We get our name from the German court of Weimar where we were very popular. Similar looking dogs also appeared in paintings from Van Dyck in the early 1600s so our origins may date much further back. Our CV boasts proven effectiveness in hunt, point and retrieval duties. Originally we were talking big animals – boar and deer no less. Nowadays, we only accompany hunters for smaller game. It’s the health and safety legislation you see – affects us dogs too you know!
What do I look like?
You’ve probably seen us around – we’re the grey coloured dog that is quite popular nowadays, particularly in the U.K. Although we’re mostly shorthaired, there is actually a longhaired form too. Weimaraners are quite tall and elegant and look like we have a purpose. This is true, we do have a purpose, but it’s top secret. You might find it on Facebook if you search hard enough! Our head is fairly long and aristocratic with a long muzzle. Our nose is grey too and our eyes vary in colour from amber to blue. Our body is muscular and well-defined with strong legs and a deep chest – we’re a bit of a canine pin-up! Colours are variations of grey from silver through to roe.
What do I need from you?
Just the usual really. We need a reasonable amount of exercise to avoid becoming bored. Our coat is fairly low maintenance so not too much grooming work is required. However, Weimaraners are not one of those breeds that tolerates lone time easily – we love to be with our owners. This can create very severe separation anxiety, which in turn can lead to destruction and even injury as we try to escape. Any Weimaraner with separation anxiety is likely to bark, whine, howl, panic and drool excessively. Good training can help us to curb some of our anxiety.
What I will give in return
We are becoming really popular as family pets due to our dashing good looks and even temperament. Us Weimaraners are fairly friendly and obedient once trained too. We’re also pretty good working dogs so we’ll give hunter/gatherers lots of support in the field. If you just use us as a companion pet however, we’ll happily become an integral member of your walking team.
How big will I get?
A typical mid-sized Weimaraner will grow to between 24in–27in (61cm-68cm) and weigh up to 60lb (27kg)
How long should I be around for?
Our lifespan is around 12-14 years.
How big is our litter?
Weimaraners typically have 5 to 7 puppies.
Dwight D Eisenhower, Grace Kelly and William Wegman.
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