A complete guide to the weimaraner

The Weimaraner (pronounced vee-mer-on-er) is a large, sleek dog that is known for its distinctive grey color. It is a descendent of the bloodhound. Weimaraners are very intelligent dogs, but they can also be sneaky and selectively use their intelligence (such as ignoring your commands and then getting in to trouble when you turn your back).

Appearance

Height: Males measure in between 25 inches and 27 inches at the withers; females between 23 inches and 25 inches.

Weight: A typical Weimaraner weighs between 55 and 85 pounds.

Coat: The Weimaraner’s coat is short, sleek and grey in color. The shade of grey can range from a light grey to a shiny, silver-grey. Occasionally, a small white marking will appear on the chest.

Ears and Eyes: Ears are long, slightly folded and set high on the head. Eyes are typically amber or gray, but may appear black during moment of excitement (when pupils are dilated).

Tail: According to the AKC breed standard, the tail should be docked to a third of its natural length shortly after birth. Tail docking has been made illegal in many countries, but it is still common practice in the United States.

Disposition

Weimaraners are happy and affectionate dogs. They are very good with children. They are typically very energetic and can become bored and misbehave if they don’t get enough exercise or if they are subjected to the same routine over and over again.

AKC Group: Sporting

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Training: Weimaraners can be very excitable, so it’s important to establish some basic training early in their lives. Focus on learning how to sit and say. Never hit a Weimaraner as a means of discipline, as this breed will quickly become wary of anyone who doles out violence as a training tactic.

Ideal Environment: Weimaraners are hunting dogs, but they don’t enjoy being outdoors for long periods of time. Their instincts to hunt small, furry animals can be problematic in homes with other pets (such as cats).

Health and Care

Feeding: This breed is prone to bloat, so it is better to feed a Weimaraner two small meals a day instead of one large meal. Weimaraners can also be prone to hip dysplasia and tumors.

Grooming: Only minimal grooming is required, due to the Weimaraner’s short coat.

Exercise: Weimaraners tend to have a lot of energy, so they should be taken on a long walk every day. They should also be given ample opportunities to run free.

Health Problems: Common health problems among Weimaraners include hip dysplasia, tumors and some immune system disorders.

Average Lifespan: A Weimaraner can be expected to live for 10 to 12 years.

Adopting or buying a Weimaraner

There are many great Weimaraner breeders out there selling healthy Weimaraner puppies. Be sure to research breeders before you make a purchase. Avoid puppy mills.

The team at PlusPets.com encourages you to consider adopting from a Weimaraner rescue center if this is a possibility in your area.