Species group: Sporting Group dogs
Other name(s): Weimaraner Vorstehhund; Weim; Grey Ghost; Silver Ghost
The Weimaraner was developed as a big game hunting dog for the German court of Weimar in the late 1870s-- a job that demanded an athletic dog with exceptional tracking skills. As a result, this specialized breed may demand a special owner. You will need to provide plenty of time, space, and action for the aristocratic-looking Grey Ghost. The ideal owner doesn't necessarily have to hunt, but you should be an active person who plans to spend lots of time running, biking, or jogging with your pet. A bored, lonely Weimaraner can become a destructive chewer, a problem barker, or an escape artist.
Appearance / health:
The Weimaraner is a sleek, well muscled, moderately large dog that comes in many shades of grey. The head is somewhat long, wide, and noble, with a moderate stop; there is a slight line that extends back over the forehead; the muzzle is strong; the length from the tip of the nose to the stop should equal the length from the stop to the occipital bone; and, the bite is scissored. The eyes convey intelligence and a good disposition and should be one of three colors: light amber, grey, or blue-grey, and are set somewhat apart; the nose is grey; the ears are somewhat long and pendant, folded slightly and set high on the head. The skin is tight to the body. The tail is customarily docked and, at maturity, should be about 6” long.
A very easy coat to maintain in top condition. Brush your Weimaraner with a firm bristled brush and occasionally use a dry shampoo. Do not bathe unnecessarily and, when you must bathe, use only a mild soap. A rub down with a chamois cloth will make the coat glisten. Inspect the mouth and feet for injuries after a work or exercise session. Keep the nails trimmed. Weimaraners are prone to sunburn on their nose in summer. Ears should be cleaned weekly. The Weimaraner is considered to be an average shedder.
The Weimaraner has a need for exercise in order to prevent him from succumbing to compulsive barking and excessive destruction as a result of boredom and frustration. As a rule, he requires some form of demanding exercise and a lot of mental stimulation. Involving him in all family activities will go far toward providing him with the attention he craves and, indeed, needs from his people. A long walk each day, a jog with you, or a bout of free running in a safely enclosed area will help make him a happy dog.
Through conscientious breeding programs, hip dysplasia has been reduced in the Weimaraner to only 8% of the Weimaraner population; however, it remains a strong suggestion that you purchase your Weimaraner only from a reputable breeder who knows the history of their breeding stock and whose breeding stock is OFA certified.
The primary health concern with the Weimaraner is gastric torsion (also called “bloat”). Gastric torsion can kill a dog within an hour and is the second major killer of dogs, right after cancer. Refer to “Food Habits,” above, for additional information.
Other possible health concerns for the Weimaraner are: hypertrophic osteodystrophy (a too rapid growth rate), dermoid cysts, von Willebrand’s disease, cancer, eye problems, bleeding disorders, and dwarfism.
Behavior / temperament:
The Weimaraner is a very happy and rambunctious dog; he is happy, affectionate and loving toward his family. He is extraordinarily intelligent but, with this intelligence, he can also be willful and have opinions of his own. They are naturally protective of their family and protective of their territory. The Weimaraner is not recommended for the novice dog owner.
The Weimaraner is strong-willed, good-natured, responsive and alert. He makes a superior hunting dog and canine companion. He is very intelligent and loves to have fun. A well and properly socialized Weimaraner will get along well with children. Properly socialized to other pets from puppyhood, he should also get along well with other family pets, but should never be trusted around cats or small animals. The Weimaraner is naturally protective and is an excellent watch dog and an equally excellent guard dog. The Weimaraner has boundless energy and consistent training that begins early is absolutely essential to creating a Weimaraner that you and the family will enjoy.
Weimaraners are rated high in learning rate; medium in obedience; and, high in problem solving. What does that add up to? A dog that will eagerly try to get what he wants. This character trait calls for a strong, “alpha” trainer who has a lot of patience. Early training (“Puppy Kindergarten”) is extremely beneficial to the Weimaraner. Though training should begin in early puppyhood, it is also vital that nothing negative is associated with training. Weimaraners don’t forget and if the trainer looses his cool and does something intimidating to the Weimaraner, it is highly unlikely you will ever get him to learn whatever lesson that was. Standard obedience should begin very soon after your Weimaraner turns five years of age.
The Weimaraner does enjoy barking and should be taught from an early age about when it is and is not appropriate to bark.
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The Weimaraner that won my heart
I got Rocco when he was about three months old. A friend of mine gave him to me because he had no space in his house. My experience with Rocco was the most pleasant experience I'd ever had with a dog. Their short hair requires minimum grooming and they are really healthy. My Weimaraner tended to be very active, and would run through my backyard chasing butterflies or squirrels. What I found they truly need to be emotionally stable, is constant activity. Definitely not a permanently indoors dog. Rocco got really depressed on rainy seasons or whenever he couldn't go out for a run. I hope my experience with a Weimaraner can give you a bit of an insight on what to beware before acquiring one..
From pablososa21 Aug 23 2015 2:23PM
The way your dog's body was meant to be fed
There are so many misconceptions about raw feeding and I hope to quickly properly educate you so making an opinion for yourself is easier. I am a certified nutritionist for dogs and cats and the moment I finished my education I knew I needed to make better choices for my own personal dogs in regards to how I fed them. There are pros and cons to any feeding method so I cannot say it's going to be easy to know exactly what choices to make. The doubtful mind always says no, so anyone unfamiliar with anything is always hesitant. I see that a lot with other professionals in the field, specifically veterinarians. I am fortunate to have an integrative veterinarian who 100% supports this feeding method. Lets talk about the pros as there are many. There is no possible way to dispute that a dog's (especially cats) digestive system and teeth are designed for a diet of animal tissue, they are carnivores. Having jagged teeth throughout their mouth and a very short digestive tract, their bodies are not equipped to properly process plant material. Think of a cow's or sheep's flat teeth, made for grinding plants, and their 4 chambered stomachs, made to digest and assimilate nutrients from plants. They are herbivores. Feeding a diet of dry dog food, which is very heavy in plant based ingredients of many varieties,synthetic vitamins, and taste additives reeks havoc on their entire body systems over time. Some say feeding raw is expensive and time consuming. I'm part of a group with thousands and thousands of raw feeders around the world and we completely disagree. If you can follow a simple recipe you can make raw food for your pet. Learning how to shop for ingredients on sale and making relationships with local butchers is all you need to make it affordable. I feed two dogs raw cheaper than I wold purchasing an average quality dry food. It CAN be done if your pet's lifetime of health is important to you. There are so many support systems out there for this approach, it truly couldn't be any easier. The shelf life of raw food is far longer than that of dry food. Did you know that the nutrients and quality of dry food diminishes with the passing of each day? My dog's food is kept in a deep freezer and put in the refrigerator for thawing each night, ready for the next day. Freezing locks in all nutrients and can be kept for years without spoiling. Does your dog suffer from chronic conditions like ear infections and skin issues? Did you ever think it could be food related? Well let me tell you that it is. I have assisted with completely eradicating a host of chronic health issues in dogs and cats with diet alone. To most recently include a chihuahua with disc disease and no use of his hind legs. He now climbs steps and runs. He is 12 years old. No other therapy than a raw diet, regular massage, and one veterinary acupuncture visit. Let's talk about the cons. Now, most freeze dried and premade raw can be expensive for the amount you get. Feeding freeze dried is mostly for convenience. I use it when I need convenience like a weekend camping trip. I enjoy making my dog's food. There a lot of satisfaction in it for me. There is so much talk about bacteria like salmonella and e.coli when someone references raw food. Can it be present in raw food? Of course! But, did you know that your dry food can and does have the same bacteria? Dry and canned pet food recalls are a very common for bacteria. I have 100% control over the ingredients, processing, and storing of my pets raw food. Proper handling and sourcing of raw ingredients can and does deeply diminish the probability of bacteria. What about parasites? Again, yes of course raw materials can have parasites. As can dry and canned mass produced pet food. And again, the proper handling and sourcing of these ingredients remove this concern. (As a note: I have been raw feeding for over 5 years and NOT ONE of my dogs or clients have been treated for parasites or bacterial issues) Proper formulation can be a con to raw feeding. Honestly, its ridiculously easy. But without the proper ratio of ingredients you can cause issues. Companies make you think it is hard. They want to make you buy their product. It's a marketing scheme that works and unfortunately affects our pets negatively. I hope this review can shed light into the seemingly scary world of raw feeding. Educate yourselves and don't be afraid to jump in head first. Your pet's health and quality of life will be all the proof you need to know this is without a doubt the best decision you have ever made. .
From Megan S 56 days ago
behavior training tool
All dogs need to learn how to behave and a great "brain-break" and self soothing tool to use between activities or for crate training is a kong. Filled with a treat or small bit of peanut butter, this activity can provide the dog with a reward sensation as well as a much needed chewing activity for "down time" between trainings. We have utilized this with many of our breeds but huskies can be downright destructive to any material, so use of the kong is fabulous (while supervised) once the husky reaches maturity. As puppies are constantly teething and learning what is THEIRS and what is yours, kongs are a wonderful "replacement" tool for your couch, shoes and other destructible items in your home. .
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