I really love my “Grey Ghosts” beauty. The Weimaraner is a great breed with their silky gray coat and blue-green eyes. They are not for everyone. I wouldn’t trade mine for the world, but I know what I’m getting into before I get them by doing some in-depth research on different dog breeds. I’ve only had Labs before, another great dog, but after losing my chocolate “Penny”, I’m so heartbroken to love another Labs! So, if you are wondering or want to know more about Weimaraners, let me tell you first!
Weimaraners are known for their fine, short, beautiful gray coats. The color ranges from mouse gray to silver-gray, and there is a line of “blue” Weimaraners that are closer to gray. Their different colors lead to this species being called silver spirit or gray spirit. The color of their coat is rare among dog breeds. Most have very long aristocratic lines, long noses and big floppy dog ears, but there is also a larger square head line that reminds me of a Labrador retriever. I have one of each.
They were originally known as the Weimer Pointer (derived from the court that sponsored the breed), and are a product of German breeding. Weimaraners come from a variety of breeds just like other German hunting breeds. They are believed to be descendants of the Bloodhound, and were originally used to hunt wolves, deer and bears. Over the years due to the lack of big game in their surroundings, the Weimaraner has evolved into a bird dog and hunting companion. They are pointers, most of them are alert and direct in nature without training, and they have a sense of smell.
Weimaraners are devoted and loving family members, and even though they are large, 60-90lbs, they love to be at home with their people. They are very intelligent, but Weim can choose when and how to use their intelligence. For example, they may cry when being taught how to “sit” or “roll over”, or simply give you the LOOK, but when you turn on your back , they figured out how to turn a door key and run out. I was able to pull 14 pounds of ground beef out of the sink, and half of the turkey was gone by the time their mess was discovered, it only took about 5 minutes. !
Weimaraners have the ability to dominate the house even if they are not properly trained. A strong willed owner, with the time and ability to train, socialize and play with their Weim is essential. As with most dogs, neglect or poor handling of a Weim can lead to destructive behavior that can include property damage, excessive barking and litter. If you upset them, they will let you know, not by being angry, but by being tough. You can tell that what they do is ON PURPOSE, it’s planned but the results are probably not considered!
Although they are very gentle and kind, Weimaraners can knock things (and people) unconscious. For this reason, they may not be the best housemates, not the best around young children or the elderly. They like their bowls of water clear, and usually have a nice puddle around their drinking area! Weim people are known to want to come over and give you a big wet dog kiss after a drink… at least I do! They will scream at strangers, or strange noises, being very alert to what is happening around them. If you have dogs and have other animals around them, they will get along well, but not so much with cats and small dogs. Their hunting instincts are strong, they eat a lot, and it is not easy to introduce a new member to what they consider their family. Weims are known to be very protective and attached to THEIR person or family.
Weimaraners need a lot of exercise and if possible a large yard to play in. On the subject of yards, Weims is very good at escaping them! They have been known to open gates and jump fences, and they can dig like groundhogs. Mine actually pulled to the side of the house because they smelled a lizard that crawled behind it to escape the heat, and the dogs! Make sure to take them outside and give them time to play, but experts don’t recommend leaving them on the fence for critical moments. They are very humble, and they are artists too!
So who works best with a Weimaraner? The ideal person for a Weim is a strong person who has time to spend with their dog. Young people who are single or families with children are better off. Raising a Weimaraner requires patience, and a quiet individual with a gentle temperament. They do not respond to yelling or being hit. They are in trouble! In fact, they will go out of their way to do the opposite of what you want if you are treated badly. I’ve been told, especially by the vet that my Weims are very quiet and good for behavior, but that’s because I have a very sweet personality, and I spend a lot of time with them in nature. there are dogs that head each other. act of destruction. Their behavior is known for being a little hyper or excited.
A healthy Weimaraner can live up to 17 years with an average lifespan of 12 to 14 years. Some common health problems for the Weim include hip dysplasia, tumors and immune system disorders. Weim can also touch. Instead of one big meal, two small meals a day are enough.
All in all, they are beautiful and full of character. Their looks, beauty, and the way they interact with their people are priceless. The behaviors described above are common, but as with all dog breeds, your pet will be highly responsive to its environment and how it is raised and cared for. Any type of dog can be a good dog, and this is it. It’s best to fully understand what you’re doing when installing a Gray Ghost or any mod for that matter. Being a dog parent is a huge responsibility, and the commitment from 12 to 18 years old should not be taken lightly or taken lightly. I will say though, looking at the sweet puppy face of a Weimaraner with those big blue eyes and black ears is really hard to resist!