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The Weimaraner is a talented, high-energy dog. "Friendly," "fearless," "alert" and "obedient" are words usually used to describe this breed, and he is all these things and more. He was bred to handle tough situations, and he doesn't back down easily. He learns quickly and bores quickly. Effusively affectionate with his family and those he knows, the Weimaraner can be aloof and territorial with strangers.
Strong and athletic, the Weimaraner needs lots of outdoor exercise, which may not make him the best breed for an apartment. Although he is athletic, he is not an "outdoor dog," as he craves regular attention from his people and needs to be with them. He has a strong bark and makes a good watchdog.
The Weimaraner's talents are many, and he has proven himself in all areas: hunting, showing, field trialing, tracking, agility and obedience.
The Weimaraner thrives on exercise, and if he doesn't get enough of it, he will resort to destructive behaviors as he becomes bored and restless. He makes a great jogging or bicycling companion as an adult. A Weimaraner will most love the opportunity to hunt and extend himself in open spaces, and if this can be offered to him, he will benefit immensely. Otherwise, several long, vigorous walks are necessary on a daily basis.
Feed the Weimaraner the highest-quality food possible, and be sure that it's appropriate for his age. Don't let your Weimaraner get fat.
To look at the Weimaraner's accomplishments, it is clear that with training, he can master almost anything. That said, this is a breed that needs a persistent and patient trainer who understands that he learns quickly and bores easily. Heavy-handed training will only make the Weim wary and reticent. Given the encouragement and motivation to accomplish something, this dog will respond-and then some. Socialization from puppyhood is important in helping him develop trust and confidence.
The Weimaraner enjoys the company of children, but little ones are often jostled by the quick movements of his muscular body. He retains a strong prey drive and so may not be compatible with smaller pets.
The average life span of the Weimaraner is 10 to 12 years. Common health problems include bloat; hip dysplasia; and hypertrophic osteodystrophy (HOD), or too-rapid growth.
The shorthaired Weimaraner is kept clean with an occasional brushing or rubdown with a hound glove. The glove will loosen dead hair and stimulate the skin. Check under his pendulous ears for any signs of infection.
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