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Weimeraner for Sale: Gray Pointer and Family Dog

A Weimaraner for sale is a sleek and athletic versatile hunting dog that can point, track, and retrieve. It has become a valuable bird dog in the US. Weimaraners make great family pets, particularly for active owners who can dedicate a large part of their day to a dog.

Weimaraner Dog for Sale Overview

Background

Weimaraners’ ancestors may have originated in Rome as hunting dogs in the early 1500s. However, this is just one theory, and their exact origins remain unclear. Gray hunting dogs were first depicted in more northern areas of Europe, i.e., Holland, a century later. Germany receives credit for developing the Weimaraner in the Thuringia and Weimar regions. Hunters wanted a reliable tracking dog for boars, deer, and bears. From these heavy-boned hunting dogs, possible variants of the early German Short-Haired Pointer, Germans refined a sleeker and more agile companion. They crossed their gray dogs with English Pointers and Setters. Although recognized as early as 1881, a breed standard for the Weimaraner was not formulated until 1897. Even after this, Weimaraners entered the same shows as German Short-Hair Pointers until 1922. The AKC accepted the breed in 1943.

Breed Standard

A Weimaraner should be 23 to 27 inches tall and weigh about 55 to 80 pounds. A Weimaraner has a medium-long head whereby its muzzle is the same length as its back skull. The stop is moderate, and the eyes are wide-spaced with a kind and alert expression. A Weimaraner’s ears are rather long and folded as they hang against the face. They are high-set. The back slopes downward slightly from the withers to the croup. The chest is moderately deep and broad. Weimaraners have strong and straight limbs with well-defined angulation of the hind legs. Although sleek and aristocratic in appearance, Weimaraners have tremendous musculature. The AKC standard calls for a tail docked to only six inches in length. However, if the tail is full, it is low-set, thin, and tapering. It can be a pump handle tail and usually curves upward with excitement.

Coat

Weimaraners can have two coat types. Most commonly, they have short, smooth fur. The long-haired type has slightly longer and silky fur with distinct feathers on the tail, ears, and upper hind legs. Long hair Weimaraners are accepted by most major registries. However, the AKC still disqualifies any Weimaraner with long hair.

Colors

The Weimaraner is a rare breed in that the dilution gene for coat color is universal. With the occasional exception, all Weimaraners are a shade of gray or blue. Gray dogs are usually a silvery color or gray with reddish-brown undertones. These colors are Isabella (called lilac in some breeds), which is a dilute liver or chocolate. The official term for Weimaraners is gray. Blue dogs have a recessive dilution gene that mutes any black pigmentation. They appear darker than gray dogs without the tawny base color. Some individuals can be difficult to distinguish from mouse-gray dogs. Blue Weimaraners are recognized by most global registries except the AKC. On an interesting note, Weimaraner puppies for sale are born with faint stripes. As the stripes disappear within several days, you will not see them when you are ready to pick your pup up from the breeder.

Ineligible Weimaraner Colors

Weimaraners are allowed a small white mark on the chest, but a few have a distinct stripe-shaped patch or blaze. Any Weimaraner with such a blaze or other white markings is disqualified. Rarely, a Weimaraner will have extensive white, a few of these dogs appearing speckled or ticked. Mostly white Weimaraners are called piebald and are not eligible for conformation shows. Another rare phenomenon among Weimaraners is the color-pointed dog. Such dogs are gray or blue and have tan markings on the chest, above the eyes, under the tail, on the front of the chest, and up the legs like a Doberman or Rottweiler. Major registries disqualify black Weimaraners as it is genetically impossible that they are purebred.

Personality

Like most gundogs, Weimaraners are typically friendly and unphased, although they are more energetic, reserved, and high-strung than some of the retrievers. They are loyal with occasional individuals appearing aloof with members who are outside of the family. Since Weimaraners can be protective of their owners, they make excellent watchdogs and effective deterrents against individuals intent on harm. The AKC accepts a little nervous energy, but Weimaraners are usually fearless as well as keenly alert. They are not aggressive towards people or other dogs, but they have a highly-developed prey drive that warrants extreme caution around small pets. This includes Toy and Miniature dog breeds. If not socialized properly, some Weimaraners will exhibit inappropriate dominance over other dogs. Finally, Weimaraners are excellent for families with older children. They are a challenge for small kids because of their energetic nature and their tendency to chase after fast-moving targets. Weimaraners are among the fastest dog breeds, reaching speeds of 35 miles per hour.

Lifespan

A Weimaraner will usually live 11 to 12 or 13 years. 

Weimaraner Puppies for Sale Near Me

When you visit Weimaraner puppies for sale, they should be active and inquisitive. Local breeders offer you the option to inspect their facilities for cleanliness. Ideally, you will be able to see one or both parents of your prospective puppy. While you can see obvious defects, the quality that is most relevant to you is temperament. The parents or any older siblings should demonstrate the sporting dog traits of confidence and level-headedness.

Weimaraner Care

Weimaraners are relatively low-maintenance dogs, but they require a lot of exercise and attention. Rather clingy for a sporting dog, Weimaraners are prone to separation anxiety when their owners leave them alone. This often manifests as destructive behavior.

Exercise

To satisfy its highly energetic nature, an adult Weimaraner should get two hours or more of exercise a day. At least a third of it should be rigorous and another third devoted to interactive games and advanced training. If you hunt with your Weimaraner, you can satisfy both the needs for physical exertion and mental enrichment. Other partnering activities you can do with your Weimaraner are agility, Frisbee, and lure coursing. Puppies should exercise only five minutes for every month of age unless they are playing their own accord.

Feeding

A Weimaraner does not have special feeding requirements compared to other dogs. They thrive on high-quality food with meat as the primary ingredient. They also require fats with an appropriate balance between omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. Carbohydrates are highly contested among dog lovers, but greens, berries, and certain squashes show benefits to canids by providing fiber and antioxidants. Some owners opt for homemade or commercial fresh diets to provide whole food sources of nutrients. However, it is important to adhere to recipes that provide nutritional balance. It is a prudent idea to obtain professional input on home formulations.

Training

You should start your Weimaraner’s training early as the breed is large and self-assured enough to try to gain dominance where there is no structure. If you begin at a young age, you will find your Weimaraner is smart and willing to please. Weimaraners learn commands quickly and remember them. If you decide to hunt your dog, formal field training does not commence until the second year. Until then, basic obedience and socialization are of paramount importance. The recall command (getting your dog to come to you when it is called) is especially crucial. Many hunters will expose their puppies to birds during their socialization period.

Grooming

Grooming is the easiest part of acquiring a Weimaraner for sale. The short coat only needs weekly brushing and bathing every one to three months. You should clip your dog’s nails every six to eight weeks. A Weimaraner’s ears need more attention as their floppy nature leaves the breed with more ear infections than normal. You should check your dog’s ears for redness, odor, or excessive discharge every few days. Also, watch for abnormally frequent scratching. You can swab your dog’s ears every few weeks and wipe her face every other day.

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