The short, sleek coat makes the Weimaraner a relatively low-maintenance breed.
Lauded for his ability to work with great speed, fearlessness and endurance when on the hunt, the Weimaraner is also known for being an easily trainable, friendly and obedient member of the family. This is a breed that loves children and enjoys being part of his family's "pack." Grooming maintenance is low due to his short coat.
Depending on the size of your dog as an adult you are going to want to feed them a formula that will cater to their unique digestive needs through the various phases of their life. Many dog food companies have breed-specific formulas for small, medium, large and giant breeds.
The Weim is a large breed and has a lifespan of 12 to 14 years. What you feed your dog is an individual choice, but working with your veterinarian and/or breeder will be the best way to determine frequency of meals as a puppy and the best adult diet to increase his longevity. Clean, fresh water should be available at all times.
The breed's short coat needs little maintenance beyond regular weekly grooming with a soft brush, rubber curry mitt and the occasional bath to keep them clean and looking their best. Their strong fast-growing nails should be trimmed regularly with a nail clipper or grinder to avoid overgrowth, splitting and cracking. Their ears should be checked regularly to avoid a buildup of wax and debris which can result in an infection. Teeth should be brushed regularly.
Weimaraners love exercise and must have plenty of it, along with lots of quality time with their humans. For owners who can keep the dog physically and mentally active, the Weimaraner could be the perfect pet.
Weimaraners are generally a healthy breed. But like all breeds there may be some health issues, like hip dysplasia. A small percentage of puppies have a genetic predisposition to overreacting to vaccines. The symptoms are fever, joint soreness and swelling. Bloat can occur in adult dogs and is a life-threatening emergency. Symptoms include distended abdomen, unproductive vomiting and distress. Make sure to educate yourself about this potentially fatal condition by educating yourself on the symptoms of bloat. Call your veterinarian immediately if you see any symptoms.
Some dogs may be faced with these health challenges in their lives, but the majority of Weimaraners are healthy dogs. Working with a responsible breeder, those wishing to own a Weim can gain the education they need to know about specific health concerns within the breed. Good breeders utilize genetic testing of their breeding stock to reduce the likelihood of disease in their puppies.