Dog Breeds 101: Weimaraner

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The Weimaraner was originally bred to be a gundog but has been used for various purposes since then. In the 19th century, these dogs were used by royalty to hunt deer, bears, and boars. Later, the breed was used to hunt smaller animals such as foxes, rabbits, and fowls. Indeed, the Weimaraner was bred to be able to hunt a wide range of game. [1]

Ever since then, the breed has been highly prized for its impressive level of stamina and endurance. In fact, these dogs will remain “hyper” well into their adulthood. Considering these dogs were bred to be excellent hunting dogs, they have a tendency to chase anything that moves.

The Weimaraner is a breed of dog that is known for its athletic appearance. Dogs of this breed are known to excel in hunting, pointing, tracking, and retrieving, both on land and in water. These dogs have semi-webbed toes making them excellent swimmers.

Their eyes may be found in blue gray, amber, or light gray colors. The Weimaraner has short silver fur that covers its entire body in one solid color. It is important to note that this dog does not have an undercoat and therefore should not be exposed to extreme cold.

The Weimaraner can be a loyal and kind companion. Generally, this breed is good with children. This dog’s need for human attention keeps the Weimaraner close by its owner’s side. Wherever there owner goes, the Weimaraner is happy to follow. This dog will be happy in a family that is home often and has plenty of time to devote to their dog. If not, they can become destructive.

It is also worth noting that Weimaraners are stubborn dogs. It is for this reason that experts do not recommend inexperienced dog owners adopt a Weimaraner. [3] Nonetheless, this dog can be well-trained and athletic enough to excel in several different dog sports.

Just like other dogs, Weimaraners can do well indoors provided that they have sufficient time to play and exercise. However, these dogs cannot stay in kennels for a long period of time. In fact, because they need to be around their owners as often as possible, they also cannot stay outside for a long time. Some of these dogs will develop separation anxiety and may begin to bark excessively and become destructive.

The average life expectancy of a Weimaraner is around 11 to 13 years.


[1] Charlotte Wilcox, The Weimaraner (Capstone, 1999), p.12-13.

[2] Susan Fox, Weimaraners: Everything about Housing, Care, Nutrition, Breeding, and Health Care (Barron’s Educational Series, 2000), p.18.

[3] Vince Stead, How to Understand and Train Your Weimaraner Puppy Or Dog Guide Book (vince stead, 2011), p.7.

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