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Weimaraner, a breed in two versions, long-haired and short-haired, which from Germany conquered America. Since the 1950s overseas they have gone crazy for him and not just how hunting dog, how he was born, but as a companion dog and with a thousand other skills.
The Americans have seen us for a long time and, as only they know how to do, they have unearthed unexpected potential. Almost. But let's get to know this Weimaraner, officially belonging to the category of continental pointing dogs.
The origins of the Weimaraner are indicated in Germany, there in fact the latest version was born, when around the eighteenth century the Grand Duke Carl August, known as "the hunter among kings and the king among hunters", wanted a race of his own to hunt in the Thuringian forests . Even the name of the Weimaraner is related to the Weimar court.
A certain direct ancestor of this dog, however, is French: the Gray Dog of Saint Louis. This breed takes us to the 13th century, in France, with Louis IX bringing this breed from a crusade to North Africa which, once it arrived in Germany in second place, crossed with other hunting dogs, perhaps the Pointer, gives life to Weimaraner.
After the crossing, the breed has undergone other slight variations but it was already her, in fact, as early as 1897 the German Weimaraner club but only after many difficulties did it get official recognition. A war had to go through, indeed two world wars, and then the time to resume the work of selection.
It was 1951 when the Weimaraner has its own standard. A great effort and a heavy wait, also given the risk of extinction during the world wars, all however repaid by the great success in the USA. There are still 500 births per month and the Weimaraner it is not only a hunting dog but in that land it is also synonymous with guide dog, against drug trafficking, guard dog, police dog, expert in Agility dog and life partner.
The Weimaraner it is a medium-large sized hunting dog, at the withers it measures about 60-65 cm and weighs from 30 to 40 kg, if male, otherwise 25-35 kg, if female. It has everything the look of hound as it is, it has an elongated body and well-developed musculature. The tail is often clipped, although today it is no longer allowed, it has a look balanced and harmonious, they strike his own amber eyes, of intelligent expression, which in puppies have a sky blue color.
The hair it is very fine, the colors allowed for this breed are: silver gray, fawn gray, mouse gray and shades intermediate between these colors. The constant shade of gray, and its agile lightness, has led to the nickname of "gray ghost". In the USA, where it is so loved. Beyond the color, and we will see that there is also a rare blue version, the race of Weimaraner is divided into two varieties: the "short-haired" is that "long-haired”.
It was born by chance while between France and Germany there are crosses between various hunting dogs and the French ancestor Gray Dog of Saint Louis. It often happens that then a different genetic trait emerges, and so it was with the Weimaraner long-haired. The first example of this variety appeared for the first time at an international dog show in Vienna in 1934. However, the less common version of the Weimaraner who usually wears a short coat.
Whoever sees him around, at least in Italy, sees him short-haired Weimaraner. This variety is born more or less simultaneously with the other but is more popular. For the rest, beyond the length of the hair, the alterations did not lead to strong changes in the appearance: color of the coat, ears, cheekbones and tail remain of the same shape.
The standard of Weimaraner indicates as tones of the hair silver gray, deer gray or mouse gray, as well as all the intermediate shades between these colors. Usually the head and ears are lighter and there may be a stripe on the back, but white spots are not allowed except on the fingers and very small. And what does the blue?
We only ever talk about gray but it seems that this color is liked by fans of Weimaraner that if they are seen in this version. In Italy there is not, but the Weimaraner blue it goes a lot in America. Yes, we are still overseas with our mouths open in front of this blue cloak: l’American Kennel Club (American Kennel Club AKC) recognized it with the color code 018.
It has a protective and delicious character Weimaraner, a breed that is capable of creating a good relationship with all members of the host family. And immediately affectionate and obedient with the owner, but also sweet and patient with children. Although he is born and is officially a hunting dog, he has an excellent predisposition to guard thanks to his strong territoriality.
We said the Weimaraner he is a very docile dog but he is also proud, therefore he is easily trainable but it is better to educate him immediately and get him used to being with people, otherwise he can grow too much suspicious.
Over time, his beautiful qualities have made him a useful dog appreciated for many activities other than hunting. Today it is used in civil protection and in the search for missing persons, for example, and for "domestic use", pet, can be kept both in the garden and in the house but does not require much movement.
When you have a specimen of Weimaraner it is advisable to resort to a professional educator, to a dog trainer, in order to keep the side under control exuberant of this breed. The hunting instinct and its vivacity could be indomitable if not immediately educated by an expert.
If you let it loose it can become a furniture gnaw or a spiteful who makes trouble when left alone in the house. It is a docile dog, however, so proper education is enough. It is also important that from an early age a Weimaraner has a thorough socialization, both with people and with other dogs, given his natural distrust of strangers which could otherwise bring out aggressive spikes.
This breed suffers very frequently from diseases such as gastric torsion (Stomach twist) and the hip dysplasia, the latter affects the coxo-femoral joint and is the reason why it is advisable to take a puppy only after having viewed the parents' pedigree. IS' congenital and it is worth knowing at least that we will have a dog with this disorder.
Nothing serious, indeed, it is quite common also in the Cattle, for example, and in many other breeds. The Weimaraner it costs come on 600 to 1000 euros, also the price it is significant for its health, it is not exaggerated but it is also a guarantee of a healthy and well kept specimen and, at least for the first months, well educated. We have seen that it is important.
In Italy for the Weimaraner exists the Weimaraner Rescue Italia Onlus, is a non-profit organization of social utility with the initials W.R.I., created to protect and enhance these four-legged friends who may find themselves in difficulty.
By visiting the association's website, you can monitor the initiatives, see the dogs looking for a home and read the stories of those who, fortunately, have found a family that loves them. It is a courageous and important project, especially when it lends a hand and helps to find a family and support Weimaraner abandoned in municipal kennels or private.
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