Joggers, cyclists, athletically-minded dog fanatics – roll up! The tall and athletic Weimaraner is a dog that will literally give you a run for your money. The breed’s sleek grey coat and distinctive pale grey eyes have led to the nickname ‘Grey Ghost’, but rest assured, there’s nothing ghostly about its character. This hunting dog’s headstrong disposition needs training by an experienced dog owner from the word go.
The Weimaraner is descended from the Bloodhound. The breed came to the fore in the German court of Weimer several centuries ago and proved to be an indispensable companion when hunting deer, wolves, and even bears. Its outdoor spirit stood the test of time, making the Weimaraner a brilliant pet for active families.
Weimaraners have a lifespan of 10-13 years.
As this breed’s sensitive stomach can bloat from large meals (gastric torsion), it’s best to feed your dog several small meals a day. The Weimaraner can also suffer from excessive rapid growth, hip problems, mast cell tumours and Von Willebrand’s disease.
The furry personal trainer
Weimaraners need intensive exercise and plenty of playtime on a daily basis. If cooped up for too long, they can become frustrated and difficult to control. This breed is great for anyone with an active lifestyle and time to spare! As such, the Weimaraner isn’t recommended for city living.
A happy and well-exercised Weimaraner makes a perfect family pet. They love human companionship and are famous for their gentle, affectionate disposition, with a talkative nature that might need correction if barking becomes excessive.
Take care around other pets
While the Weimaraner is cheerful around kids after being socialized, its hunting instinct doesn’t always suit households where there are smaller pets around too. This might not be the best breed for anyone with rodents, rabbits or cats.”
Like the idea of teaching your dog tricks? The Weimaraner is a feisty, intelligent breed, hungry for praise and eager to please. It needs directive training from a young age to combat an innate sense of stubbornness but it reacts well to positive reinforcement.
Most people don’t struggle to housebreak a Weimaraner. Take care though – if you don’t get it right to begin with, misbehaviour can be difficult to correct, as they find it difficult to unlearn things.
Where to find Weimaraners
Weimaraner Breed Groups
Fellow Weimaraner owners might have some tips up their sleeve on how to manage this rambunctious breed. Find a group below.
Adopt a Weimaraner
Want to adopt a Weimaraner in need of a loving home? Find a rescue centre below.
Sold on the Weimaraner’s sleek looks and athleticism? Find an approved Weimaraner breeder below.
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