Weimaraner

Sporting Group

Weimaraner dog lying down in front of white background

Height at Shoulders

Females 23-25 in, Males 25-27 in

Weight

Females 55-75 lbs, Males 70-90 lbs

Life Expectancy

10-13 yrs

History

The Weimaraner originated in the German town of Weimar during the 1800's. The Grand Duke Karl August was responsible for the breed's development, crossing bloodhounds with various other hunting dogs to create his ideal sporting companion. The Weimaraner started as a big game hunter, chasing down wolves, bears, and mountain lions. As the populations of many of these species started to suffer, the Weimaraner found work as a bird dog. The breed was fairly restricted to German nobles until the early 1900's as they made their way to other countries. You might have first seen this breed in the photography of William Wegman whose work involved posing the dogs like people.

Breed Characteristics

While not all Weimaraners will display the exact characteristics typical of the breed, most share a personality and temperament can be generalized by the characteristic rankings below. 

Intelligence

Affection Towards Family

Friendliness Towards Strangers

Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

Exercise Needs

★★★★★

★★★★★

★★★☆☆

★★★☆☆

★★★★★

Energy Level

Sensitivity

Noise Level

Prey Drive

Shedding

☆☆

★☆

Intelligence

★★★★★


Affection Towards Family

★★★★★


Friendliness Towards Strangers

★★★☆☆


Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

★★★☆☆


Exercise Needs

★★★★★


Energy Level


Sensitivity


Noise Level

☆☆


Prey Drive

★★


Shedding

★☆

Common Traits

  Friendly, alert, and fearless

Thrive on affection and known to be "velcro dogs", following you around the house constantly

Independent and very intelligent- they're known to push boundaries if training is inconsistent

Strong prey drive and will chase any small animal (including cats), joggers, and bikes

Can become destructive or develop separation anxiety if left alone for long or not given enough exercise or mental stimulation