Weimaraner

Breed History

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Weimaraner is a medium size, athletic, energetic, and gray hunting dog. Characteristics that describes their personality are friendly, calm, and trainable.

Agility, speed, and durability are some of the features dog breeders were looking for when they made this breed. Breed came into existence in 19th century and were apart of a tight knit society of noble men who wouldn’t give them to other people to breed.

They come from the German town of Weimar and that’s where they got their names from.

Known as a gun or sporting dog across most of the major Kennel Clubs around the world they are one of the most distinct hunters with a strong prey drive.

Bear, boar, and deer were all the animals this dog was known to hunt at the beginning. Population for these animals saw a decrease and the Weimaraner began to use their talents on other animals.

Eventually as time progresses you will see a change to smaller animals like rabbits and foxes. Most notable is their ability to retrieve game birds as well. Overall, they’re a jack of all trades and can do it all.

During World War II many dogs came to the United States because of the impact the war had on Europe and that’s when they were seen in America.

AKC recognition for this breed happen in 1934.

Registration

They have registration with all the major Kennel Clubs around the world. Worldwide recognition for this breed has been in place for several decades.

Here are the major Kennel Clubs that recognize them

Size

Male Height: 25-27 inches

Female Height: 23-25 inches

Male Weight: 70-90 pounds

Female Weight: 55-75 pounds

Girl dogs are considerably smaller than male dogs. Height of the dogs can’t be taller than 27 inches or smaller than 22 inches.

Litter Size

Litter sizes come out to 6-8 puppies. Medium size dogs will have a medium size litter. There are no known health issues or procedures for the mom of these puppies. Normal birth is usually how they produce the litter.

Colors

  • Mouse Gray
  • Silver Gray
  • Marking – small white on the chest
  • This breed can’t have a blue, black coat or a long coat

Weimaraner Price

You should expect to pay $1,000-$8,000 depending on a variety of factors. Because of their ability to win in dog shows and hunting capabilities these dogs sell for a high premium depending on the breeder you get them from.

People who just breed for the dog to be a pet and doesn’t have a certain pedigree can expect to pay on the lower end of the price range. Although they aren’t in use to do shows or agility courses these dogs will be of great quality.

Dogs without papers will be much less. $300-$500 is the normal price point without papers. Without documentation of the pedigree it is difficult to command prices when you don’t have a Kennel Club co-signing the bloodline.

Grooming

Grooming for this dog is easy due to the short, smooth, and shiny coat they naturally possess.

  1. Brushing
  2. Combing
  3. Bathing
  4. Ears
  5. Nails
  6. Professional Help

All dogs regardless of coat type or size should get brushed multiple times per day. The short coat will benefit from having an owner willing to brush them. If you don’t brush it is not a big deal.

Combing doesn’t need to happen because of how short the coat is and due to no significant damage happening. Seriously, there is nothing to comb.

Bathe the dog when dirty or you can do it on a set schedule. Either way this is a personal decision.

Clean the ears to make sure the dogs don’t get constant ear infections.

Nails can be trim naturally by exercising just like they would in the wild or you can buy a set of clippers and trim the dog’s nails.

Professional help is not a recommendation with the Weimaraner.

Life Span

10-13 years is the average lifespan.

That is a long time to have a dog so prepare to have your dog for at least a decade or more.

Health Issues

Hip Dysplasia – Painful condition that can cause the dog to not want to exercise or engage in general movement depending on the severity of the condition. Symptoms include the inability to work out and displaying displeasure in the exercise itself. X-rays should be taken to determine if they have an abnormal hip socket and need modification. Overall, there isn’t much you can do but manage the condition.

Eye Exam – Eyes are a big part of canine health and will cause problems on a frequent basis if left treatment isn’t quick. Cherry eye, cataracts, glaucoma and other issues can all affect your dog. Getting a eye exam is a recommendation from the Kennel Club because these conditions can lead to blindness after extended periods of time.

Thyroiditis – Many dogs have an issue with the Thyroid and the Weimaraner is no different. Multiple health issues can become a factor when the thyroid isn’t working properly. Having an examination of the Thyroid can figure out if there are any issues early in the dog’s life before symptoms.

A lot of health problems can rise in any dog’s lifetime. It is important to take them to get an annual checkup and all their shots on time without delay.

Weimaraner is generally a healthy dog and doesn’t require much maintenance until they get old and become senior members of the dog community.

Breed Group

Proud members of the Sporting Group that is a poplar and well-known breed group. Spaniels, Retrievers, Pointers, and Setters are the dogs that make up this group and known for their superior retrieving skills.

Skills they use are in the water or on the ground. All around strong instincts and energy levels makes them the perfect asset.

Here are the dogs in the Sporting Group

Brittany

Cocker Spaniel

English Setter

Golden Retriever

Irish Setter

Labrador Retriever

Pointer

Weimaraner

Exercise Needs

There is no way around it because this dog needs a lot of exercise. Two sessions per day will be the minimum until they get much older and don’t require exercise two times in a day.

Energetic is an understatement and you need to show initiative being proactive with getting them runs and walks. Undesirable behavior problems can become an issue if this dog is left in boredom like any other dog.

Behavior is different from command training. Most people request command training saying the dog doesn’t listen, but they truly need behavior training.

No other behavior modification methods work better than plain exercise. Simple to implement but not easy to accomplish on a consistent daily basis.

Here is our recommendation

Morning: Hour (run, walk, and treadmill)

Evening: Hour (run, walk, and treadmill)

Use this as an outline and a starting point. If the dog seems too energetic then you need to increase the exercise. Whenever you notice the behavior is just right then you should maintain the program you have in place.

Failure to commit to this portion of training will cause the rest of the training to become too fragile and you will have to overcompensate in other areas. Doesn’t work by any stretch of the imagination.

Young dogs until they are three years old will have the highest energy levels. Running will be the most dominate activity when they are in this stage of their life.

Dogs that are 3-5 years old you will notice the energy level start to decrease. Recovery after exercise is much slower than it used to be, and you don’t need to exercise as often but still frequent.

five years until death the dog can get a walk around the corner and it will be a great workout.

Training

  1. Exercise program
  2. Commands
  3. Socialization
  4. Corrections

When you look at a training program there is no way you can’t address this part. This is the one thing you can do that makes everything else easier and that is exercise. Full commitment to this part will enable you to curb bad behavior and enhance the relaxation of the dog. Important to remember this will help your dog mentally and physically. You will spend much of your time exercising the dog.

Commands are very popular and the least time-consuming activity of training your dog. You will give them a lot of repetition and they will get it. Learning the body language first and the voice second will be the cadence you will see. Remember a dog can sit, lay and stay while still behaving badly at the same time. Don’t focus all your time on this part.

Socializing the dog will be a good idea but this dog is very social and doesn’t display high levels of dog aggression. After an exercise session, preferably the second one of the days, will be the best time to have them around other dogs. Parks, dog parks, dog beaches, or whatever you have around your home will be a good place to start. Bad dog owners can ruin these places by taking their dog here to exercise. Exercise is after the park not before.

Corrections should be done when you understand how to do them. Use these resources for help in this area and other.

Is Weimaraner a Good Pet?

Yes, they’re great pets if they have an owner willing to exercise and train them daily. That’s true for any dog and any dog owner. Family, friends, and other dogs are all in no danger with this dog.

Trainability isn’t an issue either. These dogs are eager to please their trainers.

Due to really wanting to spend time with the family you can have a dog experience separation anxiety.

Exercising will be key to keeping their mental state in a great condition and releasing some of the pressure they face when left alone.

Following what we recommend in this article should be enough to keep them from whining with separation anxiety.