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Weimaraner Dog Breed

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Weimaraner

Alternate Names

Gray-Ghost
Silver-Ghost
Weimar Pointer
Weimaraner Vorstehhund
Named after the Grand Duke of Weimar.

Appearance

Body: Medium size and well proportioned with a straight, level back, rearward slope, deep chest, well-sprung ribs, and well-muscled, well laid back shoulders.

Coat: Short, sleek, dense, and smooth.

Color: Mouse-gray to silver-gray.

Ears: Moderately long, lobular, high set, slightly folded and hanging.

Eyes: Round, slightly angled, light amber or gray; expressively keen and intelligent.

Feet: Compact and tight with well-arched toes.

Head: Long, lean and aristocratic with a moderate stop, prominent occiput, long muzzle, pendulous lips, and grey nose.

Neck: Not too short, strong, somewhat rounded, and well-muscled.

Legs: Forelegs are straight and strong. Hindquarters are well-developed and muscular, legs are long and strong with well let down hocks, and well-angulated stifles.

Size:
Height is 23 – 27 inches
Weight is 70 – 86 pounds

Tail: Customarily docked.

Weimaraner Puppy
Weimaraner Puppy

Behavior

Recommended for experienced dog handlers.
Can be dominant with other dogs.
Not recommenced with cats and other small pets.
Can be difficult to housetrain.

Originally developed by the Nobles of Weimar, Germany to hunt big game, the Weimaraner had to be a highly spirited dog with a bold, courageous personality, keen sense of smell, great speed, high intelligence, and capable of working long hard days. Until the 1900s the German Weimaranar Club restricted ownership to club members to protect his well bred characteristics.

A regal-looking, well-muscled dog with great endurance and gracefully gaited speed. The Weimaraner is well known for its shiny gray to silver coat and amber, blue or gray eyes, which also led to his nicknames “Silver Ghost” and “Gray Ghost.”

AKC Standard says, “As for temperament, this dog is not happy when relegated to the kennel. He is accustomed to being a member of the family and accepts the responsibilities which that entails. He should present a picture of grace, speed, stamina, alertness and balance.”

This is an athletic, strong-willed dog best suited for an experienced dog handler. He has strong predatory instincts, will dominate other dogs, and can become very destructive if not properly exercised and challenged. He requires an owner who can provide strong, but respectful, leadership and who has the time and desire to take him on long runs, hikes, and other excursions.

Weimaraner Dogs
Weimaraner Dogs

Breed Type

AKC Group: Sporting Group

A gundog originally used to hunt large game including deer, bear, wildcats, wolves, mountain lions, and wild boar, and later converted to being a fur and feather dog hunting and retrieving birds.

Only the short-haired Weimaraner is approved by the American Kennel Club.

Care and Grooming

Exercise: Vigorous daily exercise that is challenging both physically and mentally.

Grooming: Brush two to three times weekly.

Health

Life Expectancy: 12 – 13 Years

Possible problems:
Bloat
Corneal Dermoid Cyst – a cyst on the cornea of the eye.
Cryptorchidism – undescended testicles.
Distichiasis – an extra row of eyelashes.
Entropion – eyelids turn inward.
Hip Dysplasia – degenerative joint disease.
von Willebrands Disease (vWD) – a bleeding disorder.

Recommended Certificates:
CERF – for the eyes.
OFA – for the hips and elbows.

Country of Origin

Germany – 1600s

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