Immediately identified by a distinctive silver-gray coat, male Weimaraners stand 25 to 27 at the shoulder and women 23 to 25 . A well-born Weimaraner will be of solid color, with perhaps a small white spot on the chest. Amber or blue-gray-eyed face with long velvety ears is affable and intelligent. Overall, the breed presents a picture of streamlined grace and balance. A well-conditioned Weimaraner on point is a breathtaking sight.
Weimaraners excel with children and are eager to become full members of the family. As long as the owners are committed to keeping them physically active and mentally engaged, easy grooming, training, a loving nature, and a make-up make them excellent pets.
Developed in the early 1800s, the Weimaraner (WY-mah-rah-ner) is an actual puppy among breeds of dogs. The major figures in the early history of Weimaner were Karl August, the Grand Duke of Germany, who held court in the city of Weimar. The Duke, like many European nobles of the time, was an enthusiastic sportsman. His dream was to develop the perfect Hunting Dog. In pursuit of this ambition, he is said to have crossed the Bloodhound with various German and French Hunting Dogs. The result was the Weimar Pointer, or Weimrunner.
The Duke and his fellow nobles first used these unique-looking dogs as big-game hunters, searching for bears, mountain lions, and wolves. As populations of these hunters declined in Europe, Weimner found new work as an all-purpose hunter, pointing to and retrieving gamebirds.
Weimraner was an enviously preserved secret among the German aristocracy for many years, but by the late 1920s good specimens began to arrive in America. The breed’s American popularity as a pet and Hunting Dog began in the 1950s with celebrity owners such as President Eisenhower and film star Grace Kelly. The breed received another boost from photographer and artist William Wegmann, who became world famous for his Weimner paintings.
A medium-sized gray dog, which features fine aristocracy. He should present a picture of grace, speed, stamina, alertness and balance. Above all, the dog’s structure should indicate its ability to operate in the area with great speed and endurance.
The gestation period in lasts for 60-64 days The primary period of the reproductive cycle of the female is called Proestrus and goes on for around 9 days. During this time the females begin to draw in males. The subsequent part is the Estrus when the bitch is receptive to the male. It goes on for around 3 to 11 days. The third part is the Diestrus. Usually, it happens around day 14. In this period the bitch’s discharge changes for distinctive red and reaching its end. The vulva gets back to average, and she will no longer allow mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time span between heat periods ordinarily keeps going around a half year. The litter size ranges between 6 to 8 puppies at a time’
The biggest job of grooming the Weimaraner is to keep the nails short. This is important for your dog’s comfort and health and cannot be overemphasized. When the length of the nail is removed by hand, it is difficult to bring it back to the proper length. (If you can hear tap-tap-tap while crossing the hardwood floor, the nails are too long.) The short coat must be brushed to remove “dead hair”. Don’t forget to clean the ears, clean the ears, because the ear structure that obstructs airflow makes for the possibility of infected ears.
Weimaraners are large, active dogs that have been bred for hunting and human companionship. They are very smart dogs, so they are especially adept at learning commands and other types of training. If you have a Weimaraner that you want to train, start training early in his life and focus on consistency and positive reinforcement. Spend a few hours in training the puppy every day.
Weimaraners have high exercise requirements. They require constant exercise for their physical and mental health. He likes a good run. While walking is fine, it is far better to stretch their legs and “lift the whole head of steam”. A tired Weimner is a good Weimrunner.
Generally, Weimaraners are good eaters. (In fact, they will eat their dinner and then try to eat the bowl.) Owners must feed high-grade food that has a moderately high protein content. When feeding kibble, some people add water to dry food. If dried food is pounded with canned food or table scraps, be careful not to add too much. Senior food can spoil their digestion.
Being a very active breed, Weimaraners get more than their share of accidental cuts, scratches, sprains and pulls. They like to chew, and this causes injuries to the mouth and gums. Be careful of the intake of things that should not go down the dog’s throat. The most serious health problem in the breed is gastric torsion. It is a life-threatening condition where the stomach is pulled over and twisted. Discuss the symptoms with your vet so that you can identify them, and seek immediate veterinary care anytime.
Recommended health tests from the National Breed Club: