The Weimaraner is a beautiful silver-coated dog with a lot of charisma and a love for life. Beautiful, intriguing, and full of energy, he was bred as a hunting dog and, up until today, this trait prevails in this beautiful dog.
But, is this the right breed for you? After all, before adopting a dog, you will have to learn more about the breed. In this article, we give you a complete guide to the Weimaraner, from his origins to his grooming needs to the best way to train him.
So, buckle up folks, this is going to be a long ride!
1. The Weimaraner is a breed of German origins with a vague history
The Weimaraner is a large dog breed originating from Weimar, Germany (which explains the name). The first mention of this dog in history dates back to 1897 when the first Weimaraner club was formed in Germany. The history before 1897 is quite vague and there are no records on the Weimaraner available before that.
2. The Weimaraner is a good-looking chap
One thing you can definitely not say about the Weimaraner is that he is ugly. This silver-coated dog is stunning. The striking silver-grey coat and light blue eyes make the Weimaraner a beautiful breed that leaves no one indifferent.
Interestingly enough, though, the Weimaraner’s coat is not actually grey. The hairs are white and brown, and their very tight interspersing is what makes them look silver.
The Weimaraner can either be short-haired or long-haired, though the first one is the most common type. The coat needs little to no grooming, which makes the Weimaraner quite a low maintenance dog, grooming-wise. The long-haired Weimaraner will need regular brushing though.
The Weimaraner is quite a large dog. A female will weigh between 55 and 77 pounds, and be between 22 and 25 inches tall, while the male will weigh between 66 and 88 pounds and will be between 24 and 27 inches tall.
The Weimaraner is an athletic dog and usually looks skinnier than other breeds. This does not mean that he is unhealthy, it is just how this breed is built. Most people worry that their Weimaraner is too skinny. But, as long as he is fed properly and exercised regularly, you will have nothing to worry about.
3. Grooming the Weimaraner will not take long
Grooming your Weimaraner will not be an issue. If he is short-haired, then brushing him once a week to get rid of the dust and loose hairs is enough. If he is long-haired though, then you will need to brush your dog regularly, sometimes once a day.
As for bathing, one bath every 3 or 4 months is enough, unless more regular baths are necessary (especially if your dog has been running, and thus, sweating a lot). Always remember to use a shampoo made especially for dogs instead of regular human shampoo. Usually, the former is better for your pooch’s coat and skin.
Don’t forget to trim your dog’s nails either, as long nails tend to be unpractical on dogs. Use special clippers. And, if you feel like you’re not confident enough to do this on your own, it would be better to hire the services of a professional who will groom your dog perfectly.
Finally, don’t forget to check your best friend’s ears regularly, at least once a week. Cleaning them as well (using a special cleaner) will help prevent ear infections and mites. Follow our guide here to learn more about how to clean your dog’s ears.
Generally, keeping your dog well-groomed is not just good for his appearance. It also keeps him healthy and happy. And the Weimaraner is easier to groom than other dogs, so don’t get lazy.
4. The Weimaraner is called the “Velcro dog” because he is emotionally needy
Of course, as I say it over and over again on my other articles, each dog has an individual personality. Just like humans, they have their own quirks and temperament. This, though, doesn’t mean that we can’t know about the Weimaraner’s personality in nature.
First of all, you should know that the Weimaraner is not an easy dog to live with. He needs constant attention and care, which is why he is called the “Velcro dog”. He is quite needy (a lot like a girlfriend) and will follow you everywhere if he can. The Weimaraner gets very attached to his owners and wants to be close to them at all times.
This means that this breed is more prone to separation anxiety than others. This makes the Weimaraner a difficult dog to handle. But, owners who are present will find out that giving a lot of care to their Weimaraner has great results. This dog will never leave your side, and this is what most owners love about him.
This is also the reason why the Weimaraner doesn’t fare well in kennels. He needs to live in a house with his owners. He is also quite aloof to strangers, another reason why he gets so attached to the people he grew up around.
Here is a video showing how to deal with a dog with separation anxiety:
The Weimaraner is also a real Houdini. He is extremely intelligent and will definitely find a way to open doors, climb over fences, or make holes in your yard so he can escape. This is why training this dog is important, but, you’ll learn more about this later.
Being a hunting dog, the Weimaraner is naturally active and does well in competitive dog sports. He has lost most of his hunting instinct though. This is mostly because modern Weimaraners are bred to be show or family pets, and not hunting dogs.
5. The Weimaraner might not be the best choice for a house with small children
The Weimaraner is a friendly and affectionate dog, but, he is too active. This means that sometimes he might play rough which children, and small ones could be knocked over and easily hurt. This breed is not violent or aggressive, but it doesn’t really know its strength. Sometimes, a Weimaraner might get too excited and make things go flying around, including small kids. So, if you have toddlers or babies at home, it would be better to choose another dog breed.
Older children get along with Weimaraners very well. They are sturdy enough to play with the dog without getting hurt. Always make sure to monitor your kids’ interactions with your Weimaraner, you never know what might happen. It is also important to educate children on how to deal with a dog.
6. You will need to invest time and efforts if you want to properly train your Weimaraner
There is one important thing you should know about the Weimaraner: this is definitely not the easiest breed to train. This dog, especially as a puppy, requires supervision. He is not for first-time owners, so, if this is your first rodeo, choose an easier breed. This is a hyperactive dog, and if you don’t pay attention to him, he might surprise you (and not in a good way).
A Weimaraner puppy can be quite destructive, and extremely difficult to housetrain. This is why crate training is so important when it comes to this breed. An untrained Weimaraner will usually suffer from separation anxiety. This, though, doesn’t stop this highly intelligent dog to be an independent thinker. This combination definitely makes training the Weimaraner a challenge, but it’s not impossible.
You will have to establish yourself as the dominant one in the relationship. But, don’t do that in a harsh way. The Weimaraner is a very sensitive dog and will need you to use positive reinforcement with him. Be firm, strong, and consistent. Use treats and praises, and most importantly, keep your training sessions short and fun, as your Weimaraner might get bored easily.
Make sure to socialize your dog as well. The Weimaraner is naturally aloof to strangers and wary of other dogs, but you can make it more comfortable for him by socializing him when he’s still a puppy. Take your Weimaraner to dog parks, make him meet people, and he will grow up to understand not everyone or everything is a threat. Every puppy needs to discover new environments to be a healthy, well-rounded dog.
7. The Weimaraner needs a lot of exercise
The Weimaraner has a great deal of energy and will need to spend this energy doing something. Physical exercise and mental stimulation are the way to go if you don’t want your pup to be bored. Two or three long walks a day are a requirement, as well as playtime. Fetching games are some of this breed’s favorite since the Weimaraner is naturally a retriever dog.
Jogging, running, and hiking are also great activities for this breed. if you are lazy (or just a couch potato, we can all be like that sometimes), choose another breed, because a Weimaraner will not be happy with you. This dog will need you to be ready to ditch your pajamas for running shoes.
8. The Weimaraner was once a hunting dog, not anymore
Back in the days, the Weimaraner used to be one of the best hunting dogs you could find. Today, though, his hunting ability has been completely bred out of him, especially in the US and the UK. This is mostly because the Weimaraner is not used for hunting anymore. Instead, this beautiful beast is bred to be a show and companion dog.
9. You will need to watch your Weimaraner’s diet
The recommended amount of food for Weimaraner is 2.5 to 3.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, preferably divided into two or three meals. This breed is quite active, which means that your dog will need to eat more than the average pooch. Healthy snacks and treats are a must. Try fruits and vegetables, some of them are perfect for dogs.
Keep the food out of reach of your Weimaraner, as he could easily find it and splurge on it. Even though this breed is known for being extremely athletic, your dog could still suffer from obesity. So, watching your best friend’s diet is a must.
A Weimaraner will usually live 10 to 12 years, though some dogs of this breed have been known to live as long as 15 years. He is quite a healthy dog, especially considering the fact that this is a purebred we’re talking about. Still, the Weimaraner can and will suffer from some inherited health issues. This is mostly due to inbreeding.
Here are a few health problems that your Weimaraner might encounter:
- Spinal dysraphism
- Hip dysplasia
- Von Willebrand’s disease
- Immune-mediated disease
In the end, your dog’s health comes down to a few variables. If your dog is well-fed and well-exercised and has regular visits to the vet, he should be able to live a long and healthy life.
11. Get your wallet ready, because the Weimaraner is an expensive dog
If you purchase your Weimaraner from a reputable breeder, don’t expect him to be cheap. A healthy puppy will cost you between 1500$ and 2000$. Always make sure to do your research before choosing a breeder, as too many may try to scam you out of your money.
The Weimaraner is a beautiful, fascinating dog. Affectionate and full of love for his owners, he is perfect as a house pet. He needs a lot of exercise and training, not only to keep his body healthy but to keep his mind sharp as well. All in all, a Weimaraner is a lot of work, but your pooch will definitely be worth it!