Weimaraner

Dog Breed Profile

Weimaraner

Stats:
• High energy level
• Medium exercise needs
• Very playful
• Moderately affectionate
• Shy towards other dogs
• Shy around other pets
• Shy around strangers
• Easy to train
• Great watchdogs
• Very protective
• Low grooming requirements
• Medium tolerance to heat
• Low tolerance to cold

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Overview:

The Weimaraner is a high energy dog breed, more ideally suited to an adventure-loving family that spends a lot of time outdoors than to a family with small children. The Weimaraner’s enthusiasm and rambunctious behavior, combined with his fun-loving nature make him an ideal companion for someone who wants a dog that will run and play and has a lot of endurance.

Although his energy level might make him a bit too much for small children, he loves them, and prefers to be part of a family. The Weimaraner can be trained to be a very obedient pet, and unless he’s penned up he won’t become frustrated and destructive.

  • Best suited to being a part of the family and dividing his time between the indoors and outdoors
  • Health conditions that need to be tested for include hips, eyes and blood
  • Grooming needs include occasional brushing
  • The Weimaraner is an affectionate and friendly, energetic animal that can be fairly easily trained
  • Has a great relationship with family members, is very protective and makes a great watchdog
  • The average size of a male is 55 to 90lbs and 25 to 27 inches tall
  • The average size of a female is 55 to 90lbs and 23 to 25 inches tall

Care & Health:

It’s a must that the Weimaraner is given a long workout everyday so that he can run and explore, and he makes a great jogger’s companion (which is the only time he should be kept in the city). Be sure to allow him to be part of the family, even though he is capable of living outdoors in warm weather.

His coat only requires the occasional brush to clean out any dead hairs.

Major Health Concerns:

–gastric torsion

Minor Health Concerns:

–spinal dysraphism, CHD, entropion, distichiasis, vWD, hemophilia A, hypertrophic osteodystrophy and ununitedanconeal process, eversion of nictitating membrane

Test for:

–hips, eyes and blood

Life Span:

– 10 to 13 years

Breed History:

Originally known as the Weimar Pointer after the court that sponsored him), the Weimaraner dates back to the 1800s when he was bred to be a gun dog that was capable of hunting even the largest game. His lineage is derived from early pointing breeds and Bloodhounds as well as the red Schweisshund.

As the larger game numbers diminished his purpose became a bird dog and hunter’s companion in the field. Due to strict breeding regulations in Germany it wasn’t until an American was allowed to take two dogs home in 1929 that the breed’s abilities became more widely known.

The Weimaraner was recognized by the AKC in 1943, and has continued to have a loyal and diverse place in the hearts and homes of hunters, families and for show dog purposes.

  • Family history is gundog, pointer, versatile hunting dog
  • Originally from Germany
  • First bred in the 1800’s
  • Original purpose was large game trailing
  • Today they are used for pointing, pointing field trials
  • Also known as Weimaranervorstehhund