The Weimaraner is a large German hunting dog, originally bred for large game hunting like deer, wild boar or bear. It has been said that my size and strength are somewhere between that of a Greyhound and a Pointer. My coat, like many short-haired dogs, requires little maintenance other than brushing every other day. As there is no undercoat to shed I am a very low maintenance dog to have indoors. However, my active lifestyle including lots of running means I need plenty of opportunities to burn off some energy and this should include lots of regular walks.

The blue weimaraner is a dog that can adapt to any situation and perform in any environment. Whether you are considering a Weimaraner puppy or have already decided on one and need information on how to care, there is something you need to know. Read more about this highly intelligent Weimaraner.

Where Did This Breed Came From? History and Origin

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The Weimaraner dog breed originated with the Weimar pointers, a type of hunting dog bred by German nobles in the early 19th century. The Bloodhound might be an ancestor or relative of the Weimaraner. Regardless of its origins, members of the German Weimaraner Club (GWK) were required to have hunting licenses and restrict ownership of their dogs to club members only. The club later developed the dogs as bird-hunting companions after big game declined in Germany.

An American sportsman and dog breeder named Howard Knight brought two Weimaraners to the United States in 1929. Before AKC recognition, this breed performed exceptionally well in obedience trials, stirring interest on the part of dog enthusiasts. The Weimaraner was recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC) in 1943. The Weimaraner is a member of the sporting group and makes a delightful, active companion.

Fun Breed Facts of a Weimaraner:

Weimaraners were originally bred to accompany royalty when hunting large game, including deer, boar, and bear. They later became used for hunting small animals like rabbits. Here are 5 fun facts about this fantastic breed:

  • Weimaraners were made for action: They can maintain a brisk pace for long distances and enjoy engaging in activities such as Agility.
  • Weimaraners definitely have an off switch: This may be one reason why many Labs like to live inside with their people. They were originally bred to hunt all day long and then relax indoors with their owners in the evenings.
  • Weimaraner puppies are born with stripes: Their eyes change color as they mature, from blue at birth to light amber, gray, or blue-gray.
  • Weimaraners are deeply devoted to their people: Puppies can get depressed and act out if they are ignored, which can lead to separation anxiety problems, according to the WCA. You should teach them at an early age that there will be times when they need to be alone
  • Weimaraners are the star of William Wegman’s Artwork: The artist’s Weimaraners, Flo and Topper, are featured in 11 mosaic murals in the 23rd Street F/M Subway station in New York City. The artist lives and works in this Chelsea neighborhood.

Characteristics of the Weimaraner

Weimaraners are known for their intelligence and curiosity. The breed is known for using its brainpower to get what it wants, including turning faucets on and opening doors, making it one of the strongest dog breed. Proper exercise is important for this dog breed, both physically and mentally. The following are the characteristics of a Weimaraner.

Affection LevelHigh
FriendlinessHigh
Kid-FriendlyHigh
Pet-FriendlyMedium
Exercise NeedsHigh
PlayfulnessHigh
Energy LevelHigh
TrainabilityHigh
IntelligenceHigh
Tendency to BarkMedium
Amount of SheddingLow

Weimaraner Care

The Weimaraner is a well-built dog with gracefulness and strength, as well as speed. This breed has a deep chest and long legs, making it clear that it was born to run. These dogs are relatively easy to live with if you can provide enough exercise; otherwise they can be somewhat difficult to live with.

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Exercise

Weimaraners require a minimum of an hour’s exercise daily. As a breed, they make excellent running partners, but owners should plan to give them time and space to run. They are also proficient in canine agility, flyball, dock diving and other dynamic canine sports.

Grooming

The Weimaraner’s short coat requires only occasional brushing with a rubbery dog brush, and bathing should be done when necessary. The ears, which can be prone to wax build-up, should be cleaned regularly, as should the nails and teeth.

How Much Does a Weimaraner’s Cost?

Weimaraners are popular large dogs, but they can be relatively affordable. The average price of a Weimaraner puppy from a qualified breeder is only about $700. Even for a top-quality dog, you can expect to pay less than $1,700. However, these prices are assuming that you’re purchasing from a specialized breeder that specifically breeds Weimaraners.

While many breeders have high-quality dogs, there are other places to adopt a Rottweiler. However, this is not always recommended. Often you will pay less initially, with higher vet and training bills later.

Summary

Weimaraners are very friendly dogs. They enjoy spending time with their family and being out in the yard. They also excel at hunting. In fact, they were originally bred to hunt because of their strong sense of smell, endurance, and speed. They also have a loud bark which warns you if someone is coming. Their coat is thick and sleek looking, but it’s actually not too difficult to care for at all. Once or twice a week should do the trick.