The Weimaraner is a sporting breed which was developed in Germany as an all-purpose gundog. Males measure 25-27 inches at the shoulder, females 2 inches less. Often referred to as the “grey ghost”, the Weim has a short, sleek coat, ranging in colour from shades of mouse-gray to silver-gray. Eye colour is blue-grey to shades of amber. The Weim combines grace, speed and endurance with an aristocratic appearance.
Profile of a Good Weimaraner Owner
The Weimaraner is a special breed for special people.
1.You must want your dog to be a member of the family, not just a “pet”.
2.You must understand and appreciate the love this dog will lavish on you and not feel the dog is too demanding.
3.You must enjoy being active with your dog and relaxing with your dog.
4.You must be prepared to travel with your dog or find a reliable sitter or kennel if you cannot.
5.You must make a financial commitment to ensure your dog’s long, healthy life.
6. To develop the Weim’s potential as your most enjoyable companion, you must devote time for serious and consistent training. Weimaraners are easily trained but YOU MUST DO THE TRAINING. This is the ideal breed for people who truly want a “Best Friend”, not just a casual acquaintance.
Character and Temperament
The Weimaraner is very intelligent and sensitive and craves companionship. He is happiest as a member of the family. The Weim is a very devoted and loyal breed. This devotion makes them willing to please, easy to train, dependable and protective by nature. This devotion also makes it hard for a Weim to thrive as a kennel dog or adapt well to a routine of being left alone. The Weim is a rugged, out-going breed, capable as a hunting companion and exceptional as an obedience competitor. With proper training and socialization, they are completely adaptable and happy to share your lifestyle.
Being a hardy Sporting Breed, the Weimaraner does require exercise. Several walks per day can be sufficient. Weims do, however, love hunting and retrieving and excel in dog sports such as flyball and agility. And you might too!
Because of the Weim’s inherent sensitive and devoted nature, early upbringing and conditioning are of utmost importance. Weimaraners can suffer from “Separation Anxiety”, causing excessive barking, destructive chewing, etc. when left alone. The Weim must be conditioned, at an early age, to being left alone for short periods of time DAILY. Crate training makes this easier to accomplish. Then you are leaving the pup safe, with suitable toys and a cozy bed. Since the Weim is a boisterous and dominant breed, a progressive program of socialization, Puppy Kindergarten and Obedience Training is highly recommended.
There are many varied health problems in purebred dogs today. There are several tests available to help ensure that breeding stock is clear from such afflictions as hip dysplasia, eye defects, genetic disorders and heart problems. Some lines of Weimaraners are also prone to skin problems and eyelash abnormalities. Reputable breeders do not breed affected stock. Weimaraners can suffer from Hypertrophic Osteodystrophy (HOD) which is a canine autoinflammatory disease affecting young rapidly growing large breed dogs between eight weeks to eight months of age. There are three genetic disorders which Weimaraners can be tested for: Hyperuricosuria (HUU), Hypomyelination (HYM), and Spinal dysraphism (SD).
The WAC has a CODE OF ETHICS which should be followed in a breeding program.
Choosing a Breeder
When deciding on a breeder from which to buy, remember that you want someone you will feel comfortable with, and who will offer you advice and encouragement throughout your dog’s life. Answers to the following questions will help you decide.
1. Does the breeder display an obvious love of Weimaraners?
2. Does the breeder want to keep in contact with you after the purchase has been completed?
3. Do other breeders recommend this person?
4. Is the breeder a member of the Weimaraner Association of Canada?
5. Can the breeder provide references of previous puppy purchasers?
6. If, for any reason, you can no longer keep your Weim, is the breeder willing to help you find a new home for the dog?
7. Are you satisfied with the guarantee covering hereditary defects the breeder offers? To what extent will the breeder contribute to veterinary expenses if a problem arises?
8. Does the breeder have copies of health testing that has been completed on breeding stock? This is different than a “vet check.”
Some examples might include: Hip results (OFA or PennHip), elbow results, DNA testing, eye testing (by an opthamologist), thyroid clearances, etc.