The Weimaraner, also known as the Weimar Pointer, the Weimaraner Vorstehhund, the Greydog and the Grey Ghost, is a fairly young breed as dog breeds go, dating back only to the early 1800s. Some historians date it to the 1600s, citing an early painting by the Flemish artist Van Dyck. It is known for its distinctive, glamorous gray coat and its all-around hunting talents. The Weimaraner combines the best of both pointing and tracking gundogs and retrievers, and it also makes a sensitive family companion. This is a reserved, elegant, well-balanced dog that is said to learn rapidly and bore quickly. The Weimaraner was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1943, as a member of the Sporting Group.
The mature male Weimaraner is 25 to 27 inches at the withers; bitches are 23 to 25 inches in height. Any variation of more than one inch in either direction is a disqualification under the American breed standard. Adults typically weigh 65 to 80 pounds. The Weimaraner’s coat is short, sleek and a solid deep metallic gray in color. Its long drop ears are often slightly lighter than its body. While the American Kennel Club does not officially recognize the long-haired coat variety of the Weimaraner, it does exist and is recognized elsewhere.