Weimaraner

Appearance

A medium to large sized Weimaraner
Weimaraner Quick Summary
Also Known AsGrey Ghost
OriginGermany
LineagePedigree
SizeMedium-large
Height (at withers)23-27in (58-68.5cm)
Weight55-75lbs (25-34kg)
Hair Colour(s)Grey
Lifespan10-12 years
Energy LevelHigh
Litter size5-7
SheddingLow
GroomingMedium
Barking TendencyMedium
Exercise requirementsMedium
Ease of trainingLow
Suitability for kidsMedium
Animal compatabilityLow
Aggression levelsMedium
Distress if leftHigh

The Weimaraner is an athletic and lean dog. The square body is muscular with a deep chest, strong and long straight legs, a level topline, a long neck and a docked tail. The head has a slightly pointed face, a long muzzle, and long folded ears that hang close to the head. The coat is sleek, smooth and close fitting, and the colouring ranges from mousy grey to silvery grey.

Temperament

Weimaraners are friendly and obedient dogs that can also be headstrong and assertive. Fearless yet sensitive, they have rather unique personalities and make loyal companions and pets, especially for active housholds. These dogs thrive on companionship and respond well to loving and soft treatment, and will not do well under overly harsh disciplinarians. They need early socialisation and consistent training, although repetitive training is not advisable as they bore easily. These creatures do not like to be confined or neglected, and if they are this can lead to boredom, frustration and destructive behavior. Weimaraners are highly intelligent and responsive but can also be very strong willed, which can make training a challenge and some can be difficult to housebreak. As a result they are more suited to those with some experience of dog ownership and training, rather than novices. Weimaraners will get along well with older, more considerate children, but are not suitable for smaller kids due to their large size and high energy levels. They can be dominant and bossy around other dogs, and may treat smaller animals as prey, including cats. Around strangers they tend to be cautious and wary, and they make effective watchdogs and will raise the alarm if something appears to be amiss.

History & Skills

Weimaraners originate from Germany and have a history stretching back over a century. These dogs are pointers and were bred to hunt, track and bring down big game such as bears, wild boars and deer. Later they were adapted to smaller game and birds, and are excellent land and water retrievers. These days they are often used as search and rescue dogs, dogs for the disabled and police dogs, and they also make fine companions and family pets.

Breed Specific Ailments

Weimaraners tend to live bertween 10-12 years and are a pretty hardy dog. Some of the health problems noted in this breed include entropion, heart problems, spinal problems, digestive issues, bleeding disorders, PRA, hip andelbow dysplasia, HOD, PRA, torsion, bloat, cancer, skin problems, and thyroid problems.

Grooming

Weimaraners are low shedders when groomed correctly, which means they can be suitable for those suffering from allergies. Their grooming requirements are moderate and the coat will need brushing two or three times a week to remove dead hair and keep it in good condition. They can be dry shampood or bathed occasionally, and the nails should be kept trimmed.

Exercise & Environment

Weimaraners tend to live indoors and are fine for smaller homes such as apartments. Although inactive indoors, these are powerful working dogs with great stamina and will need plenty of exercise. A daily half-hour walk is a must, and access to a yard or garden area for play is advisable. If possible, these dogs will benefit from frequent opportunities to hike and run free in a field.

Recognition

FCIFCI - Federation Cynologique Internationale
KCThe Kennel Club (UK)
AKCAKC - American Kennel Club

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