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The Weimaraner was created during the 1800s by nobles of the German royal court at Weimar. The desire was to combine all of the qualities for a hunting dog with good scent ability, speed, courage and intelligence. Originally bred to hunt large animals, he was later adapted for small game also. To protect the breed, ownership was highly selective by members of the Weimaraner Club. Membership was based on the applicant's previous record of sportsmanship which had to assure that he would properly maintain the club's breeding rules. The breed was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1943.
The Weimaraner is not a kennel dog. He needs to be a member of the family. His temperament is friendly, fearless, alert and obedient with the family but somewhat aloof with strangers. His high intelligence and tractability make him an excellent obedience trial dog. Because he is a hunting dog, he needs plenty of exercise.
The Weimaraner is a medium-sized gray dog with fine aristocratic features. He is a picture of grace, speed, stamina, alertness and balance. His head is moderately long with a moderate drop off between the skull and muzzle (the stop). The length of muzzle equals the length of skull. The muzzle has a scissors bite. The eyes are set well apart and may be amber, gray or blue in color. The ears are long, set high on the skull and fold over to lay along the neck. The neck is moderately long. The body is moderately long with a straight topline. The chest is deep, extending to the elbow. The legs are straight and strong with the distance from the elbow to the ground equaling the distance from the elbow to the withers. The feet are firm, compact with webbed toes. The tail is docked and should measure approximately six inches in length. The gait is effortless and indicates smooth coordination. His coat is a double coat with a dense, wooly undercoat to protect him against harsh weather and a short, smooth, sleek, gray outer coat. There is a variety with a one to two inch long coat that is recognized in Europe but not the United States. Average height of the Weimaraner is between 22 and 27 inches while average weight is between 70 and 85 pounds.
firstname.lastname@example.org of Columbus, OH writes:
Smart, athletic, loyal, needy.
We've had Weimaraners since 1975 (now 2003). They do not make a good first-time dog. They require crate training from puppyhood (easy to do) and the owner should train to at least the CD level of obedience. Crate training and obedience training are a must. Your Weim will be a happier dog for it. Tales of destroyed houses come from people who don't crate their Weims. Buying a Weim from a reputable, experienced breeder is paramount. This is not a breed to buy from a pet store or from someone who has not shown, done obedience, field trialing, hunting and studied good breeding practices for a long time. Beware of the breeder with a kennel full of Weims. These are housedogs and don't make good kennel dogs. They take a steady, firm, loving hand. And then sit back and enjoy their intelligence and their antics. Very loving overall and they were wonderful with our young children and their friends.
Name withheld by request of Kansas writes:
We have two Weims and they are definitely the best kind of dog to have. I've had many other breeds and nothing compares to these. They are the most lovable dogs you'll meet. They do tend to think that they are human, though, and will expect to be treated as such (which means laying on your bed with you and taking over the couch). If you want a true companion I would highly recommend the Weimaraner. I wouldn't trade my two for anything.
Very protective of their family.
Our Weimaraner just turned twelve years old. During her life she has attacked our neighbor's dog two times and bitten two people. The total would have been higher if we didn't watch over her. Granted the neighbor's dog would always come barking at us in our own yard and it was a small dog so she could have easily killed it but just took one bite. One of the people she bit was breaking into our garage and the other unfortunately was the meter reader. They give no warning before biting. I've never known her to growl. Other than that she has been a wonderful companion. They are beautiful dogs. I'd strongly encourage anyone getting a Weimaraner to spend a lot of time socializing it around other dogs and people. I don't feel they would be a good breed with young children.
email@example.com of Oregon writes:
Weims are people dogs.
Just a bit of advice: If you are getting your first ever dog I wouldn't get a Weimaraner. They have to be with people and are very hard to crate train, but they are very smart. Don't leave stuff out on the counters!
Tutti-Frutti@bubble-gum.co.uk of Scotland writes on 6/13/00:
The most beautiful dog that I have ever seen,
I love this dog so much, yes I know that they sometimes chew and maybe jump a little, but isn't that what owning a dog is all about?! The weim is everything you could want in a dog, beauty, fun, active, doting, caring, and very amusing to watch!
firstname.lastname@example.org of Spring, TX writes on 5/26/00:
A loving loyal friend who is "almost" a dog.
Our Weimaraner is very lovable. He doesn't run and jump the way he used to and tends to pout when being ignored. He whines and hangs his head for attention and usually gets it. I admit I've spoiled him and talk to him like I would a person. He listens very intently and you would think he understands every word I say. I've never seen or had a more intelligent dog. He goes with me nearly everyplace I go. He doesn't like crowds - gets very nervous. I wouldn't trade him for anything. He
is a true friend.
WEIME4ME@prodigy.net of Mentor, OH writes on 10/31/99:
The joys and troubles of Weimaraner ownership.
Weimaraners are beautiful dogs who are very loving to their people. I am fortunate enough to own the best "kid dog" that I have ever met. They can be clowns and are truly family members. If you didn't have dogs on your furniture before you had a Weim, you will. They can be very persuasive and persistant! They shed very little (which is a good thing for your furniture!) and are a wash and go type of dog requiring very minimal grooming care. A Weim is not for a person or family that works all day or who doesn't have a lot of time to devote to the dog. Their energy level is very high. Basic obedience training is essential for having a positive relationship with a Weim. They are a very intelligent breed that enjoys working with their people. The trick to training is to convince a Weim that what you are doing is fun. They can be extremely sensitive to critism. Weims tend to have problems with "separation anxiety". This is another reason that basic obedience training is a must and crate training is highly recommended. They can become quite destructive when left alone. This breed is large enough to do some serious damage to your house and will when feeling very stressed. The security of a crate helps immensely. Because of their body type, they are prone to bloat. Weims are also prone to skin and immune system problems.
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