Weimaraner Dog Breed Profile
by Luke Blaise
AKC Group: Sporting Group
The Weimaraner dog is originally from Germany. It has a very regal appearance, and is always gray in color. A very intelligent dog it has been used for a wide variety of services over the years, like hunting, guarding, and rescuing.
The Weimaraner originally was call the Weimer Pointer. The Weimaraner is from selective German breeding and comes from the best stock of German hunting dogs. It is regarded as a descendant of the Bloodhound and was originally utilized to hunt bear, deer, and wolves. Through the years, due to rarity of larger game, the Weimaraner modified to become a personal hunting companion and bird dog.
Also known as the "gray ghost" due to their unique color, the Weimaraner is an elegant dog with aristocratic characteristics. Solid colored, sleek, smooth and short, in shades of silver-gray to mouse-gray, typically mixing to lighter colors on the ears and head. A little white markings at the chest is allowed.
The height at the Withers is usually 25-27 inches, with female standing a little bit shorter. The weight normally ranges from 70-80 pounds. These dogs are usually very well muscled, and have a low body fat percentage.
Affectionate, cheerful, happy, intelligent and loving. They are good with kids. With no correct exercise they'll be very rambunctious and hard to manage. They learn fast but could possibly get bored if the exercise is the same thing again and again. Brave, loyal and protective, makes a good watchdog and guard.
Common Health Problems
Vulnerable to bloat, it is best to feed them 2 or 3 small meals per day instead of 1 large meal. Weimaraners can also be vulnerable to hip dysplasia, hypertropic osteodystrophy (too rapid growth) and tumors.
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