The Weimaraner is a large, all-purpose hunting dog known for its gray-silver coat. The dog is famous for its loyalty and strength. The Weimaraner originated in the 19th century, in the city of Weimar (in modern-day Germany) and was developed for hunting purposes.
FUN FACT: It’s believed that the first Weimaraner dog was bred by Karl August, the Grand Duke of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach, who ruled in the city of Weimar from 1758 to 1815.
The Weimaraner - characteristics
Weimaraners were used to hunt big animals, like bears and deers, but then, as hunting large game became less popular, they were used for smaller animals. These dogs were bred by noblemen of the Weimar court who wanted to create a hunting dog with good sense of smell, endurance, intelligence, speed and fearlessness. In order to protect the purity of the breed, only members of a small exclusive club formed in 1897 could purchase one but it was very difficult to gain access to this organization. Weimaraners were brought to United States by a man named Howard Knight. He managed to join this exclusive club in the early 1900s and brought them back to the U.S. Years later, in 1943, the breed was recognized by the American Kennel Club. Today, they are often used as rescue and assistance dogs. They also make wonderful family pets.
The Weimaraner - colors
The Weimaraner is an athletic, muscular, strong dog. Males weight about 70 to 90 pounds and are 25 to 27 inches tall, while females weight from 55 to 75 pounds and are 23 to 25 inches tall. Their life expectancy is 10 to 13 years. Weimaraners are large dogs with elegant lines. Their look combines grace and balance. A properly bred Weimaraner is solid colored (ranging from mouse-gray to silver-gray), but can have a small white spot on the chest. The coat is short, sleek, smooth and easy to maintain that way. Even when the dog is running through mud, the dirt just seems to fall off it. When it comes to grooming, they do not require any special treatment. Weekly brushing is enough, except during shedding season (spring and autumn) when they should be brushed more frequently.
FUN FACT: The Weimaraner is often called “Grey Ghost”
Traditionally, the tail used to be docked, but, in several countries tail docking became illegal so you can often see a Weimaraner with an entire tail. The eyes of the dog may be light amber, grey or blue-grey.
FUN FACT: Weimaraner puppies are born with striking pale blue eyes that fade to amber or blue-gray as they mature
The Weimaraner is an energetic dog that needs a lot of exercise. These dogs enjoy running, swimming, hunting, hiking, fetching.
FUN FACT: Because of their webbed paws, Weimaraners are great swimmers
The Weimaraner - a good family dog
They are the happiest living with families who lead active life and spend a lot of time outside. Weimaraners are devoted, love their people and want to please them. They tend to form strong bonds with their families so keep in mind that for them the best family is the one where there is always at least one member at home with them. They can be alone for a little period of time. If they are left alone for a long time, they can suffer from separation anxiety which can lead to developing all sorts of behavioral issues, most commonly they start to be destructive around the house. Also, when they want attention, especially after being left alone, the Weimaraner can show their stress by barking excessively. Learning them to stop barking is essential part of training. Weimaraners are not suitable for condo or apartment living; as they are highly active breed they need a large yard where they can run and play.
FUN FACT: Make sure your yard is escape-proof because Weimaraners are very good at learning how to open a door or a gate, jump over them, or dig under them
Training a Weimaraner puppy
Except for a lot of physical exercise, these highly intelligent dogs need a lot of mental stimulation, too. If they are not busy, they can easily get bored and develop destructive behavior. Remember this: a Weimaraner at rest is bored and a bored Weimaraner is destructive. Proper exercise makes them easier to train and control. Weimaraners learn quickly and need firm, experienced training. A right owner for this dog is an owner that understands how to be a pack leader and can provide a leadership. Otherwise, Weimaraners can become stubborn, willful and combative with other dogs. Because of really high prey drive, Weimaraners are usually not compatible with cats and other small animals. These dogs live to chase any object that moves, including runners, bikers.
Most of the Weimaraners are friendly, fearless and obedient, but, on the other hand, don’t get a Weimaraner if you are not ready to work hard with your dog. They are smart, restless and will always test the boundaries. The Weimaraner will take over the household if not trained properly. Aggression and shyness are flaws in this breed and must be dealt with early in dogs’ life.
The Weimaraner - health
The Weimaraner is generally a healthy dog, but can suffer from few hereditary health issues, such as dilated cardiomyopathy (serious heart disease), hip dysplasia, as a deep-chested dog, the Weimaraner is prone to bloat or gastric torsion (life-threatening condition where the stomach twists itself, pinching off blood vessels and the routes of food traveling in or out), von Willebrand's Disease (an inherited blood disorder that is caused by a deficiency in clotting factor VIII antigen), eye problems such as Progressive Retinal Atrophy or distichiasis (a condition where too many eyelashes grow and cause irritation to the cornea and tearing), ectropion (eyelids roll outwards), entropion (eyelids folding inwards irritating or injuring the eyeball) and skin allergies. It's also important to check dog's ears on a regular basis and to clean them when necessary because Weimaraners are very prone to suffering from ear issues.
The Weimaraner Puppy - price
If you are looking to buy a Weimaraner, prepare yourself to spend some serious money. Weimaraner puppies from reputable breeders are very expensive; they usually coat between $1,500 and $2,000 per puppy. When you add food and veterinary costs, you will see that it is not cheap to be a proud owner of a beautiful Weimaraner.
The Weimaraner - breeders
When buying a Weimaraner, make sure to buy it from responsible breeder who will provide you with all the information you need to know and will show you health clearances for both of the puppies’ parents. Also, keep in mind that unethical breeders may advertise blue or black Weimaraners as very rare to attract buyers and earn money, but blue and black Weimaraners are not acceptable in breed standard and can’t compete in show ring.
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