Wonderful Weimaraner’s – Exuberating grandeur and royalty

A breed that traces its history to the royalty, Weimaraner’s are athletic, robust, the perfect hunting dog. But there’s a lot more to this interesting breed that you should know!

Prithviraj Prakash Patil
Prithviraj Prakash Patil

The Weimaraner is a large dog who was originally bred for hunting in the early 19th century. The name comes from the Grand Duke of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach, Karl August, whose court, located in the city of Weimar (now in the state of Thuringia in modern-day Germany), and enjoyed hunting.The Weimaraner is an all-purpose gun dog. Early Weimaraner’s were used strictly by royalty for hunting large game such as boar, bear, and deer. As the popularity of large game hunting began to decline, Weimaraner’s were used for hunting smaller animals like fowl, rabbits, and foxes.

Appealing with their appearance

The Weimaraner is athletic in appearance. The German breed club standard calls for a full tail that is strong and well coated, which can be carried above the line of the back when the dog is working. Weimaraner’s are great water dogs as evidenced by their webbed paws. Their eyes may be light amber, grey or blue-grey.

According to the FCI standard, the male Weimaraner stands between 59 to 70 cm (23 to 28 inches) at the withers. Females are between 55 to 65 cm (22 to 27 inches). Males normally weigh about 30–40 kg and females are generally between 25–35 kg. A Weimaraner should give the appearance of a muscular and an athletic dog.

Coat Case – the long and short of it

This breed’s short coat and unusual eyes give it a distinctive regal appearance. The coat is extremely low-maintenance, short, hard, and smooth to the touch, and may range from mouse-grey to silver-grey or even deer-grey. So-called, Blue Weimaraner, who are in fact black are not allowed and not recognized and they are not pure breed.

A long-haired variety is recognized by most kennel clubs around the world except the American Kennel Club. The long-haired Weimaraner has a silky coat. The gene is recessive, so breeding will produce some long-haired puppies only if both parents carry the trait.

Weimaraner and their
whoosh of energy

The Weimaraner is an energetic hunting dog, prized for its physical endurance and stamina, with a strong, instinctive prey-drive. He may tolerate cats but usually does not and is likely to chase and kill any small animal that enters the garden. A Weimaraner requires frequent exercise and will appreciate games and play. An active pet parent is more likely to provide the vigorous exercise and games required by this active breed. A Weimaraner requires appropriate training to learn how to be calm and control his behavior.

Weimaraner’s have an excessive amount of energy that requires a good outlet. They are well-rounded hunting dogs who excel at hunting, tracking, pointing and retrieving both on land and in the water. The Weimaraner is a very people-oriented breed. They have a very strong desire to work and live with their pet parents. They require a gentle touch when training to hunt and often learns best from a seasoned hunting dog.

Take care of these forever puppies at heart!

Weimaraner’s are not an independent breed and love to be around their pet parents, never leaving them alone. This can create very severe separation anxiety in the breed. The causes of separation anxiety are not always known, but there are precluding factors including genetics, litter rearing, dominance, submission, boredom and stress. Weimaraner’s with severe separation anxiety can destroy property or injure themselves in trying to escape. Good training can curb some of the separation anxiety. A Weimaraner with separation anxiety is likely to bark, whine, howl and even dig until his pet parent returns home. Further manifestations of this problem can include panicking and excessive drooling, along with destructive behaviors and injury.

If you are a proud pet parent of a Weimaraner, then keep the above tips in mind. Give them ample exercise, develop a bond of love and affection, and let them be free!

– by Prithviraj Prakash Patil
(Prithviraj Prakash Patil is K-9 Certified Dog Trainer from Kolhapur. A die hard lover of GREY GHOST)