The New Illustrated Standard of the WEIMARANER The new Illustrated Standard of the Weimaraner is here! A work in progress for the last two years, this short but comprehensive booklet is a synopsis of the full length Weimaraner Breed Standard program current- ly used in Judges’ and Breeders’ Education presentations. The new I.S. was designed primarily as a “take-along” quick reference guide for con- formation judges, but will also be a useful resource for any student of the breed who has an interest in learning about the correct attributes of the Weimaraner. Article by Amy Anderson & Bonnie Lane • Ilustrations by Linda J. Shaw Copyright 2010 Weimaraner Club of America, all rights reserved
The illustrations provided are important tools to assist in visualizing the ideal Weimaraner as described in the official standard. Illustrations have not been used to demonstrate the faults which may occur in our breed. We wish to leave the reader with a clear impression of the correct conformation of
downed large game. What made the Weimaraner unique was its need for human com- panionship and kind han- dling. With the decline of big game along with the introduc- tion of guns to bird hunting, Weimaraner breeders placed more emphasis on pointing instincts. In 1896, Germany recog-
the Weimaraner. Illustrating only the correct, trains the eye to recognize and reward the virtues of our aristo- cratic breed. Selected passages and illustrations included in the new Illustrated Standard follow. The Illustrated Standard opens with a concise description of the origin and purpose of the Weimaraner.
nized the Weimaraner as a breed. Despite opposition from the German breed club, a few individual dogs came to North America in the first part of the 20th cen- tury. The breed was eventually recognized in the United States (1942 ) and Canada. The Weimaraner is now used in Germany on all furred and feathered game. In North America, they are used almost exclusively on birds. The modern Weimaraner has maintained its stamina, hunting versa- tility and need for human bonding”.
“The Weimaraner breed dates back to 13th century art and lit- erature. The Grand Duke of Weimar, for whom the breed is named, is responsible for standardizing the breed to its modern form. The Weimaraner developed into one of the prized continental hunting breeds during the 19th century, excelling with various types of game. They exhibited instinctive hunting abilities such as tracking, search- ing, pointing, retrieving and locating
The current Weimaraner standard was approved and has been in effect since 1971. These earlier standards were writ- ten by fanciers who had knowledge of dogs under working conditions and often omitted details or definitions because
the authors assumed the reader understood basic structural con- cepts. As vague as the standard may appear on initial review, fur-
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