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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If you have ever heard anyone say that Weimaraner can easily get separation anxiety, they aren't lying! These are beautiful dogs but they require a ton of attention. They can become destructive if left alone for too long. We owned one of these "ghost-eyed" beauties for a short time before realizing she would do much better in a home with a hunter or someone who is home more often than we were able to be. She was high energy and destructive in our home, but when placed with a family that kept her busier than we could, she fit in perfectly fine..
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Cefazolin is a 1st generation Cephalosporin. While it does well against many gram positive bacteria (typically those with an uncovered, thick outer wall around the cell), it is very ineffective against gram negative bacteria (those with a thin wall that is protected by an extra membrane). While it does not cover everything, Cefazolin is easier on the body than many other antibiotics. For this reason, it is often used as a preoperative prophylaxis, given in IV fluids prior to surgery. Though its usefulness starts to diminish when dealing with "evolutionarily younger" bacteria, which are usually either gram negative or are developing resistances to certain classes of antibiotics, it remains a regularly used staple in the vet med world. It is commonly used for pneumonia, sepsis, certain bladder and urinary tract infections, or in conjunction with antibiotics that target gram negative bacteria to achieve as broad of a spectrum of treatment as possible in an unidentified infection..
From S Dean - Trainer and Former Vet Tech 398 days ago
Committing to set your dog up for success
Helping your dog to avoid fearful stimuli is simple in theory but can be difficult in practice. How many times has a dog owner with a dog who has a fear of something thought, "just this once, she'll be fine" or "it's only for a minute, I don't have time to avoid this right now"?
Owners must understand that if a dog is fearful of something, that is a real emotion for the animal. The owner might understand that fireworks are harmless or that a small toddler is innocent but for a dog who is afraid, they are simply afraid.
When dogs feel fear, they have the same two options available to all animals: fight or flight. Many, many bites could be avoided if owners understood that the fear their animal feels for a certain stimuli is real and that the animal has one of two options available to them.
Unfortunately, many owners do not take their animals fear seriously until a bite occurs. A dog with wide eyes, who freezes in place, begins to lick their nose, yawns, or lowers their tail/posture are all signs of fear or emotional discomfort that can go unrecognized.
If a toddler or child approaches a dog who begins to lick their nose, avoid eye contact or freeze in place while slowly wagging their tail low they are not ok with being approached by the child. Some days they may be able to handle this if the dog has been mostly free of fear or stress. Somedays the dog may have had too many triggers. (Think of how you feel some days when you didn't get enough sleep, or a mishap occurred at work. When you get home, you may be more likely to snap at your family or have less patience.) The dog doesn't have the ability to remove themselves from the situation- the owner is responsible for that.
Thus, as owners we must respect what our dog is fearful of and do our best to seek out knowledgeable professional help in the way of a behavioral vet or trainer who works with one. Ideally, the dog can overcome the fearful stimuli but in cases where progress is only beginning or the fear is too entrenched it is best to avoid the situations which will cause the dog fear. Dogs always want to please people but it is important to know that they have their own emotions and limitations to how they can react in life.
It is our obligation to return the adoration of our dogs and protect them from fearful stimuli while also working to overcome frightening situations. .
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