A working gundog who originated in Weimar, Germany, the Weimaraner is often referred to as the “gray ghost” and is both a striking dog and delightful companion.
Weimaraners are famous as both the muses and subjects of world renown photographer William Wegman.
- Loyal, protective, athletic, courageous, affectionate and very strong-willed
- Both a venerable hunter and a fearless protector the Weimaraner needs an owner as strong and confident as he is
- Can suffer from severe separation anxiety
- 65-75 pounds
- 22-27 inches at the withers (shoulders)
- Weimaraners will take full advantage of an owner who does not establish his role as “master” immediately; the strong-willed and stubborn Weimaraner needs an owner who will not be easily intimidated
- Not ideal for a home with young children or elderly adults as they can be boisterous, rowdy dogs
- Provided Weimaraners have enough training, exercise and some type of task to do (guarding, agility training) they are a jovial dog who will bring great life to a home
- A stubborn breed with a wandering attention span, training can be difficult
- Patient, firm but gentle, short, daily training sessions are the best approach
- Young Weimaraners are extraordinarily exuberant and need plenty of socialization and playtime to work off that energy
- Weimaraners need a high-level of exercise each day — both on-leash and off-leash play in a dog-run or fenced in play area
- Plenty of socialization starting at a young age will likely ward off any aggressive tendencies
- Weimaraners are known for their sleek, silver-gray short-haired coats that occasionally have white markings
- This is a low-maintenance coat that requires bi-weekly brushing to remove dull hairs and abet shedding
- Although not common, Weimaraners also come in the long-haired variety which requires increased brushing especially around the shaggy ears and legs
- A young, unsupervised Weimaraner is trouble waiting to happen; they must be engaged and involved from their youth to their adulthood to avoid the consequences of separation anxiety (chewed furniture, eaten documents, etc)
- Given the hyperactivity of this athletic breed, ensuring a Weimaraner is properly exercised is the key to owning a happy, well-behaved dog
- Weimaraners can be genetically prone to eye problems including cataracts and/or inverted eyelids as well as hip dysplasia, bloat and/or heart disease
- 10-13 years
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PHOTO: Mike Bostock