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Weimaraner AKC Group: Sporting
Height: Male: 24 - 27 inches, Female: 22 - 25 inches
Weight: Male: 55 - 70 pounds, Female: 50 - 65 pounds
Colors: All shades of gray
AKC recognized in: 1943

Affectionately called the "Silver Ghost", the Weimaraner is a sporting dog with a smooth and short grayish coat. A muscular and athletic dog, it is not at all heavy for its height.

Although the Weimaraner breed could be centuries old, it traces back its popularity to the early 19th century. The breed may have descended from the Bloodhound.

The Weimaraner is named after Karl August, the Grand Duke of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach. The former court of this avid huntsman was in Weimar, now a city in modern Germany.

It is a lithe and agile all-purpose gun dog used in the past for hunting boar, deer, bear, and other large game. Nowadays, it is just as effective in hunting smaller game like rabbit, fox, and fowl.

Recognized by the AKC in 1943, it is a multi-talented dog in terms of tracking, pointing, retrieving, and of course, hunting. Its work now extends to other services like guarding, guiding the disabled, and search and rescue.

Temperament

Weimaraner Summary
Affection five paws
Cold Tolerance three paws
Ease of Training four paws
Energy level five paws
Exercise Requirements five paws
Friendliness : Children four paws
Friendliness: Other Animals two paws
Friendliness: Other Pets three paws
Grooming Requirements one paw
Heat Tolerance four paws
Playfulness five paws
Protection Ability three paws
Watchdog Ability four paws

Noble looking, elegant and all, these gray coated dogs are very pleasing to the eye. You will appreciate the depth and calmness in their eyes which may be colored gray, blue gray, or light amber.

Excellent working dogs, Weimaraners are intelligent and obedient. Smart and sensitive, they manifest skills in problem-solving. They are happy, lively, and affectionate to have around. But to curtail their innate stubbornness, they have to be trained and socialized as pups.

More aloof than Retrievers and Labradors, expect them to be wary but not intimidated by strangers. Loyal dogs, they will be protective and territorial over their owners and families. When a Weimaraner is provoked and angered, observe how its pupils dilate, its back hairs spike up, and its tail points upward as initial reactions to the aggression. Beware!.

When neglected, abandoned, and left to its own devices, an untrained Weimaraner will chew, chase, and misbehave as most dogs will. An unhappy, high-strung Weimaraner will truly wear its owner out. Knowing more about this breed will train you how to control their behavior and calm them down.

Health and Exercise

The Weimaraner has a life span of between 11 and 13 years.

While the Weimaraner is generally a healthy dog, they are susceptable to certain health problems. These problems include:

  • Hip Dysplasia - Where the thigh bone does not fit snugly into the hip joint. This can lead to severe lameness or arthritis. A dog diagnosed with hip dysplasia should never be bred, as this is an inherited condition.
  • Hypothyroidism - a thyroid gland disorder causing it to produce an abnormally low level of hormones. This can lead to low energy levels and obesity. This can be treated with a daily medication.
  • Gastric torsion or Bloat - This is a life threatening condition affecting most deep chested dogs, especially if they are typically fed one large meal a day or drink lots of water in one setting. It is extremely important to get your dog to a vet if bloat is suspected.

The Weimaraner is first and foremost a house dog. She is not suited to apartment living, nor being confined to a kennel or back yard. She does need a large fenced in back yard to help relieve her pent up energy though. And make sure it is securely fenced in, because the Weimaraner could put Houdini to shame as an escape artist. They can open gates that are not locked, and either dig under or jump over the fence.

Weimaraners require a lot of exercise. Be prepared to devote two hours a day of fast paced exercise, such as playing catch, jogging, running beside your bicycle, or agility training. Hunting is always a great option!

Grooming is a snap! Dirt just seems to fall off of her, regardless of the activity. A light brushing once a week should suffice to keep her coat healthy and shedding at a minimum.

Visitor Comments

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Lindsay says...
As you know I just got a Weimaraner so I was interested in reading what you have to say. I do notice Remy's hair goes up down his back when he's alert and I've seen the pupils of his eyes dilate. I am curious how much he's going to shed. I hear they shouldn't shed too bad compared to my Lab mix who constantly leaves black hair everywhere he goes. No amount of vacuuming seems to get rid of it!
5th May 2016 2:51pm
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Rodney says...
Thanks for visiting Lindsay. I have been following your experiences with your new puppy. I know you will be happy with that choice.

Weimaraners do shed, but not nearly to the extent of Labradors. A weekly brushing should be all that is needed to minimize that.
5th May 2016 3:36pm
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