FCI-Standard N° 99
WEIMARANER FCI-St. N°99 / 13.02.2002
TRANSLATION : C.Seidler.
DATE OF PUBLICATION OF THE OFFICIAL
VALID STANDARD : 27.02.1990.
UTILIZATION : Versatile hunting
dog, pointing dog.
FCI-CLASSIFICATION : 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
In 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
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
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.
CRANIAL REGION :
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.
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.
Moderately deep, flesh
coloured, as are the gums. Slight labial corner.
Jaws strong; teeth
complete, regular and strong. Top and bottom
incisors closely touching (scissor bite).
Cheeks: Muscular, clearly
defined. Definitely « clean » head.
Eyes: Amber colour, dark to
pale, with intelligent expression. Skyblue in
puppies. Round, set barely slanting. Lids well
Lobular, broad and fairly
long, just reaching to corner of mouth. Set on
high and narrow, forming a rounded off point at
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.
Firm and muscular, without
a dip. Not running up towards the rear. A
slightly longer back, a breed characteristic, is
not a fault.
Pelvis long and moderately
Strong but not unduly
broad, with sufficient depth to reach almost to
elbows and of sufficient length. Well sprung
barrel-shaped and with long ribs. Forechest well
Underline 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 shoulder joint.
Sloping, sufficiently long
Elbows: Free and lying parallel
to median plane of body. Turned neither in nor
Long, straight and
Strong and taut.
Sinewy, slightly sloping.
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, coarse.
High on leg, sinewy i.e.
well muscled. Standing parallel, turning neither
in nor out.
Sufficiently long, strong
and well muscled.
Strong and taut.
Long with clearly visible
Strong and taut.
Hock: Sinewy, almost vertical
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
Strong. Well but not too
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 mixed ancestry.
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 reddishyellow
marking (« Brand ») may only be given the
classification « good ». Brown marking is a
SIZE AND WEIGHT:
Height at the withers:
Dogs : 59 - 70 cm (ideal measurement 62 - 67
Bitches : 57 - 65 cm (ideal measurement 59 - 63
Dogs : about 30 - 40 kg.
Bitches : about 25 - 35 kg.
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 and its effect upon the health and
welfare of the dog.
• Clear deviation from type. Untypical sexual
• Gross deviations from size and proportions.
• 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
• 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
• Gross anomalies in stance i.e. lack of
angulation, out at elbows, splay feet.
• Pronounced bow legs or cow hocks.
• Bad movement in different gaits, also lack of
free forward movement or drive, pacing.
• Serious deficencies i.e. skin very fine or
• Mixture of coat varieties defined in the
• 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
• 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
• Slight deficiency in temperament.
• Other serious faults.
• Aggressive or overly shy dogs.
• Any dog clearly showing physical of
behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.
• Faulty temperament, i.e. shy or nervous.
• Completely untypical, above all too heavy or
too light in build.
• Completely unbalanced.
• 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.
• Particularly pronounced dewlap.
• Back : Severe sway or roach back. Definitely
overbuilt at croup.
• Chest, belly : Markedly barrel shaped or
• Legs rickety or malformed.
• Chronic lameness.
• Totally restricted movement.
• Skin defects and malformations.
• Partial or total hair loss.
• White markings other than on chest and feet.
• Colour other than gray. Widespread brown
• Definitely over-or undersize.
• Other malformation. Illnesses which must be
considered hereditary, i.e. epilepsy.
The compilers can, naturally,
not list all faults which occur, the above are
to be regarded as examples.
• Male animals should have two apparently normal
descended into the scrotum.
• Only functionally and clinically healthy dogs,
typical conformation should be used for breeding.