Dog Breeds

Dog Breeds – Weimaraner


The Weimaraner, also known as the “Grey Ghost”, is a very old breed, dating back to the 1600’s where it appeared in Van Dyck paintings.

The breed is said to be a cross between different types of pointers and mastiffs, apparently overseen by Grand Duke Karl August of Weimar. Back then this breed was used primarily for hunting.

The appearance of these dogs is always a shade of gray, with a fairly large, muscular body type, and sleek, short coats. The head and muzzle of the dog is very dignified, and they exhibit very thoughtful expressions.

Weimaraners enjoy plenty of exercise, swimming, retrieving, hunting, and more.

US President Dwight D. Eisenhower owned a Weimaraner named Heidi, and this breed has been featured on TV shows such as “Saturday Night Live” and in music videos such as “Blue Monday” by New Order.

Weimaraners were also the focus of artist William Wegman, who featured the breed dressed in human clothing, exhibiting imaginative poses.

(photo: GNU)