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Weimaraner (Weimar Pointing Dog, Weimar marriage)

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General form. Weimaraner of medium and above average height, regular, proportional addition, with beautiful lines and good usability.
Height at the withers of males 59 - 70 cm, bitches 57-65 cm.

Color. Silver gray, like roe deer in winter clothes, or mouse, as well as transitions between these shades. Head and ears are usually somewhat lighter. Small white marks on the chest and legs are allowed. Along the ridge often passes a more or less wide dark strip. Weimar cops with a distinctly noticeable tan can be used in further breeding only if they have outstanding hunting qualities.

Coat of Weimaraner. Short, thin, hard or long (the last two options are quite rare).

Head. Dry, proportional to the overall addition. Males are wider than females. The forehead is flat, divided by a straight groove, the transition from the forehead to the muzzle is barely noticeable. The occipital protuberance protrudes slightly. The cheekbones are distinct.

Muzzle long, graceful, parallel to the forehead line, straight, sometimes with a small hump. The upper lip hangs moderately, covering the lower jaw and forming a small fold in the corners of the mouth.

The ears. Hanging, wide and rather long, with rounded ends, high and narrow set, with caution, slightly turned forward.

Nose. The weimaraner’s nose is darkly “meat” in color, gradually turning back to gray in the direction of the back.

Eyes. The puppy has blue, the adult dog is amber.

Back. Withers well defined. A slightly elongated back is allowed, but only if it is not weak, sagging.

Tail. Docked. In smooth-haired and coarse-haired varieties, 4–4.5 cm is cut off at the age of 1-2 days, and 2-3 vertebrae are taken away from the long-haired variety at the age of 14 days.

Limbs. The legs are dry, muscular, with correctly pronounced joints. The shoulders are well formed and fairly long.

Paws In a lump, without dewclaws. Arched fingers, elongated middle fingers are not a disadvantage.

Hunting qualities. Suitable for various types of hunting, well-trained, with a sharp sense, an obedient dog. Passionate, but not overly excitable temperament. It has a solid resistance and is reliable in water. Spiteful to the beast and to people. Particularly prone to persistent pursuit of the trail, to the search for wounded animals and the presentation of game

Weimaraner breed characterization

Molting Security qualities Watchdog qualities Liveliness with children Liveliness with animals Exercise stress Training Care Maintenance in the apartment Agility
Homeland:Germany
For an apartment:fits
Fits:for experienced owners
FCI (IFF):Group 7, Section 1
Lives:10 to 12 years
Height:males: 59-70 cm females: 57-65 cm
Weight:males: 30-40 kg females: 25-35 kg

Weimaraner (Weimar Pointing Dog, Weimar marriage) - a hunting breed of dog above average height with a graceful physique and a charming look that will not leave anyone indifferent. It was bred at the end of the 19th century in Germany for the Duke Karl Augustus and his nobles. It was used for hunting big game - wild boar, bear, deer.

This energetic and hardy dog ​​was just born to run, so she earned the nickname “silver ghost”. She has a keen flair, is well trained and shows excellent results in competitions for dogs. Freestyle, agility, Frisbee as if created for her. But do not forget that no sport can fully replace the main purpose of the breed - hunting.

The Weimar Pointing Dog has a strong hunting instinct, she was bred like a gun dog, orientated well in the field, find and raise a bird on a wing, make a stand after finding a game, and most importantly, bring and give a shot bird, and believe me, it’s not so simple.

Photo Weimaraner on the grass

An interesting feature of the Weimaraner breed, puppies are born with blue eyes and blue-gray hair, but with age, the eyes change color and become amber-yellow, and the coat takes on a grayish-silver hue.

Weimaraner character

Photo Weimaraner with your favorite toy

Weimaraner is cheerful, active, energetic and affectionate by nature. As a real hunter, he is assertive and stubborn, clearly goes to his goal. This cop completely lacks aggression towards a person, therefore, as a watchman, he’s not quite suitable. He can warn by barking, but no more than that. It’s more likely to rush at a stranger to hug and lick than to drive away or bite.

The Weimaraner will adore all members of the family, but more often he chooses one owner, obeys and obeys him. It has considerable strength; in adolescence, on a walk, it can strongly pull towards an object that interests him, so the owner should be a sporty and strong person. A strong sense of smell makes him react to different smells, so on the street he can pick everything up. Be sure to teach the team "no", and best of all put on a muzzle.

Suitable for families with children, affectionate and gentle with them, but almost never listens to them. No matter how much you love him, given the large growth of the Weimaraner, do not leave too small children in private. The Weimaraner does not get along well with pets, because the hunting instinct is very large, except that it grows with them. On the street, he can react to aggressive dogs, wants to chase a cat or a bird, and the owner’s duty is to constantly wean him from this.

Weimar Pointing Dog is very smart. They even say about her that they are dogs with human intelligence. She cannot just sit still, and is constantly looking for an occupation for herself, even if it is risky. She was born with a hunting instinct, and this cannot be taken from her.

Weimaraner is ideal for a hunter and an active person who can devote a lot of time to her. Needs early training and socialization. He cannot stand loneliness and will not be able to sit locked up all day. If you are a very busy person, it is better to abandon the venture to get it. Weimaraner need to engage in, educate, care for and walk a lot. He must spend energy, strain the body and brains, otherwise he will spoil things in the house, and destroy the apartment.

Weimaraner is easily trained, gladly fulfills the owner’s commands, just like any pointing Weimaraner wants to please a person. The owner must clearly understand one rule - Never hit a pet. Try to find an approach to it, make each lesson interesting and unexpected for him. Never crush his will, do not insult him, he will understand everything, if you are accessible and calmly explain what task he should perform. If you are unable to find a common language with the Weimaraner, contact a parenting specialist.

Weimaraner description and standard FCI (FCI)

In the photo, the weimaraner lies on the lawn and poses in front of the camera.

  1. FCI Classification: Group 7 Pointing Dogs, Section 1.1 Continental Pointing Dogs. With working tests.
  2. Application: hunting, pointing.
  3. General view of the Weimaraner: the hunting breed is above average size. Beautiful, strong and graceful with a muscular body and an irresistible look. Sexual type is well defined.
  4. Important proportions: The length of the body is proportional to the height at the withers 12: 11.
    1. Proportions of the head: the length from the nose to the stop (the transition from the forehead to the nose) is slightly greater than from the stop to the occiput.
    2. Front: The distance from the elbow to the middle of the metacarpus and the distance from the elbow to the withers are almost equal.
  5. Head: the skull harmoniously looks with growth and front part. In males it is slightly wider than in females, but in both individuals, the relationship between the width of the cranium with the total length of the head should be proportional. A median groove is visible on the forehead. The occipital bone is moderately convex. Zygomatic arches are clearly visible behind the eyes.
  6. Cheeks: Muscular, well defined.
  7. Transition from forehead to muzzle (feet): weakly expressed.
  8. Nose: large with wide open nostrils. Visibly protrudes above the lower jaw. Dark flesh-colored, gradually turning into gray closer to the body.
  9. Muzzle: powerful, rectangular, in males longer than in females this is very noticeable. The back of the nose is straight, slightly convex.
  10. Drilled: moderately deep, flesh-colored. There is a slight crease in the corner of the mouth.

    Weimaraner - puppy photo close-up

    Weimaraner color

    • Light silver gray
    • Brownish gray
    • Mouse

    Light or dark and all shades of these colors. Head and ears look a bit paler. Small white marks on the chest and fingers are acceptable. Sometimes there is a more or less defined belt along the back.

    Weimaraner with red tan to the exhibition is allowed, but do not wait for ratings higher than “good”. A brown stain is considered a serious defect.

    Weimaraner care and maintenance

    Weimaraner care (short-haired or long-haired) is not difficult, but mandatory. Weimaraner molt, but molt is almost invisible. If you take 5 minutes outside and comb your pet with a rubber brush (short hair) or a brush made of natural bristle (long hair), the house will always be clean. But if in the room where the Weimaraner is contained, too warm and dry air, the coat can constantly crumble. Excessive molting should alert you; consult your veterinarian about proper diet and care.

    The characteristic smell of “dog” is completely absent, but only with the right diet, selection of food and a healthy lifestyle of Weimaraner. Any manifestation of an unpleasant odor is a signal that there are health problems.

    Wool: need to be combed 1-2 times a week, with a natural bristle brush, rubber glove or rubber brush. During molting, you have to comb every day. This is a very useful procedure, because during combing, blood circulation improves, dead hair and dirt are removed, and the Weimaraner receives an excellent massage.

    Blue eyes and chocolate color, weimaraner photo

    Bathe Weimaraner once a month or, if necessary, shampoo for dogs. At the bottom of the bathroom, install a rubber mat so that the paws do not move apart and it is not injured. After bathing, wipe well with a towel, and if necessary, dry with a hairdryer. Walking after water procedures is recommended only after 2 hours. In winter, it is better to bathe at night.

    Be sure to ensure that the Weimaraner does not sit in the draft and dries well. In winter, wool can be cleaned with a damp cloth, or with a dry brush. Dry shampoo or talcum powder is applied to the wool, rubbed, and then combed out thoroughly. In summer, the Weimaraner loves to swim in open water, only after such water procedures, be sure to rinse your pet with warm boiled water to wash off sand and small microorganisms.

    Eyes: Inspect your eyes regularly. The healthy eyes of the Weimar Pointing Dog are clean, clear without souring and tearing. To prevent acidification, wipe your eyes once a week with a soft, lint-free cloth (not cotton wool) dipped in chamomile broth. Wipe each eye with a clean cloth. Small lumps of gray in the corners of the eyes are acceptable in the morning, since the Weimaraner is active, runs a lot along the street, and thus the eyes are cleaned. It is enough to remove them with a soft cloth or rinse with chamomile. But having noticed a profuse reddening of the eyes, souring of a yellow color (they again gather after washing off), a swollen eyelid, profuse tearing - immediately seek help from a veterinarian. There are several reasons: a draft, an allergic reaction, an insect bite, etc., so it is better not to self-medicate.

    Pictured weimaraner white with blue eyes

    Ears are hanging, poorly ventilated, regularly inspect them for redness or allergies. Once a week, wipe the inside of the ear with a damp cloth moistened with warm water. To ventilate your ears, wave them for a few minutes. During bathing, it is better to plug your ears with cotton pads or just don’t put a swimming cap on your head. A healthy ear is soft pink, odorless and excess sulfur. Having noticed too much sulfur, an unpleasant odor, fluid flows out of the ear, the ends of the ears are swollen, pimples or wounds appear, the weimaraner shakes his head and rubs his ears on the floor - contact your veterinarian immediately.

    Weimaraner ears are very sensitive to cold, sometimes the tips can freeze in a matter of minutes, so in winter it is better to wear a hat.

    Weimaraner teeth are recommended to be cleaned 1-2 times a week with a special toothpaste for dogs (ordinary human, they can’t stand very foamy) with a toothbrush or brush on the finger. To prevent tartar from appearing, include solid foods in your diet.

    Cut the claws 1-2 times a month with a claw cutter for large breeds. The more often the claw is trimmed, the less is the risk of damaging a blood vessel. You need to cut off quite a bit, the soft part of the claw hardens over time, and the vessel moves higher, file the sharp ends with a nail file to avoid burrs.

    After walking, wipe the paws with a damp cloth. Paw pads should be checked for wounds and damage. To avoid cracks, rub vegetable oil into the pads and be sure to include it in the diet (1 tsp per day). In winter, wash your feet especially carefully after walking, if you live in the city, do not let the snow lick, in order to avoid poisoning with reagents.

    Clothing is an important attribute for the Weimaraner, not the owner’s whim. Since it has a short coat and almost no undercoat, the Weimaraner does not tolerate cold. Therefore, in order to maintain the health of your pet with the onset of cold weather, put him in a jumpsuit. In the rain, they put on an ordinary raincoat, and in severe frosts jumpsuit on a warm lining. Of course, do not forget about the hat, it will protect your beloved ears - blades from freezing.

    It is recommended to walk 3 times a day, accompanied by the owner, while keeping in the city it is better on a leash. The hunting instinct is so strong that it can muffle the owner’s commands, and the dog, keen on chasing a bird or cat, will be on the roadway.

    The Weimar Pointing Dog is very active and also does not tolerate loneliness, therefore, she needs frequent walking and the release of energy.

    • In the morning you need to give a walk at least half an hour
    • In the afternoon, the main long walk up to 2 hours
    • 1 hour is enough in the evening

    Active walks, playful with elements of training, because the Weimaraner is very energetic and hardy. She needs to run a lot, hunt for someone, catch someone, train her body and brains. Remember, the more energy she spends on a walk, the less she will pose a threat to her master’s home.

    Ticks and fleas: regularly treat your pet from ectoparasites. Insects pose a great threat to the health and life of the Weimaraner, as they are carriers of many dangerous diseases.

    1. Fleas, migrating from one animal to another, carry many diseases. Their bites cause itching, redness, anxiety and terrible discomfort. In addition, there is a threat of contracting worms if the Weimaraner swallows a flea when bitten.
    2. Ixodid ticks are carriers of a deadly disease for dogs - pyroplasmosis (babesiosis). The period of their activity: in the spring (April-May) and in the fall (September-October) until the first frosts.

    After walking, carefully inspect the skin of the Weimaraner for parasites. The neck, armpits, ears, stomach, genitals are the places where the tick most often can be found. Having found it, do not panic, put on rubber gloves and with the help of tweezers in a circular motion, unscrew the parasite from the skin.Inspect the bite site and treat with an antiseptic. Be sure to monitor your health for the next few days. If he is active, eats with appetite, there is no elevated body temperature, you are lucky, the tick is not infectious.

    But having noticed the following symptoms:

    • Lethargy, apathy
    • High body temperature (39 - 42 degrees)
    • Yellowed whites of the eyes
    • Reddish brown urine
    • Refusal of food and drink
    • Falls on hind legs immediately contact your veterinarian. Only a specialist can save the health and even life of your pet.

    Worms: once every three months it is necessary to carry out deworming.

    Weimaraner food

    Weimaraner nutrition is a very serious issue, it is prone to food allergies, bloating and inversion of the intestines, the owner must carefully monitor the diet. Servings are best given small.

    Kids play after lunch - weimaraner photo on grass

    Weimaraner puppy feeds:

    • At the age of 1.5 months - 5-6 times in small portions
    • In 3 - 4 months - 4 times a day
    • 5 7 months - 3 feedings per day
    • 8 - 12 months and adults 1-2 times a day

    There are two types of nutrition:

    1. Ready-made dry food of the highest quality
    2. Natural food

    When feeding natural food, you need to provide a balanced diet with vitamins and minerals.

    • It is recommended to feed 2 hours before walking
    • After a long walk and exercise, you can feed only after 1 hour.
    • Water is given half an hour after walking.
    • Ready food is served at room temperature, a portion is eaten into the lick for 15 minutes.
    • If the Weimaraner refuses to eat, we hide the portion in the refrigerator until the next feeding
    • Always watch for fresh water in a bowl.
    • Bowls are washed with hot water after each feeding.
    • Never feed the Weimaraner with leftovers from the table.

    • Fatty Meat (Pork)
    • Grapes, raisins
    • Bow
    • Chocolate
    • Spicy food
    • Spices
    • fried food
    • Pasta
    • Sweets
    • Raw river fish (may be infected by worms)
    • Tubular bones of a bird
    • Stuffing is poorly digested

    • Low-fat meat (rabbit, beef)
    • Cartilage, scar, udder
    • Give chicken meat very carefully (it can be the cause of an allergy).
    • Dairy products (yogurt, low-fat cottage cheese, kefir)
    • Greens
    • Boneless Sea Fish (Boiled)
    • Vegetables (zucchini, carrots, broccoli, pumpkin)
    • Fruits (apples)
    • Cereals (rice, buckwheat)
    • 1 teaspoon of unrefined vegetable oil per day (add to food)

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