The Weimaraner was officially recognised as a breed in 1896. In order that the construction, shape, size and colour of the breed remains consistent over many generations, the Kennel Club has drawn up a breed standard. It is to this standard that dogs are judged in the show ring and to which breeders must follow as closely as possible.
The standard described below is that which was published in 1987. Since that time there have been a few minor amendments, but the majority remains the same.
GENERAL APPEARANCE : Medium-sized, grey with light eyes. Presents a picture of power, stamina and balance.
CHARACTERISTICS : Hunting ability of paramount concern.
TEMPERAMENT : Fearless, friendly, protective, obedient and alert.
HEAD AND SKULL : Moderately long, aristocratic; moderate stop, slight median line extending back over forehead. Rather prominent occipital bone. Measurement from top of nose to stop equal to measurement from stop to occipital prominence. Flews moderately deep, enclosing powerful jaw. Foreface straight, delicate nostrils. Skin tightly drawn. Nose grey.
EYES : Medium sized. Shades of amber or blue-grey. Placed far enough apart to indicate good disposition, not too protruding or deeply set. Expression keen, kind and intelligent.
EARS : Long, lobular, slightly folded, set high. When drawn alongside jaw, should end approximately 1 inch (2.3 cm) from point of nose.
MOUTH : Jaws strong, with perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws. Lips and gums of pinkish, flesh colour. Complete dentition highly desirable.
NECK : Clean cut and moderately long.
FOREQUARTERS : Forelegs straight and strong. Measurement from elbow to ground equal to distance from elbow to top of withers.
BODY :Length of body measured from highest point of withers to ground. Topline level, with slightly sloping croup. Chest well developed, deep. Shoulders well laid. Ribs well sprung, ribcage extending well back. Abdomen firmly held, moderately tucked up flank. Brisket should drop to elbow.
HINDQUARTERS : Moderately angulated, with well turned stifle. Hocks well let down, turned neither in or out. Musculation well developed.
FEET : Firm, compact. Toes well arched, pads close, thick. Nails short, grey or amber in colour. Dewclaws customarily removed.
TAIL : Customarily docked at a point so that remaining tail covers scrotum in dogs and vulva in bitches. Thickness of tail in proportion to body, and should be carried in a manner expressing confidence and sound temperament. In long-haireds, the tip of the tail should be removed.
GAIT/MOVEMENT : Effortless ground covering, indicating smooth co-ordination. Seen from the rear, hind feet parallel to front feet. Seen from the side, topline remains strong and level.
COAT : Short, smooth and sleek. In long-haired variety, coat from 1-2 inches long (2.3-4.6 cm) on body, somewhat longer on neck, chest and belly. Tail and back of limbs feathered.
COLOUR : Preferably silver grey, shades of mouse or roe grey permissible; blending to lighter shade on head and ears. Darl eel stripe frequently occurs along back. Whole coat gives an appearance of metallic sheen. Small white markings permissible on chest. White spots resulting from injury not penalised.
SIZE : Height at withers : DOGS 61-69 cm ; BITCHES 56-64 cm.
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.
NOTE : Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles, fully descended into the scrotum.