The Weimaraner is an elegant and noble hunting dog with the look of an aristocrat, combined with kind and gentle features, the Weimaraner puppy is very athletic with a total balance of body form that gives it the highest star quality look. The tallest of the gundog groups, a major requirement of this beautiful breed is that it works in the field--regardless of its background in show or hunting stock--with great speed and endurance. Any faults of Weimaraner that interferes with its working ability are extremely penalized.
The Weimaraner puppy combines the traits of speed and endurance with grace, raciness, an alert demeanor, plus pure stamina and determination. With a gait that is smooth and effortless, it should indicate that the Weimaraner has a smooth coordination. The hind feet needs to be parallel with the front feet when seen from the rear, and when viewed from the side, the topline should remain strong and level.
The head of the Weimaraner is what makes it stand out in a crowd, with a moderately long and aristocratic head, with a slight median line that gently extends back over its forehead--and stops moderately there. The occiput is prominent with well set back temples, beginning behind the wide set eye sockets--acceptable eye colors are shades of light amber, gray, or blue-gray. When excited, any of these colors have a tendency to appear black. The flews are straight and delicate at the nostrils with skin drawn tightly back, while the lip and gum pigment is a soft pinkish shade. Serious faults are a black-mottled mouth with a snippy muzzle.
The Weimaraner is a breed that will normally exhibit alertness and friendliness, combined with energy and intelligence. Known to be bold and excessively rambunctious, the Weimaraner loves to hunt and run. If not allowed to do what their heart truly desires and is penned up, they will develop a destructive manner with sheer frustration. With a tendency to be headstrong and stubborn, lack of exercise or running will force these traits into a negative and unhappy dog. They need a yard that is large enough to run and explore in, and a home that allows them to sleep indoors on cool and cold nights, due to their very short hair. A special type of breed, the Weimaraner will be happiest when it is allowed to live a life both indoors and outdoors.
The best owner for a Weimaraner hunting dog is one who enjoys the outdoors and lots of exercise, and seriously wants a four-legged companion instead of a penned-up dog let out only on the week-ends. Daily high strenuous exercise is mandatory for the Weimaraner, so the city life is not for this breed unless it has that certain type of owner. The Weimaraner needs to have an owner who has the strength and confidence to train, exercise, socialize, and love this dog. Timid with people and other pets, it makes an excellent watchdog. A thinking dog, this hunting dog is not only very proud but can be quite dominant, quickly discovering in his trainer or family member who is most like its personality. Intolerant of weakness, the Weimaraner treats such people with contempt and ignorance, preferring to shower the attention to those more deservin.
A major concern of the Weimaraner is Gastric torsion, or "bloat." This is when the stomach becomes twisted and traps the stomach contents, with gas also becoming trapped inside. This is a serious condition of dogs, and is the second killer of dogs next to cancer. Many large, deep chested dogs are at risk to it in addition to Weimaraners--such as German Shepherds, Great Danes, and Dobermans--with very few people knowing about it.
A condition of Bloat can kill the dog within one hour if it is left untreated. Technically it is called "Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus" ("GDV"), which is related to swallowing air even though food and fluid are present at times. Abnormal accumulations occur of air, fluid, and/or foams which are present in the stomach--this is called gastric dilatation. Even though twisting of the stomach causes a majority of the bloat diagnosis, stress also plays a large factor. When the stomach begins to swell, it can rotate 90 degrees to 360 degrees between the esophagus and the duodenum, resulting in trapped air, food, and water in the stomach area. The bloated stomach causes several things to occur in the body of the Weimaraner--low blood pressure, shock, and internal organ damage.
The coat of the Weimaraner puppy is short and smooth, requiring very little care other than weekly brushing and bathing every two weeks to a month, depending on the activity and lifestyle of the dog. High quality feed and good care will make the grayish coat shine, along with wiping the coat down when bathing is done. Routine worming and vet checks are mandatory as the Weimaraner is out in the field and on the ground.
Serious disqualifications for the aristocratic Weimaraner puppy is a distinctly long coat, especially one that is blue or black. Serious faults are considered to be the color white over the entire body other than a spot on the chest, eyes are other than gray, blue-gray or light amber, black mottled mouth, non-docked tail.
The Weimaraner has a medium exercise level as compared to other breeds. This is a breed that definitely does not kennel well, requiring sufficient exercise in order to prevent boredom, frustration, excessive destruction, and compulsive barking. Every breed is different, and the Weimaraner is one of its own. They require some form of strenuous exercise and lots of stimulation, as this is a very durable and active dog that requires lots of exercise. The most important thing in the caring of this breed is to include it in all family activities and give all the attention the dog craves and needs.
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Proper training is considered mandatory by trainers for the Weimaraner puppies, due to its high energy and "take charge" attitude. Lots of exercise is part of this training, which should begin at a very young age. The training of the Weimaraner puppy begins with the mother Weimaraner. The general health, which refers to a good clean coat and clean kennel, has a lot to do with the trainability of the puppy itself.