Dog breeds: Shorthaired Weimaraner

Dog breeds: Shorthaired Weimaraner

Origin, classification and history

Origin: Germany.
F.C.I classification: Group 7 - standing dogs.

The Weimaraner breed (Braque de Weimar) takes its name from the German city of Weimar, although it is certainly not proven that it derives from there. He is definitely a German dog. Among his ancestors there is certainly the "Chien de Saint-Ubert" or "Bloodhound", perhaps directly or perhaps through the "Gray Dog of San Luigi", now extinct, which descended from this. It would have arrived in Germany via the Rhine around the 15th century. There is another very interesting theory that would define it as an autochthonous breed. According to some authors, in fact, this dog derives from the crossing of the ancestors of the "German short-haired Pointing Dog" or "Kurzhaar" with other hunting breeds. Breed very common in the U.S.A. in Italy instead it has never known a great popularity and it is not very easy to find a puppy.

General appearance and character
General appearance: medium-large sized dog. Typically braccoid. It has an elongated body and well-developed musculature. His gray coat, combined with the lightness of his movement, earned him the nickname "gray ghost" in the United States. The breed is divided into two varieties: the "short-haired" and the "long-haired" ones.
Character: very docile but proud dog. Easily trainable. Very fond of the master. Breed also suitable for children. It is a set dog, but in some countries, for example in Brazil, it is used as a defense dog and a police dog. It is also used in civil protection and in the search for missing persons, a task that it does very well thanks to its excellent sense of smell. His excellent character makes him particularly eclectic. Stubborn and persistent in hunting. Very methodical in research. Very robust and rustic dog, which has no particular problems. It can be kept both in the garden and at home. It needs a lot of bike.

Short-Haired Weimaraner (website photo)

Short-Haired Weimaraner (website photo)


- males between 59 and 70 cm
- females between 57 and 65 cm.
Weight: varies from 32 to 39 kg.

Trunk: its trunk is elongated and slender. Hips slightly retracted.
Head and muzzle: dry head and noble profile, with moderate stop.
Truffle: large and dark.
Teeth: the teeth are very strong and well developed. Correct scissor closure.
Neck: slender and slightly arched.
Ears: they are wide, relatively long, with a rounded tip, high and narrow attachment; they are turned slightly forward when the dog is alert.
Eyes: they are amber in color, with an intelligent expression. In puppies they have a sky blue color.
Arts: they are straight and strong.
Shoulder: well inclined and muscular.
Musculature: excellent development.
Tail: usually cut.
Hair: depending on the variety, short and fine, or long (much more widespread the first).
Allowed colors: silver gray, roe deer gray, mouse gray and intermediate shades between these colors.
Most common defects: prognathism, enognatism, lack of premolars, incorrect gait, obesity, insufficient musculature, defective rear end, insufficient or excessive angles, monorchidism, cryptorchidism, too light eye, small or badly worn ears, depigmented truffle, marked stop, colors not allowed by the standard, non-standard measures, non-straight limbs, incorrect appiombi, shy or fearful character.

Short-haired Weimaraner puppy (photo

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