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Meet the breed: Weimaraner

Choosing to add a furry friend to your growing household is a long-term commitment, and picking a breed that fits your lifestyle is the key to a happy home. With over 160 American Kennel Club-recognized breeds, that decision can seem overwhelming. We’re here to help you meet the breed that’s right for you. If you’re looking for an athletic and playful pup that is good with children, find out everything you need to know about the Weimaraner.

  • Friendly
  • Fast
  • Intelligent
  • Strong
  • Great for families


A descendant from the Bloodhound, the Weimaraner is most known for its role on Sesame Street where it was often dressed in people’s clothes during short skits. Bred in Germany to hunt large game, this breed is now an excellent bird pointer and retriever. Imported to the states in the 1920s, Weimaraners are wonderful with children and make excellent family pets.

Breed standards

  • AKC group: Sporting group
  • UKC group: Gun Dog group
  • Average lifespan: 10 – 12 years
  • Average size: 50 – 70 pounds
  • Coat appearance: Short and smooth
  • Coloration: Various shades of gray, silver
  • Hypoallergenic: No
  • Other identifiers: Athletic build; blue, gray or amber eyes; folded straight ears; gray-colored nose; long legs with small, webbed paws
  • Possible alterations: May have a pink-colored nose.

Is this breed right for you?

Characteristically happy and affectionate, the Weimaraner will do best in a home in which it has a large yard to play and is given a sufficient amount of exercise. If not given enough activity, it will become disorderly and misbehave. Due to inactivity while in the home, it does OK with apartment life but is a loud barker. In need of training, this breed needs a happy and calm owner who is never harsh or abrasive. Known for becoming overexcited, it is best that it learns commandments for when this type of behavior is appropriate. The Weimaraner is awesome with children but does not do well with other small animals.

breed characteristics

A dream day-in-the-life

This happy-go-lucky breed will love to wake up surrounded by its loved ones. Going outside for a romp in the yard, the Weimaraner will happily hang out indoors with the family for the remainder of the day. Keeping its guard up as the good watchdog that it is, it’ll be excited as ever when you two go for your daily run at sunset.

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