Get to know the Weimaraner
All you need to know about the breed
With a regal bearing to match their aristocratic name (they were first bred in Germany by the Duke of Weimar), Weimaraners make an undeniably elegant canine addition to any family, although they have much more to offer beyond their beauty.
Silver, roe and mouse grey might sound like shades of upmarket paint, but these evocative terms in fact describe the different tones of that gorgeous velvety coat (calling it just plain grey doesn’t really do it justice).
Weimaraners may be best known for their ethereal beauty – hence the nicknames “silver ghost” or “grey ghost” – but in fact the breed has its paws firmly on the ground. Originally developed to help hunters handle big game such as deer, wolves and bears, these dogs are still energetic, courageous and tenacious with impressive stamina and a powerful sense of smell. Nowadays, as long as they get plenty of exercise and mental stimulation, Weimaraners make great, affectionate family pets. They are wary of strangers and can make good guard dogs.
Once trained, Weimaraners get on brilliantly with their human families, including children (although they’re big dogs and always need to be supervised around little ones, who could easily be knocked over). Because of their hunting origins they have retained a strong prey drive: off-the-lead exercise needs to be in a securely enclosed space and they are not suitable for households with small pets such as hamsters.
Weimaraners don’t take well to being left alone for long periods. They appreciate plenty of attention from their humans and will repay that attention in the form of a strong, affectionate bond.
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From specific breed traits to a general health overview, here are some interesting facts about your Weimaraner
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