The Weimaraner is a German breed of dog from the same stock as other German hunting breeds. Originally used for hunting wolves, deer and bear, today the Weimaraner is a companion bird dog. Its short silver coat gives the Weimaraner its nickname “The Grey Ghost,” and you may recognize the breed from the many photographs of William Wegman.
The Weimaraner is an extremely high-energy breed, and is highly trainable. It makes a wonderful family dog, as it loves children and thrives when it is part of the pack. Early socialization and obedience training is a must to control this strong, energetic breed.
Although highly trainable, Weimaraners are still prone to a number of hereditary and congenital conditions that can adversely affect their health and your budget. Some of the conditions and illnesses Weimaraners are prone to include joint problems such as hip and elbow dysplasia; eye conditions such as cherry eye; digestive disorders such as gastric dilatation-volvulus (GDV or bloat); blood disorders such as hemophilia A; and skin problems such as sebaceous adenitis.
Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your Weimaraner has the misfortune of inheriting his dad’s bad joints or his mom’s skin problems, you’re covered.