- Good watchdog with a loud bark
- Highly intelligent and trainable
- Wonderful companion and family dog
- Has a short, easy-to-care-for coat
- Lively, with a friendly personality
- Large, strong, and athletic, with lots of stamina
- Sees cats and small animals as prey unless trained otherwise
- Needs a lot of exercise
- Prone to boredom and separation anxiety when left alone and will find trouble
- Needs frequent attention from her family
A male Weimaraner is 25 to 27 inches at the shoulder; females are smaller at 23 to 25 inches tall. Their bodies are strong and built for work, streamlined and able to run with great endurance. The head is strong and hound-like with dropped ears.
Weimaraners generally mature at 1 to 2 years, although they reach their full size around 6 to 8 months.The Weimaraner coat is short, smooth, and sleek and considered “wash and wear;” these dogs require little more than a quick rubdown with a rubber curry brush. The color is mouse-gray to silver-gray, giving the dog the nickname “the Gray Ghost.”
Weimaraners are active dogs, requiring a high level of physical activity given their hunting history. Although they are hunting dogs, they do not make good kennel dogs and prefer being with their owners. They are highly intelligent and need activities to keep them occupied to prevent destructive behavior such as chewing and digging. They need to be kept in a large fenced-in backyard to prevent them from roaming.
Weimaraners need a large amount of interaction with people. They tolerate other dogs well, if properly socialized. Other pets, such as cats, rodents, birds or reptiles, should be kept away from the Weimaraners; because of the breed’s hunting heritage, these dogs are liable to kill such animals.
Weimaraners are ideal for owners who want a large, active dog for hunting, hiking and other outdoor activities. They can make good watchdogs. Weimaraners do not do well left alone for long periods. They can bark excessively or try to escape if left alone for long hours.
The Weimaraner appeared in the early 19th century. These dogs belonged to the Nobles of Weimar, who bred the “Weimar pointers” to hunt big game. It is believed that the Bloodhound might be an ancestor or relative of the Weimaraner. Regardless of its origins, the nobles restricted the ownership of the Weimaraner to the membership of the German Weimaraner Club. The Weimaraner was later developed as a bird dog as big game declined in Germany.
Howard Knight, an American sportsman and dog breeder, brought two Weimaraners to the United States in 1929. Even before AKC recognition, the Weimaraner performed exceptionally in obedience trials, stirring interest on the part of dog enthusiasts. The Weimaraner was recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC) in 1943.
If you have any questions concerning your Weimaraner please contact Meadowlands Veterinary Hospital at 201-646-2008 or visit us at www.meadowlandsvethospital.com