This graceful yet athletic breed of dog is full of energy and expects the same from its owners too. Weimaraner dogs can get along well with other pets and are kind towards children in the family, provided they are socialized at an early age. Although, the medium to large size and high energy levels of the breed might not be suitable for young children and elderly people.
Weimaraner dog breed was also known as Weimar Pointer in earlier times. Some other familiar names for the breed are ‘Weimaraner Vorstehund’, ‘Weim’, ‘Gray Ghost’ or ‘Silver Ghost’. The breed is supposed to have originated in Germany from bloodhound, red schweisshund and early pointing breeds, such as the German shorthaired pointer. These fast and powerful dogs are often used for police work, tracking, search and rescue etc.
The Weimaraner breed is characterized by a muscular yet elegant body. Moreover, these deep- chested dogs have a fairly good level of endurance. They have long, floppy ears and sport an eager and curious expression on the face. The medium-sized expressive eyes are amazing light amber, grey, or blue-grey in color. The head and ears are generally lighter in color as compared to the rest of the coat.
Color: The breed is characterized by distinctive grey color ranging from silver to mouse-grey color. White markings on the chest may also be present. The AKC does not recognize distinctly blue or black colored Weimaraner.
Height: The average height for Weimaraner dogs is around 25 to 27 inches. The female Weimaraners generally grow to about 23 to 25 inches in height.
Weight: Ideally your Weimaraner should weigh about 55 to 70 pounds. The deal weight for the females is around 50 to 65 pounds.
Bloating is one of the most common health problems in Weimaraner puppies and dogs. In such cases, do not give in to the dog’s greed for food. Instead, feed him 2-3 small meals in a day. Plus, avoid strenuous exercise right after feeding. Other health risks include Distichiasis, Hemophilia, Hypertrophic Osteodystrophy, Entropion, Spinal Dysraphism, Cryptorchidism, Progressive Renal atropy and other such diseases.
Some Weimaraner dogs are also prone to Cervical Vertebral Instability or Wobbler Syndrome. Thyroid problems, tumors, allergies, dwarfism and blood disorders are also not uncommon for this breed. They are prone to sunburn on the nose.
Life Expectancy: Weimaraner dogs usually have a lifespan of 10 to 12 years.
Litter Size: The average litter size is about 5 to 7 puppies.
Weimaraner dogs can have either of the two types of hair coats, that is, short or wired. The short and sleek hair coat is smooth in texture and requires occasional grooming. Brushing with a soft bristle brush can be done once or twice on a weekly basis. On the other hand, the wire haired ones have a fringed hair coat with 1-2 inches long fur. The wire haired dogs require more grooming as compared to the short haired one.
Certain dogs of this breed have long hair too, but such dogs are not recognized by some Kennel Clubs, like AKC. Weimaraner sheds moderately. These dogs need not be bathed too often. They can be bashed with a mild shampoo when necessary. Pay special attention towards ear cleaning. These dogs are susceptible to ear infections as they have long, hanging ears. General grooming can be done two times in a month.
Weimaraner breed dogs are intelligent, alert, protective, friendly, playful, loyal, gentle, smart, fearless and active. They are obedient and quick to learn. They tend to learn housebreaking and other basic commands quite easily. However, they could be stubborn at times. Therefore, a combination of consistency and diligence is the key to effective Weimaraner training.
A responsive Weimaraner will grab every single opportunity to please his owners. These attention seeking and fun loving dogs can easily become bored and can find new (chewy) engagements without your permission, if you are not careful. Do not keep your cheerful Weimaraner in confined spaces for longer durations or it may give rise to avoid destructive and mischievous behavior. Weimaraners make for excellent watchdogs and guard dogs on account of high energy level and distrust towards the strangers.
With an access to adequate amount of exercise, Weimaraner dogs generally do well in apartment situation. They may be quite inactive indoor and hence require daily brisk walks and a large yard for physical activity. They love to run. Early training is necessary to control their excessive jumping and barking behavior.
These moderately large, lively, beautiful dogs are generally not recommended for inexperienced, casual dog owners with a laid back approach. A highly devoted and affectionate Weimaraner should be matched with an equally dedicated owner.