Hunting dog Weimaraner: description of the breed, character, reviews, photos
Dog Weimaraner (Weimar pointer or Bracco) has rightfully earned its unusual name – "Silver Ghost." Its elegant appearance and beautiful color will not leave indifferent. Weimaraner (breed description presented in the article) there are two subspecies of the smooth – haired and longhaired.
The first version of the breed
It is considered that the first mention of the dogs with unusual silver hair, appeared in the XIII century. According to ancient documents, at the court of French king St. Louis IX there were such animals as the Weimaraner. Description of rock contains the manuscript of count Gaston de Foix, called "the hunting Book". Thanks to her this breed of dog has gained so much popularity in European countries.
It should be noted that there are many other versions of the origin of Weimaraner, on one of which their ancestors were the European bracci crossed with Ulm blue dogs. The name of the breed appeared relatively recently – in the XIX century. It is associated with the German city of Weimar, where it was supposedly bred these animals. Over time dogs became participants of specialized exhibitions, which seemed like a cross between and 1896, now as an independent and officially registered the breed.
Initially, these animals were used to hunt boars, deer and bears. However, later they were gradually accustomed to the production of poultry. Interestingly, at all times, the Weimaraner (photo below) was considered an elite dog, which everywhere accompanied by his senior master. Maybe this fact has left an indelible imprint on the character of their modern representatives.
The second version of the origin of Weimaraner
In fact, it is not known how and when did these dogs, however no doubt the fact that such animals were at the German court of Charles August, Duke of Weimar in the nineteenth century. They say that the ruler wanted to create a new versatile hunting breed, which differed endurance, courage, lightning-fast response and selfless devotion to his master.
Seeing the almost feline grace of the dog, suddenly turns into a rush towards his victim, the German hunters called it the "Silver Ghost". Subsequently in Weimar long these amazing animals called so.
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It is known that these dogs got their name back in 1850. The official birthday of the Weimaraner is considered to 1890, when the first stud book. Their selection was immediately engaged in the Weimar hunters who, as usual, was fixing the dogs to work on the beast.
Long haired Weimaraner that came to light from smooth-coated parents, until 1935 was considered to be breeding and culling were excluded from breeding. This continued until, until the dog did not like the famous Austrian writer Ludwig von Mereyu. Shortly thereafter, long-haired specimens were still included in the standard, and their cultivation began several enthusiasts.
The Weimaraner: breed profile
As already mentioned, the coat of these animals can be long or short. In long-haired animals the hair is very soft, slightly wavy or straight. On paws, ears and tail the hair is always different lengths. Hairless dogs have hair pretty hard and tight to the body. Interestingly, the undercoat may not be as one, and the other subspecies. The color of this breed can vary from blue to silver, while the hair on the head and ears are often lighter than other parts of the body, and the fingers and chest are white spots.
Weimaraner puppies are born with sky blue eyes, but as they get older the color changes to dark or light amber shades. The ears are wide and long with a rounded bottom. The head of these dogs is proportional to the body, and between the eyes there is a pronounced groove. Face is angular and elongated. On the nose is aquiline, and the lobe gray-black in color.
The neck of the Weimaraner is elegant and long, blending smoothly into well-marked withers. Chest deep and wide. The back is fairly strong and long. The belly is slightly tucked up. Strong legs with well-developed ligaments. They should be parallel, as bulldog put it is not allowed. The tail is long and set low.
As for parameters, then these dogs can be both large and medium size, with height at the withers is nearly equal to the length of her body. According to generally accepted standards height of males should be between 59-70, bitches 57-65 cm, and weight, respectively 30-40 and 25-35 kg.
Hard to find a more sociable and active dog than the Weimaraner. Description of the breed would be incomplete if not to tell that he gets along well not only with young children but with other animals. However, we should not forget that some individuals are sometimes too pushy and stubborn. Such animals will require of its owner a certain amount of experience of maintenance and special attention to their education.
Given the fact that Weimaraner have long been living together with people, no aggression in this case it is not. Judging by the numerous reviews, despite their friendliness, the dog does not trust strangers and if need be, will protect his master.
The Weimaraner belongs to the animals that like open space and hard to tolerate the cramped small apartments. For him, the ideal option is a private house, in the yard or garden of which he would have plenty of fun, and in bad weather and at night to stay in the house. It is known that representatives Shorthair varieties of the breed are often cold in winter, so it is best to be near the beloved master.
Deciding to get a dog, you need to know that she just needed regular and intensive physical activity in the form of hunting, various games, etc., Such training is good impact on pet's health, and his emotional state. Besides, the more often the dog communicates with the host, so it becomes nicer and nicer.
Long haired Weimaraner (photo above) needs daily brushing, as well as in water treatments, which is usually carried out not more often than once in two or three months. For grooming short-haired dogs there are special rubber brushes or gloves, which help remove dirt after another walks, and also dead skin cells. In addition, as with other breeds, weimaraners need from time to time to wash the eyes, clean ears and teeth, and sometimes to trim the claws.
Representatives of this breed live on average about 11 years. Basically Weimaraner are a healthy and whole life can never hurt. But alas, there are exceptions to the rule.
Dogs can be susceptible to diseases such as mastocytoma, volvulus or century, fibrosarcoma, demodicosis, distichous, melanoma, cryptorchidism, corneal dystrophy eyes, interdigital dermatitis, hip dysplasia, degenerative myelopathy.
But do not despair, as the risk of disease can significantly reduce, if you love your pet and to properly care for it and just do all the necessary vaccinations and have regular veterinary clinic.
The cost of dogs of this breed can vary in the range of 5-75 thousand rubles, depending on the status of the seller. Purebred Weimaraner, the price of which is 40 thousand and more, can be purchased in a good kennel. If the future owner plans to make his favorite champion exhibitions, he animal will cost not less than 60 thousand rubles.
In that case, when you only fun and friendly family companion, it can be purchased for half the price. There is a budget option is to buy puppies of the Weimaraner with this. The sellers usually ask for them from 5 to 15 thousand rubles. These are the prices for animals of this breed throughout Russia, but with regard to capital, then they are much higher.