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Weimaraner

avatarStephanie Lenoir LVT, VTS (ECC)

Height23 - 27"
Weight55 - 85 lbs
TypeHound
Life Expectancy10 - 12 years
Area of OriginGermany

Energy Level

Playfulness

Friendliness to dogs

Friendliness to strangers

exercise requirements

affection level

friendliness to other pets

watchfulness

Grooming Requirements

Vocality

The Weimaraner is an intelligent and passionate breed known for their distinctive look and hunting expertise. They make wonderful family companions, as they are friendly with children and other animals (if properly socialized). Due to their size, playful demeanor, and high energy level, they aren't suited for apartment dwelling or urban environments. Despite their demanding nature and need for space, they are extremely focused and vigilant, making excellent game hunters and watchdogs.

Energy Level

Playfulness

Friendliness to dogs

Friendliness to strangers

exercise requirements

affection level

friendliness to other pets

watchfulness

Grooming Requirements

Vocality

Where Are Weimaraners From?

The Weimaraner most likely originated in 19th-century Germany, but the early history of the breed is not well known. They were developed for hunting and used by the German royal families to track large game such as boar, bear, and deer. They were prized for their remarkable hunting and tracking abilities, and are still used to this day for chasing small game like fowl, rabbits, and birds.

The hallmark of this breed is their coat color and they were first recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1943.

Where Are Weimaraners From?

The Weimaraner most likely originated in 19th-century Germany, but the early history of the breed is not well known. They were developed for hunting and used by the German royal families to track large game such as boar, bear, and deer. They were prized for their remarkable hunting and tracking abilities, and are still used to this day for chasing small game like fowl, rabbits, and birds.

The hallmark of this breed is their coat color and they were first recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1943.

Care

What Kind of Diet Does a Weimaraner Need?

Due to their energy level and muscular body type, the Weimaraner breed needs a well-balanced diet. They should be fed puppy food for the first year of their lives to ensure that they get the proper nutrition for bone and muscle development. As an adult, they need to be fed twice a day to keep them happy and healthy.

Caring for a Weimaraner

What Kind of Diet Does a Weimaraner Need?

How Much Grooming Does a Weimaraner Need?

Are Weimaraners Healthy Dogs?

How Much Training Does a Weimaraner Need?

How Much Exercise Does a Weimaraner Need?

What Kind of Diet Does a Weimaraner Need?

Due to their energy level and muscular body type, the Weimaraner breed needs a well-balanced diet. They should be fed puppy food for the first year of their lives to ensure that they get the proper nutrition for bone and muscle development. As an adult, they need to be fed twice a day to keep them happy and healthy.

What Are the Physical Characteristics of a Weimaraner?

The Weimaraner is a long, tall, and graceful dog with a short and smooth sliver coat. They have a muscular and athletic body that was built for endurance. Males stand around 25 to 27 inches tall, with females standing between 23 to 25 inches. Male weight can range from 70 to 85 lbs. and females weigh between 55 to 77 lbs.

Weimaraners commonly have light amber, gray, or blue-gray colored eyes. They have moderate to long, folded ears, a black nose, and a lengthy muzzle.

Yes, Weimaraners are sizable dogs, built for large homes with access to open space and active families. Physically, they have broad chests with long, thin torsos.

Yes, Weimaraners have tails, but they are docked to 6 inches after birth. Many countries have begun outlawing docking for the breed, and the undocked Weimaraner tail is lengthy, straight, and pointed.

The breed’s front legs are strong and straight. Dewclaws are typically removed, per AKC requirements.

The Weimaraner coat is smooth in texture and distinct in color, with hues ranging from silver-blue to charcoal-blue to blue-gray. This breed is very sensitive to cold weather, since they don’t possess an undercoat.

The breed’s hind legs are well-muscled and slightly shorter than the front legs. Hips are well aligned with the body, and legs have a slight bend at the knee.

Weimaraner Facts

1

Some refer to the Weimaraner as the "Gray Ghost" because of their sly hunting style and silver coat color.

2

A Weimaraner named Dingo was used to help recover missile parts during the Cold War. He had to wear a special jacket loaded with ice cubes during the summer to keep him cool.

3

The Weimaraner is one of the fastest dog breeds in the world, topping out at speeds of 35mph.

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References

  • Morris, Desmond. Dogs: The Ultimate Dictionary of Over 1,000 Dog Breeds. Trafalgar Square, 2002.
  • American Kennel Club. The Complete Dog Book. Random House Digital, Inc., 2006.
  • Wilcox, Bonnie and Chris Walkowicz. The Atlas of Dog Breeds of the World. T.F.H Publications, Inc., 1995.

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