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The Weimaraner is a large dog originally bred for hunting in the early 19th century. Popular amongst the royals they were used to hunt large game such as boar, bear and deer.

The name comes from the Grand Duke of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach, Karl August, whose court was based in the city of Weimar in Germany. They are also known as the ‘silver ghosts’!

Life span: 11-14years

Height: Males 63-68cm and females 58-63cm

Weight: Males 32-37kg and females 25-32kg

This breed is highly intelligent and extremely loyal. In the right hands they can be easy to train but do require a healthy amount of mental stimulation and lots of daily exercise. This breed does not like to be left on their own for any length of time and can suffer with separation anxiety but if you have the time and passion for the great outdoors then this breed could be for you!

Maybe not the best breed for first time dog owners.

Health Checks
If you intend to buy a puppy you must find a good breeder who can show you health clearances from BOTH of the puppies parents.

The health checks are:

Hip Dysplacia - This is an abnormality of the hip joint.
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) (type specific to Weimaraners) -
This is a degenerative eye disorder that eventually causes blindness from the loss of photoreceptors at the back of the eye
Degenerative Myelopathy (DM) - is a progressive disease of the spinal cord in older dogs. The disease has an insidious onset typically between 8 and 14 years of age. It begins with a loss of coordination (ataxia) in the hind limbs. The affected dog will wobble when walking, knuckle over or drag the feet.
Hyperuricosuria (HUU) - In affected dogs, uric acid does not dissolve easily in urine and accumulates. The excessive amount of uric acid forms crystals which lead to urinary calculi (stones), which may require surgery.
Hypomyelination - is a congenital condition caused by insufficient myelin production in the body. ... This condition affects the central nervous system (CNS), with related tremors that are most apparent when a dog is active.

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