The Weimaraner is an elegant and popular breed, dating back to the time of royalty in Germany. They were originally called the Weimar Pointer, and were used to hunt game such as bear, wolves and large cats. The breed adapted when hunting birds became more popular, and the Weimar Pointer was interbred with bird-dogs to increase this trait. This dog breed is still popular today as both hunter and companion.
This dog breed features the characteristic slate-grey coat with deep golden brown eyes. They have dropped triangular ears and may be presented with either a docked or naturally long tail. He is probably well-known as a television hero, with his many appearances on children’s television such as Sesame Street.
They are friendly, outgoing and alert dogs. With a top timed speed of 35 mph, they have a lot of energy like most hunting breeds, and are naturally talented. The dog breed is tough and doesn’t back down from a fight. While friendly with his family and friends, he may be alert and suspicious of strangers, until he gets to know them. The breed also does well with an active family, however, he would prefer to be indoors always if that means staying close to his people.
On average, they live 10 to 12 years, slightly below average compared to other dogs their size. They have several breed health issues which include hip and elbow dysplasia, osteodystrophy and von Willebrand’s disease. The breed is also prone to bloat, or gastric dilation and volvulus, which may play a factor in their shorter lifespans.
Their coat is easy to care for and requires little more than occasional brushing or grooming with a grooming glove. There is a longhaired version of this dog breed, though less common, that should be brushed more often to prevent the coat from matting. No professional grooming is required.
Patience and persistence is key when training them. They learn quickly, but will easily become bored if their lessons do not keep their interest. They may also become distracted by smells or other hunting instincts. Short lessons and lots of socialization will help them to adjust nicely.
Exercise is very important for this dog breed. If not actively hunting, the breed should be kept very active with lots of walks, jogs and hikes. Dog sports such as agility or fly-ball may also be beneficial, if his attention can be held long enough to participate. Without enough activity, the excess energy of the Weimaraner will be diverted to destructive behaviors instead.