Breed Spotlight – Weimaraner

Many people are familiar with the silvery-gray Weimaraner because of the work of American artist and photographer William Wegman, who photographed his own dogs, Man Ray and Fay Ray, in human clothes and poses. But Mr. Wegman was not the first to appreciate these sleek streamlined canines, as President Eisenhower owned a Weimaraner as did movie star Grace Kelly.

As breeds go, the Weimaraner is relatively young, having been developed in Germany in the early 1800’s and not arriving in America until the late 1920. The breed was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1943. 

Their popularity escalated in the 1950’s, fueled by images of the President with his Weimaraner Heidi and Grace Kelly’s dog, who was given the pup by her brother as a wedding gift.

The Weimaraner is instantly recognizable by their silverly gray coat and are affectionately known as “Grey Ghosts.” Males stand 25 to 27 inches at the shoulder with females at 23 to 25 inches. These dogs have beautiful, dignified, almost mournful faces with blue grey or amber eyes and velvety ears.

These dogs are great family companions as they are very good with children. Their short, sleek coats are easily groomed, they are very trainable and are extremely good natured. 

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By Ellen Britt

Dr. Ellen Britt has loved dogs since she was a child. She is particularly fond of the Northern breeds, especially Alaskan Malamutes. Ellen worked as a PA in Emergency and Occupational Medicine for two decades and holds a doctorate (Ed.D.) in biology.

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