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Basics of Dog Breed : Weimaraner

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Posted on September 28 2018

A German-born dog, the Weimaraner is of medium to large size. He sports an athletic body, both slender and muscular.

Breed Information:

Other names: Weimaraner
Origin:  Germany
FCI Group: Stop dogs
FCI number: 99
Hair type: Short or Long
Shape of the head: Long

Race history

It is said that the origins of the Weimaraner go back to a pack of gray dogs that Louis IX brought back from Palestine . His arrival in Germany dates from the fifteenth century, but no source can say that he really was born in Weimar. Grand Duke Karl-August would have been the first owner of a gray-colored Braque in Saxe-Weimar in the 17th century. He used his dog to hunt wolves and wild boars or to kill foxes.

The crossbreeds of the Weimaraner with other breeds ended in 1890. He is therefore the oldest stalwart from Germany. It was not until the 20th century that the Longhaired Puff variety appeared.

Physical characteristics

A German-born dog, the Weimaraner is of medium to large size. He sports an athletic body, both slender and muscular.

His hair : it is short, thick and very thick most of the time, but some individuals have a long hair. 
Its color : always shades of gray: mouse gray, silver gray or dark gray looking like blue. 
Its head : proportional to the body, it is less wide in females. The stop is very little marked. The truffle is big and the nose, long. 
His ears : wide and long, they reach the commissure of chops. They are tied up. 
His eyes : rounded and slightly oblique, they are blue from birth to 6 months, then take on an amber color. 
His body : long and firm. 
His tail : powerful, it is worn low enough. She can be cut off.

Weight and size

Weight Cut
Female Between 25 kg and 35 kg Between 59 cm and 64 cm
Male Between 30 kg and 38 kg Between 60 cm and 70 cm

A Braque dog from Weimar is classified as a large dog .

Behavior and character

The Weimaraner is as good at hunting as for playing with children. Its inexhaustible dynamism makes it a real action dog. It adapts easily to any sporting activity even if its surprising flair predisposes it for hunting. He can find game or even people without difficulty.


The Weimaraner needs firmness from an early age . It can be stubborn or turn into a pot of glue. He attaches himself very easily to his masters and feels a bit like a full member of the family. It is a dog that must be used to the way of life of the household as soon as possible to not feel abandoned or worse, bored. A bored Weimaraner quickly becomes a scourge for his masters.


The Weimaraner is very robust and has no major health problems.   However, care must be taken that his vaccinations are up-to-date, especially if he is taking part in competitions and / or missions (search for the police or escort of blind persons for example). It is a race predisposed to stomach upset and some dysplasias, but few individuals are affected by these diseases. Simple screenings make it possible to check the state of health of the Braque. 

Maintenance & Hygiene


The Weimaraner is a born sportsman. He needs to move all the time. His coat does not need any special maintenance.


The Weimaraner only requires one brushing a week . It is necessary to clean the hair during moulting and to carry out regular deworming.

Physical activity

The Weimaraner does not support inactivity or staying locked up for a whole day. It takes more than 2 hours of walk a day to satisfy it.

Living conditions

The Weimaraner can live in an apartment as long as you have been out several times a day and at quite a long time. Walking does not really interest him, he needs to frolic to give free rein to his boundless energy . The ideal home for the Braque is a residence with courtyard and / or garden or a house in the country so that it is not frustrated by staying locked up.

Price and budget

Minimum Maximum
Buying price 1000 € 1500 €

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