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The Weimaraner is a lean and athletic-looking dog that was originally bred for hunting large game such as wild boars, deer and bears. The breed was developed in the early 1800s and once the popularity of the large game hunting began to decline, it Weimaraners were instead put to work flushing out rabbits, foxes and other small game.
Because of their athletic build and energetic nature, the Weimaraner needs to be exercised often and for extensive periods. They were prized for their high level of endurance as hunting companions and in modern times require a good deal of attention from their owner to remain fit and happy.
The Weimaraner traditionally had its tail ‘docked’ or cut off at the base. This practice is now illegal in many countries, but is a part of the American Kennel Club breed standard. If not docked, the Weimaraner has a long tail that whips about with excitement during play.
From a young age, Weimaraners show to have excessive amounts of energy that needs a good and consistent outlet. It’s best that owners are either very physically active or have acres of farm land for the dog to bound to its heart’s content.
While they have been bred as hunting dogs, The Weimaraner is not an independent breed like many others of its type. It requires a good deal of human attention and will never show a desire to spend time a part from its owner. If left without contact for an extended period of time, the breed is susceptible to severe bouts of separation anxiety.
Separation anxiety can cause a Weimaraner to get up to mischief, often resulting in damage to property or injury to the animal if it tries to escape.
Generally a Weimaraner will grow to between 64 and 69 cm and weigh in the vicinity of 32 to 36 kgs. They will usually live to the age 10 to 12 years.
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Weimaraners are high-energy, high maintenance dogs that require a lot of close human contact and hours of exercise to keep them fit and happy. The Weimaraner was bred as a hunting dog but has a friendly and affectionate personality, especially towards its owner. They tend to be shy ad wary with strangers but will warm up to them soon after being introduced.
Because of the dependant nature of the Weimaraner, they aren’t suited to living outdoors or being left alone for any extended period of time. Ongoing human contact is a must and if your Weimaraner is digging holes or trying to escape, it may be down to a case of separation anxiety.
Separation anxiety is unfortunately quite common in the Weimaraner. They require an active owner and plenty of space to go running. The breed requires a lot of stimulation in the form of play, exercise and affection. Weimaraners have a flawless reputation with children, but they are an energetic and excitable dog; this combined with their large size can result in smaller kids being knocked over and hurt.
Supervision is required when introducing a Weimaraner to other dogs or other pets around the home. Like many dogs, aggression towards other animals can be remedied through early socialisation. It is not advised to keep smaller animals around Weimaraners because of their hunting instinct and inquisitive nature.
A happy Weimaraner will be well exercised and well socialised. Weimaraners hate being excluded from family activities or outings and love to be rewarded.
Weimaraners are very healthy dogs; a breed that is the result of very selective German breeding practices over the past few hundred years. There are a few conditions they are susceptible to, however, but can be largely avoided with care.
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It is believed that the Weimaraner only dates back to the early 1800s, placing it as quite a young breed. It’s believed that the bloodhound or St. Hubert Hound is one of the breed’s early ancestors and dogs with a similar appearance have been linked to the 1200s and the royal court of King Louis IX of France.
The Weimaraner originally comes from Germany and was developed as a reliable and attractive gun dog. The breed was highly sought after by the gentry and the Weimaraner quickly became a popular hunting companion with royals. Because the breed was so highly valued, it was generally kept in the family home and not with the other hunting dogs in the kennels. It is reckoned that this treatment has added to the breed’s unlikely dependency on consistent human contact.
The modern Weimaraner is thanks to a process of selective German breeding. The Weimaraner was originally known as the Weimer Pointer, named after Karl August of Weimar who sponsored the development of the breed. It breed was popular for its high intelligence, courage, boundless amounts of energy and speed and good tracking ability.
The Germans were initially very protective of the breed and it was only in 1929 that the first Weimaraners made it to the United States and a club was formed. Even today, The German Weimaraner Club continues to only allow ownership a Weimaraner to members. Owners are required to have a hunting licence so that the dog is worked hard to maintain the hunting traits that were so valued at the time the breed was developed.