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.



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.

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  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.

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