Short, smooth and sleek
Silver or gray
Responsive, alert and strong-willed
US President Dwight D. Eisenhower owned
a Weimaraner named Heidi
This breed's short, smooth gray coat and its unusual eyes give it a regal appearance
different from any other breed. The eyes may be light amber, gray, or blue-gray. The coat
may range from mouse-gray (grayish beige or tan) to silver-gray. The nose should be a
Weimaraners are fast and powerful dogs, but are also suitable home animals given
appropriate training. These dogs are not as sociable towards strangers like other
hunting dogs such as the Labrador and Golden Retrievers. Weimaraners are very
protective of their family and are very territorial.
Today's breed standards developed in the 1800s, although the Weimaraner has
existed since at least the 1600s in a similar form. It is believed that Continental pointing
breeds and mastiffs were its ancestors. The breed was created exclusively for the
nobility and their home boys. The aim was to create a noble-looking, reliable gundog.
As ownership was restricted, the breed was highly prized and lived with the family.