Today I want to tell you about one of the most amazing breeds of hunting dogs.
These are the most beautiful Weimaraners, blue-eyed ghosts, – luxurious, large dogs, distinguished by liveliness of disposition and unquestioning obedience. The fearlessness of these dogs has long won them special popularity. The breed is presented in two varieties: short-haired and long-haired. In individuals of the latter, the longest hair covers the ears..
The content of the article:
- 1. History of the origin of the breed
- 2. Description of the breed
- 3. Weimaraner Character
- 4. Weimaraner and other pets
- 5. Weimaraner care
- 6. Nutrition
- 7. Weimaraner training
- 8. Weimaraner’s health
- 9. Weimaraner owner reviews
- 10. Weimaraner price
- 11. Weimaraner dog photo
- 12. Weimaraner videos
History of the origin of the breed
The Weimaraner is a young, imposing, medium-sized cop with chiseled aristocratic features, famous for her silver-gray or mouse-gray shirt. The first Weimaraner breed standard was written in 1896, the official standard was developed in Germany in 1925, and in the FCI it was registered in 1969.
But in fact, the history of the appearance of this dog is shrouded in mystery and goes deep into history. There are different versions of the origin of these dogs.
In the Middle Ages, such dogs were mentioned in ancient manuscripts. Some documents from that time speak of the dog of Saint Louis, resembling a modern Weimaraner. The French king Louis IX, better known as Louis the Saint (1214-1270), was taken prisoner in Egypt during a crusade around 1248. After he returned to France, he had a pack of gray dogs, which they called so: the dogs of Saint Louis – Chiens gris de St-Lois. In Russian hunting literature, they are mentioned under this name by L.P. Sabaneev.
The success of these dogs was such that by the end of the fourteenth century, very many noble people in France kept gray dogs, which were invariably used to hunt large animals: deer, wild boar, bear. Later, when the animal became smaller, these dogs were taught to hunt birds..
Other royal courts of Europe followed the example of the French. Due to their elite status, the ancestors of the Weimaraner were highly valued and were always with the owner. Apparently, this constant contact with a person for almost 8 centuries instilled in the Weimaraner the need to always be close to a person, he cannot live separately, for example, in an aviary, like other hunting dogs, the Weimaraner suffers from this emotionally.
For the first time a breed called Weimaraner was mentioned in the 1850s. The document says that the breed was formed in East Germany in the vicinity of the city of Weimar. These dogs were very popular at the court of the Grand Duke of Weimar. This is where the name of the breed comes from.
In 1880, dogs of this breed first took part in an exhibition in Berlin (Germany), where they were classified as crossbreeds.
The Duke of Weimar County (Germany) Karl August wanted to create a multifunctional breed. It is believed that he infused the blood of several other dog breeds with the Weimaraners to complete his plan. He wanted to create a dog that can work at speed, work efficiently, and have the endurance that this dog could be good for hunting in the field and be a companion at home. The Weimaraner is called the “Silver Ghost” not only for its coloration, but also for its ability to be quick, using an almost feline ability to sneak in fields, combined with a silent, almost ghostly style of work.
In 1896, a commission of delegates finally recognized the Weimaraner breed as an independent breed. Now this breed was no longer classified as a hybrid. Meanwhile, the German Weimaraner Club was founded by several amateur sports hunters. These people wanted to breed dogs only for hunting, not for sale. Therefore, the rule was adopted that no one can buy a dog of this breed without first becoming a member of the club.
This led to the fact that it became difficult to buy a Weimaraner even in Germany, and outside its borders it is practically impossible. Now the state of affairs in Germany itself has practically not changed, there, as before, the working qualities of the Weimaraner are at the forefront, sometimes, unfortunately, to the detriment of the exterior. For that abroad, this breed can already be purchased quite freely, the main thing is to know where dogs with good working qualities and excellent conformation are bred. True, such dogs are sold to Russia very reluctantly.
In Russia, there are also worthy representatives of this breed, both working dogs and show winners.
Description of the breed
Of course, the unique coat, which makes the dog unusually beautiful, has a noble posture and a majestic appearance, cannot fail to attract attention..
Isabella – silver gray, brownish gray, mouse or other intermediate shades of gray. In most cases, the head and ears are lighter than the main coat. Small white spots on chest and toes are allowed. Sometimes there is a more or less distinct streak running along the spine, starting in the middle of the back, known as the “acne streak”.
- Head. Medium length, aristocratic, dry. In vyzhlovki the skull is wider than in vyzhlovka, well balanced with the body, slightly less than half the length of the head, equal in width and length, with a superficial groove running in the middle of the slightly convex forehead. The skin is dry, tight-fitting. The occipital protuberance is slightly protruding, the arches of the zygomatic bones are long, not protruding. The cheeks are muscular and flat. The transition from forehead to muzzle is easy.
- The muzzle is long, massive, with a slight hump, especially in the vyzhlots, strong, well-filled under the eyes, slightly tapering to a large, slightly raised, dark-flesh-colored nose (without clear boundaries with a gray muzzle) with wide open nostrils. The lips are dry, tight-fitting, thin, moderately deep, flesh-colored. Jaws strong.
- Ears. Set high and far apart, drooping, with a wide base and rounded ends, long (elongated along the muzzle, does not reach the scent of about 5 cm, but reach the corners of the mouth), lobe-shaped, slightly folded, slightly shifted forward when excited.
- Eyes. Round, amber (from dark to light tones), sky blue in puppies, with an intelligent, lively and friendly expression. Set slightly obliquely. When excited, the pupils dilate widely and the eyes appear almost black. The eyelids are dry, tight-fitting.
- Teeth. Large, white, strong, complete. The incisors are in line. Scissor bite.
- Neck. Strong, dry, slightly rounded, of medium length, set high, muscular, strong, with a well-developed dry nape, smoothly merging into the withers.
- Withers. Raised above a straight, slightly sloping topline towards the croup, broad and muscular. The shoulder blades are long, set obliquely, close to the back. Vices. Weak, narrow or busy withers; loose, sheer or sharp shoulder blades.
- Back. Slightly long, strong, muscular, straight, slightly sloping.
- Front limbs. The dog is turned up on strong, straight, parallel, dry, sturdy and muscular legs. The shoulders are slanting, long, strong. Elbows are directed backwards, free. The forearms are long, strong, and steep. Headstock is strong, elastic, slightly sloping.
- Hind limbs. Long, strong, resilient, with strong bones and well-developed dry muscles, slightly extended beyond the line of the ischial tuberosities, parallel to each other, with well defined articulation angles. Pastanki strong, vertical.
- Tail. Set quite high. Hangs down at rest. When moving, the dog carries it parallel to the ground. Docked. In a smooth-haired variety, 4-4.5 cm is stopped at the age of 2-3 days, and in a long-haired variety at the age of 14 days, 2-3 vertebrae are taken away.
- The coat is short, thick, thin, straight, tight-fitting. The coat should be brushed regularly. Does not fade.
The Weimaraner is a dog with a high level of energy and intelligence. Most of all, Weimaraners love to run and hunt. They are friendly and very brave dogs, however, they can be overly irritable. If you do not allow the Weimaraner to do what he wants, he can easily develop destructive demeanors.
The Weimaraner is a cheerful, friendly, fearless, fast and agile dog. Therefore, the Weimaraner should have a business, whether hunting or playing sports: agility, frisbee, pitch go, coursing, etc..
It is best to keep a Weimaraner in your home with a large area, where he can run and explore. Weimaraner cannot always be on the street and needs a warm overnight stay when it gets cold outside. The Weimaraner is happiest when he has the opportunity to live both at home and in the open air.
We need daily, strenuous exercise, so city life is not for us. However, if our owner is an active person who is ready to devote a lot of time to us in order to teach, socialize and provide us with long enough walks, then we can feel good in an urban environment.
The Weimaraner can be a good watchdog. It is worth noting that this breed of dog is prone to excessive barking, however, some owners do not consider this a disadvantage and are glad that their dog always warns that someone is approaching the house.
An intelligent Weimaraner is not very proud, but can be dominant, quickly spotting the family member who sympathizes with him the most.
Dogs of this breed are not too aggressive, but they will always protect their owner and their family members. The Weimaraner can become a good pet and get along well with children only if you teach him the right relationships with people from a young age.
Whatever you say, the Weimaraner is an intelligent, hardy and incredibly elegant dog. Of course, in order to get and educate a Weimaraner, you will need a lot of time and patience, but the result will not disappoint you, because you will get a devoted and faithful friend who will sincerely love you.
Weimaraner and other pets
Leaving a Weimaraner unattended is dangerous, as the Weimaraner can chase a neighbor’s cat, and the consequences can be very dire. Having started the chase, the Weimaraner cannot always stop and quite easily may not notice cars on the roads, which is very dangerous.
The dog needs a significant amount of physical activity. Thanks to their excellent natural abilities, Weimaraners are excellent runners, tireless workers; They are also renowned for their ability to track and bring game to their owner, making these dogs indispensable for professional hunting. They are also very good watchmen.
The Weimaraner dog breed is not difficult to care for, if it does not involve exercise and concern for psychological comfort. It is enough to brush the dog with a rubber glove just once a week.
Weimaraner is usually bathed once a month or depending on the condition of the coat and activity of the dog. Weinmaraner’s ears should be cleaned weekly, especially after swimming or swimming. Also brush your dog’s teeth and claws regularly.
Each breed of dog has its own characteristics, the Weimaraner is very different from many. Such a dog needs a special form of strenuous exercise and a lot of excitement.
It is important to involve the Weimaraner in all family affairs and give him as much attention as necessary..
The feed must be of PREMIUM or SUPER PREMIUM class, i.e. professional. Poor quality and, accordingly, cheap food is often poorly tolerated by dogs and does not allow a puppy to be fully raised. No broths, bones, white bread, cookies, sweets and other leftovers (not to say waste) from the master’s table.
Broths, fat and so on strongly destroy the liver, which is already exposed to the harmful effects of poor ecology. Protect your puppy’s liver from a young age. By the way, constant overeating can lead to difficult consequences, therefore, if you notice discharge from the ears or eyes, diarrhea, rashes on the skin, dandruff in a puppy, most likely you are feeding him incorrectly
The traditional role of Weimaraner dogs is to participate in the hunt. By and large, the Weimaraner is ready to hunt for anything. Weimaraners are great at hunting a bird, pointing at it in a stance, getting ducks out of the water, justifying their status as excellent swimmers. Weimaraner dogs can also be used when hunting wild boar.
It is imperative to conduct a course of obedience with the dog. When training dogs of this breed, physical punishment should not be used, because the Weimaraner can become very careful and distrustful. It is better to encourage him with a treat and praise, and if you grab his attention, he can show miracles of training, however, in order to make his work perfect, you will need to work hard.
This breed is easily trained and is used in the world for rescue work, for the police search service and of course for hunting. Thanks to the perfectly developed instinct of Weimaraner, it is easy to find application in our life..
The main disease of Weimaraners is hip dysplasia. It is impossible not to mention the possibility of tumors and hernias. For any signs of physical illness in the dog, the owner should immediately seek the advice of a specialist.
This dog breed is most prone to the following diseases:
- Bloating (volvulus)
- Mast cell cancer (mastocytoma)
- Dysplasia of the hip joint
- Entropion (turn of the century)
- Distichiasis (additional eyelashes)
- Corneal dystrophy
- Cryptorchidism (non-prolapse of the testes)
- Interdigital dermatitis (pododermatitis)
- Degenerative myelopathy
- Myasthenia gravis
Weimaraner owner reviews
The dog is very beautiful, very showy and unusual. But the beauty of a dog depends on its physical and mental condition. This breed requires very careful care.
At least 60% of your time and attention should be devoted to caring for the dog.
The main and main thing is RATION. This dog has a very whimsical stomach and you need to carefully monitor its diet. We feed our dog with Barking Head food, we also give natural products: poultry meat, beef, low-fat cottage cheese.
An important factor is PHYSICAL ACTIVITY. The dog is very active, and was originally bred for hunting, so it would be very wrong to limit its physical potential. She should run, preferably not on a leash. But she can get tired of running just like that very soon, so you must definitely keep her company. You will not let her get bored and start digging the ground or carrying flowers, as well as misbehaving on the site.
Despite the fact that the dog is smooth-haired, there is still a coat. And it needs to be combed at least once every two weeks..
I saved the best for dessert. Namely, CHARACTER of this breed. The dog is very smart, absorbs the character of its owner like a sponge. That is why, when you have her, prepare to raise not only the puppy, but also yourself..
A pet-class dog will already cost about 30000-40000 thousand. [/сolor-box]
You can certainly find it even cheaper, but without pedigree and documents, and it’s like taking a pig in a poke. Of course, it’s up to you to make the decision, but my opinion is to save money on such things..
Weimaraner dog photo
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