Weimaraner

The Weimaraner is a large, athletic and imposing dog with a distinctive short, steely grey silver coat. The Weimaraner originates from Germany where it was used to hunt, point and retrieve on the hunt. The Weimaraner forms part of the popular gundog group of dogs.

Weimaraner breed group category

Gundog

Size of the Weimaraner

Large

Country of origin

Germany

Time of original development

The Weimaraner is an old German breed with references dating back to the 1600s.

Weimaraner introduction and overview

The Weimaraner was used as a hunt, point and retrieving dog in Germany and was capable of hunting larger game. Today it is kept mainly as a companion pet, but often seen working as an assistance dog too.

Weimaraner temperament

The Weimaraner generally makes a good family pet, and with good socialisation from a young age lives happily around children. Families with younger children may find the this breed too big.

The Weimaraner can be aloof with strangers, and reluctant to mix with dogs that are unfamiliar to them. It can be nervous, and easily bored. Destructive behaviour is common in the Weimaraner that doesn’t receive the attention and exercise they require. Care should be taken around cats and smaller pets.

Colour varieties of the Weimaraner

Perhaps the most striking aspects and recognisable features of this handsome breed is the grey coat that comes in a variety of shades:

  • Mouse Grey
  • Mouse Grey and White Chest Mark
  • Roe Grey
  • Roe Grey and White Chest Mark
  • Silver Grey
  • Silver Grey and White Chest Mark

Size and weight of the Weimaraner

Height bitch 56-64cms

Height dog 61-69cms

Weight (kilos) bitch 25-32kgs

Weight (kilos) dog 32-37kgs

Exercise requirements of the Weimaraner

High.This industrious and athletic breed requires at least 2 hours of exercise daily and plenty of living space, as it’s a big dog. It is more suited to an active life in the countryside than an urban lifestyle.

Is the Weimaraner a good dog for a first time dog owner?

Yes. This is a dog ideally suited to an active family lifestyle, but easy to train, however the sheer size of this dog may make it an impractical choice for many family homes.

Grooming requirements of the Weimaraner

Low. The Weimaraner requires little grooming, but regular brushing with a soft bristle brush will add a lustrous sheen to the stunning coat.

Ears should be cleaned with a specialist ear cleaner to keep clean and prevent hotness or infection, especially for frequent swimmers.

Hypoallergenic?

No. The short coat of the Weimaraner sheds throughout the year so this breed is unsuitable for allergy sufferers.

Health Issues in the Weimaraner

The breed is generally healthy, but the following health issues have been noted in the breed, so consult your breeder:

  • Ear problems
  • Bloat

Average lifespan of the Weimaraner

A healthy dog should enjoy a life expectancy of between 10-12 years.

Approximate Weimaraner pedigree puppy price

Litters are often available and pedigree puppies cost in the region of £600-800. Litters tend to be produce between 6-8 puppies. There were 1171 puppies registered with the Kennel Club in 2015.

Estimating how much an Weimaraner would need to be fed each day

A bitch weighing 30kgs requires 365gms of complete dry food per day. A dog weighing 35kgs requires 402gms of complete dry food per day.

The weekly cost of feeding a bitch is around £9.00

The weekly cost of feeding a dog is around £10.00

Our estimates are based on feeding a slightly above average quality complete food bought from a popular supermarket on the high street.This is an estimate only, and doesn’t allow for higher activity levels of working dogs who may need above average amount of food due to higher exercise levels.

Other necessary costs and regular expenses to consider when owning any dog

Remember to budget for other necessary routine costs and procedures for your dog that are not covered by general pet insurance:

  • Worming preparations
  • Flea treatments
  • Annual vaccination boosters
  • Dental treatments
  • Neutering/spaying

Many veterinary practices now operate monthly budget schemes to allow you to spread the cost over the year.