BREED DESCRIPTION & INFORMATION
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Photo courtesy of SilverIsle Reg'd Weimaraners
Note: The all-breed registries indicated above are the most recognized all-breed registries. The breed may be recognized by other registries not indicated here. For further details about dog registries, please see the document: Dog Breed Registries in North America.
* The FCI is the World Canine Organization, which includes 84 members and contract partners (one member per country) that each issue their own pedigrees and train their own judges. The FCI recognizes 339 breeds, with each being the "property" of a specific country. The "owner" countries of the breeds write the standards of these breeds in co-operation with the Standards and Scientific Commissions of the FCI, and the translation and updating are carried out by the FCI. The FCI is not a breed registry nor does it issue pedigrees.
Male: 25 to 27 inches - Female: 23 to 25 inches
The Weimaraner, known as "the grey ghost of Weimar", was developed in Germany as an all-purpose gun dog for the nobility. Originally used to hunt big game, the Weimaraner is now used almost exclusively on small furred and feathered game. Best known for his versatility, the Weimaraner is used for pointing, retrieving and tracking.
He is friendly, fearless, obedient and alert as well as loyal and protective of his family. He has an assertive, bold and rambunctious nature. The Weimaraner is very energetic and needs plenty of exercise. However, unlike some other hunting breeds, the Weimaraner is not a dog to be left outdoors. He thrives on human companionship and is a loyal hunting companion.
The Weimaraner's haunting eyes are a very distinctive feature of the breed his eyes are either light amber, grey, or blue-grey. His coat ranges from mouse-grey to silver-grey and comes in two varieties Short, smooth and sleek; and the Long-haired coat is flat and smooth or slightly wavy.
- List of Common Health Problems Afflicting Weimaraners From the Weimaraner Club of America
- Bloat As with many large breeds and any deep-chested dog, the occurrence of Bloat or Gastric Torsion is a real possibility in the Weimaraner. If you are not familiar with this condition, it is absolutely necessary to learn about it and know the symptoms This is a real emergency and a life threatening condition that requires immediate Veterinary attention. See Gastric Dilatation Volvulus (GDV) - Bloat in the Health and Nutrition section of Canada's Guide to Dogs for more information and First Aid for Bloat for an article describing some of the things you can do if you are faced with this situation.
- Vaccination Warning See www.weims.ca - Immune Mediated Problems and Vaccination under the Health section of the site. A small percentage of Weimaraner puppies manifest an autoimmune reaction following vaccination with combination MLV (modified live virus) vaccines.
- Hypertrophic Osteodystrophy (HOD) is commonly found in large and giant purebred dogs. The breeds at higher risk include the Great Dane, Weimaraner, Irish Setter and German Shepherd. The disease in the Weimaraner is particularly severe. For further information, see www.weims.ca Health - Hypertrophic Osteodystrophy in the Weimaraner.
If you are considering the adoption of a Weimaraner puppy, or any breed, it is very important to be selective in choosing a responsible and reputable breeder. Ensure that the prospective puppy's parents have all health clearances. Breeding of any dog should not be done until after they have been proven to be free of evidence of significant hereditary diseases. (For more information on selecting a breeder, see the articles on the main Breed Listing and Breeders page.)
Additional Health Resources:
- WCA Policy On Vaccinating Weimaraners
- Health and Nutrition Growing section of the Canada's Guide to Dogs website which includes information on several health and nutrition related issues.
- Canine Health Information Center (CHIC) Providing a source of health information for owners, breeders, and scientists that will assist in breeding healthy dogs. CHIC is a centralized canine health database jointly sponsored by the AKC/Canine Health Foundation (AKC/CHF) and the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA).
- AKC Canine Health Foundation Working towards developing scientific advances in canine health.
- Canine Eye Registration Foundation (CERF)
- Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA)
- Ontario Veterinary College (OVC)
- University of Pennsylvania Hip Improvement Program (PennHip)
- HealthGene HealthGene Corporation is the leading provider of veterinary DNA diagnostic services in Canada.
- Labgenvet Laboratory of Veterinary Genetics is a Canadian diagnostic laboratory that offers a comprehensive service of DNA tests for veterinary genetic diseases.
- CKC Breed Standard
- AKC Breed Standard
- UKC Breed Standard
- The Kennel Club (U.K.) Breed Standard
- FCI Breed Standard No. 99
- Grooming This section of the Canada's Guide to Dogs website includes tips, articles and information covering all aspects of dog grooming along with a listing of Groomers from across Canada.
- Training For training information, see this growing section of the Canada's Guide to Dogs website for tips, articles, as well as listings of training centres across Canada.
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- Working Dogs The Working Dogs section of the Canada's Guide to Dogs website provides information and listings of organizations that are involved in various dog jobs, such as Guide Dogs, Therapy Dogs, Police Dogs, Protection Dogs, and much more.