(AKC Sporting Group)
Weight: 70 to 85 pounds (male); 55 to 70 (female).
Availability: May take some effort to find.
UTILIZATION : Versatile hunting dog, pointing dog.
regarding the origin of the Weimaraner Pointing Dog. Only so much
is certain : That the Weimaraner, which at that time still contained a
great deal of liam hound blood (Â« Leithund Â») was already kept at the
Weimar court in the first third of the 19th century.
In the middle of the century, before pure breeding was started,
breeding was mainly in the hands of professional hunters and game
keepers in central Germany, mostly in the regions round Weimar and
in Thuringia. As the days of the liam hounds passed, the dogs were
crossed with the Â« HÃ¼hnerhund Â» and breeding was continued with
this cross. From about 1890 on, the breed was produced according to
a plan and regarded as suitable for registration in a stud book. Apart
from the short-haired Weimaraner, a long-haired variety occurred, if
only singly, since the turn of the century. Since being admitted to the
stud book, the Weimaraner has been pure bred, remaining mostly free
from crosses with any other breeds, in particular, Pointers. Therefore
the Weimaraner is likely to be the oldest German Â« pointing Â» breed,
which has been pure bred for about a hundred years.
Functional working type, pleasing in shape, sinewy and very
muscular. Difference in type between dogs and bitches easily
IMPORTANT PROPORTIONS :
â€¢ Length of body to height at withers approximately 12 : 11.
â€¢ Proportions of the head : From tip of nose to stop slightly longer
than from stop to occiput.
â€¢ Forequarters : Distance from elbow to mid-pastern and distance
from elbow to point of withers about equal.
and passionate hunting dog. Persevering in systematic search, yet not
too lively. Remarkable ability to pick up scent. Ready to seize game
and other prey; he is a good watchdog, without aggressiveness
however. Reliable pointing dog and worker in water. Remarkable
inclination to work after the shot.
CRANIAL REGION :
Skull : In balance with size of body and facial region. Broader in dogs
than bitches, yet in both, the relationship between width of cranial
region to total length of head must be in good proportion. Median
groove on forehead. Slightly to moderately protruding occipital bone.
Zygomatic arches easily traceable behind the eyes.
Stop : Extremely slight.
FACIAL REGION :
Nose : Nose leather large, protruding over the underjaw. Dark flesh
colour, merging gradually into gray towards the rear.
Muzzle : Long and, specially in the male, powerful, appearing almost
angular. Region of canines and carnassial teeth equally strong.
Bridge of nose straight, often slightly arched, never with a concave
Flews : Moderately deep, flesh coloured, as are the gums. Slight
Jaws/Teeth : Jaws strong; teeth complete, regular and strong. Top and
bottom incisors closely touching (scissor bite).
Cheeks : Muscular, clearly defined. Definitely Â« clean Â» head.
Eyes : Amber colour, dark to pale, with intelligent expression. Skyblue
in puppies. Round, set barely slanting. Lids well fitting.
Leathers : Lobular, broad and fairly long, just reaching to corner of
mouth. Set on high and narrow, forming a rounded off point at tip. In
alterness, turned slightly forward, folded.
NECK : Noble appearance and carriage. Upper line arched in profile.
Muscular, nearly round, not too short, clean. Becoming stronger
towards the shoulders and merging harmoniously into the topline and
Topline : From the arched neckline, over the well defined withers the
topline merges gradually into the relatively long, firm back.
Withers : Well defined.
Back : Firm and muscular, without a dip. Not running up towards the
rear. A slightly longer back, a breed characteristic, is not a fault.
Croup : Pelvis long and moderately sloped.
Chest : Strong but not unduly broad, with sufficient depth to reach
almost to elbows and of sufficient length. Well sprung without being
barrel-shaped and with long ribs. Forechest well developed.
Underline and Belly : Rising slightly, but belly not tucked up.
TAIL : Set on slightly lower than with other similar breeds. Tail
strong and well coated. Carried hanging down in repose. When alert
or working, carried level or higher.
General : High on leg, sinewy, straight and parallel, but not standing
Shoulders : Long and sloping. Well fitting, strongly muscled. Well
angulated shoulder joint.
Upper arm : Sloping, sufficiently long and strong.
Elbows : Free and lying parallel to median plane of body. Turned
neither in nor out.
Forearm : Long, straight and vertical.
Pastern joint : Strong and taut.
Pastern : Sinewy, slightly sloping.
Front feet : Firm and strong. Standing straight in relation to median
plane of body. Toes arched. Longer middle toes are a breed
characteristic and therefore not a fault. Nails light to dark gray. Pads
well pigmented, coarse.
General : High on leg, sinewy i.e. well muscled. Standing parallel,
turning neither in nor out.
Upper thigh : Sufficiently long, strong and well muscled.
Stifle : Strong and taut.
Lower thigh : Long with clearly visible tendons.
Hock joint : Strong and taut.
Hock : Sinewy, almost vertical in position.
Hind feet : Tight and firm, without dewclaws, otherwise like front
GAIT / MOVEMENT : Movement in all gaits is ground covering
and smooth. Hind and front legs set parallel to each other. Gallop
long and flat. Back remains level when trotting. Pacing is
SKIN : Strong. Well but not too tight fitting.
â€¢ Short-haired : Short (but longer and thicker than with most
comparable breeds), strong, very dense, smooth lying topcoat.
Without or with only very sparse undercoat.
â€¢ Long-haired : Soft, long topcoat with or without undercoat.
Smooth or slightly wavy. Long flowing hair at ear set on. Velvety
hair is permissible on tips of leathers. Length of coat on flanks 3 -
5 cm. On lower side of neck, forechest and belly, generally
Good feathering and breeching, yet less long towards ground. Tail
with good flag. Hair between toes. Hair on head less long. A type
of coat similar to a double-coat (Stockhaar) with medium length,
dense, close fitting topcoat, thick undercoat and moderately
developed feathering and breeching, sometimes occurs in dogs of
COLOR : Silver, roe or mouse grey, as well as shades of these
colours. Head and leathers generally slightly paler. Only small white
markings on chest and toes permitted. Sometimes a more or less
defined trace occurs along the back. Dog with definite reddish-yellow
marking (Â« Brand Â») may only be given the classification Â« good Â».
Brown marking is a serious fault.
SIZE AND WEIGHT :
Height at the withers :
Dogs : 59 – 70 cm (ideal measurement 62 – 67 cm).
Bitches : 57 – 65 cm (ideal measurement 59 – 63 cm).
Weight : Dogs : about 30 – 40 kg.
Bitches : about 25 – 35 kg.