Weimar Pointer Breed Origins and Caracteristics

The first Weimar short-haired pointers appeared in the 19th century, in the court of the Grand Duke Charles Augustus of Weimar. There are not more accurate data about its origin. According to many sources, its ancestors can be found in France but the German expert Emil Ilgner states that the dogs come from Bohemia. In the court of Weimar, these unusual pointers were raised without any crossing and later the reproduction did not receive fundamental influences from other breeds. Among the qualities of the Weimar short-haired pointers, a great attitude to follow a trail, its aggressiveness and attention should be highlighted. That is why they are not only used for hunting but there are also other uses. These dogs are introduced in the United States in 1929 where they were much appreciated and extended quickly. Nowadays, the three third parts of the total of this breed is found there.

The Weimar short-haired pointer can have two types: short-haired or long-haired dogs. Until now, the two types could be crossed but nowadays they are intended to be raised in an autonomous way without crossing it with other breeds.

Size: male 59-70 cm; female 57-65 cm. Weight: 23-28 kg. Colors: silver gray, yellowish gray or mice gray and also with intermediate tonalities of these ranges (1). The head and the ears can be a bit lighter; the back can have a thin strip. The small white patches are allowed on the chest and toes. The nose has a dark meat color and it is gray towards the borders. Until they are two months old, the puppies have a bluish gray tone and they have pale blue eyes (2); when they are three months old, the hair turns silver gray and the eyes become light amber (3). The definitive color of the hair and the eyes can not be guessed until the animal is eight months older.

The fur of the short-haired Weimar pointer (5) is fine and denser than other short-haired pointers. In the type of long-haired pointer (4), the hair measures 3-5 cm and it a bit longer on the neck, the chest and the abdomen; the rear part of legs have stripes and in the lower part of the tail there is a tuft. Among the Weimar pointers, the tail of the puppies has to be cut and it is left 4-4.5 cm when they are two days old approximately; among the variety of long-haired dogs, the tail is cut two or three vertebrae when they are 14 days old.

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