The Weimaraner has a kind, intelligent expression. The nose of the Weimaraner is gray in color. The eyes of the Weimaraner are a light shade of amber, gray or blue-gray. They should be set far enough apart to give a look of intelligence. When the dog is excited the eyes may appear almost black. The Weimaraner has long ears that are set high on the head and slightly folded. The Weimaraner's teeth are strong and even.
The jaw is well-developed jaw meeting in a scissors bite with the upper teeth fitting slightly over the lower teeth. The neck of the Weimaraner is moderately long and clean cut. The body of the Weimaraner should be strong and moderate in length with a slight slope from the withers. The chest should be deep and well developed with well laid back shoulders, well sprung ribs and a brisket that extends to the elbows. There stomach should be firm with moderate tuck-up. The front legs of the Weimaraner are straight and strong.
The elbow should be approximately halfway up the leg with the distance from it to the ground being approximately equal to the distance from it to the top of the shoulders. The hindquarters of the Weimaraner are muscular with well-angulated stifles and straight hocks. The Weimaraner should have a smooth and effortless gait.
When seen from the rear, the front and rear feet should appear parallel. The topline should remain strong and level throughout the gait. The feet of the Weimaraner are firm and compact with well arched webbed toes, thick pads, and short gray or amber nails. The dewclaws should be removed. The tail of the Weimaraner should be docked so that it will be approximately 6 inches in length when the dog is fully grown. It should be carried such that it expresses confidence. The coat of the Weimaraner can come in any shade of gray from mouse to silver gray.
The ears and head are usually lighter than the rest of the body. There may be a small white marking on the chest. The coat of the Weimaraner is short, smooth and sleek. The average life expectancy of the Weimaraner is about 10 to 12 years. The Weimaraner is very loyal and brave with a strong prey instinct.
They can be reserved with strangers and protective of their territory. The Weimaraner is prone to bloat, hypertropic osteodystrophy and tumors.
They are also susceptible to hip dysplasia, the occurrence of which has been greatly reduced. The Weimaraner breed is a few centuries old dating back to the early s where one was found in a Van Dyck painting. The origin of the Weimaraner is not well known. The muzzle of the Vizsla should taper slightly in width from stop to tip of nose, and be square and deep.
Mouthy breeds tend to really enjoy a game of fetch, as well as a good chew on a chew toy that's been stuffed with kibble and treats. So are breeds with short noses, like Bulldogs or Pugs, since they can't pant as well to cool themselves off. With its restricted ownership and natural instinct, the breed was highly prized and lived with the family. Yours is either very, very dark blue… or mixed with another breed. Getting an undocked tail requires planning. For the record, I work full-time outside of the house, too.
In considering the head, both breeds have a moderate stop; the lips cover the jaw and are never loose or pendulous. While there are many similarities in the heads of both breeds, there are also many differences. Eye color, nose shape and size, and ear set, for example, are just some of the differences. Photos by Janet Simer left and Gay Glazbrook right. The eyes of the Weimaraner are light amber, gray or blue-gray, while the eye color on the Vizsla should blend with the color of the coat.
A Weimaraner has a gray nose, but the Vizsla has a self-colored nose with a black nose being a DQ. Many comment on the difference in the size and shape of the nose in the two breeds. The nose on the Vizsla does not extend past the end of the muzzle. Though not discussed in the standard, the Weimaraner has a large open nose that helps in the scenting of prey. Extreme caution is urged against selecting exhibits with hound characteristics. The teeth in both breeds should meet in a scissors bite. It should be noted that in a Weimaraner, more than four missing teeth is a major fault.
The Weimaraner and the Vizsla should both have moderately long, clean-cut necks with no dewlap. The neck is strong, smooth and muscular. The chest in a Vizsla is moderately broad and reaches to the elbow, whereas the Weimaraner has a well-developed and deep chest the brisket should extend to the elbow. Both have ribs that are well sprung. When discussing the body and tail, there are several important differences between these breeds. The Vizsla has a short back with a nonsloping topline.
He has a firm backline with a slight rise over a short, well-muscled loin and a gently rounded croup. The Weimaraner has a back of moderate length, which is set in a straight line, strong and should be slightly sloping from the withers.
He has a moderately tucked-up flank and a strong, straight loin. The Vizsla has a short back with a firm, non-sloping topline. There is a slight rise over the short, well-muscled loin and a gently rounded croup. Photo by Jennifer Follett. The forequarters of the Vizsla should have shoulder blades that are long, wide, sloping and moderately laid back, with legs straight, muscular and elbows close.
The feet are cat-like, round and compact with toes close. Though prominent, the prosternum is never out of balance so as to give a front-heavy appearance. The forelegs are set well under the body, and elbows lie close to the body. A proportion measurement for Weimaraners is included, which gives the distance from elbows to ground as equal to the elbows to the withers. The feet are firm, compact and webbed. The toes are arched with pads close and thick. The nails are short and gray or amber with dewclaws removed. The hindquarters on both breeds should be balanced with the forequarters in angulation.
The Vizsla has moderate angulation of stifle and well let down, parallel hocks. Photo by Liz Krupinski. Tails on both breeds are docked. The measurements given are ideals, but always remember that docking faults are manmade faults.
The Weimaraner is a large dog that was originally bred for hunting in the early 19th century. Tail docking is illegal in several countries, where the breed is shown with an entire tail. The British Kennel Club breed standard describes a tail . Wellie's tail is undocked by design. Occasionally we get requests for undocked tails. We do have a special OwyheeStar policy regarding.
The Weimaraner has a light, rather than heavy, tail, docked to an approximate length of 6 inches and carried with confidence. The Vizsla is a solid golden rust in different shadings with a coat that is short, smooth and dense with no undercoat. The white markings on a Vizsla that disqualify are specific — solid white extending above the toes or white anywhere else on the dog except the forechest and white extending on the shoulders or neck.
The Weimaraner is permitted a small amount of white on the chest, which is penalized if elsewhere. A blue or black coat is a Weimaraner DQ.
Until the s, the blue or black coat was allowed. A black mottled mouth as a very serious fault still appears in the Weimaraner standard. It was a very serious fault then and was rarely seen even in the blues. There is a DQ in the Weimaraner and the Vizsla for a distinctly long coat. The long coat on the Weimaraner is allowed in all other countries — so if you are traveling abroad, you will most likely see it.
It is important to state that a Vizsla is light-footed, with reach and drive consistent with moderate angulation. The dog gait is far-reaching, light and smooth. The Vizsla will single track at a fast trot. The Vizsla has a far-reaching, light and smooth gait. Photo by Christina Freitag. The Weimaraner has an effortless, smooth gait and moves with his hind feet parallel to his front feet.
In motion, the topline will remain level. Ideally, both breeds have conformation that indicates the ability to work with great speed and endurance in the field.