Origin and brief history
The Weimaraner breed can be trace to the Noble courts of king Louis IX of France. They were thought to be breed for nobility to use as a Gundog and as such soon were in great demand as a status symbol for the rich. They soon developed a close attachment for their owners and became firm favorites in stately homes as family dogs. In the early days of exporting the breed to the U.S. the breeders would ensure the animals were sterilized before shipping so there was only one source for the well breed gundog. Throughout the 19th and 20th century these restrictions were lifted and these dogs are a common sight as family pets as well as hunting companions.
This breed is very affectionate and family orientated getting alone very well with children but not other animals as they will easily fall into hunting behavior sometimes killing small animals such as cats. They tend to be very energetic and get excited easily sometimes knocking younger children over. The Weimaraner breed is very susceptible to separation anxiety and is likely to bark and howl loudly if left alone for long periods of time.
The breed is predominantly short haired (although there can occasionally be long haired litters born) and does shed hair throughout the year. In order to keep their coat in good condition they should have 4 baths per year during which the coat should be shampooed as well as conditioned. Monthly ear checks are important to keep the ear clean from infection and their nails should be clipped every 6-8 weeks or the growth may prevent correct walking and running.
Specification of breed
This breed is not an over large animal with its top weight being about 80 pounds with the females weighing in about 10 pounds lighter and it reaching 25 to 27 inches in height. They are an athletic breed and as such have long muscular legs. The most striking thing about this breed is the eyes which will be grey or amber. In the past dogs had their tails docked to 6-7 inches but this is now outlawed in most countries and so the tail should be long and flowing.
As mentioned above these dogs get severe separation anxiety which needs to be managed with training from an early age(even with the best training it is hard to completely removing this behavior). This can also lead to destruction of property and injury. The only health issue to watch out for is “Bloat” or gastric torsion as this can be fatal and very painful.
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