The Weimaraner was originally bred for hunting in the late 18th and early 19th century. It was created exclusively for the nobility since the aim was to create a noble-looking reliable gundog. One theory states that the ancestor of the breed is the St. Hubert Hound. They were used by royalty for hunting large animals, but as the popularity of hunting large animals started to decline, they were used for hunting smaller animals.
The Weimaraner has an athletic appearance and has a docked tail. They have webbed feet which make them great water dogs. Their eye colors may be light amber, grey, or blue-grey. It has a coat that is extremely low-maintenance, short, hard, and smooth to the touch, and the color may range from charcoal-blue to mouse-grey to silver-grey or even blue-gray. They stand between 23-27 in and weigh between 55-80 lb.
A Weimaraner requires frequent exercise to keep up with its energetic hunting nature for its physical endurance and stamina. It is particularly rambunctious during the first year and a half of its life and requires patience from its owner. They are generally good with children, but may not be appropriate for smaller children due to the tendency that they will knock them down in the course of play. They sometimes tolerate cats, but usually do not. This breed tends to be very stubborn but is athletic and trainable.
The Weimaraner is prone to bloat which means it is better to feed them two or three small meals a day rather than one large meal. They can also be prone to hip dysplasia, hypertrophic osteodystrophy, and mast cell tumors.