Weimaraner

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50-75 lbs
23-25"
Germany
Weimaraner Vorestehhund, Silver Ghost, Grey Ghost, Weim

The Weimaraner, or the Grey Ghost, is a sleek and classy dog that is very athletic and a pleaser at heart. Bred in Germany, these dogs were specifically designed for intelligence, speed, courage, and an excellent smelling nose. The Weimaraner is the perfect breed for those hunters or athletic souls who are looking for a companion who can keep up without a problem. On top of the fact that the Weim loves to get his exercise on, these dogs are also extremely easy to keep clean and maintained, make excellent family dogs, and have an all-around golden personality. It is important to keep in mind that because these silver individuals become extremely attached to their humans, and while this may be a good thing for the most part, separation anxiety is a real issue in the long run. This breed would love nothing more than to be with his human hunting all day long, every single day.  As a high-energy hunting dog, it is vital to take your Weimaraner out for exercise every day; otherwise he may become a bit of a terror to your possessions and any other animals in the house. If you can provide plenty of exercise, a loving home, and early socialization for your dog, then you will end up with a beautiful breed who is eager to please and will follow you to the ends of the earth. 

Purpose
large game trailing
Date of Origin
1800s
Ancestry
gun dog, hunting

Weimaraner Health

Average Size
Height: 25-27 inches Weight: 70-90 lbs
Height: 23-25 inches Weight: 50-75 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Hypothyroidism
Minor Concerns
  • Entropion
  • Elbow Dysplasia
  • Cherry Eye
  • Sebaceous Adenitis
  • Urolithiasis
  • Bloat
  • Hemophilia A
  • Tricuspid Valve Dysplasia
  • Hypodysmyelinogenesis
Occasional Tests
  • Liver Ultrasound
  • Physical Examination
  • Eye Examination
  • X-Rays
  • Skin Scraping
  • Skeletal
  • Blood And Urine Protein Screens
  • Blood
  • Hip
  • Eye

Weimaraner Breed History

Even if you’ve never actually heard of their name before, you most likely have spotted the silvery hide of this breed at one time or another. The Weimaraner was created in Germany around the early 19th century by the Weimar court.  All inspiration for the Weim came from an ideal hunting dog that possessed great speed, agility, courage, intelligence, and a really good nose to sniff out game. From large land game to water creatures, the Weimaraner is excellent at helping to hunt them all. Thanks to his webbed feet there is no problem with swimming at all, and in fact, they love playing in the water! Their sleek bodies make it very easy for them to reach their top speed quickly and digging up moles or mice is extremely easy with their pointy nose reaching deep into the earth. This is a very energetic and active breed that is ready to please. In fact, because of his extreme loyalty and desire to stick close to his master’s side, the Weimaraner has earned himself the name “Grey Ghost” due to his grey fur and constantly sticking close like a shadow. To this very day, this breed is used for hunting, companion dogs, and showing. If you are looking for a dog that is athletic, loyal, friendly, and a great companion for hunting, then the Weimaraner may be the perfect dog breed for you.

Weimaraner Breed Appearance

As a moderately large dog with a very athletic build, the Weim is an attractive dog. He has somewhat wide set eyes that come in a variety of shades, such as light amber, grey, and blue-grey. Large, folded ears outline the dog’s slim head and the short coat hugs the body; while the coat tends to be a lighter grey color, darker blending of greys can appear on the body like light shadowing. Occasionally a white mark may be present on the chest. Complementing the Weim’s webbed feet nicely are toenails that can be either grey or amber. The breed usually has its tail docked at around 2 days old and the dewclaws are removed. Surprisingly, there is also a longhaired variety of the Weimaraner, but it is very rare. There is no doubt that while the Weimaraner may not be the most striking of dogs, his beautiful silver coat and intelligent eyes are sure to steal anyone’s heart in an instant.

Eye Color Possibilities
Hazel
Amber
Nose Color Possibilities
Blue
Black
Coat Color Possibilities
Silver
Gray
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Weimaraner Breed Maintenance

 The Weimaraner is one of those breeds that requires very little maintenance to remain clean and orderly. Even though he does have a short coat, moderate shedding thought the year will still occur. Using a rubber curry brush, give your dog’s coat a thorough brushing around once a week. This routine will help to remove any loose hair or dirt that may be lying on your dog’s body. Only give the Weim a bath when necessary and be sure to thoroughly clean and dry his ears out; because this breed has folded ears, the environment is perfect for extra moisture to remain and cause infection. Frequent cleanings will help to prevent this. Other than that, keep all nails trimmed and the feet healthy. As a hunting dog, the Weimaraner needs his feet to be in the best shape possible! If you want to keep his breath smelling fresh, you can always ask your vet for a dog friendly toothpaste and brush his teeth as needed. This will also help to remove any tartar buildup that could cause dental disease. 

Brushes for Weimaraner
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Daily Weekly Monthly

Weimaraner Temperament

 It will come as no surprise that, as a hunting dog, the Weimaraner can be high-strung and very energetic. Because of this, it is important that he has a large yard in which to burn off all of his energy; this breed will not do very well in an apartment setting. Besides being highly energetic, however, the Weim is very loyal, intelligent, and eager to please. You would be hard pressed to find a better running or hunting partner! They are quick learners and are highly motivated by praise or other rewards such as food. Never use force or hit your Weimaraner in order to discipline as he will become timid and afraid of whoever or whatever is used and will be extremely difficult to train. When walking your dog, be sure that he walks next to you and not in front of you. This will let him know who is alpha and in charge. If you are able to socialize your dog early on and train him well, you will end up with a loyal, intelligent dog who would happily do anything for you.

Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
14 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
90 minutes

Weimaraner Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
3 cups
Daily Cost
$1.2 - $1.4
Monthly Cost
$34 - $45

Weimaraner Height & Weight

6 Months
Height: 19 inches Weight: 42 lbs
Height: 18 inches Weight: 37 lbs
12 Months
Height: 22 inches Weight: 70 lbs
Height: 20 inches Weight: 52 lbs
18 Months
Height: 26 inches Weight: 80 lbs
Height: 24 inches Weight: 62 lbs

Top Weimaraner Breeders

Check out who made our list for the most reputable Weimaraner breeders of 2017.
Starwood Kennel
Hardwick, Massachusetts
Midwest Dream Breeders
Mechanicsville, Iowa
PM Weimaraners
Carter, Montana
Lazy Heart Kennel
Glendive, Montana
Weimaraners
Watonga, Oklahoma
Edgefield Kennels
Lake Ariel, Pennsylvania
Big River Kennel
Killen, Alabama
Cozy Acres Farm
Waddell, Arizona
Sidel Weimaraners
Leo, Indiana
Miller's Kennel
Buncombe, Illinois

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