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Weimaraner

Weimaraner

A Protective Watchdog

Brave, Energetic, Loyal

Weimaraners are extraordinary pets. While it is interesting to learn about the breeding purpose of Weimaraners, their genetics actually influence health, outward appearance and behavior. Some behaviors make the Weimaraner and some can be quite irritating! Understanding her unique needs will help you keep her healthy and will create a stronger bond between the two of you. Explore this page to learn more about where she came, which health conditions are a risk to her and how to keep her feeling her best.

Breed Details

Height:Male: 25-27"; Female: 23-25" Weight:55-90 lb Lifespan:10-13 years

Size
4

1=small 5=large

Grooming requirements
1

1 = little grooming - 5 = much grooming

Energy level
5

1 = low energy - 5 = high energy

Ease of training
4

1 = difficult - 5 = easy

Affection toward owners
3

1 = independent - 5 = very affectionate

Friendliness toward strangers
2

1 = shy - 5 = very friendly

Grooming: Brush her coat at least weekly.

Dental: Weimaraners generally have good teeth, and you can keep them perfect by brushing them at least twice a week!

Ear Care: Clean her ears weekly, even as a puppy. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!

Routine Care: She requires a lot of exercise; at least an hour every day! She’s a social dog, not meant for long-term kennel life.

Looking for an exercise partner? The Weimaraner is for you! A natural learner, she craves guidance and leadership. When provided with plenty of physical and mental exercise she makes a gentle and loving pal.

Positive Traits:

  • Good watchdog with a loud bark

  • Excellent family dog, watchdog, and hunting dog

  • Protective of family; good watch dog

  • Has a short, easy-to-care-for coat

  • Lively, with a friendly personality

  • Large, strong, and athletic, with lots of stamina

Negative Traits:

  • Sees cats and small animals as prey unless trained otherwise

  • Easily bored and may find trouble

  • Needs a lot of exercise

  • Prone to boredom and separation anxiety when left alone and will find trouble

  • Needs frequent attention from her family


Whether you are considering adding a new Weimaraner to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Weimaraner will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds. By exploring the health concerns specific to the Weimaraner you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. She’s counting on you to be her health expert.

Some health issues a Weimaraner could encounter: 

Bloat
Bleeding Disorders
Bone and Joint Problems
Hip and Elbow Dysplasia
Knee Problems
Bone Pain

Weimaraners were developed in Germany during the 17th century and first brought to the United States in 1929. They were originally bred to hunt, point, and retrieve. They hunted wolves, deer, bear, and fowl. Today, Weimies participate in obedience, hunting, agilty, and fly-ball. Bred as all purpose high-endurance dogs, Weimaraners need to be kept busy to prevent chewing and other destructive behaviors. They have low grooming requirements, and are moderate shedders. Weimies have an average life span of 10-14 years.

Consult with a veterinarian if your Weimaraner shows signs of the following:

  • Dry heaving or a large, tight, painful abdomen

  • General reluctance to run or play

  • Dragging the hind toes and hind limb weakness

  • New or changing lumps or bumps, itchy or not

  • Blinking, redness, pain or itchiness around the eyes

  • Cloudiness to eye lens

  • Red blob at the corner of the eye

  • Increased blinking, extra tears and squinting

  • Increased blinking, extra tears and squinting

  • Pain or straining to urinate, bloody urine

  • Tiring easily, coughing, a swollen belly or fainting/collapse

  • Greasy, hairless patches on skin and redness in ears

  • Dry, scaly, sometimes itchy hairless patches on face or paws 

 

  • Care

    Grooming: Brush her coat at least weekly.

    Dental: Weimaraners generally have good teeth, and you can keep them perfect by brushing them at least twice a week!

    Ear Care: Clean her ears weekly, even as a puppy. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!

    Routine Care: She requires a lot of exercise; at least an hour every day! She’s a social dog, not meant for long-term kennel life.

  • Characteristics

    Looking for an exercise partner? The Weimaraner is for you! A natural learner, she craves guidance and leadership. When provided with plenty of physical and mental exercise she makes a gentle and loving pal.

    Positive Traits:

    • Good watchdog with a loud bark

    • Excellent family dog, watchdog, and hunting dog

    • Protective of family; good watch dog

    • Has a short, easy-to-care-for coat

    • Lively, with a friendly personality

    • Large, strong, and athletic, with lots of stamina

    Negative Traits:

    • Sees cats and small animals as prey unless trained otherwise

    • Easily bored and may find trouble

    • Needs a lot of exercise

    • Prone to boredom and separation anxiety when left alone and will find trouble

    • Needs frequent attention from her family


  • Health Concerns

    Whether you are considering adding a new Weimaraner to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Weimaraner will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds. By exploring the health concerns specific to the Weimaraner you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. She’s counting on you to be her health expert.

    Some health issues a Weimaraner could encounter: 

    Bloat
    Bleeding Disorders
    Bone and Joint Problems
    Hip and Elbow Dysplasia
    Knee Problems
    Bone Pain

  • History

    Weimaraners were developed in Germany during the 17th century and first brought to the United States in 1929. They were originally bred to hunt, point, and retrieve. They hunted wolves, deer, bear, and fowl. Today, Weimies participate in obedience, hunting, agilty, and fly-ball. Bred as all purpose high-endurance dogs, Weimaraners need to be kept busy to prevent chewing and other destructive behaviors. They have low grooming requirements, and are moderate shedders. Weimies have an average life span of 10-14 years.

  • Watch Out For

    Consult with a veterinarian if your Weimaraner shows signs of the following:

    • Dry heaving or a large, tight, painful abdomen

    • General reluctance to run or play

    • Dragging the hind toes and hind limb weakness

    • New or changing lumps or bumps, itchy or not

    • Blinking, redness, pain or itchiness around the eyes

    • Cloudiness to eye lens

    • Red blob at the corner of the eye

    • Increased blinking, extra tears and squinting

    • Increased blinking, extra tears and squinting

    • Pain or straining to urinate, bloody urine

    • Tiring easily, coughing, a swollen belly or fainting/collapse

    • Greasy, hairless patches on skin and redness in ears

    • Dry, scaly, sometimes itchy hairless patches on face or paws 

     

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