Non-sporting Breeds


Pedigree Points
Recognized: AKC, ANKC, CKC, FCI, KC (GB), KUSA
Height: Dog: 24-27 in (61 -69cm) Bitch: 22-25 in (56-64cm)
Weight: 70-85 lb (31.5-38kg)
Coat: Short, smooth, and sleek
Color: Preferably silver gray; shades of mouse or roe gray permissible

The Weimaraner, or Silver Ghost, bears a striking resemblance to a painting by Van Dyck (circa 1631). However, it is said to have been purpose-bred as a gundog in the 1800s by the Grand Duke Karl August of the German city-state of Weimar, after which the breed is named. Breeds that are likely to have played a part in its make-up include the Saint Hubert or other French hounds, Short-haired Pointers, Spanish Pointers, Bloodhounds, and German Schweisshunds. The result is a fine gundog that was originally used against big game, and more recently as a police dog. The Weimaraner is good natured and distinctive looking, with a metallic silver-gray coat and amber or blue-gray eyes. It excels in obedience and agility, and makes a fine pet provided that it has an outlet for its keen intelligence. It is best housed indoors rather than in a kennel and requires little grooming.
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