Weimaraner Facts

Weimaraner Facts
Weimaraner is large gun dog that belongs to the group of Sporting Dogs. It originates from the city of Weimar in Germany where it was created during the 19th century by mixing Bloodhound, English Pointer, German Shorthaired Pointer, Great Dane and Huehnerhund. Weimaraner was used for hunting of big game (such as deer, boar, bear and wolves) as well as birds, rabbits and foxes. It has been introduced to the USA in 1929, but its popularity remained on the low level until the end of the WWII when many American soldiers returned from Germany with this breed. Aside for hunting, Weimaraner is also frequently kept as a house pet today.
Interesting Weimaraner Facts:
Weimaraner can reach 23 to 27 inches in height and 55 to 85 pounds of weight.
Weimaraner has short, smooth and sleek coat in different shades of grey (from brownish grey to silver and bluish grey). Head and ears are usually lighter-colored than the rest of the body.
Weimaraner has medium-sized head, loose lips, long, pendant ears, athletic body, long legs and long tail.
Weimaraner is one of the fastest dogs; it can reach the speed of 35 miles per hour. It has excellent sense of smell and great stamina. Weimaraner is fearless, independent-minded and intelligent dog that requires firm and consistent training from the early age.
Weimaraner is loyal and affectionate dog that is suitable for active families. It builds strong bond with its owner and follows him/her wherever they go. Separation anxiety is frequently seen in this breed.
Weimaraner is also known as "grey ghost" or "silver ghost" because of its fur and habit to spend most of the time close to its owner (like a shadow).
Weimaraner was "designed" to spend plenty of time outside, but it should sleep indoors, close to its family. House with fenced backyard is the best choice for this breed. However, fence is not a guarantee that Weimaraner will stay in the backyard. It can learn to open the door, jump over or dig hole beneath the fence to escape from the backyard.
Weimaraner has strong hunting instinct and desire to chase cats, smaller dogs and other animals that look like prey (sometimes even the joggers and cyclists).
Weimaraner has plenty of energy and it requires few hours of exercise per day and plenty of mental stimulations to prevent destructive behavior.
Weimaraner is a perfect watchdog. It is alert by nature and suspicious toward the strangers.
Dwight Eisenhower and Grace Kelly were the proud owners of a Weimaraner.
Weimaraner requires weekly brushing. Grooming is not demanding or time consuming (even the mud collected on the coat can be easily removed).
Weimaraner gives birth to 7 puppies on average.
Weimaraner can suffer from hip dysplasia, bloat, blood disorders and hypothyroidism.
Weimaraner has an average lifespan of 11 to 13 years.

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