The Weimaraner is of German origin and an ancient "gun dog" bred to hunt large game: boars, bears, deer, wolves and the like. Other than being bred primarily for hunting, they were bred for their agility, speed, endurance and intelligence.
The Weimaraner is of medium build, will grow to be 22" - 27" in height at the shoulder (depending on the sex), weighing about 55 - 85 pounds and will live ~12+ years. The average cost of feeding will run between $30 - $ 70 per month depending on bargain versus premium dry foods as well as the health and size of the dog.
The Weimaraner is sensitive and physically strong yet, has a mind of its own and will obey what it wants unless consistent, firm, loving training is provided. This dog is pushy, challenging yet sensitive and requires a benevolent dictator - IF you can't say "NO" and mean it - this dog is not for you. This dog has a high energy level and is not meant for apartment living, relegated to a "kennel" or solitary situations for extended periods of time. Its energy level limits its family relationships from small children and seniors (not that anything intentional would occur however, their over exuberance is not meant to hurt anyone). Weimaraner's are happiest in a family environment and well excercised. If in a 'solitary' situation for too long, they may become chewers of carpets, walls and furniture, nuisance barkers and/or soil the house.
Weimaraner's are "Escape Artists"! They'll open doors including your own home! They'll jump fences and gates, learn to open latches and gates! Being "Hunters" they'll likely bring you presents! Anything from small furry animals (rabbits, ferrets, etc) to pet birds and maybe the neighbors cats and your are expected to praise and be happy! You'll want to secure fencing and have careful watchfulness with this dog. They're protectors!
They have a strong prey drive! It is almost impossible to stop the 'hunt/chase' instinct! Please be advised: small children, joggers or bike riders may trigger the "hunt/chase" drive.
Its low maintenance coat is an illusion! No place or thing is too dirty or slimy to roll or play in! Water puddles, mud, manure etc. are just another playground! It's FUN! Protecting your flower and vegetable garden as well as lawn from mice, rodents and even wood sliding is advised however, they do dig holes!
The Weimaraner is subject to hip dysplasia, bloat, immune system disorders, separation anxiety and recreational barking.
Author: Debbie, CVT