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Weimaraner Information

 

Description of the Weimaraner

The Weimaraner is an athletic, moderately large, aristocratic looking dog with beautiful lines and a smooth, fine, short gray coat with the ears and head a bit lighter shade of gray.  Weimaraner’s are twenty-two to twenty-seven inches high at the withers and weigh from fifty to seventy pounds.  It has a kind expression, great endurance and speed.  Weimaraner is a breed that loves to hunt and exhibit alertness, stamina, grace, and balance.  The Weimaraner has an exceptional sense of smell and an effortless gait, making it a great hunting dog.

Temperament of the Weimaraner

Weimaraner’s are affectionate, cheerful, happy, intelligent, territorial dogs that are very protective and loving to their family but aloof and wary of strangers.  They need socializing and experienced firm training from an early age.  Although intelligent and quick to learn, Weimaraner does not do well with repetitive training.  Weimaraner’s require companionship and attention and should live indoors with their human family.  Because they are natural hunters, they should not be trusted with small pets such as rabbits and birds.  They are protective and kind with children but need supervision with young children as the dog is very energetic and could hurt them accidentally.

Grooming & Shedding of a Weimaraner

Keeping a Weimaraner’s short, smooth, beautiful coat in great condition is easy, as they only require occasional brushing with a firm bristle brush.  An average shedder, brushing one or twice weekly and using a dry shampoo occasionally will remove any loose or dead fur and keep their coat looking healthy and in peak condition.  Bathe your Weimaraner with mild soap only when needed and trim their nails regularly.  After work or exercise, inspect their mouth and feet for damage.      

History of the Weimaraner Breed

The Weimaraner originates from Germany and they named the breed after the German court of Weimer.  Although the Weimaraner goes back to the sixteen hundreds, they did not develop the breed standards of today until the eighteen hundreds.  Many believe the mastiffs and continental pointing breeds were the Weimaraner’s ancestors.  Because the German Weimaraner Club had controlled the registration and other activity of the Weimaraner, membership was almost impossible to obtain.  It was not until 1929 that, after getting into the club, brought back two Weimaraner to the United States.  Because of the breed’s extraordinary obedience and its hunting abilities, the Weimaraner attracted American enthusiasts.  In 1943, the American Kennel Club recognized the breed.  

Health Issues of a Weimaraner

  • Major Concerns: gastric torsion (bloat)
  • Minor Concerns: spinal dysraphism, hip dysplasia, entropion, distichiasis, von Willebrand' Disease, hemophilia A, hypertrophic osteodystrophy
  • Occasionally seen: ununited anconeal process, eversion of nictitating membrane
  • Suggested tests: eye, blood, hip

 

Characteristics of the Weimaraner

Height

Dogs 24-27 inches (61-69cm) Bitches 22-25 inches (56-63cm)

Weight

Dogs 55-70 pounds (25-32kg) Bitches 50-65 pounds (23-29kg)

Lifespan

10-12 years

Exercise

High

Apartment

Yes –with frequent, long exercise periods

Families

Yes

Young Children

Yes –with supervision and socialization

Need exercise space

Yes – large yard to run

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