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Group: Gundog - Breed Standard

Origins

The Weimaraner is a silver-grey breed of dog developed originally both for tracking game, such as birds, and as a pointing breed. The name comes from the Grand Duke of Weimar, Charles August, whose court enjoyed hunting.

Description

Height: dogs 61-69 cms (24-27 ins); bitches 56-64 cms (22-25 ins)

The Weimaraner should be elegant, noble, and athletic in appearance. All parts of the dog should be in balance with each other, creating a form that is pleasing to the eye. It must be capable of working in the field, regardless of whether it is from show stock or hunting stock, and faults that will interfere with working ability are heavily penalized.

The nails, which may be amber or gray, are kept short. In some cases, tails are docked and dewclaws are removed, the tail usually docked at birth to a third of its natural length. This breed's short, smooth gray coat and its unusual eyes give it a regal appearance different from any other breed. The eyes may be light amber, gray, or blue-gray. The coat may range from mouse-gray (grayish beige or tan) to silver-gray. The nose should be a grayish tan. Where the fur is thin or non-existent, inside the ears or on the lips, for example, the skin should be a pinkish "flesh" tone rather than white or black.

The silvery-gray colour is rare in dogs and is the result of breeding for a recessive gene. It has also lent the breed the nickname 'silver ghost' or 'gray ghost.' The coat is extremely low maintenance; it is short, hard, and smooth to the touch. There is also a long-haired variety. The dog has a silky coat, with an undocked feathered tail and legs. Weimaraner breeders selecting for this recessive gene commonly get litters of mixed coat type.

Character/Temperament

Weimaraners are fast and powerful dogs, but are also suitable home animals given appropriate training. Weimaraners are high-strung and easily excitable, requiring appropriate training to learn how to calm them and to help them learn to control their behavior. Owners need patience, as this breed is particularly rambunctious during the first year and a half of its life. Like many breeds, untrained and unconfined young dogs often create their own diversions when left alone, such as chewing house quarters and furniture. It should never be forgotten that the Weimaraner is a hunting dog and therefore has a strong, instinctive prey drive. Few Weimaraners will tolerate cats, and many will chase and frequently kill almost any small animal that enters their garden or backyard. In rural areas, most Weimaraners will not hesitate to chase deer or sheep. However, with good training, these instincts can be curtailed to some degree.

Breed Health

The Weimaraner is a deep-chested dog, which makes them a breed which is high on the list of dogs affected by bloat (gastric torsion). Weimaraner owners might never see this problem in their dogs but should be familiar with the ailment. Hip dysplasia is a major concern among Weimaraners,[1] as with most large breeds of dog. It is generally recommended to acquire Weims only from breeders who have their dog's hips tested and scored under the BVA/Kennel Club scheme. Other health issues include: Cryptorchidism, Elbow dysplasia, Von Willebrands Disease, Entropion, Hypothyroidism, Hypertrophic osteodystrophy, Progressive retinal atrophy

Exercise

From adolescence, a Weimaraner requires extensive exercise in keeping with an energetic hunting dog. No walk is too far, and they will appreciate games and play in addition. An active owner is more likely to provide the vigorous exercising, games, or running that this breed needs.

Training

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