Great Weimar

75-105 lbs
25-29"
United States
Great Dane
Weimaraner
Weimer Dane

The Great Weimar is an intentional crossbreed between the Great Dane and the Weimaraner, occasionally with a small amount of Labrador Retriever thrown in. This hybrid was designed as a family companion and is generally a healthier canine than the Great Dane and a calmer one than the Weimaraner. Although they are usually very tolerant and playful with children and with other animals until they fully mature, the Great Weimar may be better suited to a family with older children rather than toddlers who may get knocked down during enthusiastic play. Due to their size, higher energy levels, and fairly vocal natures, these dogs are entirely unsuited to living in an apartment.

Purpose
Family companion
Date of Origin
2013
Ancestry
Great Dane and Weimaraner

Great Weimar Health

Average Size
Male Great Weimar size stats
Height: 27-31 inches Weight: 95-145 lbs
Female Great Weimar size stats
Height: 25-29 inches Weight: 75-105 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Bloat
  • Heart Diseases and Disorders
Minor Concerns
  • Urolithiasis
  • Skin Disorders
  • vonWillebrand’s Disease
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Persistent Right Aortic Arch
  • Weimaraner Immunodeficiency
  • Happy Tail Syndrome
Occasional Tests
  • X-ray imaging
  • Cutaneous cytology
  • Electrocardiogram
  • Urinalysis
  • Genetic Testing

Great Weimar Breed History

The Great Weimar is a designer dog, a deliberate cross between two different types of hunting dogs with a German background. The Weimaraner is a versatile and highly intelligent pointer, and the Great Dane, a giant canine originally developed to hunt the vicious wild Boar of Europe.  The Great Dane dog, as we know the breed, is a molosser type canine that has been selectively bred for tenacity, strength, and intelligence for at least 400 years. They are widely believed to be the descendants of crosses between English Mastiffs and Irish Wolfhounds and were developed specifically for the purpose of hunting wild European boar, an extremely savage and dangerous prey. They became particularly popular in Germany in the early 1500s and by 1876 the Great Dane had been declared the National Dog of Germany where it is known as the Deutsche Dogge. This breed became popular in the United States in the late 1800’s and was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1887. The Weimaraner is a somewhat newer breed than the Great Dane, developed in the 1800s by the noblemen of Weimar, a German city that dates back to 899 BC. The breeding program that produced this unusually colored breed was developed with an eye towards exceptional tracking skill along with speed, courage, and durability. Originally developed for hunting deer and bear, they were converted to fur and feathers dogs in the late 1800s when the popularity of big game hunting began to wane and they became prized as a waterfowl retriever due to their soft mouths. The Weimaraner Club that began in Germany was particularly strict about what could and could not be considered a Weimaraner and did not allow for anyone outside of the Club to own a Weimaraner breed dog. It wasn’t until the avid American sportsman and breeder of dogs, Howard Knight, was accepted into the Weimaraner Club that the breed was allowed to the United States for the first time. Although the first dogs that Mr. Knight imported were sterilized animals, he was eventually able to acquire breeding stock, and just before the start of World War II and by 1941 he established the American Weimaraner Club and served as the President until his death in 1965.

Great Weimar Breed Appearance

Great Weimars are typically very athletic yet elegant animals, with long, straight legs, deep chests, and powerfully muscled bodies that usually reach over two feet tall at the shoulder and are frequently greater than 100 lbs in weight. They can have either the solid, rectangular head of the Great Dane, the longer and more aristocratic head of the Weimaraner, or anything in between, and their slightly almond-shaped eyes can be nearly any color including amber, blue, blue-gray, brown, and gray, although they are rarely, if ever, particolored. The uncropped ears of this hybrid are typically lobular, set high, and fold forward towards the cheeks and the tail is long and tapered with only a slight curve. Owners of Great Danes often choose to crop the ears of their dogs, while Weimaraners often have a cropped tail, so owners of the Great Weimar may choose to crop either, both, or neither. These dogs will usually sport a coat that is short, smooth, and soft. Occasionally, Great Weimers will inherit a rare long-haired gene from the Weimaraner, producing a double layered coat with a light undercoat overlayed with a dense, wavy coat of soft, silky fur

Eye Color Possibilities
blue Great Weimar eyes
Blue
brown Great Weimar eyes
Brown
amber Great Weimar eyes
Amber
Nose Color Possibilities
black Great Weimar nose
Black
Coat Color Possibilities
black Great Weimar coat
Black
white Great Weimar coat
White
blue Great Weimar coat
Blue
brindle Great Weimar coat
Brindle
fawn Great Weimar coat
Fawn
gray Great Weimar coat
Gray
silver Great Weimar coat
Silver
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Great Weimar straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Great Weimar Breed Maintenance

Grooming for this crossbreed is relatively simple due to their short, simple coat. Due to the Weimaraner heritage, their coat is generally both water and dirt resistant, and both dogs tend to have very little doggy odor so bathing is only required on an occasional basis. The Great Weimar tends to shed heavily throughout the year and requires frequent brushing in order to remove dead hair and add shine and lustrousness to the coat. The long, hanging ears of this hybrid may also be prone to infections, both internal and external, and should be checked and cleaned on a regular basis.

Brushes for Great Weimar
Slicker Brush
Comb
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Great Weimar requires daily brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Great Weimar Temperament

This crossbreed typically produces a friendly and reliable canine who relishes their time with their family. Although separation anxiety can crop up in the Great Weimar due to their desire for human companionship, it is fairly rare, and this dog is generally a dependable and loyal member of the family. They are, however, given to boredom and they don’t particularly like being confined, so plenty of room and mental stimulation are a must to avoid destructive behaviors. These large to giant-sized dogs are generally loving and gentle towards children and other animals, but proper socialization is important to fully reinforce these tendencies and to prevent shy or timid behaviors from taking root. That being said, any interactions between children and dogs should be fully supervised. These are large and powerful animals that can be a bit rambunctious, particularly during adolescence, and close supervision may help to prevent bumps and bruises. They are an extremely easy dog to train, but training methods should be as pleasant and positive as possible as harsh training methods will encourage resentment and distrust.

Great Weimar Activity Requirements

The Weimaraner is an extremely active dog breed that requires a great deal of exercise and mental stimulation to prevent hyperactivity and destructive behaviors. Fortunately for the owners of Great Weimer dog, Great Dane dogs don’t require nearly as much activity and in many cases this can ease the exercise requirements of this particular crossbreed somewhat and only an hour to an hour an a half of vigorous activity is required as opposed to at least two hours a day. Both Great Danes and Weimaraners tend to be particularly playful when they are young, but it is important to remember that overly strenuous activity and activities that involve jumping or leaping can cause stress and damage to the joints of very large and giant breed dogs, so walks should be kept relatively short and frequent and overenthusiastic roughhousing should be avoided. The Great Weimer requires a great deal of room, mental stimulation, and attention and usually does not thrive in an apartment setting.

Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
9 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
90 minutes

Great Weimar Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
4 cups
Daily Cost
$2.75 - $3.00
Monthly Cost
$80.00 - $90.00

Great Weimar Owner Experiences

Jake
12 Years
2 People
House & Yard
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We got him at a shelter at 16 weeks old, I knew couldn’t leave him there the moment I saw him. He is the most loving and loyal guy ever. Everyone that meets him says that there is something special about him. He tore his ACL last year chasing a squirrel, but it could not repaired due to his age so he wears a full leg brace and is a trouper about it.
3 weeks, 4 days ago
Abby
5 Years
4 People
Apartment
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Bike ride
Dog Parks
Graceful lady... Great with the kids... We got her at the shelter and she was very shy/anxious at first... Truly has the Velcro trait of the weim
4 months, 2 weeks ago
Oskar
3 Years
3 People
House & Yard
Health
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Friendliness
Energy
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Pastimes
Fetch
gentle giant. great with kids
6 months, 3 weeks ago
Henry
4 Years
6 People
House
Health
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Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
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Camping
Running
swimming
Dog patk
Walking
He is perfect for our family. Active and athletic for a young busy family, but not demanding, responds well to training, very smart, hardly ever barks, super clean and low maintenance, patient, does well with other dogs, and he is gorgeous. Great with young kids.
7 months, 3 weeks ago
Mabel
12 Months
5 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
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Pastimes
Play keep away
We thought she was a great dane and found out she is not
7 months, 3 weeks ago
Book me a walkiee?
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