The Breed Standard Weimaraner

General Appearance: a medium to large gray dog with short hair that was bred for hunting ability. Height at Shoulder: Males 25 to 27 inches, Females 23 to 25 inches. Weight: Males 70 to 85 pounds, Females 55 to 65 pounds. The tail is docked to an approximate 6" length. The head is moderately long and aristocratic. Ears are long and lobular. The eyes range from light amber to gray or blue gray.

Above all, the dog's conformation must indicate ability to work with great speed and endurance in the field. Developed in Germany, they came to this country during the middle of the twentieth century.

Personality: They are known for high activity levels, loyalty to their family and great intelligence. The temperament should be friendly, fearless, alert and obedient. They want to be with their people and be involved in their activities. Weimaraners cannot be continually housed in a kennel, the backyard, or the basement. They are "people dogs." To have a Weimaraner is to have a second shadow. They insist on being with you as much as possible. This is NO exaggeration. While they do not possess the aggressive personality of a guard dog, they will protect their property and let you know when a stranger is approaching their territory.

Exercise Requirements:
Weimaraners need lots of exercise. A couple of long walks each day on a leash does not meet their needs for exercise. They were bred to have great stamina so that they could hunt all day. They are great companions for the active individual or family.

An occasional bath (usually no more than once a month), brushing, trimming of nails and cleaning of ears and teeth is all that's required.

Health Problems:
Hip dysplasia is an occasional problem especially with breeding stock that has not been x-rayed and received a passing rating from the OFA (Orthopedic Foundation for Animals). Bloat (an accumulation of excess gases in the stomach) and gastric torsion (twisting of the stomach) is a leading cause of death. Most other health problems are in the realm of accidents, including swallowing foreign objects.

Obedience training is a must for the Weimaraner. Weimaraners physically grow up very quickly and training helps to control their enthusiasm, channel their energy properly and give them satisfaction that they are doing what you want. While they are very intelligent their attention span is short, especially when they are puppies. Training is most successful when it is done in short sessions; firmly, consistently, and with a gentle hand. Despite their size and strength Weimaraners are sensitive. Heavy corrections will have an adverse impact on the dog's training program.

Written by breeder, handler and weim lover, Carole Richards.