Learn about the weimaraner and its suitability for you
The Weimaraner (pronounced “Vie-mare-ron-er”) is a sleek looking, large dog. He stands between 24 to 27 inches at the shoulder, and weighs as much as 70 pounds. Weimaraners are strong, athletic Sporting dogs, covered in a smooth, short gray coat. In fact, even their eyes are gray. Gray is the most distinctive feature of this breed.
This dog has been around since at least the 17th century and surfaced in Germany. He was a prized hunter and water retriever, and has also been used as a rescue dog, police dog, and to aid disabled people. The Weimaraner has outstanding agility and high energy. He makes a wonderful companion for active families or individuals.
The Weimaraner has impeccable stamina and powerful muscles that need to be sufficiently exercised. He not only requires daily vigorous walks, but also plenty of opportunity to run free. Since he needs a good workout, the Weimaraner is not a good apartment dog. He can live comfortably in the city, but it is best for this dog to have a yard he can enjoy and use freely.
Another fact you should know about the Weimaraners high energy is he can easily knock down children as a puppy. That being said, this breed does get along well with children and enjoys playing with them. The Weimaraner can be reserved around strangers and aggressive towards other dogs if he is not socialized as a puppy. Furthermore, this breed does not mix well with small house pets (IE. rodents, birds, etc.).
Just as he requires socializing, he also needs effective obedience training. They are brave and devoted, but he can become overly protective of what he sees as his own territory. He can also be very stubborn and hard to control if his owner doesn’t step up and show him who is in charge.
The Weimaraner loves his family and will want to spend as much time with them as possible. This dog should not be left outdoors, nor should he be left alone more than is necessary. If you allow a Weimaraner to become lonely he will grow restless and destructive. Therefore, take him with you wherever you go. He loves to travel, and is a great camping buddy.
One of the more pleasing aspects about owning a Weimaraner is grooming is a breeze. This pooch only requires weekly brushing to remove dead hair and to distribute oils evenly through the coat to make it shine. Furthermore, his short coat sheds no more than the average dog.
You can expect the Weimaraner to live 10 – 12 years, which is the average life span of a large dog. The only health problems that appear to be a concern in the breed is hip dysplasia and bloat (a deadly condition that causes the stomach to twist). Bloat can be prevented in the dog by providing him an elevated feeder, giving him smaller meals during the day instead of one large one, and not exercising him directly after eating or drinking. Bloat is generally caused when a deep chested dog gulps down too much air.
Faithful, strong and affectionate, the Weimaraner remains a true companion to his family, all the days of his life.