It’s hard to miss the Weimaraner, thanks to his unusual gray coat and his mesmerizing gray, blue, or amber eyes. The “Silver Ghost”, as he is called, was a highly sought-after hunting dog breed of nobles in his native Germany. Today, these elegant but fearless dogs can still be found out on the hunting grounds, and also make a fine, albeit energetic, family friend. Hi, welcome to Animal Facts. Today, we hunt down some fun facts about the wonderful Weimaraner. Let’s Get Started. But before we start, take a moment to subscribe for more fun, fauna facts.
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10. 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. He took his name from his place of origin, the Court of Weimar. Originally meant for hunting big game, it wasn’t long before the Weimaraner settled into his role as devoted home companions.
9. He’s fast. Due to his development as a hunting dog intended to chase big game like deer, wolves, and boars, it’s no wonder that the Weimaraner is built for speed. This energetic dog can attain speeds of up to 35 mph. Only a few other breeds can outpace him. The fastest is of course the Greyhound.
8. He’s not for novice dog owners. He’s beautiful, friendly and overall a ton of awesome, but this dog has a great deal of energy and stamina and needs a lot of exercise and mental stimulation. Without it, he’s likely to become nervous and high-strung. He can be quite a handful, with loads of energy to burn, and the intelligence to figure out how to get into trouble all on his own. Weimaraners aren’t suited to apartment life — he needs a home with a yard and an owner who won’t scold him for digging up moles and mice.
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7. In 1897, an exclusive club was started in Germany to maintain the breed and ensure that responsible breeders would oversee its development. No one was allowed to buy a Weimaraner unless they joined the club. Strict guidelines were imposed upon the breeding of Weimaraners.
6. During World War II, it became difficult for German breeders to keep their dogs, so many outstanding Weimaraners were sent to the U.S. At the end of World War II, many American servicemen brought Weimaraners home with them, and they quickly grew in popularity, especially when President Dwight D. Eisenhower brought his Weimaraner, Heidi, to the White House. By the mid- to late 1950s, Weimaraners were the 12th most popular breed registered by the AKC.
5. The Weimaraner is usually friendly and obedient, but the dog does need daily physical activities (i.e., running, hunting, outdoor playing) or it may become restless and frustrated. Although homes with smaller pets may not be suitable for this breed, because of his strong prey drive. The Weimaraner gets along well with children and loves human companionship.
4. 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.
3. Despite the fact that blue Weimaraners are considered defective and not recognized by the major dog associations, including the AKC, the blue allele is actually the dominant gene for the breed.
2. 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.
1. 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.
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