Weimaraner Breeders, Breed Club and Rescue
The Weimaraner belongs to the Hunt, Point, Retrieve grouping of gundogs and his highly distinctive coat is his most eye-catching feature. It is described as being in shades of grey, but the most curious aspect is the metallic sheen.
Very easy to keep smart with a hound glove and chamois leather for polishing. The Weimaraner’s eyes too, are unusual in their colour; either blue-grey or amber. The name comes from the German court of Weimar where he was extremely popular. There is a Van Dyck painting dated in the early 1600s which shows a dog of very similar type.The Weimaraner was developed by foresters who wanted a true multi-purpose dog; he was expected to track and hold at bay large game such as wild boar and deer, and find, flush and retrieve smaller game and birds. In addition he was required to hunt and kill predators and also to be protective to his owner and his family.
He is a tall dog, up to 69cm and weighs as much as 39kg; add this to his enormous energy, intelligence and alert outlook and he makes a very demanding package. The Weimaraner is certainly not a dog for the novice owner (which is not to say that some people who have the right qualities could not form a very successful partnership with him), and a fair description of the Weimaraner is that he is a restless dog. He is easily bored and relieves this by excessive barking and/or destructiveness; do not expect him to lie around the house all day, just happy to be close to you. All those qualities that he was bred for do not disappear just because they are inconvenient in a house pet. He has, however, become less protective which makes him a little easier as a housedog.
He was not recognised as a separate breed in mainland Europe until 1896, and was first seen the the UK in 1952 when he was brought back from Germany by serving army officers who valued his working abilities. The Weimaraner’s undoubted elegance and beauty has earned him many admirers; however, he is a challenging breed and considerable thought should be given to whether or not you are the right owner for him.
Deifstock Weimaraners and Hungarian Wire Haired Vizsla Weimaraners and Vizslas for the showbench and working. Contact Shirley Cooper for more details by phone 01366 380220 or email. The Deifstock Gundog kennels is located in Norfolk
Katelands Weimaraners and German Shorthaired Pointers Dual purpose Weimaraners and GSP’s, GSP at stud to approved bitches. Contact Sue Adams on 01827 260625. The Katelands kennel is based in Tamworth, Staffordshire.
Rescue and Rehoming
If you need to re-home your dog contact your breeder first; if they are unable to help contact the Weimaraner Club or the Rescue organisation.