Weimaraner

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Other names Grey Ghost, Weims, Silver Ghosts

Adult size Medium, Large

Variants None

Coat type Short hair

Weight 25 - 40 kg

Height 57 - 69 cm

Life expectancy 12 - 13 years

Required daily excersie 30-60 minutes

Good with small children Yes

Non-shedding No

Hypoallergenic No

Description

Also known as the “Grey Ghost”, the Weimaraner is elegant yet striking in its appearance with piercing amber, blue-grey, or grey eyes. They used to serve as hunting dogs that sought after big game like deer, bears, and wolves, but have since been bred to be fine family companions. Excellent guard dogs, they will step up when their home or family is threatened. Weims are smart but selective about when and how they use their intelligence. For example, they will often ignore you during training, but will then teach themselves how to turn a doorknob and escape out the back. A strong willed owner with the time and ability to socialise and play is essential to the raising of a well behaved Weimaraner.

Lifestyle and Living Environment

Weims are known for being good at escaping yards and will go to great lengths to unlatch gates, jump fences, or dig holes. This dog will thrive in a home that provides him with a large, fenced yard. Providing a couple hours of exercise for these dogs is essential in preventing recreational chewing, digging, and barking. You'll need a sense of humour with Weims as they may disobey you, often with a sense of style and pride. These dogs are not suited for apartment living.

Common Health Issues

Hip Dysplasia, Bloat, Von Willebrand's Disease, Distichiasis, Entropion, Factor XI Deficiency, Hypothyroidism, Progressive Retinal Atrophy, Immune-Mediated Disease.