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Weimaraner Dog Breed Profile

Weimaraner

General
Other Names
Weimaraner Voerstehhund, Grey Ghost, Weims 
Dog Group Kennel Club
Gundog 
Breed Classification
Weimaraners belong to the Gundog group and whilst still popular as a working dog, their unique appearance is now making them more appealing as companion dogs. Because of his learning ability they are also used in obedience and field trials. Weims are also seen in growing numbers in the show ring. 
Cost of Ownership
Average Food Cost
£4-7.50 per week
Feeding Requirements
Weims are not big eaters but do need more on a cold winter's day. 
Other Expenses
Weimaraner puppies vary in price from £600 to £700, the higher the price paid, the better quality of puppy. 
Lifespan
9 - 15 years
The life span of the Weimaraner is 12 to 13 years. 
Average Litter Size
The litter sizes are between 6 to 7 puppies. 
General Physical Description
With their shimmering steel, sleek, short coat and amber or blue eyes, Weimaraners are one of the most outstanding breeds. Weims are the tallest of the gundog group. They are graceful with speed, stamina and endurance giving them 'star quality' and a tremendous presence, emulating the thoroughbred stayer in the horse world. There are two different varieties, the short-haired and the long-haired, the latter being less common, and, indeed, not accepted in the United States. It is normal for the short-haired to be docked to approximately 15cms and the tail of the long-haired only tipped.

Height Min Max
Bitch 56cm (22") 64cm (25")
Dog 61cm (24") 69cm (27")
Weight Min Max
Bitch 22kg (48lbs) 22kg (48lbs)
Dog 27kg (60lbs) 27kg (60lbs)
Size Category
Large 
Weight Height Range
Dogs stand between 61 to 69cms and weigh around 27kgs while bitches are between 56 to 64cms, weighing around 22.5kgs. 
Ailments
Weimaraners are affected by the usual canine problems but with no great frequency. They are, however, prone to two more unusual problems: spinal dysraphism which is a severe though non-lethal condition, affecting the gait and giving an unusual stance which resembles a crouched position. Ear infections are easily acquired due to the drop-earred conformation. 
Common Ailments

Spinal dysraphism
Ear infections  
Susceptibility To Illness
Low 
Other
History
The exact origins of this breed are unknown although a dog of the Weimaraner type appeared in a Van Dyke painting of the early 1600's. It is believed that the breed comes from stock similar to the German Short-Haired Pointer, with Bloodhound being added early through crosses with one or more of the various schweisshund breeds. The breed takes its name from the nobles of the court of Charles August, Grand Duke of Weimar and was once used to hunt big game, wolves, wildcats, deer, mountain lion and bears etc. When the big game disappeared from Europe by the late 1800's, Weims became a rarity. However, with selective breeding, they became small game hunters and bird dogs, once again, increasing their popularity. Their breeding was kept a close secret in Germany for many years by a very strict breed club and it was not until 1929 that the Weimaraner was introduced to America by Howard Knight, a member of the breed society club of Germany. In 1943, the American Kennel Club granted official recognition to these dogs. 
Intelligence
Weimaraners are quick-witted, eager to please and have the intelligence to understand what is required of them. Their handler must be very confident when dealing with them as they are a very dominant breed. Training should begin very early to discourage chewing, house-soiling and other bad habits.< 
Show Characteristics
The head should be reasonably long and aristocratic with a moderate stop and rather prominent occiput. The flews should be again moderately deep enclosing powerful jaws which should have a complete scissor bite. The eyes are medium-sized and amber or blue-grey in colour, showing a keen, kind and intelligent expression. The ears should be long and lobular, set on high and when drawn alongside the jaws, should end 2.5cms from point of nose. The neck should be clean-cut and moderately long merging into well laid shoulders. The body, excluding the neck, head and tail, should look square, with a well-developed, deep chest and level topline. The forelegs should be straight and strong and the hindquarters moderately angulated with well turned stifles. The hocks should be well let down with well developed muscle. The feet should be firm and compact with well arched toes. Tails should be docked to leave remaining tail covering either the scrotum in dogs or the vulva in bitches. In the long-haired variety, the tip of the tail only may be removed. 
Country Of Origin
Germany 
Famous Examples
 
Records Held
 
Characteristics
Energy
High 
Overall Exercise
> 2 hours per day.
Weimaraners MUST have regular long walks to keep them calm in the house. If they do not get enough exercise, they can become very destructive and unhappy. They love to swim and retrieve and both these activities keep their active minds occupied. 
Distress if Left Alone
High 
Personal Protection
High 
Guard Dog Suitability
High 
Risk of Sheep Worrying
High 
Tendency to Bark
Medium 
High 
Level of Aggression
High 
Compatibility With Other Animals
High 
Suitable For Children

High 

General Character And Temperament
This breed makes an excellent companion as they are all-round dogs who love family life. They are friendly, intelligent and energetic but, with their vigilance, make excellent guard dogs if their home or family are threatened. If they are properly trained when young, they will mix with other animals in the household although they do not like strange dogs. Because of their dominance, they are not recommended for first time dog owners. 
Grooming
Coat Length
Short/Smooth 
Grooming Requirement
< Once a week 
Trimming
None 
Requires Professional Groomer
 
Grooming
The short-haired Weimaraner is one of the easiest breeds to keep clean with very little grooming required. Even when he has been through the muddiest of fields the dirt seems to fall off him very easily, leaving you with nothing to do but 'polish' up his coat! The more unusual longer-haired variety, with a coat of about 5cms, does, however require more attention. They should be brushed and combed regularly. A check should be made on their ears routinely to ensure they are free from infections. 
Colour
The Weimaraner's predominant colouration is silver grey with shades of mouse or roe-grey being seen. It is quite common for them to have a dark dorsal stripe. 
Shedding
Little 
Suffers From Allergies
 

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