The Weimaraner originated in the early 19th century, developed to hunt bear, boar, and other large game in the dense forests of Germany’s Weimar region. Exceptional tracking ability, incredible athleticism, and brains were essential for their work. These traits have persisted to this day. Here are some other fascinating Weimaraner facts.
1. Weimaraners Were Made for Action
Weimaraners require exercise. It is not unusual to see these four-footed athletes trotting merrily alongside the marathon runners. They can maintain a nice pace for long distances and enjoy participating in dog sports like agility.
2. They Definitely Have an “Off” Switch
This may have something to do with their history as a gentleman’s gun dog. They were designed to hunt all day long and come and live inside with their owners in the evenings, relaxing by the fire.
3. Puppies Are Born With Stripes
But these fade entirely after just a few days. Their eyes also change color — from blue at birth to light amber, gray, or blue-gray — as they mature.
4. They Have Strong Scenting Abilities
Owners joke that it’s “cheating” to enter a tracking event with a Weimaraner because they are such naturals at it. The first dog to earn a championship in the terrier-tailored sport of Barn Hunt was a Weimaraner named “Lexi.”
5. Their Nickname Is Doubly Appropriate
The breed’s nickname (“the Gray Ghost”) comes in part from their color and, more importantly, from their hunting style, which has been described as stealthy and catlike. They also have a tendency to try to disguise their scent, which means that they’ll roll in any stinky thing they can find.
6. Weimaraners Are Devoted to Their Owners
And they can get depressed and act out if they are ignored. This can lead to separation anxiety problems, notes the Weimaraner Club of America, so it’s important to teach puppies that there will be times when they will have to be on their own.
7. Grace Kelly Owned Weimaraners
Hollywood’s icon of elegance, Grace Kelly, owned a Weimaraner. She received the dog as a wedding gift before marrying Prince Rainier III of Monaco in 1956.
8. Weimaraners Star in William Wegman’s Artwork
William Wegman’s Weimaraners are featured in 11 mosaic murals in the 23rd Street F/M Subway station in New York City. Wegman and his dogs live and work in this Chelsea neighborhood. These dogs also serve as subjects and inspiration for his many other pieces.