Weimaraner, Silver Shade

Weimaraner, Silver Shade

The Weimaraner is a big game hunting breed and has a lot of stamina and energy. This was developed specifically to allow them to run with a hunting party for days on end without leaving the masters country. This is a very athletic dog that requires a lot of exercise. This is not the apartment dog, nor a first time dog owner. Despite the Weimaraner’s energy requirements, they are also not a kennel dog. They prefer to live inside with the family. This breed will redecorate your backyard in an attempt to catch small critters, your cat, or simply because they are bored. Barking can also be a sign of boredom and they experience separation anxiety if left without human companionship for long periods of time. A large back yard with escape proof fencing is highly recommended. The Weimaraner will dig under a fence, climb over the fence, and find another way to escape thanks to the breed’s energy. They are great companions for jogging, cycling or hiking. Any running game, such as fetch, frisbee or fly ball, will help use up the breed’s energy.

The gray or silver coat of the Weimaraner leads to the nickname silver shadow. This dog will follow you everywhere and wants to be in almost constant physical contact with you. Since they are 23 to 27 inches tall and weigh 55 to 80 pounds, you need to be prepared for this contact. Weimaraners are generally healthy dogs and typically live 11 to 13 years. They shed but don’t have much “doggy smell”; they love to roll in anything that smells! Because of their hanging ears, they can develop ear infections. Frequent ear checks, brushing your Weimaraner and occasional bathing are all you need to do to care for the dog. The breed is often seen in calendars and in various poses because they sometimes have almost human expressions. This is a very intelligent breed that is also an independent thinker. This means they may or may not follow the rules. Understand, they KNOW the rule, they just choose not to follow it! This can be a real challenge for a first-time dog owner. It also helps if you have a sense of humor because the Weimaraner always flouts the rules with style.

The Weimaraner’s main purpose is to be with you and touch you or chase small game, children, bicycles, etc. This is a breed that does not do well with cats and other furry pets. They are very loving and sneaky to follow commands, but the hunting instinct can be too strong. Older children can be a great companion for the Weimaraner, but small children are prone to injury due to the dog’s energy level. This is not intentional by the animal; they just need to expend the energy. They also do not kennel. This dog needs to have human contact and be with the family, even indoors. Make no mistake, this is a hunting dog that lives indoors. If you are away from the family and not getting enough exercise, this will cause your Weimaraner to entertain himself and you probably won’t like the results.

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