FAQ about Weimaraners

What is the official Weimaraner Standard? The Official Standard for the Weimaraner is:

General Appearance: A medium-sized gray dog with fine aristocratic features. He should present a picture of grace, speed, stamina, alertness, and balance. Above all, the dog's conformation must indicate the ability to work with great speed and endurance in the field.

Height: Height at the withers: dogs, 25 to 27 inches; bitches, 23 to 25 inches. One inch over or under the specified height of each sex is allowable but should be penalized. Dogs measuring less than 24 inches or more than 28 inches and bitches measuring less than 22 inches or more than 26 inches shall be disqualified.

Head: Moderately long and aristocratic, with moderate stop and slight median line extending back over the forehead. Rather prominent occipital bone and trumpets well set back, beginning at the back of the eye sockets. Measurement from the tip of the nose to stop equal to that from stop to occipital bone. The flews should be straight, delicate at the nostrils. Skin drawn tightly. Neck clean-cut and moderately long. Expression kind, keen and intelligent.

Ears: Long and lobular, slightly folded and set high. The ear when drawn snugly along side of the jaw should end approximately 2 inches from the point of the nose.

Eyes: In shades of light amber, gray, or blue-gray, set well enough apart to indicate good disposition and intelligence. When dilated under excitement the eyes may appear almost black.

Teeth: Well set, strong and even; well-developed and proportionate to jaw with correct scissors bite, the upper teeth protruding slightly over the lower teeth but not more than 1/16 of an inch. Complete dentition is greatly to be desired. Nose: Gray.

Lips and Gums: Pinkish flesh shades.

Body: The back should be moderate in length, set in a straight line, stong, and should slope slightly from the withers. The chest should be well developed and deep with shoulders well laid back. Ribs well sprung and long. Abdomen firmly help; moderately tucked-up flank. The brisket should extend to the elbow.

Coat and Color: Short, smooth and sleek, solid

What colour is a Weimaraner? The colors can range from a Silver-gray to a Mouse-gray, there are also Blue Weimaraners (they are not rare).

Is white allowed on a Weimaraners chest? Yes. White marks on the chest is normal for a Weimaraner. If you were going to show your dog then you would look for a Weimaraner with out white or a small amount of white. Small patches of white, gives an identifiable mark in case of lost or theft. Please see the Weimaraner Standard for more information.

What size is a Weimaraner? Bitches should measure between 22 inches to 25 inches.
Dogs should measure between 24 inches to 27 inches.
Often dogs go under or over these sizes and if they are pet Weimaraners you should not unduly worry yourself about it.
Please see the Weimaraner Standard for more information.

Do Weimaraners shed? Yes, usually twice a year they shed their old hair coat as new hair grows in. Most shed a little all year long. They benefit from frequent brushing to remove the dead hair and stimulate the skin. Because their hair is very short and fine, shedding is not as much a problem as with longer coated breeds.

I have been told their are two coat lengths in Weimaraners is that true? Yes their are two coat lengths. Short coat and Long haired Weimaraners. The conformation of a long-haired Weimaraner is identical to the short except coat length and preferred tail length.

What are good questions to ask when searching for a weimaraner? The good questions to ask when looking to add a weimaraner to your home are:
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There are a number of details worth consideration when looking for your puppy.
Your prudent research could prevent many problems.

1. Ask for American Kennel Club (and/or United Kennel Club) registrations. These organizations keep track of the number of litters bred every year , require verification of breed records, and set breed standards for type and temperament.

2. Ask to see Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) hip certifications. Do not settle for the breeder merely telling you that the dogs have good hips. Seeing the certificates is the only way you can be certain. There are other genetic tests sometimes performed at the breeder's discretion, but the OFA hip radiograph is imperative.

3. It is important to at least see the mother dog. It would be ideal to see both parents, but sometimes the bitch is sent to a stud dog at another location. Check out the general health of the female dog. Keep in mind, mother dog might be a little scruffy looking after caring for puppies. However, a clean coat and well maintained animal and premises is hard to miss. Ask how many times she has been bred: she should be at least two years old and not older than seven years old; the maximum number of times per year is one litter of puppies...she should not be bred everytime she comes into season - no exceptions!

4. Let your nose tell you if the premises are clean. There should not be much odor in a well run kennel. Also, the presence of excessive amounts of fleas indicates unclean or unhealthy conditions. Look at the condition of the other dogs on the premises.

5. Check pedigrees and health certificates. How many champions are represented? Does this breeder attend dog shows, obedience trials, field trials? While many good dogs are bred without championships, a breeder who attends dogs shows or other events for a second opinion on their foundation stock may take care to follow the breed standard with more detail.

6. Ask if the puppies have been checked by a veterinarian or if they’ve had their first shots (usually around 5 weeks). Does the contract protect both the breeder and the buyer? Make certain the important records are in writing including the immunization record.

7.Ask the breeder if they are members of the Weimaraner Club of America or other breed clubs.

8.Expect caring breeders to be nosey, asking you many questions about your lifestyle, your other pets and your intentions with the dog. They want to know you'll be an appropriate home especially if they guarantee to take the dog back if it does not work out.

Puppy mills, brokers, backyard breeders and the neighbor down the street usually do not belong to their local breed clubs or the national clubs. They do not want to draw attention to themselves or be regulated in any way, and clubs have a tendency to ask too many questions. If they are operating within the rules of the AKC, they are not otherwise regulated and are considered lawful kennels. All too often, regulations that are in place to protect the breed and the consumer are carefully circumvented by individuals who appear to be legitimate.

Consumer education is the most important tool available to control such kennels. Much of the language used by these individuals is misleading. It is sometimes difficult to protect yourself against lies. Beware!

This Information is re-printed from the Weimaraner Club of America.

Does the Weimaraner make a good yard and guard dog? No! Weimaraners are very devoted to their humans and want to live indoors and be part of the family. Weimaraners that are left outdoors full time are very likely to be destructive, dig, bark all day, climb/jump the fence, and find many other ways to show how unhappy they are at being left outside. Living outside causes many health problems and will shorten the life of most dogs. Many problems that families experience with Weimaraners can be eliminated by bringing the dog indoors and crate training the dog, so it can be indoors when the family is not home. Weimaraners should not be sold as a guard dog. They are hunt point retrieve dogs.

Should I train my dog? It is one of the most important things you can do. A Weimaraner needs constructive training and reward training.

Can I train my dog to be a gundog? Yes the Weimaraner loves to work. The most common gundog is the Labrador and Springer spaniel. However the Weimaraner is a dog that adores going out working. He needs someone that knows how to bring out his working instinct well, so seek out good training groups.

Should I buy two puppies together? It is advisable only to have one puppy, then if you want another dog look to get a puppy when your puppy has grown up. If you take on two Weimaraner puppies, they will bond together well, however they bond so well, they tend to ignore you. They can be what I would call double trouble. As if one pulls out the dustbin the other will join in and cause havoc. Also training is way more difficult as the dogs are only worried about each other, not about doing what they are being told. Of course sisters can have seasons on the same day and mood swings together. Just as males hit the teenage stage together and can be difficult to live with.

Do Weimaraners make good housedogs? Depends on what you expect from a housedog. Do you want a dog that will curl up in a corner all day or one who demands attention constantly? Do you want a dog that expects you to do all its thinking for it or one that will try to do your thinking for you? Do you want a dog that will allow strangers to enter your house unchallenged or one who makes his presence known when strangers even approach the house. If it is the latter in each case then the answer is YES in most cases.

Are Weimaraners good with children? Yes and no. It typically depends more on the child (and the parents) than on the dog. Children and their friends must be taught respect for the dog. It is never safe to leave small children and dogs unattended. Because of their size and energy level, Weimaraners are better companions for older children and teenagers, than for children under the age of six. The Weimaraner is an intelligent, thinking animal and while he will tolerate a lot of abuse from children he is a proud, sometimes arrogant creature and if pushed beyond the limit he will not take it kindly.

Do Weimaraners require a lot of exercise? As many other questions, this one has many answers. Some will say no more than any other dog of their size. Some will say they need 8-10 miles per day preferably free running and then some only need to walk a quarter of that. More than just physical exercise though, they do need to have their minds exercised. A bored Weimaraner will soon find his own amusement, usually on the leg of a table or chair.

Where can I get a Weimaraner puppy? The club secretary keeps an up to date list of club members who have puppies available. It is strongly advised that puppies should only be bought from a reputable breeder and/or a member of one of the Weimaraner Clubs. Club members are bound by a Code of Ethics that is aimed at preventing the exploitation of their dogs for profit. There is also the security of knowing that the Clubs are there to help both breeders and purchasers. Club members are also expected to take some responsibility for any puppy they breed for the duration of its life. Rescue dogs are also good alternatives to buying a puppy.

Are Weimaraners good with cats? Some yes, some no. They are a sporting breed, bred to hunt anything with "fur or feathers" and most have a strong " prey drive". A very high percentage of Weimaraners will kill cats if given the opportunity. If you own cats and want to own a Weimaraner, you will have to teach the Weimaraner that the cat is not prey or their toy, and teach the cat to not tease and annoy the Weimaraner. You should be prepared to have to keep them separated for the entire life of the pets, there is a chance they will never accept each other.

How can I learn more about Weimaraners before actually acquiring one? One of the best ways to find out if a Weimaraner is the right dog for you is to spend time with them! We invite you to attend any of our events and get some "hands on" experience with the dogs. If you have friends or family members with Weimaraners or other large sporting breed dogs, spend as much time with them as you can. You might offer to "dog-sit" for a friend or relative's dog so you can experience caring for a dog on a daily basis.

What is wrong with dogs that end up in rescue? Are they "safe" to adopt? Weimaraners in rescue are the result of mistakes made by people, not problems with the dogs. There is nothing wrong with any of the dogs in rescue that can’t be corrected by three simple things: TIME, TRAINING, and LOVE (which includes proper vet care and good nutrition). Weimaraners are by nature, confident, happy, energetic and devoted companions. While some of the dogs currently in rescue may not be all of those things today, with a loving family devoted to their care and training, they can and will reach their full Weimaraner potential.

How do I find a rescue group to adopt from? The best resource is the Weimaraner Club of America - Rescue Committee. They can refer you to a rescue group in your area and/or a dog in need of rescue or adoption near you. The phone is: 618-236-1466. The website address is: www.weimrescue.org.

What about older dogs? Rescue groups are always looking for homes for rehomed dogs. Unfortunately the need to rehome dogs has increased and the availability of suitable homes seems to have decreased. There is also a recent trend of animals coming up for rehoming not to have docked tails or have dew claws removed which would indicate a lack of concern on the part of the breeder both for the breed and for the homes into which they are placing their puppies. Please consider a rescue dog.

My bitch is XX months old and an excellent specimen of the breed, I wish to breed her can you please help? We would tell you that all owners think their dogs are excellent specimens of the breed. We all love our dogs. In reality a lot of peoples pets are just that, pet dogs that should be left to be excellent pets. They are not excellent specimens of the breed that should be bred with because its owner thinks they are the best dog in the world. We all have clouded judgement looking at our own dogs as pet owners look at different aspects of the dog to what breeders do that are aiming for excellence in dogs being bred as close to the standard as possible. Also your dog should be of sound mind.

Your bitch should be at least 2 years old before even thinking of breeding. Even then many are not mature enough. All appropriate tests need to be completed as well. Don't be eager, you put your beloved family member at risk during any breeding.

Can Weimaraners live in Kennels? The general answer is NO. Weimaraners do not like being kenneled away from their human family members. They will want to be with their owners or at least in the company of other humans and tend to fret quite badly if left in kennels. Weimaraners are often sucessfully crate trained though, this gives them a safe environment in the family home.

How do I know if a Weimaraner is right for me? The Weimaraner Club of America has a great test on its website called "Is A Weimaraner Right for You?" Here is the link where you can take this easy and informative quiz: www.weimrescue.org The quiz is fun, interactive and has wonderful photos of weims in action. Be sure to take this quiz before you proceed!!

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