The Weimaraner is known for being very active, and for possessing a very intelligent brain with a keen sense of smell 1. “In fact, over one-half of the dog’s brain is devoted to his sniffing ability” 2. (An interesting fact: Weimaraners were used to sniff out missile parts during the Cold War. 2)
They are easy to train, but train them early on. Bred for speed, these dogs are happiest with a lot of running space. An estate in the country would be ideal living quarters for this wonderful breed. Though they have been lauded for being fearless, they are also obedient and friendly family members1.
The Weimaraner is also referred to as the “grey ghost” for their silvery-grey short coat helps them to ‘disappear’ in wooded areas1. Interestingly, the puppies are born with blue eyes, which turn a beautiful amber color as they mature into adults. The combination of the coat and the amber eyes gives this dog a very distinctive look.
Artist and famous photographer, William Wegman, has held a fascination with his pet Weimaraners for years. His first subject, “Man War” became very famous thanks to the photographic and video works produced by Wegman1. After many years together, Man War passed away. Saddened by his loss, Wegman stopped photographing these wonderful dogs for awhile1. Thankfully, however, Wegman could not resist loving these wondrous creatures. He found his next subject and beloved four-legged companion, “Fay Ray,” and began taking photographs again 1. Today, Wegman owns three Weimaraners – all descendents of Fay Ray1. (To learn more about Wegman, see below under references. You can also search his name and you will find a number of his famous prints).
The Weimaraner breed is pretty healthy. However, they also have a tendency to bloat if they eat too much or too fast – so it’s best to feed them two small meals per day. Bloating (or Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus) can occur quickly and is often fatal if not cared for by a veterinarian quickly, so please remember to feed these dogs properly.
“Acute gastric dilatation-volvulus (GDV) is a life-threatening condition, with fatality rates ranging from 10% to 60%.1 The animals most commonly affected by GDV include older, large or giant breed, deep-chested dogs, including Great Danes, German Shepherds, Standard Poodles, and large mixed breed dogs. Early diagnosis, medical stabilization, surgical intervention and post-operative monitoring are important factors in reducing the mortality rate”4.
- Wither height: 23-27 inches
- Weight: up to 70 pounds
- Coat: short and sleek – light grooming should be performed
- Exercise need: high – this dog has a high stamina and needs to run
- (2010). AKC Meet the Breeds: Weimaraner. American Kennel Club. Retrieved March 1, 2010 from http://www.akc.org/breeds/weimaraner/index.cfm00
- Reilly, M. (producer). (2008, November 29). Dogs 101 (Television series). Pug/Weimaraner/Maltese/Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier/Akita.Animal Planet. Silver Spring, MD: Discovery Communications, Inc.
- William Wegman’s website: http://www.wegmanworld.com/gallery/index.html
- Natz, E. & Njaa, B. DVM (ed.) (1999). Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus. 1999 Newsletter (Fall). Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory. Retrieved from http://www.addl.purdue.edu/newsletters/1999/fall/gdv.shtml
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