The Weimaraner, renowned for its noble appearance, stands as one of the most distinguished canine companions, exuding an air of pride and regality. Distinguished by its elegant gray coat and characterized by its affectionate and easily trainable nature, this breed captivates admirers with its aristocratic bearing.
Get to know this dog better with a guide full of interesting facts and practical tips for training.
- 1 Weimaraner: Origins
- 2 The appearance of the Weimaraner
- 3 What Are Weimaraners Like: Temperament & Character
- 4 A Very Sociable Dog
- 5 Weimaraner Puppy
- 6 How Long Does a Weimaraner Live?
- 7 Weimaraner Recommended Diet
- 8 How Much Does a Weimaraner Cost?
- 9 Weimaraner vs. German Shorthaired Pointer
- 10 More on this topic
A closer examination of the Weimaraner reveals a proud and graceful demeanor, making it a standout among dog breeds. Historically, these hunting dogs held a special position, being the sole canine companions permitted to reside at the German court alongside their owners. Originating from such ‘privileged’ beginnings, the Weimaraner possesses a unique propensity to forge deep emotional bonds with humans, requiring consistent attention and affection to nurture this connection.
Despite their affectionate disposition, the Weimaraner does not betray its innate instincts as guardians. During World War II, these dogs served as guard dogs for the Germans, showcasing their natural inclination to protect the home without resorting to aggression or biting when encountering strangers or other dogs.
Delving into the origins of the Weimaraner unveils its roots in Germany, particularly in the city of Weimar, from which it derives its name. Historical accounts trace its presence to the 18th century, where it held a prominent role in hunting expeditions in the Thuringian forests under the patronage of Grand Duke Carl August. Some experts suggest the Bloodhound as one of the ancestors of the Weimaraner.
In contemporary times, the Weimaraner has found considerable success in America, with up to 500 births recorded monthly. Engaging in various activities such as hunting, guiding, guarding, police work, agility, and narcotics detection, this breed has proven its versatility.
The Weimaraner’s popularity in the United States experienced a significant surge in the 1950s when it was revered for its nearly human-like intelligence. Notable individuals, including Grace Kelly, Eisenhower, and Roy Rogers, owned Weimaraners during this period.
The appearance of the Weimaraner
When it comes to appearance, the Weimaraner, characterized by its quickness, agility, and well-developed musculature, exemplifies a tireless worker and a formidable athlete. Despite its imposing physical traits, it maintains an elegant and balanced demeanor, conveying grace in every movement. The breed is available in two versions: one featuring long-haired dogs and the other comprised of short-haired dogs, with minimal distinctions in other characteristics.
Key features include the striking iridescent gray coat, affectionate amber eyes, and an overall vivacity that defines the Weimaraner’s presence throughout the day. This breed’s allure lies not only in its physical attributes but also in its rich history, versatility, and the deep emotional connections it forms with its human companions.
Let’s delve into the details of its standard:
- Body: sinuous and well-elongated. The neck is slender, long, and slightly arched, with strong muscles and powerful limbs.
- Eyes: in puppies, they are blue but turn amber in color. They have an intelligent and expressive expression.
- Coat: depending on the variety, short and fine or long (the former is much more common).
- Ears: of medium length, rather wide, and protruding forward in the classic ‘alert’ position when the dog is attentive, a typical guard dog posture. They have a rounded tip.
- Head: dry, with a noble and statuesque profile.
- Coat color: silver-gray and gray-brown are allowed, and all intermediate shades between these colors. The head and ears are slightly lighter, and occasionally small white spots may appear on the chest and toes.
- Tail: short and flag-like.
- Weight: male specimens reach 60-70 cm in length and 30-40 kg in weight in adulthood. Females, on the other hand, develop up to 55-65 cm and weigh between 25-35 kg.
The short coat is dense but soft, and without an undercoat. If you have a short and fine-haired dog, which is the most common variety, it will not need much grooming, just brushing it once a week to keep its coat shiny and beautiful.
With long hair, it is always soft and smooth, although it remains a bit longer at the edge of the ears. And it is always without an undercoat.
In the case of this type, it may shed moderately, except during the annual shedding periods in autumn and spring. Nevertheless, daily brushing is advisable.
The standard allows for the gray-brown color of the coat and its intermediate shades up to brown, although the predominant color is silver-gray and all its various nuances.
What Are Weimaraners Like: Temperament & Character
Within the family, this dog is a very affectionate friend and respectful of others’ space, so much so that in the United States, it is also called the ‘Grey Ghost.’
The relationship it tends to develop with the owner is at times clingy, and as a result, it often suffers from the owner’s absence and lack of attention.
An exceptional playmate with children, it shows attentiveness. In fact, a play session with the little ones is recommended to let it use all its energy, both physically and mentally. Children know how to stimulate, tire, educate in self-control, and call back. It is advisable to avoid games like ball or stick throwing, as they reinforce its chasing instinct, typical of hunting dogs. If not used for hunting, these games should be avoided.
However, it remains a proud, stubborn, albeit very docile dog, so training it is relatively straightforward.
Anyone who decides to welcome a Weimaraner into their home must remember that it is still a hunting dog (for pointing and searching) with an excellent sense of smell, in need of adequate space to move, release its dynamism, and satisfy its ‘adventurous’ spirit. On the other hand, it has uncontrollable energy and can be difficult to restrain at times.
It needs prolonged physical activity every day to keep its excellent bone and muscle structure in shape. Therefore, taking care of it could be a tiring and demanding task, definitely not suitable for those leading a sedentary life or with spaces that are too small to accommodate it.
Absolutely avoid a solitary outdoor life (it’s not a dog to be left alone all day in the garden!) as it could lead to irritable behavior and, in the long run, aggression.
It has a balanced, docile, sensitive character, adaptable to different lifestyles, although it sometimes shows stubborn and proud behavior.
A Very Sociable Dog
Due to its noble and majestic appearance, it may give an impression of snobbishness and independence. In reality, it is sociable and gets along with guests; it is very attached to its ‘social group’ and appreciates sharing with other dogs. In fact, it does not like to be excluded. It needs to be involved in the daily life of its owners. This makes it somewhat dependent on its family.
Sociable and getting along with guests, but it still needs time to adapt to trust.
Given these premises, it is the ideal dog for those looking for a devoted, sensitive, and intelligent friend, as well as beautiful.
In a few words, the traits of this splendid breed can be summarized as:
- distrustful of strangers
- does not tolerate loneliness
- barks little, only when it needs to be heard
From puppyhood, it is important that the owner’s behavior is always consistent and methodical. This way, its exuberance and constant ‘will to do’ can be kept under control.
With proper training, you can also control the hunter instinct that characterizes it from its origins.
Sometimes it can be stubborn and a bit headstrong if it senses that the person in front of it is not confident enough. Training must, therefore, be early to avoid the dog developing bad habits.
How Long Does a Weimaraner Live?
The average lifespan of a healthy dog of this breed is about 10-13 years.
Weimaraner Recommended Diet
This aspect is not particularly critical in the vast majority of cases. Given that portions vary depending on age and a more or less active lifestyle, the Weimaraner can be fed with kibble, provided it is of good quality.
If you do not want to opt for always practical kibble, it is highly advisable to consult with a trusted veterinarian to find the most suitable dietary regimen.
How Much Does a Weimaraner Cost?
The price of a Weimaraner puppy ranges from 2,000 to 2,500 Dollars.
The cost is indicative of not exactly excellent health: the breed, in fact, is subject to gastric torsion and hip dysplasia, which in most cases is congenital.
For this reason, it is advisable to purchase the puppy only after reviewing the pedigree of the parents.
Regarding the monthly budget for its maintenance, you should count an average of 50 euros per month to meet the needs of our friend, including food and the usual annual care (such as vaccines, deworming, and antiparasitic treatments…).
Weimaraner vs. German Shorthaired Pointer
The Weimaraner should not be confused with the Kurzhaar or German Shorthaired Pointer. It is still a hunting dog but with a different appearance.
Although slender, of medium size, and with a noble appearance, this energetic and powerful pointing dog has short hair and a coat that can be brown or roan, white with brown spots, or black, and finally white spotted with brown. Nothing to do with the pearl gray.
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