The Weimaraner or Braco de Weimar is a medium sized, strong, vigorous and energetic dog. It is characterized by its intelligence and for having a friendly and cordial expression, “human-like” in its look. It is a breed of German origin, which was conceived as a hunting dog and was widely used in the big game hunting of animals such as deer and bears. Today these elegant dogs are still used for this purpose, however, they have adapted more to the home environment and are increasingly welcomed as family and companion dogs.
Weimaraners are excellent companions, however, due to their hunting heritage, they have a lot of energy and a high hunting instinct. For this reason they need a lot of physical activity and training, so if you decide to adopt a Weimaraner, you should consider dedicating enough time to them. In return you will be rewarded with the loyalty and affection of this animal.
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Characteristics of the Weimaraner Dogs
23 cm to 27 cm
18 to 22 Kg
From 11 to 13 years
The weimaraner is a medium sized dog. It has a mouse gray coat, short, smooth and shiny. It is an elegant dog, with great poise. As a great hunter he is energetic, fast and resistant. His nose is gray; his lips and gums have pinkish flesh tones.
- Head: Moderately long, with a midline extending back over the forehead. Occipital bone quite prominent and trumpets well set back, beginning at the back of the eye sockets.
- Skin: Taut
- Neck: Clean-cut and moderately long
- Ears: Long and lobed, slightly folded and set high
- Eyes: The color of the eyes should be light amber, gray or bluish-gray. They show an expression of kindness
- Teeth: Well set, strong and even; well developed and proportionate to the jaw, with correct scissor bite. The upper teeth protrude slightly over the lower teeth
- Body: The back should be of moderate length. Strong, with a slight slope from the withers. The chest should be well developed and deep, with the shoulders well laid back. His ribs are well sprung and long. His flank should be moderately tucked up
- Limbs: Strong, long and muscular. The toes are well arched and the pads are closed and thick. Nails are short and gray or amber in color
- Tail: Light. At maturity it should measure approximately 6 inches. The dog carries it in an elegant manner, expressing confidence and good temperament.
Colors of the Weimaraner
The color of the Weimaraner is solid, in shades of mouse gray to silver gray, generally lighter on the head and ears, hence its nickname “Silver Ghost”. A small white mark on the chest is permissible. A spot anywhere else on its body is considered a fault, unless it is the result of injury.
The coat of weimaraner dogs should be short and smooth. A long coat is also grounds for disqualification. Coat of a blue or black shade also results in disqualification, so black, brown, tan or any other colored weimaraner is not considered legitimate, according to American Kennel Club (AKC) standards.
Temperament of the Weimaraner
The Weimaraner is an intelligent and energetic dog. As a hunting dog, it will always be alert, attentive to the events around it, as well as to its owner’s commands. It is gentle and obedient.
Dogs of this breed are family protectors. They are cheerful and affectionate, however, they can be somewhat stubborn, so they should be treated with patience. The Weimaraner prefers to live as a member of the family, inside the house. They require companionship and attention and do not like to be left alone for long periods of time. This breed gets along well with other dogs, but not with cats. They are not recommended for very young children or the elderly, as they may knock them over, even if their intentions are only to play. The Weimaraner can generally be considered a brave and loyal dog.
How to know if a weimaraner is pure?
To consider a weimaraner as legitimate, it must meet the characteristics described above. However, the following conditions are considered faults of the weimaraner breed. The higher the degree of fault the lower the purity level of a dog.
- Tail too short or too long. Pink nose
- Major faults:
Naughty dogs. Inadequate muscular condition. Teeth badly affected. More than four teeth missing. Back too long or too short. Faulty coat. Neck too short. Low set tail. Elbows turned in or out. Twisted legs. Poor gait. Defective backs, rubbed or balanced. Very exaggerated or insufficient bite. Pointed muzzle. Short ears.
Very serious faults:
White patches on part of the body other than the chest. Eyes other than grey, blue-grey or light amber. Mouth mottled with black. Tail not docked. Dogs exhibiting great fear, shyness or extreme nervousness.
Deviation in height of more than one inch from the standard in any direction. A distinctly long coat. A distinctly blue or black coat.
- Other Breed Characteristics
The Weimaraner is a dog that adapts very well to apartment life. The first desire of this breed is to please its owners. Many Weimaraners are called shadow, because they love to be at their owner’s feet or follow him through the house.
These dogs have a lot of energy, stamina and need a lot of exercise and mental stimulation. Without this, they can become nervous and tense.
They are hunting dogs that have a very strong hunting instinct. If not trained or kept under control, they will chase and kill anything that looks like prey to them, including cats, small dogs, mice, frogs, birds, among others. They will then proudly present them as trophies. They may also chase joggers and cyclists.
Despite their hunting instincts, Weimaraners are house dogs. They are by nature incompatible with living in a residence or being kept in the backyard with little human interaction. They do not like to live outside. They require a lot of attention and want to be close to you.
They are very affectionate with family. Some are aloof and independent even if raised by the same person. Others bond with one person attentively and are indifferent to others. A dog’s breed is not the only factor that influences how affectionate a dog may or may not be. Dogs that are raised indoors with people are more comfortable with humans and attach more easily.
Grooming and Health
These dogs shed a lot of hair. If you will be sharing a house with this breed you will need to groom them with some hair on their clothes and in the house. However, shedding varies greatly between breeds. Some shed all at once throughout the year, some shed seasonally, and some shed almost nothing at all. You can choose a breed that sheds less hair or you can buy a tool that allows you to keep the house cleaner.
More about the Weimaraner
The first exposure to a Weimaraner may have been through the photographs, calendars, and books of William Wegman, a photographer who used wigs, costumes, and props to capitalize on the breed’s ability to assume almost human expressions. His ever-patient Weimaraners imitated Louis XIV, posed in bed watching television, and have appeared as Little Red Riding Hood.
Initially the Weimaraner’s job was to serve as an all-around hunting dog that handled big game deer, bear, and wolves. When big game became scarce in the forests of Germany, Weimaraner trainers turned the breed’s talents to hunting birds, rabbits and foxes.
It takes its name from a place in Germany where it was created – the court of Weimar, where the nobles wanted a dog with courage and intelligence, with skill, speed and endurance for the trail.
In the end they got the dog of their dreams, it was first known as Weimar. To this day it is not known exactly, but it is believed that the breeds used to create the Weimaraner include the English pointer, the Great Dane, and the Huehnerhund.
Today Weimaraners are called Weims, silver ghosts, or gray ghosts affectionately. Some of their names are due to their characteristics – bright gray – gray with amber and blue eyes – gray, or light grays. But there is much more to the Weimaraner than their distinctive appearance. They are elegant, aristocratic, affectionate and loyal dogs.
What is the price of a Weimaraner?
The price of a Weimaraner puppy ranges from $700 usd to $1500 usd in the United States. In Europe the price varies between 600 usd and 1000 usd. If you buy a puppy with pedigree, descendant of dogs of great lineage, such as competition winners, the price will be significantly higher, reaching up to $7000 usd.
It is advisable to buy the puppy from a specialized and reputable breeder, even if it has an impact on the cost, because in this way you can be sure that you are getting a healthy and legitimate puppy.
Keep in mind also that the purchase of the puppy represents the initial cost. Then there will be other expenses associated with feeding, purchase of medications and nutritional supplements, veterinary services, maintenance and grooming, etc.
How many puppies can a weimaraner bitch give birth to?
A female weimaraner can give birth to 8 to 12 puppies in a single litter. This number will depend on the age of the bitch, her health and her fertility conditions. It will also depend on the fertility of the dog used as a sire.
A baby weimaraner is beautiful and tender, and will be suckled by its mother at about one month. Mothers are usually very attentive and careful in the care of their offspring.
Salient traits of the Weimaraner
Weimaraners were created to have a lot of energy and stamina. They need plenty of exercise and mental stimulation.
Weims are not weak dogs. Some have a low tolerance for small, furry animals, such as rabbits, and even cats and dogs. Until you know your dog well, watch him carefully when small animals are in his presence.
Weims are tense dogs and can suffer from separation concerns if left alone for too long, they may change their behavior, doing things like digging, barking, biting at anything they can find or becoming a bit destructive.
Weims can often be wary of strangers and may act aggressively. It is important from the time they are puppies to learn to socialize with family and different people, not doing this throughout their lives is critical.
Weimaraners are intelligent and think for themselves. Training must continue throughout their lives. We recommend that you read how to train your dog.
Unethical breeders may advertise blue or black Weims as “Unique” to attract buyers and charge more for offspring of these colors, but the truth is that blue and black Weimaraners are disqualified in the breed standard.