Weimaraner Puppies

Weimaraner Puppies Amazing Facts Buying Guide 2021

INTRODUCTION

Weimaraner Puppies are a perfect fit if you are in search of a courageous, muscular dog breed compliant towards loved ones. Apart from my sturdy, serious look, I hold an affable disposition. This makes me one of the most loved breeds throughout the world. I am known for my sense of smell and remarkable accuracy. This makes me a good companion for hunters who love to take me along usually.

Male Weimaraners stand 23-28 inches tall accompanied by a body mass of 66-88 pounds. On the other hand, our females stand at 22-26 inches with a body weight ranging from 55-77 pounds. Our demeanor will certainly make you fall for us, with a sharp & curious pair of blue/grey eyes.

We are energetic, athletic & agile with a wider chest. Our head appears to be longer and precisely narrow and you can notice my slightly squared mouth, with lips hanging down among us. Our coats hold shades of grey, somewhat solid along with tiny white spots on our chest. At the time of our birth, we are born with fewer stripes which completely fade away in our journey from puppyhood to adulthood. In fact, even after a lesser number of days, with no other markings than that of a single spot on our chest.

My high alert attitude and higher degree of intelligence make me one of the best watchdogs. Weimaraner Puppies appear to be the best in protecting loved ones and live for about 10-13 years on earth. My embracing behavior at the time of exercise sessions makes it easy for my loved ones to create a long-lasting, evergreen bond with me.

For me my best companion to leisure with and to run around from corner to corner are the younger ones of your home. With my eagerness to please and a friendly attitude, I can be a good family dog who loves to spend hours and hours with my owners and his family. I always wanted to get engaged in tasks. Be it chasing and running with children, I need a lot of exercises to compensate for my active lifestyle and gusto.

HISTORY

My ancestors belong to Germany and we came to be around the early 1800s. My initial days of history reveal about a well-known German athlete and hunter, Grand Duke Karl August, who held a court in the city of Weimar. He was like many of the royals – a talented athlete. At the same time, he held an urge to create a resilient hunting dog breed. In this regard, he took the initiative to cross bloodhounds with different hunting breeds of both France and Germany and the end result was a marvel.

So Duke along with his many friends used my unique-looking ancestors in the initials days for the purpose of hunting. Especially to chase bears, wolves, and mountain lions. We never let them down, in fact, we showcased our super- talented athletic skills. But as the number of these animals decreased, we were directed to alert hunters by pointing out birds and even retrieve them back.

We were the pride of Germany, as a skillful hunter breed, and for that reason, they kept us within the confines of the German nation. We eventually got exported to America in the 1920s. It was a new country but we adapted and flourished as a hunter breed and a good family dog.

As ages passed by, our popularity swelled in the United States as one of their favourite pet and hunting companions. Even celebrities of those times such as Grace Kelly and then-President Eisenhower owned one of our cousins named “Heidi”- increasing our fame.

Later on, we added a badge of honor to our popularity when a renowned photographer, as well as an artist named William Wegman, became our most loved fancier. He in turn gained worldwide fame regarding his portraits of ours. Eventually, we also got acknowledged by the American Kennel Club in 1943.

PROS AND CONS

Pros

You don’t need to worry about Weimaraner Puppies’ overweight issues as my weight gain potential ranges from low to minimal. I can also be a bright search and rescue dog with my ability to scent. This has helped many humans find their missing loved ones and especially track and trace them during natural calamities or mass casualty.

One of my most attractive traits is that I require only minimal grooming. You don’t need to buy costly brushes or get highly tensed about my shedding and grooming. Also, you don’t have to get the help of a groomer to handle my grooming. I adapt easily to changing lifestyles and the environment I’m exposed to. It is a high advantage of keeping a pet in our breed.

Weimaraner Puppies can also bear friendship with other dog breeds as well as other animals like cats. There is no matter of keeping other pets in your home with me. As I’m intelligent, training me will be an easy task for you, and trust me on grabbing tricks easily.

Cons

I’m way too weak at fighting against allergies. They can defeat me causing allergic reactions and can make me weak. Therefore my hypoallergenic trait makes some annoying for you and should take proper veterinary advice before dealing with me.

If you are staying in an apartment, I’m not the right choice for you as I’m a perfect example of wanderlust and hold a strong desire to wander and have fun. I can’t resist myself in the four corners of congested apartments.

Never leave me alone in the four corners of your home, it’s highly difficult for me to lead a day without my owners’ presence and their love. I’m not a perfect choice for novices, as my maintenance and training may bother you and also I’m not good for an office environment.

Weimaraner Puppies also have a strong desire for roaming and wandering around the world and exploring. So remember that this can put you in difficulties. I hold a higher than average tendency to bite or herd humans and might cause difficulties.

My frequent drooling character can also cause irritations among you. Health issues are seen among us frequently and you might have to visit the veterinarian for help.

HAIR AND CARE

Trimming my nails is essential in our case because when it grows beyond size, it’s difficult to cut as well as it’s not good for our health and condition. Don’t get nervous about my grooming requirements, I require only the littlest of grooming efforts especially to keep my coat shining. We are known as ‘grey ghosts’ because of our grey colour fur coat.

You never have to grab the help of a groomer as my grooming can be done at home itself with a bit of concern. But you should brush your coat at least once a week or if necessary daily in order to reduce shedding. Even though we shed our coats moderately, shedding is in fact a natural process of our hair growth cycle. However, you don’t have to worry about heavy shedding in my case. It can be seen as a bit heavier depending on my health status.

Our ears and eyes should be handled with precaution and enough care. Both should be cleaned regularly in order to keep us away from infections. Never give way to skip my seasonal flea treatment, it’s important. Frequent bathing is never a necessity for me, but it should be carried out especially at times of my untidy appearance.

You can grab all the required equipment to carry out all this process from a pet shop near to you. You have to always treat me with the best dog shampoo, to keep my coat healthy, and for experiencing a pleasant bath. During my shedding, even though it happens moderately, an undercoat rake is suggested to use every two or three weeks. This effectively removes dead hairs from our coat.

Follow it with cleanup using a wire brush to give me a healthier coat. If for any reason you are running out of time to handle these sessions, you can search for a dog groomer or clipping service close to your area and then book an appointment for me. This will help me to lead a sparkling, healthy life.

NUTRITION

A healthy, nutritious diet can help us a lot to sustain our activeness and stamina and to lead a wonderful, lengthier life. It’s the foundation of our existence on earth, similar to that of other breeds. We in fact love to eat a lot, in all sense. But make sure not to treat us with canned dry foods whose excess amount can affect our well-being and digestion too.

Giving us the right amount of nutritious food can help us to lead a vibrant as well as a healthy life. I can have both commercial or home-made food but only with the supervision and approval of a veterinarian in order to stay good. By providing us fresh chicken, turkey, fish, sweet potatoes, white chicken, green beans, or brown rice, you can offer us a healthy diet. Chocolates, soda, salt, etc should be avoided from our diet at the maximum to present us a healthy life.

High protein content in our diet can help us stay strong and helps in muscle development. Always cut short our meal and provide us the required by dividing the meal for two or three times. Treating us with food containing an essential amount of DHA that has omega 3 fatty acids play an important role in nourishing our brain and vision. It also strengthens our hair follicle development.

Along with this, you should also treat us with required anti-oxidants, it’s good for supporting our immune system. Always get an idea from a veterinarian which human food suit is and what don’t. As mentioned before, some of us are even tracked by obesity, so in order to prevent us from such diseases always keep an eye on our calorie consumption. Availability of fresh and clean water is a must for the livelihood of Weimaraner Puppies and keeps us at an arm’s length from many diseases.

EXERCISE AND TRAINING

We need lots and lots of exercise to present ourselves as lively and charming. We indeed love to spend hours and hours with humans. As we are prone to many health issues we need to stay active by conserving and earning more energy. It is necessary that consistent training and exercise are provided to us.

Always treat me with creative, sensible training as I’m very well at grabbing what’s good for me and what’s not. Making me connected to the outside world and all the members of your home from my younger age is very important. If not, this can affect my behaviour badly. Training regarding obedience is also a must in order to keep my days along with you on earth and be happier. This also helps a lot with my mental stimulation. For this, you can also treat me with tracking games.

One of the main reasons for me to face rescue situations is because my owners are not able to constructively channel my boundless energy through means of training. I get bonded with my family easily, making me an overprotective, territorial breed. By building up such a mentality without providing me companionship through socialization can make me destructive.

But my training can be handled easily because of my loyalty, keen intelligence, and high consciousness that I usually hold. Speaking about the minimal requirement, you have to treat me at least with a running exercise, in a free yard to keep me active at least for a count of two hours daily. I love to accompany humans on long walks and hikes.

Provide me a job to get engaged and to keep me active. For this you can treat me with herding livestock, safeguarding children, or competing in canine sports such as obedience, agility, etc. These can make me happy, active, and healthier. Never treat me with harsh instructions as it can affect my behaviour. And know one fact, the more I work or exercise, the more you can be certain to see the best version of me.

HEALTH AND ISSUES

In our life span of 10-13 years, the possibilities of getting diseases are much. Injuries are commonly seen among us as we are one of the active breeds. Cuts, sprains, and scrapes are common with us. One of the most serious health issues we are exposed to is gastric torsion, which can even be fatal in our case.

Bloating is another complication seen among us as we are deep-chested, making us prone to stomach bloating and in turn restricting our blood circulation. The main cause of this is providing us a heavy exercise just seconds after feeding us high quantity meals. Symptoms seen are vomiting, hyper discomfort, restlessness, etc. which require surgical treatments.

Two types of cancers are also common among us. Mastocytomas are one that causes mast cell tumors and another is fibrosarcomas which affect connective tissues and cells of our body. These can even lessen our days on earth. Skin allergies which will lead to itchiness, chewing, and licking frequently can further lead to lesions and show an increase in bacterial growth, leading to infections. This can be cured by anti-inflammatory medication.

Heart diseases are also common among us and the valve called tricuspid developed improperly leading to the formation of abnormal valves of the heart which don’t close completely. This can affect blood circulation restricting the proper functioning of our heart.

Hip dysplasia is seen in many other breeds can affect us too. In this condition, I develop more than one abnormality of the hips which can contribute to joint-related problems along with severe pain and lameness.

Distichiasis or “double lashes” is not a disease, but rather a condition found in our childhood stages. In this condition, there are two rows of eyelashes in a single eyelid.

Entropion is one of the most common diseases that can affect our eyes. Surgical correction is essential under veterinary care, otherwise, it may lead to severe pain, infections in the eye, and finally blindness.

von Willebrand’s disease or syndrome, hemophilia type A, hypomyelination syndrome, and spinal dysraphism also can affect us too.

All can be minimized by proper exercise and administering the required amount of nutritious food.

REPRODUCTION

Our gestation period ranges from 60-64 days, where we should be treated with enough care and supervision of a veterinarian. Regarding the reproductive cycle of females, there are four phases as Proestrus, Estrus, Diestrus, and Anestrus. During these phases, we show physical, mental, and behavioral signs characteristic to each phase.

From day 1-9, the first phase commences called Proestrus. At this time females start to attract males and you can notice this phenomenon by swelling vulva and bloody discharge from the vulva.

Then the second phase which lasts the next 3-11 days – called Estrus, females are receptive to the males. This phase usually lasts for about the next 9 days, but it can vary according to the mental and physical status of our females from 3 to 11 days. Fertilization occurs during this time. The vulva can be seen as enlarged and also softens a little. The amount of blood in vulval discharge decreases.

From the last day of Estrus, the next 2 months (approximately the next 60 days) are considered as the Diestrus phase. In this phase, our females are no longer receptive to males and you can observe a light colour vulval discharge with less amount than the Proestrus. The vulval discharge becomes vivid red because of fewer red blood cells.

From the last day of Diestrus, the next six months (approximately the next 180-200 days) are called Anestrus. This phase is a normal period for us and female mating is further restricted. The vulva is no longer swollen or no vaginal discharge can be seen. When we complete a year of reproduction, it’s important to notice that more frequent breeding is not good for our health.

Never buy a dog from a puppy mill where inhumane practices are carried out and puppies are born several times. This is an unhealthy practice. Our litter size ranges from 4-8 puppies. Further pregnancy should be stopped if you spot us weak and a bit unhealthy.

So if you are in search of an elegant looking, hunter breed who can steal your heart with loyalty and affection, I’m here for you!

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