Weimaraner dog got creation for gundog for hunting deer and bear, in native Germany Silver Ghost was highly sought after dog breed. Today, you can find these demanding but elegant dogs on the hunting grounds. If you give him good exercise, he can also be a fine family friend. In the early 19th century, its name come from the place in Germany – the court of Weimar, whose noblemen wanted a dog with courage, intelligence, speed, stamina and a good scenting ability. To get their dream dog, it is believed that the breeds which are used to create Weimaraner include The English Pointer, Bloodhound, blue Great Dane, German Short-haired Pointer and silver-grey Huehnerhund or chicken dog.
Dog Breed Group: Sporting Dogs
Height: 1 foot, 11 inches to 2 feet, 3 inches tall at the shoulder
Weight: 55 to 85 pounds
Life Span: 11 to 13 years
Need to know about Weimaraner Dog Breed
These dogs are not for first-time dog owners. They have a lot of energy and stamina and they need a lot of exercise and mental stimulation without it they became high strung and nervous.
A Weimaraner always wants to get as close as possible to his owner or family preferable within touching range. They will follow you everywhere and lie on your feet. You should not keep him in less human interaction areas like a backyard or kennel.
This breed has a strong prey drive, if not kept under control, anything thing resembles prey he will chase and kill including small dogs and cats. After the kill, they will show you there hunt.
They are typically fearless, obedient, friendly and alert. On the assertive side, they are smart, willful and restless.Weims are a smart and quick learner but if not given time to train, they will learn unnecessary things like opening doors to go outside whenever they want.
Like every dog Weimaraners need early socialization. When they are young they need exposure to different sound, sight, people and experiences, it should continue through his life. Socialization will help your puppy grow up to be a friendly, well-rounded and outgoing dog.
They may bark, may injure themselves or become destructive if they are left alone for too long.Weims don’t like living outdoor regarding they are hunting dogs. Weims think for themselves and they need consistent and decent training their entire lives.
Weimaraner Dog Breed Health
Weims generally does not have any health issues but like other breeds, they can face health conditions. If you are getting Weims it is necessary to be aware of their health issues. Although not all of them get all or some of the following disease.
If you are interested in buying a puppy, find a breeder with health clearance of the puppy’s parents. By doing so you can find that the dog has been cleared of a particular condition. You should see health clearances from the OFA (Orthopedic Foundation for Animals) for Weims. You can also see OFA website for confirmation. Following are the health issues you can face in Weimaraners.
Hip Dysplasia: Sometimes hip dysplasia does not show any sign. It is an abnormality at the hip joint which may affect both or one sides.
Gastric dilatation-volvulus (GDV): It is also known as Torsion or Bloat. It is a very severe condition that can also cause death. It may affect deep-chested dogs if they eat more than normal or drink too much water after a meal.
Distichiasis: In this condition, usually on the lower side the dog has another row of eyelashes which cause irritation to the tearing and cornea.
Entropion: This condition starts at the age of six months. In this condition, the dog eyelid rolls inward, which cause irritation or injuring the eyeball. It can affect both eyes. If your dog rubs his eyes consult a doctor. This defect can be fixed through surgery.
Factor XI Deficiency: In this condition, the dogs bleed more than usual after an injury. This is a minor bleeding disorder.
Immune-mediated Disease: Very few puppies react to combination vaccines, with joints, inflamed tissues and fever. The reaction may occur at the age of 12 to 16 weeks. According to the Weimaraner Club of America, puppies should be vaccinated at the age of 8 to 12 weeks.
Note: This health information is all about providing our visitors with a type of general knowledge. In order to be aware of any health issues or any diseases and conditions, do consult your veterinarian.
Weimaraner Dog Breed Care
- Weimaraner is a housedog. He cannot live in kennel, backyard or an apartment. They need a large and secured yard.
- Weims are very active and have a lot of stamina. They need a couple of hours of exercise daily so that will prevent recreational barking, chewing or digging a hole in your backyard.
- Weims are very intelligent dogs. They can learn to open doors very quickly. So it will be a good idea to keep them indoors.
- Crate training is very effective for weims an adult well-trained weim is like a shadow. It will follow you everywhere. They prefer touching distance with people and sit on your feet.
- Weimaraners are intelligent and think independently that make them difficult to train. Weimaraners are very sensitive dogs they don’t go well with anger and get confused, be gentle to them and if you want to stop them for doing something a “No” will do just fine but you have to mean it.
- While training Weims may disobey your orders but you have to ignore that. Always end your training when your dog does it right and appreciate them for their favorite
Weimaraner Dog Breed Feeding
Recommended daily amount:2.5 to 3.5 cups of high-quality dry food every day that is divided into two meals.
NOTE: How much your adult Weims eats, depends on his size, build, age, metabolism and activity level. The dogs are individuals, just like a human, and they do not want the same amount of food. In simple words, a highly agile and active dog will, of course, need more than a dog who is a couch potato. When you buy the quality food for your dog also makes a difference — the better the food for your dog, the further it will go towards nourishing the dog and the less of it you will need to shake into your dog’s bowl.
If you are not sure, whether he is overweight or not look down at him first and then you will be able to see his waist. Now keep your hands on his back and your thumbs on his spine, along with the fingers that spread downward. You will be able to feel his ribs but not see without pressing hard. If you can’t, he definitely will need more exercise and less food.
Weimaraner Dog with Children And Other Pets
Weimaraners will go great with active older children who know dogs. Always teach your children how to touch and approach dogs, and the interactions between young children and dogs must always be supervised to prevent any biting or tail or ear pulling. Teach your children never try to approach any dogs while they are sleeping or eating or taking their food away.
Weimaraners do not work with other small animals like cats, rabbits, hamster, birds and even small dogs. Weims have a very strong prey drive they will chase and kill anything that looks like a prey to them and proudly shows you there hunt. Redirecting their prey instinct is not impossible but very difficult.