A sleek, uniformly grey coat colour and fine, aristocratic features are the main hallmarks of this medium-sized hunting dog. It has a strong muzzle and only a moderate stop. The Weimaraner, originally known as the Weimar Pointer, comes from a long tradition of German hunting dogs, many of which have found favour in other countries all over the world. This indefatigable breed has long, muscular limbs, a good sense of smell, and an obedient and friendly nature - all the attributes of a good, allround hunting dog. It is one of only seven breeds of hunt, point, and retrieve dogs. Long- and short-haired forms of the Weimaraner are found, although the longhaired form is not officially recognized in the USA.
The coat colour is slightly lighter on the head and on the ears.
History of Weimaraner
There is no confirmed history of the development of this dog. One theory suggests that the Weimaraner is the result of an albino mutation that appeared in some of the ancient German pointers. It may have descended from the German Braken, or from crossings between a regular pointer and an unnamed yellow pointer, overseen by Grand Duke Karl August of Weimar.
The exact origins of this dog are unknown. However, it can be positively dated to the 1600s when it appeared in an early painting by the Flemish artist Van Dyck.
Other Names of Weimaraner: Weimaraner Vorstehhund.
Identification keys of Weimaraner
well-developed, muscular hindquarters
tail is traditionally docked to approximately 15cm (6in)
colour of head and ears slightly lighter than rest of coat
coat has almost metallic sheen
long, lobular ears with rounded tits
short, smooth, and sleek coat
moderately long, clean-lined neck
well-developed neck and deep shoulders
firm, compact feet and well-arched toes
amber-coloured or blue-grey eyes
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