The Weimaraner is a breed that will normally exhibit alertness and
friendliness, combined with energy and intelligence. Known to be
bold and excessively rambunctious, this breed loves to hunt and
run. If not allowed to do what their heart truly desires and is
pent up, they will develop a destructive manner with sheer frustration.
With a tendency to be headstrong and stubborn, lack of exercise
or running will force these traits into a negative and unhappy dog.
They need a yard that is large enough to run and explore in, and
a home that allows them to sleep indoors on cool and cold nights,
due to their very short hair. A special type of breed, the Weimaraner
will be happiest when it is allowed to live a life both indoors
The best owner for a Weimaraner hunting dog is one who enjoys the
outdoors and lots of exercise, and seriously wants a four-legged
companion instead of a penned-up dog let out only on the week-ends.
Daily high strenuous exercise is mandatory for the Weimaraner, so
the city life is not for this breed unless it has that certain tye
of owner. The Weimaraner needs to have an owner who has the strength
and confidence to train, exercise, socialize, and love this dog.
Timid with people and other pets, it makes an excellent watchdog.
A thinking dog, this hunting dog is not only very proud but can
be quite dominant, quickly discovering in his trainer or family
member who is most like its personality. Intolerant of weakness,
the Weimaraner treats such people with contempt and ignorance, preferring
to shower the attention to those more deserving.
The coat of the Weimaraner is short and smooth, requiring very little
care other than weekly brushing and bathing every two weeks to a
month, depending on the activity and lifestyle of the dog. High
quality feed and good care will make the grayish coast shine, along
with wiping the coat down when bathing is done. Routine worming
and vet checks are mandatory as the dog is out in the field and
on the ground.
Serious disqualifications for the aristocratic Weimaraner is a
distinctly long coat, especially one that is blue or black. Serious
faults are considered to be the color white over the entire body
other than a spot on the chest, eyes are other than gray, blue-gray
or light amber, black mottled mouth, non-docked tail.
As they are prone to bloat, it is better to feed them two or three
small meals a day rather than one large meal. They may also suffer
from hip dysplasia, but are in general a hardy breed of dog. Hip
dysplasia has been reduced to only 8% through conscientious breeding.
Prone to hypertropic osteodystrophy (too rapid growth) and tumors.