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The Weimaraner, a dog bred to hunt, is perfect for an active owner who enjoys outdoor activities with a boisterous companion. This graceful breed is playful, has high energy levels, and requires a lot of exercise. Before you adopt a Weimaraner in South Africa, learn about this dog to establish whether it is suitable for you and your family.

Weimaraner Characteristics

The Weimaraner is a German breed of versatile and easily trained hunting dog, suitable for pointing and gundog training. Known for its speed, endurance, and alertness, this dog needs to stretch its legs and explore. An adult Weimaraner can stand up to 63 centimetres high and weigh 32 kilogrammes. Because they are active and tend to be rambunctious, small children may find them overwhelming. Additionally, they tend to become frustrated and destructive when kept indoors or in a small yard without adequate exercise. They are sensitive to heat and cold, which makes them unsuitable for outdoor kennel life.

The Weimaraner's unique colouring sets it apart from other breeds. These dogs have short, sleek coats that come in shades of silver or grey, from charcoal-blue to silver-grey. Their eyes vary between shades of amber, grey, and blue-grey. A blue-eyed Weimaraner is striking due to the unusual colour of its eyes. The longhaired Weimaraner is relatively rare and has a silky, soft coat.

Weimaraner Health Problems

Weimaraners are prone to bloat and prefer several small meals throughout the day to one large meal once a day. They can also suffer from hip dysplasia, hypertrophic osteodystrophy, and mast cell tumours.

Weimaraner Grooming

The shorthaired Weimaraner is easy to groom and an average shedder. Occasional brushing to remove dead hair and a rub with a chamois leaves the coat gleaming.

Finding a Weimaraner

The Weimaraner is a relatively popular breed. You can adopt Weimaraner puppies in South Africa from private and registered breeders and from shelters. Look for breeders registered with the Kennel Union of South Africa (KUSA) if you want a dog for showing or breeding. Alternatively, look for dogs offered by shelters or private owners. Always ask about behavioural problems and the reason for rehoming before adopting an adult Weimaraner to ensure that you can manage any problem behaviour.

A Weimaraner is an ideal pet for an active person who enjoys the outdoors. Learn about the breed characteristics and care requirements before adopting one. You can adopt these dogs from KUSA-registered Weimaraner breeders, private owners, and shelters.