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Description: The Weimaraner or "Silver Ghost" is a picture of grace, speed, stamina, alertness and balance. One-family dogs that are reserved with strangers, they will make good watchdogs as well as good guard dogs. They require owners with a firm, no-nonsense approach who will take time to train and socialize them. Boundlessness of energy, tirelessness, self-driven and a remarkable sense of smell make Weimaraners great hunting dogs. Weimaraners have been known to hunt for as long as six hours at a stretch. When well trained, the Weimaraner is a confident and assertive dog who makes a wonderful companion. One thing most owners do not realize is that there are two varieties of Weimaraner coat, shorthaired and wirehaired. The wirehaired has fur 1 - 2 inches long and it is fringed like a setter's hair. The wirehair's tail is usually not docked, unlike the shorthaired. This larger breed is lean and muscular and fit for the hunt. They have long, wide, drop ears and a long broad head.
Other Names: Weimaraner Vorstehhund, Weim, Silver Ghost, Grey Ghost
Type: Gun Dog
silver gray; shades of mouse or roe gray. There may be small white markings
on the chest.
Weimaraners are responsive, alert, and strong-willed. They make excellent
hunting dogs and companions. They are intelligent, energetic and love to have
fun. They get along well with children if they are socialized, and get along
with other pets as well. They are hard workers but need training, and they
will constantly try to get their own way. They are a resilient breed, good
natured and agile in movement. Reserved with strangers, the Weimaraner makes
an excellent watch dog and guard. They have a lot of energy.
Watch-dog: Very High.
They are very alert.
Care and Training:
Brush or dry shampoo the Weimaraner coat as necessary. A rub over with a chamois
will make their coat gleam. Prone to sunburn on their nose in the summer.
Weimaraners need plenty of opportunity to run free and a lot of regular exercise.
The Weimaraner requires obedience training which should begin at 5 - 8 months
Activity: Very High.
Health Issues: Hip dysplasia, dermoid cysts, dwarfism, eye problems, von Willebrand's disease, cancer, bleeding disorders and gastric torsion, also known as bloat. Bloat is a health concern to most dogs and it is likely fatal. It is caused by the dog eating too fast and should be avoided.
Life Span: 10 - 12 years.
Country of Origin:
First Registered by the AKC:
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