This breed comes from Germany and was first bred sometime in the 19th century. They were used as an all round gun dog that could hunt game of all sizes, including deer and even bear. The breed we know today is a mixture of Bloodhounds, Schweinhunds and other pointer breeds. Their affectionate nature makes them a popular pet.
The Weimaraner is a working breed that is very active. They’re loyal, affectionate and bold and soon become 100% devoted to their owners and family. They will do whatever you ask of them once well trained, though training can be slow from the start. They have a stubborn streak and may even try to take over if you don’t make it clear that you are in charge.They have minds that are constantly active and they seem to thrive off of training. It is said that there is nothing you can’t train a Weimaraner to do, they just can’t sit around all day. Their sharp minds allow them to learn quickly. Training should be positive with rewards. An untrained dog will be destructive. Their hunting nature truly comes out when on walks and you should be confident in their recall or be sure that you are in a secure area before letting them off lead. They need heaps of exercise and make for a good jogging, or even biking, partner.
This breed will soon become bored if kept indoors all day, this will cause them to be destructive, and is one of the main reasons why they are often re-homed. If given enough exercise, this breed makes for an absolutely wonderful pet. The breed gets along very well with children, though their active nature can make a tiny bit too boisterous for really small children. They do have a tendency to jump up when greeting someone, but this is only ever meant in a good way and can be easily trained against. They are a great dog for the more active family. They are happiest when with those close to them and will want to spend as much time as possible by their owner’s side. Infact, their desire to be with their owners is so strong that they often try to climb into bed with them, just to get a bit closer. They are generally good with other dogs, though can be wary of strangers.
Their silky smooth coats will need regular brushing to keep them looking good and to remove dead hairs, other than this, little grooming is required. Bloat can be a problem in some individuals.
Weimaraners possess an energetic and inquisitive temperament. They are very athletic dogs that love nothing more than to be outside, running around. They require lots of daily exercise, but once they receive this they are loving. They can be too lively for some families.
Health problems that may affect Weimaraners include canine hip dysplasia (CHD), bloat, Hypertrophic osteodystrophy (malformation of bones), cancer, heart disease, eye diseases and allergies.
- Status: Common
- Life Expectancy: 10 - 12 years
- Weight: 65-81 lbs
- Height: 23 - 27"
- Rare: No
- Coat: Short
- Grooming Requirements: Once a week
- Town or Country: Either
- Minimum Home Size: Large House
- Minimum Garden Size: Large Garden
- Breed Type: Gun Dog
- Size: Large
- Energy Level: High
- Exercise Required: Over 2 hours