Are you looking for a dog that is famous for shadowing his owner, got the “the Gray Ghost” nickname for that, and is smart and can be an excellent family dog?
The Weimaraner might be your ideal choice.
This breed was originally developed in Germany for chasing big game such as bears and deers. And, he was pretty successful at it!
But, today, after many years, this elegant but mischievous dog is rarely found on the hunting grounds. Today, he had evolved into a family dog.
But, how can you be sure that this highly energetic dog is the right fit for your family? How can you be sure that the puppy you buy comes with the traits the breeder promised?
You have to do your research and find out as much about the breed as possible. But that demands time and we all know that time is money, right?
To help you out and save you some time, we came up with this Weimaraner in-depth guide, that will let you in on all the secrets and things you need to keep an eye on in order to get a high-quality puppy.
But, first, let’s start with the puppies and what you need to know about them before buying one.
The Weimaraner Puppies – Before You Buy…
Before actually going to the Breeder, you first need to determine if the price suits your budget.
This is not a cheap breed, and you will need a hefty sum of money. But let’s see the price range so that you can decide for yourself.
What price are the Weimaraner puppies?
As with any other breed, if you want a puppy that is going to win competitions or as great breeding material, you will have to cash out a serious amount of money.
For such a puppy, you can expect the price to go even up to $7000-$7500.
However, if you are on the market just for a pet dog you will welcome into your home, the price range will be significantly lower, and you can expect it to be somewhere between $1000 and $1500.
Sure, even this is not a bargain, but this is a price for a puppy from a reputable breeder that guarantees the quality of his pups, and you get what you paid for.
How to find reputable Weimaraner breeders?
When finding a reputable breeder you can trust, there are a few things to keep in mind and a few to avoid.
To make it easier for you, we gathered a list of Do’s and Don’ts that you need to be aware of to spot a bad breeder.
- Ask for medical history as a proof for both parents, grandparents, and even great-grandparents of the puppy
- Ask to see the puppy’s parent and interact with them
- Ask the breeder to give you an insight into the breed
- Ask for advice about taking care of the puppy
- Ask for the pup’s feeding schedule
- Ask about genetically heritable diseases and ask for test clearings for both parents
- Buy from a breeder that knows nothing about the breed
- Buy from a breeder that doesn’t have a medical history of both the pup and its parents
- Buy from a breeder that doesn’t have all the health test clearances
- Buy from a breeder that has many different litters available at the same time and throughout the year
As you can see, the list is pretty much simple.
As long as you follow this advice, you will find a reputable breeder and end up with a high-quality puppy that will grow up into a well-developed adult dog.
3 Little-known facts about the Weimaraner puppies
Here are some less-known facts about the Weimaraner pups, so that you know what to expect when one moves into your home.
- Not great apartment dogs
Weimaraners aren’t great for apartment life, but they can live in an apartment if they have enough exercise outside.
- They are low maintenance
The amazing gray coat is really easy to maintain and it sheds slightly not massively.
- They love the water
The Weimaraner loves playing in the water. But, when he drinks, you better have a mop ready because it gets all over the floor.
Physical Traits of the Weimaraner
When it comes to the Weimaraner’s physical traits, in this section, we will talk about the size and how long can you expect your companion to go on hiking adventures with you.
How big is a full-grown Weimaraner?
When it comes to their size, the male Weimaraners can go from 25 to 27 inches in height and have a weight of around 70 pounds.
As it is the case with many other breeds, the females are slightly smaller and lighter, and their height goes up to 24 inches, while the weight doesn’t usually go over 55 pounds.
What is the life expectancy of the Weimaraner?
The average lifespan of a Weimaraner is from 11 to 13 years. Which, considering how active this dog is, and how much he loves running and getting tired, is not a short life.
He will have plenty of time to make you smile, laugh, and even get nervous when he does something mischievous.
Intelligence, Temperament and Personality Traits of the Weimaraner
The great thing about Weimaraners is that they are really smart. However, the bad thing about them is that… they are very smart!
For those of you who might have gotten a bit confused with the previous statement, it meant, they are great when it comes to training and will advance quickly
But, their smart side has the “what’s in it for me?” approach and the training might become a bit more than expected, complicated.
To avoid having to use treats all the time, you have to be consistent with the training and mix it up as much as possible, as many times as possible.
Get your creative juices flowing or your Weimaraner might lose interest in training and challenge you for the role of the Alpha in the family.
Therefore, as with any other problematic breed that is too smart for their own good, early training, with a firm hand, and proper socialization is a must.
If you manage to persuade your dog that you are in charge here and that he needs to listen to you, not the other way around, you can have one well-mannered Weimaraner.
There was a popular belief before that this breed comes “pre-programmed” to be good and obedient.
Unfortunately, nothing of this is true.
The average Weimaraner has a friendly nature, can be fearless when needed, can also be obedient if properly trained, and is extremely alert.
He can be both a great watchdog but also an excellent companion, or a family member as well.
But, he has some “bugs”. If given a chance, he will become the Alpha in the house and will even take food from the fridge or the countertop, or pretty much from anywhere he finds it unguarded.
He will also bark, chew the furniture, and chase cats and other animals if he isn’t properly socialized from the earliest of days.
However, this dog can also be a great pet if you are patient. The Weimaraner loves keeping you company while you jog or hike or climb a mountain. He doesn’t care that much about what he is doing as long as he is doing it with you.
But, these dogs are chasers and they will chase anything that suddenly passes beside or in front of him. So, while in a populated area, keep him on the leash. Once you get out in the great outdoors, he will be grateful if you let him run free and he will always check to see whether you are coming too.
The important thing to keep in mind! This dog is a hunter and there will be times when he will catch a bird, or a cat or something else, and he will bring it to you.
Never turn his “gift” away because you will lose the respect and trust you gained in his eyes. Just take it, and chuck it away when he is not looking.
All in all, this is a breed that loves the owner and loves pleasing him. But, being that smart, he is also independent and will question your authority from time to time.
You need to play very smart with this dog and be always one step ahead of him, and even then, you are still not safe from this beautiful gray prankster.
In most cases, Weimaraners love to eat. Actually, they love eating that much that they will also try to eat the bowl where the food was!
You should feed your Weimaraner with highly rated food with moderately high protein content.
In case you are feeding your dog with kibble, keep in mind that you can even add some water to make it less dry.
Or, if you add wet food or leftovers from your lunch, make sure that the dog’s meal isn’t to nutrient-rich because they can have problems with digestion.
How much Exercise does a Weimaraner need?
Weimaraners are dogs with an extremely high level of energy and they need serious exercise to get rid of that excess energy.
They need at least two, 1-hour walks, plus the running sessions in the dog park. They are athletes and they feel best when they run.
Also, you will notice how well your Weimaraner behaves after getting back home from the walk. As someone from Germany said before “ A good Weimaraner is a tired Weimaraner”.
The Weimaraner Health and Conditions
Believe it or not, this is a very healthy breed. Some minor health conditions can affect them, and they include Gastric dilatation Volvulus and Metaphyseal Osteopathy.
To be on the safe side, ask the breeder for the medical history of the puppy’s parents, as well as grandparents, and great-grandparents.
If there are some genetically heritable diseases that any of the dogs haven’t been cleared for, you should think twice about getting that puppy.
It doesn’t mean for sure that your puppy will suffer from the illnesses his grandparents or parents suffered from.
The chances are higher than with a puppy whose parents and grandparents were test cleared and didn’t turn out positive for any genetically heritable health issue.
My final thoughts on the Weimaraner
We have reached the end of our Weimaraner guide. Do you now have a better understanding of this breed?
Do you have any idea what to expect when you start living with this dog?
To make your final decision an informed one, check out our final summary of everything we learned here today.
The German-bred Weimaraner was originally a dog meant for hunting big game.
Thus, his energy levels remained high, even today, when he is hardly used for hunting.
Nevertheless, he still needs about two hours of outdoor activities such as running in the park with other dogs.
Ideally, the dog should have a family that lives in a big home with a big, fenced backyard, where he can burn up his excess energy whenever he wants.
Furthermore, the Weimaraner can be an obedient dog, but it takes a lot of effort to get to that point because this dog is extremely intelligent and questions every command.
But, if you are consistent and gentle, he will start appreciating you and will treat you as a leader of the pack.
As for his coat and grooming, he is very low maintenance when it comes to that. And, all he needs is once a week grooming.
Al in all, if you lead a very active lifestyle and need a companion that can keep up with you, the Weimaraner might be a good choice, but you need to make sure that you can keep up with him!
Thanks for reading our guide, and we do hope that you made up your mind about this breed.
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Emily started this blog out of pure passion. She LOVES her 3 dogs; Chew Barka, Cooper & Nelson, and spends countless hours every day playing with them.
When she’s not nerding out on dogs, you’ll find her on a snowboard or in the kitchen baking chocolate brownies.
She’s been featured in PetAware, Dogtime, and ModernDog.
- The Weimaraner Puppies – Before You Buy…
- Physical Traits of the Weimaraner
- Intelligence, Temperament and Personality Traits of the Weimaraner
- Weimaraner Diet
- The Weimaraner Health and Conditions
- My final thoughts on the Weimaraner