The elegant, energetic Weimaraner has a life expectancy of 12 to 15 years.
The Weimaraner was developed in the early 1800s by the nobleman of Weimar court in Germany. They wanted to create a hunting dog that was smart, fast and brave with a strong sense of smell. They used the Bloodhound and other hunting dogs to breed what is now known as the Weimaraner.
Wealthy sportsmen in Germany sought to protect the availability of the Weimaraner by establishing rules around who could and could not own the dog. For many years, the breeding of the Weimaraner was tightly controlled and the dogs were rarely seen outside of Germany. Weimaraners were not bred in the United States until the 1930s and the rest of Europe until the 1940s.
The distinguished-looking Weimaraner weighs 55 to 90 pounds and measures 23 to 27 inches.
The Weimaraner is very low-maintenance when it comes to grooming. The Weimaraner is an average shedder that just needs to be brushed once a week and bathed as necessary. The Weimaraner can also be wiped with a chamois cloth to help keep their coat looking healthy and shiny.
Like all dogs, the Weimaraner also needs basic grooming. Brush their teeth, clean their ears and trim their nails on a regular basis.
The Weimaraner is a deeply devoted dog that craves time and attention from their family.
The Weimaraner is sometimes referred to as the “Grey Ghost” in part because of their coat color, but mostly because they stick closely to their owner’s side and always seem to be trailing them. Weimaraners are highly people oriented and very loyal which means they do not like to be left alone. They can develop separation anxiety if ignored or left on their own for too long.
The Weimaraner adores children and makes a great therapy and family dog, but their rambunctious nature and size can be too much for younger children. Weimaraners are very playful and energetic. At times, Weimaraners can even be quite clownish, although they are often aloof with new people.
The Weimaraner is very intelligent and a quick learner. They are eager to please, but can be stubborn and like to have things their way. Weimaraners responds best to consistency and praise. Weimaraners also need early socialization.
Regular exercise is very important to the Weimaraner. Without enough activity, the Weimaraner can become bored and destructive.
The Weimaraner was bred to be a hunting dog and has lots of energy and stamina. They are naturally athletic and can excel at agility and advanced training. Weimaraners need long daily walks and can be taken on jogs, hikes and swims. Weimaraners should also have a large secure area for running and playing. Weimaraners should always be kept in a fenced yard or on a leash due to their high desire to chase after birds, squirrels and other animals.