We elaborate about weimaraner dogs, breed with weimaraner temperament, training, appearance, weight, life spam and much more information about this breed.
Other names: Weimies, Gray Ghost
Weimaraner Dog Appearance
The Weimaraner is one of the most versatile hunting dogs in the world and also the tallest of the hunting dog breeds. The eyes are a striking amber or blue color, they have long ears and a gray nose.
Weimies, Gray Ghost
70 – 85 lbs.
Male: 62 – 67 cm
Female: 59 – 63 cm
Weimaraner Average lifespan
11 – 13 years.
He is kind, brave, alert and obedient, with a gentle and intelligent expression. They love family life, which is why this breed is excellent as a companion and pet. They crave human attention, so if they behave in a destructive way, it may be from being alone for long periods of time. They are protective of their family and their home making them excellent watchdogs. With children they are good, but their energy can exceed that of a small child. Although socialized from puppyhood, they get along well with other dogs, care must be taken with other pets due to their natural hunting instincts.
It needs an active and confident owner to train, socialize and exercise it. The owners must be strong as they are a very dominant breed. It is recommended to train and socialize them from puppies so that they know who is the boss.
The elegant steely gray coat requires minimal grooming, a weekly brushing will suffice to keep it clean and shiny.
They require a lot of exercise, are very active and known for their tireless energy. They require a lot of regular walks and plenty of free running opportunities.
Health. Gastric torsion
Although it is not a hereditary condition, it frequently affects many dogs, including this breed. This is a very serious condition. When a dog has it, the stomach can twist and become blocked, causing a build-up of gas. If not treated quickly it can be fatal. With this disease there are also useless attempts to vomit and salivate. It can also lead to cardiovascular collapse, which usually occurs when you exercise after eating. The incidence of Gastric Torsion in adult dogs can be controlled with healthy eating twice a day and, of course, by allowing time to digest before taking him for a run in the park.
Hip malformation or dysplasia
results in a poor fit between the head of the femur bone and the acetabulum of the hip. This condition can be alleviated by surgery, although with consequences for dogs and owners since dogs with dysplasia usually produce puppies with the same condition. Buyers should ask if both the parent of the puppy they are interested in has been recently tested and is free of hip dysplasia. Don’t take yes for an answer without seeing a certificate and ask for a copy to take to your vet.
Von Willebrand disease (VWD)
is an inherited (non-sex-linked) autosomal bleeding disorder characterized by prolonged bleeding times (somewhat similar to hemophilia in humans) and a mild to severe factor IX deficiency. The DNA test for Von Willebrand disease is now available. Reproduction between carriers can produce offspring that, in theory, will be 25% healthy, 50% carriers, and 25% sick. Ideally, the reproductions are in healthy pairs or of healthy and carrier where the disease would not affect any of the puppies. Not all dogs affected with VWD will have serious bleeding problems, but they are at risk whenever they need to undergo surgery or have an accident. Only some unlucky dogs affected by the disease will bleed seriously from a minor puncture or injury.
Distichiasis or double eyelashes is a condition in which a dog is born having an extra row of eyelashes, usually on the lower eyelid, causing irritation of the cornea and tearing.
It is a problem in the eyelid that makes it turn inward. Lashes appear on the edge of the eyelid which irritates the surface of the eyeball and can lead to more serious problems.
The Weimaraner originated in the Weimar province, Germany, in the early 1800s. Grand Duke Karl August of Weimar wanted an exceptional hunting dog that would be a companion not only in the field, but also in the home. The Weimaraner was developed under the direction of the nobles of the duke’s court, unfortunately no records were kept to show the path of its development. It can only be assumed that it is a mix of hunting dogs and hounds. The nickname: »Gray Ghost» (Gray Ghost) comes from his color and his ability to be fast, with an almost feline stealth, which at work combines it with a silent form as if it were a shadow. Since the late 19th century the Weimaraner have been a defined and recognized breed, although they were not bred outside of Germany until after 1930.