The WEIMARANEROther names:
Weimaraner Vorstehhund, Weimer PointerOrigin:
hunting (fox, hare, fowl, boar), tracking, search & rescueRecognition:
FCI, CKC, AKC, UKC, CKC, NKC, APRI, NAPR HISTORY:
The breed emerged in the early 1800s as a versatile hunting dog used by royalty for hunting big-game animals such as bear, boar and deer but today is used mainly for hunting foxes and different types of fowl, including water fowl (as these dogs enjoy water and are exceptional swimmers).
The breed was named after Karl August, Grand Duke of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach who was especially fond of hunting and had a major role in the breed`s development and later popularity.
Having such a distinctive look and good working abilities, Weimaraners quickly caught the eye of other hunting enthusiasts from other countries in Europe, as well as the USA. However, the founders of the breed were not so keen on letting their prized pups become foundation stock in other countries, and many of the first imports to be shipped off to the USA were found to be either sterile dogs or spayed females. This method only delayed, at most, the arrival of the Weimaraner to the US.CHARACTERISTICS:
Weimaraners are excellent all-around hunting dogs and can be used for pointing, retrieving, flushing, tracking etc. They possess a very good sense of smell and are also highly inteligent, these traits making them great police dogs as well. As hunting has declined dramatically over the past years, being even declared illegal in some countries, the breed`s enthusiasts turned their attention towards other canine sports that would keep their Weimaraners fit and happy, sports such as agility.
What is considered to be a big plus in this gundog breed is the fact that, unlike other pointers, the Weimaraner doesn`t manifest extreme independence at home or in the field. These dogs actually feel the need to be close to their owner at all times and are happiest when in human company. This is why the breed is not recommended for owners that have a busy schedule and are forced to leave the dog home a lone for long hours. Wermaraners that do not get adequate affection and quality-time with their owners can get either depressed or extremely distructive when left alone inside or out (the last consequence is the most likely to happen!).
These dogs need daily exercise, preferably in open spaces so they can run or at least 2-3 30min. walks daily. They also enjoy trotting alongside a bike if prior training is provided.
Despite their loving nature, Weimaraners will protect their family and are known to bite potential attackers. In fact, in Germany, they were used as a watchdog as well! Generally, they get along well with other dogs, but keep in mind that they are a gundog breed and that thei have strong hunting instincts.COAT:Short-haired variety:
- short, smooth and shiny
- color: silver (all shades); blue - some Kennel Clubs accept it; black - disqualification. minimal white/lighter markings are accepted on the chest; light tan markings (as in silver Dobermans) - may occur but are not desired
- tail: docked (usually)Long-haired variety:
- medium-long, silky, feathered on the tail, chest, inside of legs and ears
- color: same colors as the short-haired varietyTAIL:
- short-haired variety: docked (usually)
- long-haired variety: undocked (always)EYES:
- light grey, blue-grey, light amberSIZE:
- Height: 23-27 in (58-68 cm)
- Weight: 55 - 80 lbs (25-36 kg)
Short video presentation
of the breed: Dogs 101 - the Weimaraner >link<
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