DATE OF PUBLICATION OF THE ORIGINAL VALID STANDARD : 27.02.1990.
UTILIZATION : Versatile hunting dog, pointing
|Group 7 || Continental Pointing Dogs.|
|Section 1.1 || Continental Pointing Dogs, Type « Braque » .|
|With working trial.|
BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY : There are numerous theories regarding the origin of the Weimaraner
Pointing Dog. Only so much is certain :
That the Weimaraner, which at that time still contained a great deal of liam
hound blood (« Leithund ») was already kept at the Weimar court in
the first third of the 19th century.
the middle of the century, before pure breeding was started, breeding was
mainly in the hands of professional hunters and game keepers in central
Germany, mostly in the regions round Weimar and in Thuringia. As the days of the liam hounds passed, the
dogs were crossed with the « Hühnerhund » and breeding was
continued with this cross. From about
1890 on, the breed was produced according to a plan and regarded as suitable
for registration in a stud book. Apart
from the short-haired Weimaraner, a long-haired variety occurred, if only
singly, since the turn of the century.
Since being admitted to the stud book, the Weimaraner has been pure
bred, remaining mostly free from crosses with any other breeds, in particular,
Pointers. Therefore the Weimaraner is
likely to be the oldest German « pointing » breed, which has been
pure bred for about a hundred years.
GENERAL APPEARANCE :
Medium to large size hunting dog.
Functional working type, pleasing in shape, sinewy and very
muscular. Difference in type between
dogs and bitches easily distinguished.
IMPORTANT PROPORTIONS :
Length of body to height at
withers approximately 12 : 11.
Proportions of the head :
From tip of nose to stop slightly longer than from stop to occiput.
Forequarters : Distance from
elbow to mid-pastern and distance from elbow to point of withers about equal.
BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT : Versatile, easily trained steady and passionate hunting dog. Persevering in systematic search, yet not too
lively. Remarkable ability to pick up
scent. Ready to seize game and other
prey; he is a good watchdog, without aggressiveness however. Reliable pointing dog and worker in
water. Remarkable inclination to work
after the shot.
Skull : In balance with size of body and facial region. Broader in dogs than bitches, yet in both,
the relationship between width of cranial region to total length of head must
be in good proportion. Median groove on
forehead. Slightly to moderately
protruding occipital bone. Zygomatic
arches easily traceable behind the eyes.
Stop : Extremely slight.
Nose : Nose leather large, protruding over the underjaw. Dark flesh colour, merging gradually into
gray towards the rear.
Muzzle : Long and, specially in the male, powerful, appearing almost
angular. Region of canines and
carnassial teeth equally strong. Bridge
of nose straight, often slightly arched, never with a concave curve.
Flews : Moderately deep, flesh coloured, as are the gums. Slight labial corner.
Jaws/Teeth : Jaws strong; teeth complete, regular and strong. Top and bottom incisors closely touching
Cheeks : Muscular, clearly defined.
Definitely « clean » head.
Eyes : Amber colour, dark to pale, with intelligent expression. Sky-blue in puppies. Round, set barely slanting. Lids well fitting.
Leathers : Lobular, broad and fairly long, just reaching to corner of
mouth. Set on high and narrow, forming a
rounded off point at tip. In alterness,
turned slightly forward, folded.
NECK : Noble appearance
and carriage. Upper line arched in
profile. Muscular, nearly round, not too
short, clean. Becoming stronger towards
the shoulders and merging harmoniously into the topline and chest.
Topline : From the arched neckline, over the well defined withers the topline
merges gradually into the relatively long, firm back.
Withers : Well defined.
Back : Firm and muscular, without a dip.
Not running up towards the rear.
A slightly longer back, a breed characteristic, is not a fault.
Croup : Pelvis long and moderately sloped.
Chest : Strong but not unduly broad, with sufficient depth to reach almost to
elbows and of sufficient length. Well
sprung without being barrel-shaped and with long ribs. Forechest well developed.
and Belly : Rising slightly, but belly not tucked up.
TAIL : Set on slightly
lower than with other similar breeds.
Tail strong and well coated.
Carried hanging down in repose.
When alert or working, carried level or higher.
: High on leg,
sinewy, straight and parallel, but not standing wide.
Shoulders : Long and sloping. Well fitting,
strongly muscled. Well angulated
arm : Sloping, sufficiently long and strong.
Elbows : Free and lying parallel to median plane of body. Turned neither in nor out.
Forearm : Long, straight and vertical.
joint : Strong and taut.
Pastern : Sinewy, slightly sloping.
feet : Firm and strong. Standing straight in relation to median plane
of body. Toes arched. Longer middle toes are a breed characteristic
and therefore not a fault. Nails light
to dark gray. Pads well pigmented,
General : High on leg, sinewy i.e. well muscled. Standing parallel, turning neither in nor
thigh : Sufficiently long, strong and well muscled.
Stifle : Strong and taut.
thigh : Long with clearly visible tendons.
joint : Strong and taut.
Hock : Sinewy, almost vertical in position.
feet : Tight and firm, without dewclaws, otherwise
like front feet.
GAIT / MOVEMENT :
Movement in all gaits is ground covering and smooth. Hind and front legs set parallel to each
other. Gallop long and flat. Back remains level when trotting. Pacing is undesirable.
SKIN : Strong. Well but not too tight fitting.
Short-haired : Short (but longer and thicker than with most comparable breeds),
strong, very dense, smooth lying topcoat.
Without or with only very sparse undercoat.
Long-haired : Soft, long topcoat with or without undercoat. Smooth or slightly wavy. Long flowing hair at ear set on. Velvety hair is permissible on tips of
leathers. Length of coat on flanks 3 - 5
cm. On lower side of neck, forechest and
belly, generally somewhat longer.
Good feathering and breeching, yet
less long towards ground. Tail with good
flag. Hair between toes. Hair on head less long. A type of coat similar to a double-coat
(Stockhaar) with medium length, dense, close fitting topcoat, thick undercoat
and moderately developed feathering and breeching, sometimes occurs in dogs of
COLOUR : Silver, roe or mouse grey, as well as shades of these colours. Head and leathers generally slightly
paler. Only small white markings on
chest and toes permitted. Sometimes a
more or less defined trace occurs along the back. Dog with definite reddish-yellow marking
(« Brand ») may only be given the classification
« good ». Brown marking is a
SIZE AND WEIGHT :
at the withers :
: 59 - 70 cm (ideal
measurement 62 - 67 cm).
: 57 - 65 cm (ideal measurement
59 - 63 cm).
Weight : Dogs : about 30 - 40 kg.
Bitches : about 25 - 35 kg.
FAULTS : Any departure from the
foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which
the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree.
SERIOUS FAULTS :
Clear deviation from
type. Untypical sexual characteristics.
Gross deviations from size
Facial region : Gross
deviations e.g. too strong flews, short or pointed muzzle.
Jaws and teeth : Lack of
more than two PM1 or M3.
Eyes : slight faults, above
all slight and unilateral faults in eyelids.
Leathers : Definitely short
or long, not folded.
Throatiness (dewlap), great
deviation in neck shape and muscle.
Back : Definite sway or
roach back. Rump higher than withers.
Chest, belly : Barrel shaped
chest. Insufficient depth or length of
chest. Tucked up belly.
Gross anomalies in stance
i.e. lack of angulation, out at elbows, splay feet.
Pronounced bow legs or cow
Bad movement in different
gaits, also lack of free forward movement or drive, pacing.
Serious deficencies i.e.
skin very fine or very coarse.
Mixture of coat varieties
defined in the standard.
Lack of feathering on belly
or leathers (leather ears). Widely
spread woolly coat in the short-haired Weimaraner or curly or sparse feathering
in the long-haired variety.
Departure from shades of
gray, such as yellow or brownish. Tan
marking (« Brand »).
Strong departure from
correct height or weight (e.g. more than 2 cm from measurements given in the
Slight deficiency in
Other serious faults.
ELIMINATING FAULTS :
Faulty temperament, i.e. shy
Completely untypical, above
all too heavy or too light in build.
Absolutely untypical, e.g.
bulldog - type head.
Facial region : Absolutely
untypical i.e. distinctly concave nasal bridge.
Jaws and teeth : Overshot,
undershot, missing further teeth other than quoted.
Eyes : Entropion, ectropion.
Leathers : Absolutely
untypical, i.e. stand-off.
Back : Severe sway or roach
back. Definitely overbuilt at croup.
Chest, belly : Markedly
barrel shaped or malformed chest.
Legs rickety or malformed.
Totally restricted movement.
Skin defects and
Partial or total hair loss.
White markings other than on
chest and feet.
Colour other than gray. Widespread brown marking.
Other malformation. Illnesses which must be considered
hereditary, i.e. epilepsy.
compilers can, naturally, not list all faults which occur, the above are to be
regarded as examples.
Any dog clearly showing
physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.
N.B. : Male animals
should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.