Weimaraner is friendly, fearless, alert, and obedient, all traits that make him an excellent companion and watchdog. They are better for an active older child who's familiar with dogs. They're far too rambunctious for toddlers, however, and may chase small children who are running. Originally bred as a gundog to handle big game like deer and bear, the “Silver Ghost” was a highly sought-after dog breed in its native Germany. Today, these elegant but demanding dogs can still be found out on the hunting grounds.
Size: Male Weimaraners stand 25 to 27 inches at the shoulder and weigh 70 to 85 pounds. Females are between 23 and 25 inches tall and weigh 55 to 70 pounds.
Personality: Weimaraner is friendly, fearless, alert, and obedient, all traits that make him an excellent companion and watchdog.
Temperament: Weimaraners are demanding dogs who require strong leadership and a lot of exercise in order to maintain an even temperament. They are reliable hunting dogs and many people still use them in the field for both tracking and retrieving. Steady, Aloof, Stubborn, Energetic, Alert, Intelligent, Powerful, Fast.
Activity Requirements: This breed needs a 2 hours of exercise daily if you want to prevent recreational barking, chewing and digging. Play fetch and other running games, take him jogging or hiking, teach him to run alongside your bicycle, or get him involved in a dog sport such as agility or flyball. And, of course, you can always take him hunting.
Behavioral Traits: These dogs have a great deal of energy and stamina and need a lot of exercise and mental stimulation. Without it, they're likely to become nervous and high-strung. They can be quite a handful, with loads of energy to burn, and the intelligence to figure out how to get into trouble all on their own!
Diet: 2.5 to 3.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. How much your adult dog eats depends on his size, age, build, metabolism, and activity level.
Keeping this all in mind, general guidelines are as follows:
2 to 4 lbs. 1/3 to 1/2 cups per day.
5 to 8 lbs. 1/2 to 3/4 cups per day.
8 to 10 lb. adult = 1/2 to 3/4 cups per day.
10 to 12 lb. adult = 3/4 to 1 cup per day.
13 to 16 lb. adult = 1 to 1 and 1/4 cups per day.
Trainability: This breed is relatively easy to train. Because they're hunting dogs, Weimaraners have a strong prey drive. he's assertive, smart, restless, and willful. This is a dog who will take over the household if you give him half the chance. Train early.
Colors: The Weimaraner’s “gray ghost” image brings to mind a solid, sleek, gray coat — a hallmark of the breed. Given that the color is so distinctive, it’s actually quite remarkable just how many coat variations there are! Chocolate/liver into the light tan that we call Weimaraner Gray, and it makes black into a charcoal colored dog that we call Blue. The dilution can work in degrees. In other words, it can make some dogs lighter than others. Some Blue Weimaraners can be so light as to appear gray.
History: The Weimaraner is a large dog that was originally bred for hunting in the early 19th century. Early Weimaraners were used by royalty for hunting large game such as boar, bear and deer. When he was developed at the Weimar court in what is now Germany. The noblemen there loved hunting and they wanted a dog with courage, intelligence, good scenting ability, speed, and stamina.
Life span: 10 – 12 years
Temperament: Steady, Aloof, Stubborn, Energetic, Alert, Intelligent, Powerful, Fast
Weight: Female: 55–77 lbs (25–35 kg), Male: 66–88 lbs (30–40 kg)
Height: Female: 23–25 inches (59–63 cm), Male: 24–26 inches (62–67 cm)
Colors: Silver-gray, Mouse-gray, Silver, Blue
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