Pronounced "why-mar-ah-ner" (or, if you're in Germany, "vy-mar-ah-ner"),
and sometimes referred to as a "Weim," the Weimaraner dates back
to the early 19th century in Germany. Obedience trials stirred the first
interest in the Weimaraner in the United States, even before the breed was
recognized by the AKC in 1943.
The Weimaraner has seen more actual competition of various types in the
United States than it did in all its decades in Germany. It's a popular
all-around upland hunting dog, handsome pet, and a fascinating breed. Weims
need lots of exercise; they do not make great city apartment dwellers
unless their exercise needs can be adhered to.
Weimaraners are very dominant dogs and should be put through obedience
training. You must be able to control your Weimaraner or he will control you.
Those same instincts, though, make Weimaraners a great family dog; they
love children and are good guardians and watch dogs.
A medium-sized gray dog, with fine aristocratic features. He 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 at the withers: dogs, 25 to 27 inches; bitches, 23 to 25 inches.
One inch over or under the specified height of each sex is allowable but
should be penalized. Dogs measuring less than 24 inches or more than 28
inches and bitches measuring less than 22 inches or more than 26 inches
shall be disqualified.
Moderately long and aristocratic, with moderate stop and slight median
line extending back over the forehead. Rather prominent occipital bone
and trumpets well set back, beginning at the back of the eye sockets.
Measurement from tip of nose to stop equals that from stop to occipital bone.
The flews should be straight, delicate at the nostrils. Skin drawn tightly.
Neck clean-cut and moderately long. Expression kind, keen and intelligent.
Ears - Long and lobular, slightly folded and set high.
The ear when drawn snugly alongside the jaw should end approximately 2
inches from the point of the nose. Eyes--In shades of light amber, gray
or blue-gray, set well enough apart to indicate good disposition and
intelligence. When dilated under excitement the eyes may appear almost
Teeth - Well set, strong and even; well-developed and proportionate
to jaw with correct scissors bite, the upper teeth protruding slightly over
the lower teeth but not more than 1/16 of an inch. Complete dentition is
greatly to be desired.
Nose - Gray.
Lips and Gums - Pinkish flesh shades.
The back should be moderate in length, set in a straight line,
strong, and should slope slightly from the withers. The chest should be
well developed and deep with shoulders well laid back. Ribs well sprung
and long. Abdomen firmly held; moderately tucked-up flank. The brisket
should extend to the elbow.
Coat and Color
Short, smooth and sleek, solid color, in shades of mouse-gray to
silver-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. White spots resulting from injury
should not be penalized. A distinctly long coat is a disqualification.
A distinctly blue or black coat is a disqualification.
Straight and strong, with the measurement from the elbow to the ground
approximately equaling the distance from the elbow to the top of the withers.
Well-angulated stifles and straight hocks. Musculation well developed.
Firm and compact, webbed, toes well arched, pads closed and thick,
nails short and gray or amber in color. Dewclaws should be removed.
Docked. At maturity it should measure approximately 6 inches with
a tendency to be light rather than heavy and should be carried in a
manner expressing confidence and sound temperament. A non-docked tail
shall be penalized.
The gait should be effortless and should indicate smooth coordination.
When seen from the rear, the hind feet should be parallel to the
front feet. When viewed from the side, the topline should remain
strong and level.
The temperament should be friendly, fearless, alert and obedient.
Minor Faults - Tail too short or too long. Pink nose.
Major Faults - Doggy bitches. Bitchy dogs. Improper muscular
condition. Badly affected teeth. More than four teeth missing. Back
too long or too short. Faulty coat. Neck too short, thick or throaty.
Low-set tail. Elbows in or out. Feet east and west. Poor gait.
Poor feet. Cowhocks. Faulty backs, either roached or sway. Badly overshot,
or undershot bite. Snipy muzzle. Short ears.
Very Serious Faults - White, other than a spot on the chest.
Eyes other than gray, blue-gray or light amber. Black mottled mouth.
Non-docked tail. Dogs exhibiting strong fear, shyness or extreme
Disqualifications - Deviation in height of more than one inch
from standard either way. A distinctly long coat. A distinctly blue or black coat.
This standard was approved December 14, 1971 .
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