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What is a Weimaraner?

By Misty Amber Brighton
Updated Jun 04, 2024
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A weimaraner is a large breed of hunting dog that is usually has short, gray or brown fur. This animal typically has a somewhat pointed snout, floppy ears, a long neck, and short, thin tail. It was originally bred to be used by royalty for hunting wild hogs, lions, and bears, among other game.

The male of this breed is usually somewhat larger than the female. Typically, males are between 24 and 27 inches (60.96 to 68.58 cm) in height, while females are between 22 and 25 inches (55.88 and 63.5 cm). Male weimaraners may weigh anywhere from 55 to 70 pounds (25 to 32 kg), while females are usually 50 to 65 pounds (23 to 29 kg).

These animals are typically silver-gray or brown, and may also appear to be slightly blue. The fur found on the dog's body is generally darker than that on the head. They are usually long-legged with a gently sloping back. The tail is normally very slender and is traditionally cropped two days after the puppy is born.

In the early 1800s, this dog was often used to hunt large animals and was, in fact, bred for the purpose of sporting lions. They are noted as a gun dog, which means they can be trained to retrieve game after it has been shot by a marksman. In modern times, a weimaraner is most often used to gather fowl, but is also commonly used in fox or rabbit-hunting as well.

Although it is often desired as a sporting dog, a weimaraner can also be a good choice for a family pet. This is because the breed typically has a good temperament and is known to be very affectionate. These characteristics could make it a good choice for families who have small children.

The fact that this breed strongly desires human companionship can sometimes lead to a weimaraner feeling separation anxiety when left alone for long periods of time. This might mean that the dog may howl or wail excessively when his owner departs for the day. This behavior normally lessens as the animal matures.

A weimaraner can also be an excellent pet for people who like to hunt, or for families who are looking for a faithful companion. This dog is generally easy to train and enjoys being around people. It is typically a healthy dog that needs little brushing or combing. These factors can make this animal a desired breed for a number of people.

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Discussion Comments
By PurpleSpark — On Dec 26, 2010

@dill1971: Weimaraners are wonderful animals but they require a whole lot of attention. They are very loyal and love to be a part of a family. They are great with children. However, with very small children, they may accidentally knock them over by bumping into them. They are very strong dogs. They are an excellent match for active children and will definitely give them a run for their money.

As far as with other animals, it depends. If the Weimaraner is raised with the other animal, they generally do fine. However, you have to remember that the Weimaraner is a hunter and instinct may kick in if you bring a new and strange animal into the home, especially a small one.

By dill1971 — On Dec 24, 2010

How are weimaraners with children and other pets?

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