Another of the multi-purpose Hunt, Point and Retrieve dogs from Continental Europe. The breed takes its name from the German court of Weimar, where it found much favour, and there is a Van Dyck painting of a dog of the Weimaraner type dated in the early 1600s, though the depicted dog is more hound-like in appearance.
The Weimaraner is a tall, rangy dog, somewhat larger than the other members of his group. The colour of his eyes, ranging from shades of amber into blue-grey, is very
different from that of the great majority of breeds, but tones in with the very unusual grey of his short sleek coat. Grooming, as with most smooth-coated dogs, is relatively simple. There is also a longhaired variety with hair length up to five centimetres (two inches). The powerful stride of a Weimaraner, like that of many thoroughbreds, gives those who recognise it a great deal of pleasure.
With his striking grey coloration and his light eyes, the Weimaraner has increased in popularity with the shooting fraternity and, at the same time, has found a lot of friends as a companion dog. In his early days in Britain there were occasions when his temperament was somewhat stand-offish, but this is now showing a definite improvement.
Vulnerable Native Breed
How much exercise?
More than 2 hours per day
Length of coat
How much grooming?
Once a week
Town or Country
Type of home
Minimum Garden Size
Over 10 Years
* If you are asthmatic or have an allergy, you should consult your medical advisor before considering obtaining a dog. More information can also be found on
the Kennel Club website
The Gundog Breed Group
Dogs that were originally trained to find live game and/or to retrieve game that had been shot and wounded. This group is divided into four categories - Retrievers, Spaniels, Hunt/Point/Retrieve, Pointers and Setters - although many of the breeds are capable of doing the same work as the other sub-groups. They make good companions, their temperament making them ideal all-round family dogs.