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Are you an active person that is looking for a daily running partner? Have a home with a fenced in-yard? Love the unique coloring of the silver-gray, or charcoal-blue Weimaraner? This breed could be what you are looking for!

The Weimaraner is a German breed created by German aristocrats in the court of Weimar during the 19th century. The Weimaraner has two nicknames that it is known for: the "Gray Ghost" for their stealth like hunting capabilities in the field and the "Velcro Dog" for the bond they build with their master, rarely leaving their side.

Bred For

Hunting big game in the Thuringian forest in Germany was the original purpose of this breed. The Weimaraner eventually adapted to hunting birds and is now commonly used to hunt birds and being as a companion breed.

Appearance

The Weimaraner height is 23-27 inches and they can weigh between 55-85 pounds. The Weimaraner coat is the most distinguished look about them. The color of silver-gray and charcoal-blue makes the Weimaraner stand out amongst other breeds. Their coat is very low maintenance, typically short and smooth, but they do shed. Because they have no undercoat, they do not do well in cold climates. There are long-haired Weimaraner's available but they are not allowed to show in AKC conformations. Their body structure is muscular and athletic in appearance. Their eyes can be light amber, gray or blue-gray. Their tail is docked at birth, however many countries have made this illegal and a standard Weimaraner tail is 6 inches long. Their ears are long, and have a slight fold downward.

Personality

Separation Anxiety is a known trait in the Weimaraner. This breed does not do well kenneled outside by itself, nor being left alone for long periods of time. They were originally bred to have a strong bond with their humans and this trait is still strong in today's breed, hence their nickname, "Velcro Dog." This behavioral disorder is so strong in this breed that even medication and training sometimes has no effect. This breed is also well known for counter-surfing as well (stealing food from counters and tables). The Weimaraner is a very intelligent, loyal, and fun companion. With any dog, early socialization and training can help ward off serious behavioral problems in the future. Typically, they do very well with other dogs, animals, and children. They are a very rambunctious breed and will need to be monitored around small children as during play children can easily be knocked over accidentally. They have a strong prey drive and should only be introduced to smaller animals in the household when they are puppies.

Activity Level

Their activity level is high.; They will require two-three 45 minute walks a day or a daily running partner. Use a backpack on your Weimaraner to help drain their energy and give them a job to do. The Weimaraner has a strong work ethic and, if not properly mentally and physically stimulated, they can be extremely destructive and develop severe behavioral problems such as: chewing (furniture, walls, and carpeting), barking, aggression, digging, counter-surfing, nipping, and much more. This breed requires every-day stimulation; they are not an apartment or condo type dog. A fenced in-yard is a must for this breed and do not assume they are happy to drain their own energy by being in the back yard by themselves. Remember, this "Velcro Dog" prefers to play and be with you. They will quickly self-entertain in the wrong way if they are bored.

Health Concerns

A typical life span for the Weimaraner is 10-12 years. Health concerns are: Hyperthyroidism, Bloat, Dermoid Cysts, Dwarfism, Eye Problems, Hip Dysplasia, Von Willebrand's disease and Cancer.

Rescue First

As you begin looking for a Weimaraner, please check with rescue organizations first. Every year there are millions of dogs being euthanized, not because they are bad dogs, but because there is no home for them and insufficient resources to care for them at rescues. By adopting a dog, you are truly saving a life!

At the very least, NEVER purchase any dog from a pet store. Unfortunately, those puppies almost always come from puppy mills. Instead, look for a reputable breeder to work with.

On a final note, it is important to spay and neuter your puppy by 6 months old to have a healthy and happy pet for many years to come!

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Sources:

Dog Breed Info

Original Dog Bible, 2nd Edition by Kristin Mehus-Roe

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