Smart Bumps, Harrasburg Horns and Other Weimaraner Peculiarities


Pick up any of those meet the breed type books or even the AKC’s new Weimaraner Page and Weims really just sound like boring ol’ gray dogs, but to us, Weims have a bit more character. Here’re some of our favorite Weim peculiarities:

Smart Bumps

Weimaraner puppies are known to have a more prominent occipital bone at the top of their head, affectionately known as a “smart bump.” These tend to go away as they grow older, but even some adult Weims have a little knot up there! The sitting puppy below is about 8 months old and you can still see her smart bump. Her mother is laying down and she’s outgrown hers.



Cowlicks in Weims are not that uncommon. I sometimes get one on the nose (right down the center) but the hair is so short there you hardly notice it. I have also gotten a circular cowlick (about the size of a quarter) one on each side of the shoulders. I have also seen one down the back of the neck. I talked to the owner about it and the dog was the son of Ch. Shadow Barthaus Dorilio (who is behind a great many Weimaraners). She told me it was called “the mark of Dorilio.” Dobes get them there too – but then, Weimaraners were used in the invention of the Dobe, so that’s not too surprising. The cowlicks I’ve had have never stopped any of them from achieving their Championships. — Karen Sandvold

In Weimaraners, they are usually on the face, back of the neck or on the shoulder.

Harrasburg Horns

These are the small skin flaps or “horns” on the ears that some Weimaraners have. Why Harrasburg? We’ve heard that old wives tales call these horns a sign of good breeding. US Weimaraners were largely built on Harrasburg lines.


Grafmar’s Caps

Named after yet another early and influential kennel, Grafmar’s cap refers to the lighter patch at the top of Weimaraners’ heads. It is on the back half of the head between the ears and usually becomes more prominent as the dog ages.


Color and Markings

Oh my, now we get interesting! No, they really are not just short coated gray dogs. There are blues, longhairs, longhaired blues, tan (Doberman) markings, and white spots — all considered normal for the breed. Maybe disqualified or heavily faulted but definitely normal.


Does your Weim nook? This is nursing/kneading/sucking behavior that seems to run in some lines. Check out these littermate puppies!

We love all these things that make our Weimaraners so much more than just a medium sized gray dog. What are some of your favorite peculiarities?

Photos courtesy of Snake Breaks Kennels, Southpaw Weimaraners and Zauberhaft Weimaraners. Video courtesy of Southpaw Weimaraners.


  1. Chuck Clarke says

    My old guy had the bump (we called it the knuckle, so he was a Knucklehead!), the Harrasburg horns, the Grafmar cap, and nooked. His "nooking" was more grabbing a thick bunch of blanket in his mouth and slowly and biting down on it like he was exercising jaw muscles, though. Almost like a meditation. He would go to sleep like that, guess it comforted him or something.

  2. Tena Northern says

    We have a 1 year old male we’ be had since he was 7 weeks and we love him dearly! He is such a character! He entertains us everyday, he acts so silly, rolls on his back, and he is stuck to us like Velcro, that is what we should have named him instead of Buddy, we also are entering him in the Dock Diving here in Oregon, please keep your stories coming! Thank you, weim lovers!

  3. Tess says

    Our Weim does a version of nooking. Ever since we’ve had her from 8 weeks old she sucks her gums or inside of her mouth (we call it sucking her chops) as she’s relaxing or going to sleep. She also has Grafmars caps, her blonde patches, that seem to become more defined in summer – until reading this article I assumed that’s what it was. She has whirls that are symmetrical either side of the bridge of her nose, just below her eyes. I once read an article about traits in Labrador puppies that indicate whether they will be good guide dogs for the blind, and the direction of the whirls in/near their ears was one indicator of a calm and purposeful demeanor. I wonder if the same is true of Weims?

  4. Mikelle says

    I love my Weim!!! Dunkin (4 yrs)still has his smart bump, has a cowlick on both butt cheeks. As for nooking…. He grabs his blanket , plays keep away with it as he is growling at you. When that is all said and done, he chews on and nurses on it till he falls asleep . Would not trade him for the world!!

  5. Mermal says

    What about the whitemaraners that have recently appeared? I have a white girl with gray head and spots and many speckles all over her body. She is from two pure weimaraners and is a result of a mutant gene.
    Google whitemaraner to see photos of a few.

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