Weimaraner

The Weimaraner was developed in Germany as a hunting dog during the 1800s. Originally bred to hunt bear, deer and wolves, the Weimaraner was later used to point and retrieve waterfowl and game birds. The breed is still a popular companion on the hunting trails in Germany and in the United States. In 1943, the American Kennel Club recognized the Weimaraner as a member of the sporting group.

The Weimeraner is an elegant dog with long legs that enable it to run at great speed. It has high endurance levels and is a natural hunter. It has a short, glossy coat of a distinctive gray color. Coat care is minimal. Personality: The Weimeraner is a high-energy dog breed that needs rigorous exercise on a daily basis in the form of long walks, jogging or vigorous play. It is very affectionate, but it may be too boisterous for small children. It can be stubborn and needs daily exercise otherwise it will get destructive and bored. It's friendly towards other dogs, sometimes timid, and reserved with strangers.

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Breed Type
Pure
Origin
Europe
Family
Function
Life Span
12-15 Years
Hypoallergenic
No
Other Names
Weim, Weimer pointer, Grey ghost, Weimaraner vorstehhund, Weimaraner

Weimaraner Build Information

Size
Large
Length (Male)
22-27 in.
Length (Female)
22-24 in.
Weight
41 - 65 lbs
Litter Size
5 - 10 Puppies
Tail Dock or Crop
Docked
Preferred Climate
Any Climate

Weimaraners are large, athletic dogs that stand 23 to 27 inches tall at the shoulders and weigh between 55 and 90 pounds. Their coats are short and smooth. A Weimaraner's coat color is gray, ranging from mouse to silver shades. The tail is docked to four centimeters in length when the puppy is two days old. The earflaps hang downward.

The Weimaraner is an elegant dog with long legs that enable him to run at great speed.

He has high endurance levels and is a natural hunter. He has a short, glossy coat of a distinctive gray color. Coat care is minimal.

Behaviour and Personality

Kid Friendliness
Affection Level
Activity Level
Energy Level
Independant
Good to Other Pets
Dominating or Submissive?
Guardian Skills
Barking
Aggressiveness Level

Weimaraners are active dogs that require plenty of room to romp and exercise daily. They are intelligent and easily trained, but they can be willful. Training is essential in order to maintain control over the dog’s exuberant behavior. Weimaraners that are not well trained and not thoroughly exercised may become bored and destructive. Weimaraners are playful, affectionate, happy and loving. They thrive on the company of their family and get along well with children, household cats and other household dogs.

Their hunting instinct will view outdoor birds, wildlife and neighborhood cats as prey, however.

Weimaraners make excellent hunting and hiking companions. The Weimaraner is a high-energy dog breed that needs rigorous exercise on a daily basis in the form of long walks, jogging or vigorous play. He is very affectionate, but it may be too boisterous for small children. He can be stubborn and needs daily exercise otherwise he will get destructive and bored. He is friendly towards other dogs, sometimes timid, and reserved with strangers.

Appearance

Colors
Blue Blue Gray Gray Silver
Shedding
Moderate
Grooming
Low Maintenance
Coat Type
Fine

Minimal grooming is needed to care for the Weimaraner's smooth coat. Using a grooming mitt once weekly will redistribute the natural oils to maintain a healthy shine. This will also minimize shedding in the home.

The ears should also be attended to weekly.

Inspect them for dirt and debris, and clean them if necessary. Brushing the dog’s teeth at least three times each week will be helpful in preventing tartar accumulation and periodontal disease.

Breed's Talents and Facts

Training
Very easy to train
Hunting Companion
Yes
Jolly for Jogging
Yes
Sighting Capabilities
No
Ideal for Tracking
Yes
Retrieving Skills
Yes
Pointing Breed
Yes
Herding Skills
No
Dutiful Watchdog
Yes
Security Guard Capable
Yes
Police Performer
Yes
Wet Water rescues
No
Assist Disable Owners
No
Dog Sledding
No
Able to Perform Dog Carting
No
Agile/Zippy
Yes
Fun with Lure Coursing
No
Obedient
No
Possible Schutzhund Work
No
Trainable for Tricks
No
  • From hiking with the family to playing in the backyard with the children to your morning jog, the Weimaraner has plenty of energy and devotion to go around
  • The Weimaraner originated in Germany
  • The Weimaraner is also called a weim, a weimer pointer, a grey ghost, and a Weimaraner vorstehhund
  • The Weimaraner is a lively and happy dog that gets along well with children and other household pets
  • The Weimaraner stands 23 to 27 inches tall and weighs 55 to 90 pounds
  • Weimaraners have high energy levels
  • Weimaraners require minimal grooming
  • The average lifespan for a Weimaraner is 12 to 15 years

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Weimaraner Training

The Weimaraner is known to be a difficult-to-train dog breed due to his extreme stubborn streak. This dog is not meant for the beginning pet parent. Training should begin the day you bring your puppy home. Training with this breed often requires a great deal of repetition. If not trained properly, this dog is likely to develop behavioral problems. Correct and effective training methods are necessary to ensure the happiness of both pet and pet parent.

Common Health Conditions in Weimaraners

Weimaraners live average lifespans of 12 to 15 years. Some health problems to which the Weimaraner is prone include hip dysplasia, hypothyroidism, entropion, mast cell tumors and gastric torsion, or bloat.

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