Elegant and hauntingly beautiful, the Weimaraner sure is a unique kind of dog. This breed is a popular gun dog, noted for its scenting ability, speed, and intelligence. But what makes the Weimaraner stand out from other hunting breeds is its distinctive, silvery gray coat.
Some Weimaraners are still active in the hunting grounds today although many of them have become household companions. If you want an active dog with a unique appearance, the Weimaraner might just be the right breed for you. Learn more about the breed in this post.
Stuff Dog Lovers Should Know About The Weimaraner
Also called Gray Ghost and Weim, the Weimaraner is considered one of the smartest dog breeds. You might think the Weim is an aloof and independent breed because of its versatility and intelligence. But this dog is actually quite attached to its owners and may even suffer from separation anxiety when left alone for a long time.
What does a Weimaraner look like?
The Weimaraner has the following traits:
- Medium-large, athletic build
- Male Weimaraners stand between 25 to 27 inches at the shoulder and weigh around 70 to 85 pounds
- Female Weimaraners stand between 23 to 25 inches and weigh around 23 to 25 inches
- Slight median line on the forehead
- Blue, gray, or silver coat color (may sometimes have a small white marking on the chest)
- Short and smooth coat
- Light amber, gray, or blue-gray eyes
- Grayish nose
- Webbed feet
- Long, pendant ears, the tips reaching alongside the jaw
- Docked or undocked tail
Often referred to as the “gray ghost” because of the distinctive color of its short, sleek coat, the Weimaraner is a graceful dog with aristocratic features. (The American Kennel Club)
What are Weimaraner dogs like?
Weimaraners are friendly, intelligent, and obedient. These dogs really need constant interaction with their owners. If left alone for a long time, they may become destructive.
They are fearless dogs as well, with a tendency to be assertive and willful. Owners would have to train them early, more so, exert firm (but gentle) leadership.
These dogs can get along with older children. Younger kids and children may be overwhelmed by the Weimaraners’ extreme energy. Although they are great companions for humans, they may not be so kind and friendly to other small animals.
Weimaraners are very active dogs and require daily exercise. They must be given opportunities to hike, run, and swim outdoors as well. They are not exactly the kind of dogs which are content to be in an apartment. A home in the countryside with access to a big backyard is best suited for them.
Are Weimaraner dogs aggressive?
Weimaraners are typically not aggressive towards people. However, they can be aggressive towards other animals, especially if they are smaller. These dogs have a high prey drive because of their hunting background and they still have the tendency to associate some animals, even other pets, with the prey they hunt. To minimize their urge to hunt, chase, or even kill other animals, they must be trained and socialized early.
These dogs have a strong prey drive and may chase or even kill birds, rabbits, cats, hamsters, etc.
Where does the Weimaraner originate?
It is believed the Weimaraner comes from the city of Weimar in the state of Thuringia, Germany. The breed appeared around the 19th century.
This Weimaraner was primarily bred as an all-purpose gun dog by the nobles and aristocrats of Weimar. It was first used as a hunting dog which could hunt large game. Later on, when large game became scarce, the breed was used to hunt small game such as rabbits and birds.
How much food does a Weimaraner need?
Adult Weimaraners may need around 2 to 4 cups of food, divided into two meals, per day. Puppies eat less (depending on the puppies’ age) but they are fed three meals a day. These dogs should not be fed directly before or after exercise because they have a tendency to bloat.
Owners must be aware just how much their Weimaraner really needs to eat—if their dogs look healthy they might just be on the right track. A Weimaraner puppy may look gangly for a while but it should not be too thin to the extent that it bones are showing. An adult Weimaraner, meanwhile, is neither fat nor too thin. There should be an adequate layer of fat on its backbone and its ribs must not be too obvious.
What does a Weimaraner eat?
Weimaraners can thrive on dry or moist dog food, raw food, and cooked food. It is important owners understand what their dogs really need before they start feeding them.
The advantage of bagged or ready-made dog food is that it takes very little time to prepare. Moreover, they are already specifically formulated to aid a dog’s healthy growth on each level of its life. But owners must choose the premium dog food made with good quality ingredients. Very cheap dog food may contain fillers and dubious ingredients which may eventually harm dogs.
Some owners choose to feed their dogs raw dog food. The benefits of raw dog food include healthier skin, shinier coats, and cleaner teeth. Raw dog food also has certain risks. The bacteria found in raw meat might be harmful and uncooked whole bones might internally puncture a dog. Novice owners need to know understand what these risks are before they start feeding their dogs raw food.
Many owners also choose to prepare homemade dog food. Cooking dog food does take more time but it is a way of having more control on the quality of ingredients.
Are Weimaraner dogs hypoallergenic?
No, the Weimaraner is not a hypoallergenic dog breed. Though this breed does not have a double coat and has short hair, it still sheds frequently. This basically means the Weimaraner produces relatively more dander and saliva, which are common allergens found among dogs.
Shedding is often associated with the amount of allergens released from a dog’s body. Dog breeds that shed minimally, like the Yorkshire Terrier and the Poodle, are considered hypoallergenic dog breeds. But there really is no such thing as a completely non-allergenic dog breed because all dogs still produce dander and saliva, even if only minimal.
When does a Weimaraner reach its adult size?
Weimaraners may take two years to reach their full adult size. They usually reach their full height or frame by one year of age but they continue to fill out their weight until they are about 18 months to 2 years old.
These dogs’ lifespan is between 11 to 14 years although it is a not a guarantee they live within this range. Some may die before they reach 11; some may live longer than 14 years.
How much do Weimaraner puppies cost?
Weimaraner puppies can cost anywhere between USD $600 to more than $1,200. The prices vary depending on the puppies’ pedigree and health, as well as the breeders’ reputation and location. Meanwhile, adoption fees can cost considerably less at around $200 to $400.
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If you want a dog with a unique appearance, the Weimaraner might just be the right breed for you. But responsible owners know they just don’t get a dog because it looks cute or pretty, of course. If you’re getting a Weimaraner, make sure you are able to provide it the kind of lifestyle it deserves—a home in the countryside or at least a house with a big backyard where it is free to play and romp around.
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