Although he belongs to the oldest hunting dog breeds, the Weimaraner, unfortunately, is not yet famous. There are many different theories about the origin of the breed, some of which seem plausible while other statements are very speculative. In any case, the Weimaraner is considered the oldest purebred German standing hunting dog breed. A shorthair Weimaraner is not a German Standing Shorthair with a different color, even if the long hair Weimaraner is a gray German Standing Long Hair!
The French claim that France is the Weimaraner’s birthplace, referring to old tapestries and paintings, among others, by Van Dijck showing a dog similar to the Weimaraner. Only soon after the breeding of the French court had come to an end, Weimar’s court would have taken over this task, with this striking gray color definitively named Weimaraner. For a long time, breeding would have been the sole right of the Weimar’s court. The story goes that even Bismarck’s possession of a Weimaraner would have been refused. After the fall of the German Empire, the Weimaraner practically disappeared from the scene.