Facts about Weimaraner Puppies
Are you unsure how to care for Weimaraner puppies, or just want to learn more about this breed?
Maybe you are thinking about buying a puppy and want to know if this is the right breed of dog for you?
No matter what your situation may be, you will find the answers to your questions right here!
Breed Information and History
The breed was created in Germany during the 19th century.
There is some confusion regarding its ancestry but it's generally believed that the Bloodhound and several types of pointers were some of its ancestors.
The breed was created by and for the nobles and the commoners were prohibited from owning these dogs.
The Weimaraner was originally used to hunt big game but was later adapted to smaller game and birds. It was also used as an all purpose family dog and a companion.
The breed was introduced to the United States in 1920s.
Today, in addition to being a companion, it's used in search and rescue, guarding and police work. And, of course, it continues to be used as a hunting dog.
Physical Characteristics of Weimaraner Puppies
This is a medium to large dog.
It has a lean and muscular body, a long head, long drop ears, gray or light amber eyes, and a gray nose. The tail is usually docked. The feet are webbed for swimming.
It has a short and smooth coat that comes in many shades of gray. Some dogs may have small, white marking on the chest. There is also a long-haired variety but it's rarer.
|Male||23 - 27 inches||70 - 85 pounds|
|Female||23 - 27 inches||55 - 70 pounds|
The Weimaraner is an intelligent, affectionate, energetic, and fun-loving dog.
It loves being with its family and tolerates children. If isolated from human contact, it may become restless and resort to many destructive behaviors.
It's hard-working and learns quickly but without proper leadership can become willful.
Like all hunting dogs, it has a strong prey instinct and should not be trusted with small animals. It can be reserved with strangers and combative with other dogs. Socializing your dog while he is still young will make these behaviors less likely.
Best Owner / Living Conditions
It requires an active and experienced owner who can establish himself or herself as the "leader of the pack".
Some Weimaraner breeders will interview prospective owners to make sure this is the right breed for them.
Activity and Exercise
Weimaraners are very active dogs and are not well suited for an apartment lifestyle.
Without enough exercise, the Weimaraner may become destructive and difficult to control.
If you have a fenced yard or can take him to a safe area, your pet will enjoy running off leash.
If your yard is not fenced, consider getting an electronic dog fence. There are a lot of systems that are cheap (a lot cheaper than physical fences), easy to install, and will prevent your pet from escaping an unfenced yard.
If you are into jogging or bicycle riding, take your pet along (on-leash).
At a minimum, take your pet for several brisk walks every day.
These dogs are average shedders.
Brush once or twice a week with a firm bristle brush. Bathe only when absolutely necessary.
Weimaraner Health Concerns
Like all dog breeds, the Weimaraner is susceptible to complications caused by parasites such as dog ticks, fleas, and puppy worms, including tapeworms, roundworms, and heartworms.
Additional health problems may include hip dysplasia, eye problems, cancer, and dermoid cysts. Another concern involves bloating. Try to feed your pet several smaller meals instead of one large one.
Visit dog health problems for more information about dog diseases and health problems.
To reduce the risk of the above and many other health problems, buy only from reputable Weimaraner breeders (visit dog breeders to learn how to identify responsible dog breeders).
No matter how small the risk of health problems is, any puppy may get sick or injured. Many health problems will require an immediate attention from your Vet, but there are many others that will not, and you may handle them on your own.
To save time and money, learn how to diagnose and treat dog health problems that don't require your Vet's attention.
The average life expectancy for a healthy Weimaraner puppy is between 10 and 12 years.
Did you ever consider adopting your next pet?
If this is the breed you are interested in, and adoption appeals to you, consider contacting your local Weimaraner rescue. There are thousands of pets waiting for a loving home and, yes, it's possible to adopt a purebred dog.
Not happy with your pet's behavior? Need help with training your dog for obedience? Then check this Weimaraner Behavior and Obedience Training Guide.
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