Originally bred as a gundog to handle big game like deer and bear, the Weimaraner was a highly sought-after dog breed in its native Germany.
There are TOP 10 interesting facts about Weimaraner.
The Weimaraner is a relatively new breed, first appearing in the early 1800s. Karl August, Grand Duke of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach, was an avid hunter, and he developed the Weimaraner to be a gun dog. Originally meant for hunting big game, it wasn't long before Weimaraners settled into their role as devoted home companions.
2) Gray Ghost
Due to the breed's distinct coloring, the Weimaraner is often referred to as the "gray ghost." According to the American Kennel Club's breed standard, the Weimaraner's coat should be "short, smooth and sleek, solid color, in shades of mouse-gray to silver-gray, usually blending to lighter shades on the head and ears."
3) Eye Change
As puppies, Weimaraners have light blue eyes, but they don’t stay that way for long. As they grow up, the dogs’ eyes turn either amber or a gray-blue color.
4) Tracking Skills
Weimaraners are great trackers and have been used in missing person cases and other search and rescue missions. Their reputation as skilled pointers probably led to one of them being chosen to help find missile parts during the Cold War. A Weimaraner named Dingo, along with a German shorthair named Count, helped sniff out small bits of missile after launches so scientists could recover and study them. The parts were coated in squalene, a shark-liver oil, which helped the dogs locate them in the desert sand. In the summer, the dogs wore special terrycloth jackets with pockets that held ice cubes to keep them cool while they were working.
These are high energy dogs, so don’t expect them to lounge on the couch with you. Weimaraners need a lot of exercise and space to move around. According to the Iowa Weimaraner Rescue, these dogs need more activity than almost any other breed. That means daily and rigorous exercise is needed or your dog will get antsy and bored. Fetch, swimming, and other intensive activities should do the trick.
6) Loyal Dogs
If you're looking for a loyal dog to be your constant companion — and we mean constant — a Weimaraner might be the right dog for you. Often called "Velcro dogs," Weimaraners stick to their owners to the point where it can become a behavioral problem. Separation anxiety is a consistent issue for Weimaraners, which is a bad combination with owners who are often away from home.
7) Clever Dogs
Weimaraners are so smart that they’re sometimes referred to as "the dog with the human brain." Of all the breeds, they are 21st smartest in the dog world. While being smart can make training easier, it’s important to channel that intelligence properly at a young age. Left unchecked, a Weimaraner can use its brains to outsmart its owner. Unlocking fences, stealing treats, and escaping crates are just some of the shenanigans a delinquent Weimaraner can get into.
The Weimaraner possesses a short, smooth coat that is tight against the whole body sloping gently downward from the shoulders to the hindquarters. Outside of the American Kennel Club, most other breed registers of the world also accept a long-haired variety that exhibits a silky coat with an undocked tail with feathering. Wherever the fur is thin or non-existent on the dog including within the ears or lips, the skin is pinkish in tone instead of black or gray.
The Weimaraner has always been a family dog and they do well living with you in an indoor situation, having lots of your attention. They do not do well as a kennel dog or living outdoors. The breed is affectionate and loving. The require plenty of one-on-one attention. Expect your Weimaraner to follow you wherever you go. This is what the breed has always been bred to do.
Weimaraners are one of the breeds prone to gastric torsion or bloat. Bloat is most common in deep-chested breeds. In this condition, the stomach fills with air and becomes twisted, cutting off the blood supply. This is a life-threatening condition and requires emergency veterinary care. Dogs that are prone to bloat should be fed several small meals per day instead of one large meal. It’s also recommended that dogs are not allowed to exercise right after eating.