The exact origin of the Weimaraner, originally known as the Weimar Pointer, is not known. Paintings depict the gray hunting dog as early as the 1600’s and some believe that the Weimaraner is the descendent of ancient French hunting dogs. Others believe they are the creation of the Grand Duke Carl August of Weimar, Germany.
We do know that they were admired for the remarkable character and versatile hunting skills. The most vital characteristics of the Weimaraner for the Nobles of Germany, who were passionate sportsman, were their tracking ability, speed, courage and endurance.
The Nobles of Germany kept the Weimaraner breed very guarded. They formed the German Weimaraner Club and insisted only members were allowed to breed and own the dogs. They strictly controlled the number of available dogs and thereby made them an elusive dog to the general public. This behavior of the German Weimaraner Club contributed to the mystique of the Gray Ghost.
Weimaraners are active, fast, strong and have lots of energy. Bred to work in the fields all day, their energy level is high and consistent. They are highly driven and forceful whether playing or working.
They are not recommended for families that have small children or elderly individuals. They would not deliberately hurt anyone, but their exuberance could result in accidents.
Place of Origin
Date of Origin
19th Century (1800’s)
Continental hunting dog—hunting and retrieving large game, small game and feathered game on land and in water in the forests of central Germany.
bear, boar, deer & fox.
rabbit, upland birds & water fowl.
Males 25-27 inches; Females 23-25 inches
Males 65-85 lbs; Females 55-70 lbs
Varying shades of medium gray
Short and fine (also a rare long-haired variety)