?
Weimaraners shed moderately. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. Regular brushing reduces the amount of hair that sheds. It mostly depends on their health status and breed type.
Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
How often does the Weimaraner need a bath? How often should bathe this dog? Can I bathe my Weimaraner every day?
3-4 weeks
More often than average. These dog coats tend to be longer, softer, and oilier than short-haired breeds. While a good bath every now and then is a great way to keep your buddy from becoming overly smelly, be mindful about overbathing. Bathing will wash away your dog’s natural oils, while a simple brushing every few days should keep them clean.

Weimaraner Personality / Temperament

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Weimaraner have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
AlertEnergeticIntelligentSteadySocialAloofFastPowerfulStubborn
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Weimaraner? Are they intelligent?
Very smart: Weimaraner is an excellent dog breed. You can teach them many tricks and commands. The limit is your creativity. They understand and memorize new commands in 5-15 repetitions. This breed obeys the first command 85% of the time or better.
Trainability
Are Weimaraner dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Weimaraners are easy to train. They find out the association between commands and actions quite quickly.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
The Weimaraner is a highly playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Weimaraner sensitivity:
Sensitive: Weimaraners don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household, and frequent guest visits. This breed's emotional level reflects their owner's feelings and they don't handle punishments well.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they? Are they affectionate?
High: Weimaraners are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers. They enjoy quality time with their owners despite the activity and are considered great therapy dog for those in need. This breed responds strongly to their handler's emotions because they bond closely. Their happiness is your happiness.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Grey Ghost need? Weimaraner social needs:
Weimaraners need a lot of social interaction. They desire to always be with someone or around people. This breed hates being left alone.
Barking
Do Weimaraner dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my Grey Ghost bark?
Average to High: The Weimaraner is a vocal breed. Not the best choice if you prefer a quiet breed. They often bark loudly and howl sometimes. They can change their barks depending on their emotional level and what they're trying to say. Different barks could mean the same and the same barks could have a different meanings. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention-seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is Weimaraner good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
Weimaraners are average watchdogs. If they sense something different, they will alert you, but the observation isn't considered their main job.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do Weimaraner dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
Weimaraners are average defenders. Some dogs are very protective of their territory, while others easily let a stranger to trespass. This breed is not sure to defend its territory in every situation.
Biting Potential
Do Weimaraner bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Grey Ghost? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Weimaraner? Why do dog bites happen?

Low 🔽

The Weimaraner has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Bite Force
Does the Weimaraner has a hard bite?

Between 200 and 400 PSI

Weimaraner bite force: Ordinary. Average dogs have a bite force between 200 and 400 PSI. The Weimaraner, and many others, have a fearsome presence because they have significant jaw strength, so it is important not to anger the dog and have it around strangers until it is fully trained. However, they are usually quite calm and good companions, they work well in families and are easy to care for.
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Weimaraner do?
Weimaraners have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Weimaraners need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Weimaraner to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Weimaraner roam?
Weimaraners have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world. Safer to walk them on a leash unless you teach them how to get back to you on command. This breed is also able to cause damage to your fence.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Weimaraner have high prey drive?
Weimaraners have a high impulse to chase and catch something. Cats or any other small animals are in danger. It's a natural instinct, doesn't necessarily mean that Weimaraner dogs are aggressive. Better to keep this breed on a leash.
Apartment Friendly
Is Weimaraner good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Not an apartment-friendly dog the Weimaraner breed. If you don't have a garden, think carefully about your decision, keeping Weimaraner indoors can cause a lot of problems.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Weimaraners adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home alone?
Weimaraners tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.

Weimaraner Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Weimaraner temperament with other people:
Weimaraners are stranger-friendly dogs.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Weimaraner dogs get along with other pets? Are Weimaraner dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Weimaraners are usually friendly towards other pets.
Child Friendly
Are Weimaraner dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Weimaraner temperament with children:
Weimaraners are not the most kid-friendly dogs. If you have children, you may have to reconsider your choice of having a puppy from this breed.
Cat Friendly
How well do Weimaraner dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats? Can they be good with cats?
Weimaraners are cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Is Weimaraner good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Weimaraner dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Weimaraners are dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the Weimaraner can be a great choice.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Weimaraner breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
Yes
Weimaraners are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Office Friendly
Are Weimaraners good office dogs? Do Weimaraners make good office friendly dogs? Can Weimaraners be office dogs?
No
Weimaraner is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Weimaraner dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Grey Ghost temperament with senior people? Are Weimaraner dogs good for elderly owners?
Weimaraners are not the best breed for elderly people.

Weimaraner Health

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do Weimaraner dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
Weimaraners tend to have a lot and frequent health issues. Regular vet check-ups are essential with this breed.
Health Problems
What genetic/health problems does the Weimaraner breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Weimaraner breed? Most common health risks of Weimaraner:
BloatDistichiasisDrug SensitivityEctropionEntropionHip DysplasiaHypothyroidismProgressive retinal atrophy (PRA)Von Willebrand's Disease
Veterinarian Visits
How often does the Weimaraner breed need to go to the vet? How often should you take your dog to the vet? How often should the Weimaraner see the vet?
Frequent
The Weimaraner should have a complete physical check-up at least once (but preferably twice) per year. If your dog shows any symptoms, call your veterinarian.
Life Expectancy
How long do Weimaraner dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Weimaraner be? What is the age limit of the Weimaraner? How many years can the oldest Weimaraner live?
10-12 years
The average lifespan of Weimaraner: 11 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Weimaraner breed hypoallergenic?
No
Weimaraners don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Weimaraner have? What is the activity level of the Weimaraner?
Weimaraners are high-energy dogs. An active lifestyle makes them happy.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
How much activity does this dog need? How much exercise do Weimaraner dogs require per day?
Weimaraners need a lot of exercises. Long walks should be on a daily schedule. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Weimaraners don't need too much sleep. They are energetic and desire to live an active life. If you think naps are overrated, this breed can be the best choice for you.
Average daily food consumption
How much food does the Weimaraner need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
2.5 to 3 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Weimaraner risk for obesity:
Low to Average: The Weimaraner has a low to the average risk for obesity. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight change, consult your veterinarian to make a meal plan, and measure the Weimaraner's weight regularly.
Weather and Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot or cold weather and climate?
Tolerates warm and cold weather
Dogs that tolerate hot and cold weather are typically those that have a double coat of fur. Dogs with a double coat of fur have a layer of fur that insulates their skin and helps protect them from the cold and the heat.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?

Medium

The Weimaraner has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling Tendency
Does the Weimaraner drool?
The Weimaraner drools quite a lot, so if you dislike being covered by slobber spots on your clothes, you may want to choose another dog breed. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool more than others, just like the Weimaraner. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Weimaraner As a Working Dog

Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Weimaraner be a guide dog? Are they used as seeing-eye dogs?

Not really

This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). Weimaraner is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Weimaraner be a therapy dog? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a Weimaraner be an emotional support animal?

Not really

This breed generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with anxiety disorders or autism. Weimaraner is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Weimaraner be a sniffer dog?

Not really

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases. A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones. Weimaraner is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Weimaraner be a search and rescue dog?

Yes

This breed would make an excellent search and rescue dog. The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people. The Weimaraner breed is a good choice for SAR purposes.
Boat and Sailor Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Weimaraner be a boat dog?

Not really

Weimaraner breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.

Boat dogs were typically bred for their strength, stamina, and water resistance, as they were often required to perform tasks such as pulling in fishing nets, and jumping into the water to retrieve ropes or lines, or helping to move cargo.

Sailor dog is a type of dog that was bred to accompany sailors on their voyages. They were typically used for three purposes: as a working dog, a watchdog, and as a companion. A boat dog is a term used to describe a type of dog that was traditionally bred and used as a working dog on boats.

Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Weimaraner be a drafting dog?

Not really

A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination. Weimaraner is not the best breed for drafting purposes.
Fighting Dog / Military Dog
Where Weimaraner dogs used as fighting / military dogs in history?

Not really

In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Weimaraner Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long does this dog pregnant? How long does it take to have puppies?

60-64 days

Reproductive cycle of the female Weimaraner: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the female is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the female’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
Litter Frequency

Once a year.

More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Weimaraner have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
6-8 puppies

Weimaraner Recognition

AKC Group
Is Weimaraner recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1943 as a Sporting breed.
FCI Group
Is Weimaraner recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Recognized by FCI in the Pointing Dogs group, in the Continental Pointing Dogs section.
Breed Recognition
What kennel clubs and organizations recognize or register the Weimaraner breed?
American Canine RegistryAmerican Kennel ClubAmerica's Pet RegistryCanadian Kennel ClubDog Registry of America Inc.Federation Cynologique InternationaleKennel Club of Great BritainNorth American Purebred Registry, Inc.American Canine Association, Inc.Australian National Kennel CouncilContinental Kennel ClubNational Kennel ClubNew Zealand Kennel Club

Weimaraner Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Intelligent Rank: Very smart: Weimaraner is an excellent dog breed.
  • Trainability: Weimaraners are easy to train.
  • Grooming: Effortless: The Weimaraner requires minimal grooming.
  • Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity: Low to Average: The Weimaraner has a low to the average risk for obesity.
  • Adaptability: Weimaraners adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
  • Cat Friendly: Weimaraners are cat-friendly dogs.
  • Dog Friendly: Weimaraners are dog-friendly dogs.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Weimaraners are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
  • Search and Rescue Dog (SAR): This breed would make an excellent search and rescue dog.
Cons
  • Health Issues: Weimaraners tend to have a lot and frequent health issues.
  • Hypoallergenic: Weimaraners don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Apartment Friendly: Not an apartment-friendly dog the Weimaraner breed.
  • Drooling Tendency: The Weimaraner drools quite a lot, so if you dislike being covered by slobber spots on your clothes, you may want to choose another dog breed.
  • Mouthiness: Weimaraners have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: Weimaraners have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: Weimaraners tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
  • Child Friendly: Weimaraners are not the most kid-friendly dogs.
  • Office Friendly: Weimaraner is not the best dog breed for office environment.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Weimaraners are not the best breed for elderly people.

Weimaraner History

The Weimaraner is originated in Germany, and it dates back to the early 1800s. The breed is thought to be descended from the Chien-Gris, or Grey Saint Louis Hound, which are now extinct. This breed dates back to the 13th century, and it was used for hunting purposes during the reign of King Louis IX of France. According to other experts, the Weimaraner’s ancestor was the Saint Hubert Hound, or Bloodhound. Due to the lack of early documentation, we cannot be sure, about the breed’s true origins.

The modern Weimaraner was created and developed into being a distinct breed in the late 1800s. The key figure behind the breed’s early development was Germany’s Grand Duke Karl August, who held court in the town of Weimar. At this time, breeders used a mixture of the German Shorthaired Pointers, English Pointers, the blue Great Dane, and the Bloodhound, the silver-grey Huehnerhund, or chicken dog in order to create the Weimaraner. Initially, the breed was created for hunting purposes, mostly for larger games including bears, wolves, and deer. As the decades passed, the German forests began to shrink, disappear alongside the larger game the Weimaraner used to hunt. The breeders and hunters thus turned to the smaller games like rabbits, foxes, and birds.

The breed was specifically developed for the nobility and the higher classes of society, who were after a distinctive, and royal-looking hunting companion. Because of their nice appearance, most of the breed’s specimens were kept in the houses along with their families, not in kennels like the other hunting dogs used to, this resulted in the breed being a very affectionate and family-centric kind of dog. In 1897, the nobility of the German hunting community founded an exclusive club in order to maintain the breed’s standard and to control their population and development. Anyone who wanted to buy a Weimaraner also needed to join the club, train, and breed their dog according to the strict rules set by the kennel. An American Sportsman in 1929 named Howard Knight wanted to import the breed to the United States, but in order to prevent the breeding outside of Germany, the club sent him two sterilized specimens. Finally, in 1938 he managed to get a male and two female Weimaraners in the USA. As the American hunting community got increasingly interested in the breed, the Weimaraner Club of American was formed in 1942. During the Second World War, breeding in Germany was limited and difficult so the base of breeding was placed in the USA.

After the end of WWII, many American soldiers brought Weimaraner puppies with them, and the breed’s numbers and popularity increased significantly. Grace Kelly, movie star and President Dwight D. Eisenhower owned a specimen of the breed, which he even brought to the White House with him. The famous photographer, William Wegman played an important role in the breed’s popularization, thanks to his series of compositions involving his own Weimaraners, dressed in funny costumes, in hats and wigs. The Weimaraner got to the 12th most popular breed registered by the AKC by the middle of the 20th century. Unfortunately, this popularity led to irresponsible breeding, which resulted in health and temperament problems, notwithstanding the fact that the breed standard also got out of control. By the late 1960s, the breed’s numbers drastically fell, and it kept on declining until the 1980s. Fortunately, dedicated breeders managed to revitalize and re-establish the breed, so much that today it ranks 30th on the AKC’s list.

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Weimaraner Comments, Reviews and Questions

  • Clara

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  • Nia

    Feb 8, 2022, 10:03:50 AM:

    I have all the purebred dog breeds but a WEIMARANER breeder told my mother that they are very friendly with kids that was the most stupidest advice I ever received then the dog bit me

  • HL

    Feb 2, 2020, 8:03:27 PM: