The “Grey Ghost” is visiting this week’s Best Bully Sticks Breed Spotlight! No, we’re not talking about some ghastly ghoul, but the friendly, alert and beautiful Weimaraner! Read about this sporty dog—its interesting history and great disposition in our look at the Weimaraner.

History & Background: The Weimaraner was originally bred for hunting in the early 19th Century and was the hunting companion of choice for royalty. In fact, this breed gains its name from one of these royal courts, the Weimar Republic in Germany. Grand Duke of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach, Karl August first had these dogs, then called “Weimar Pointers,” used as large game hunters for boar, bear and deer.  Even after a loss in popularity, the dog was still used for hunting small game such as fowl, rabbits and foxes. However, this breed was also a great all-purpose family dog. Weimaraners could guard the home, go hunting with the family and love on the kids.

In past decades this breed has gained a pop-culture status for being the subjects of William Wegman’s photography.

Height: 25 to 27 inches (males); 23 to 25 inches (females)

Weight: 71–82 pounds (males); 55–71 pounds (females)

Coat: The Weimaraner’s coat is sleek, smooth and short. This dog has no undercoat and does not shed. This makes for an extremely low-maintenance dog. Where the coat is thin, the skin usually shows pink. Long-haired Weimaraners are rare, but are recognized by the UKC (United Kennel Club) but not the AKC (American Kennel Club.) Long-haired breeds can show up in a short-haired litter, but only if the parents both have the recessive gene.  This breed type has a long, silky coat with a feathered, un-docked tail.

Color: This breed’s very distinct coloring can range from charcoal-blue to mouse-grey to silver-grey. Instances of a completely blue or black coat have been seen, but again, aren’t recognized by the AKC. Even more rare, some Weimaraners have “the mark of the hound,” which is a dog that has the typical gray color with tan markings, not unlike a Doberman. At an earlier time, this color combination was common, but has been selectively bred out over the years.   

Appearance: This dog is very well balanced, proportioned, regal and elegant in appearance. This dog’s eyes are particularly of note because they can range from light amber, grey and blue-grey. The ears are drooped and the head is long. Another distinctive characteristic of the Weimaraner is their docked tails. A docked tail usually measures 6 inches when the dog is completely mature.   

Temperament: The Weimaraner is extremely energetic, needing lots of exercise to keep up with its seemingly endless stamina. Because of this, they also need a lot of training, so they can learn to control their behavior. Active, patient, firm and steady owners are needed for this breed type. They are intelligent, but stubborn dogs yet when trained properly earn the nickname “Velcro Dogs” because they stick with their owners at all times.  Weimaraners are also known to steal food off counters and tables when ever they get the chance!

It has to be remembered that Weimaraners are hunters by nature, so small yard animals, such as squirrels, rabbits or neighborhood cats are sure be deemed “prey” by this dog. Household cats need to be introduced to a Weimaraner as a puppy to get acclimated to having a small animal in the home. This breed will also chase deer or other large wild animals if living in a rural area.

Health: Behavior disorders are associated with breed because of their active and extremely loyal nature. Separation anxiety being the main behavior issue, this can be curbed through behavior modification and training. Puppies and younger dogs are more prone to this and behaviors will include excessive drooling, barking, destructive behavior and panicked efforts to get back to the owner.  A lessened behavior is a high-pitched crying noise.

Weimaraners are prone to gastric torsion, which is a disorder that causes the stomach to twist if a dog eats too quickly. Feeding this breed two meals spread out during the day and not using a raised feeder can prevent gastric torsion.

Product Suggestions:  The Weimaraner is a clever, energetic dog, so he needs a treat that will give him a challenge! BBS suggests the 15-18 Inch Jumbo Braided Bully Sticks! This treat is sure to be a long-lasting chew for your Weimaraner! Attempting to wear out a Weimaraner can be hard work, but BBS can give you the tool you need to help accomplish this mission! The Hyper Pet’s Hyper Fling Tennis Ball Launcher for Dogs can launch a ball quicker and faster. These launchers are a great way to maintain your dog’s fitness and strengthen the bond between you and your pet. They also offer hands-free pickup, so no more touching slobbery tennis balls!

Do you own or know of a Weimaraner? Tell us your Weimaraner story in the comments section!