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Weimaraner - Appearance & Grooming

Source: PetWave, Updated on July 16, 2015
Weimaraner

Appearance

The Weimaraner is a slightly large, sleek athletic dogs with a distinctive smooth gray coat, earning the breed the nickname, “The Gray Ghost.” The head and ears are typically a bit lighter in color than the rest of the body. The long head is aristocratic. The teeth of the Weimaraner should meet in a scissors bite. The eyes may be amber, gray, or blue gray and the nose should always be gray. The ears are long and pendant. The topline slopes gently from withers to rear and the feet are webbed to aid in swimming. The tail of the Weimaraner is customarily docked. Weimaraners should appear lean, agile and ready to go to work in the hunting field.

Size and Weight

Male Weimaraners should stand from 25 to 27 inches at the shoulder and females should stand from 23 to 25 with one inch grace given at either end of the spectrum. Well proportioned males typically weigh from 75 to 85 pounds, and females from 55 to 70 pounds.

Coat and Color

The coat of the Weimaraner is short, smoth, and solid color. They range from mouse gray to silver gray and the ears and head are often lighter than the body. In Europe, there are long-haired Weimaraners that are recognized by kennel clubs, but they are rare in North America and are not recognized by the AKC.

Grooming Needs

The Weimaraner is a no-fuss breed when it comes to grooming. The coat is naturally dirt repellant and weekly brushing will keep the coat and skin healthy. They shed year round, but regular brushing keeps loose hair under control. Wiping the coat with a chamois will make it shine. Bathe as needed.

Check the ears on a weekly basis for signs of infection, irritation, or wax build up. This is especially important because Weimaraner's pendant ears don't allow for proper air circulation, making them especially prone to ear infections. Cleanse regularly with a veterinarian-approved cleanser and cotton ball. Brush the teeth at least once per week to prevent tartar buildup and fight gum disease. Additionally, nails should be trimmed once per month if the dog does not wear the toenails down naturally.

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