Weimaraner (The Grey Ghost)

..:: Country of Origin ::..

The Weimaraner (also known as the ‘Weimaraner Vorstehund’, ‘Weim’, ‘Silver Ghost’, or ‘Gray Ghost’) originated in Germany in the 1800’s. It was bred from Continental pointing breeds, Bloodhounds, and mastiffs in an intentional effort to produce a noble looking, all-purpose gundog which could hunt prey of all sizes. The origins of the Weimaraner’s distinctive grey color are unknown, but it has been present for centuries. The Weimaraner is named for the Grand Duke of Weimer, whose court sponsored its breeding. Ownership of the Weimaraner was carefully restricted for decades; only members of the upper class German Weimaraner Club were allowed to own the breed. For this reason, most dogs were kept indoors and pampered, leading to a strong attachment to the family which continues to this day. A pair of Weimaraners was finally released to America in 1929, and the Weimaraner quickly became a popular hunter and show dog, achieving American Kennel Club recognition in 1943. Famous Weimaraners include Dwight D. Eisenhower’s dog Heidi, and Man Ray and Fay Ray, photographer William Wegman’s pets and photography subjects.

..:: General Appearance ::..

A medium-sized gray dog, with fine aristocratic features. They should present a picture of grace, speed, stamina, alertness and balance. Above all, the dog’s conformation must indicate the ability to work with great speed and endurance in the field.

..:: Height ::..

Height at the withers: Male dogs, 25 to 27 inches; bitches, 23 to 25 inches.

The breed is not heavy for its height, and males normally weigh roughly 70-80 pounds. Females are generally between 55-70 lbs. A Weimaraner should give the appearance of a muscular, athletic dog.

..:: Coat and Color ::..

Short, smooth and sleek, solid color, in shades of mouse-gray to silver-gray, to blue gray usually blending to lighter shades on the head and ears. A small white marking on the chest is permitted, but should be penalized on any other portion of the body.

..:: Character ::..

The Weimaraner is loyal, playful, friendly, eager to work, intelligent, and energetic. It is sometimes called the ‘dog with a human brain’ because of its high problem solving abilities. Weimaraners are rambunctious and driven, particularly when young, and require a firm and patient owner. They have a very high requirement for socialization and can be fairly described as ‘emotionally needy’.

..:: Temperament ::..

Provided proper socialization has taken place as a puppy, the Weimaraner gets along fine with other dogs and household pets. The Weimaraner is friendly toward children, but due to its high energy level it is generally not recommended for homes with young children. The Weimaraner is not friendly towards strangers; it is highly territorial and will protect its family in times of danger.

..:: Activity ::..

The Weimaraner needs daily strenuous exercise such as a long jog or play in a yard; it has a seemingly endless supply of stamina. This is definitely not a breed for those who are unprepared to exercise it regularly. The Weimaraner is unsuited for apartment life, preferring life in the country where it can run free.

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