The Weimaraner is a very popular breed for canicross and for good reason. With its long legs and deep chest it is an excellent runner. Weimaraners are capable of speeds reaching 30mph or setting cruise control and running for miles. Add that to its history as a highly trainable gun dog, and you have a perfect breed for canicross.
Weimaraners originated in early 19th century Germany. They were bred to hunt large game like bears, deer, and boar. When the popularity of large game hunting began to decline, they were adapted to hunting smaller game such as birds, foxes, and rabbits. Still a popular breed today, Weimaraners excel as general purpose gun dogs and are often used to flush and retrieve birds.
Weimaraners stand between 23 and 27 inches tall and can weigh between 55 and 90 pounds. They have a short smooth coat that according to the AKC should be grey, blue, or silver grey. A long haired variety does exist but isn’t recognized by the AKC. A key feature, to most people, is the Weimaraners eyes. Whether they are bright yellow-gold or bright blue, Weimaraners have unique looking eyes that easily grab your attention.
If you are considering a Weimaraner as a family member and running partner, keep in mind that they are a very energetic breed. You may, one day, decide to give up running but your Weimaraner will still need vigorous daily exercise. They’re also, not at all, an independent breed. The seek constant attention from their owners. If you spend long hours away from home, they can easily become bored and destructive.
Unlike most large breed dogs, Weimaraners have low risk for hip dysphasia. However, like other deep chested breeds, they are prone to bloat. This is a very serious and life threatening condition where the stomach twists over on itself. It can occur from eating too fast or exercising too soon after a meal. Always make sure to give your dog time to digest before going out for that run.
There are several Weimaraner rescues throughout the United States who are dedicated to finding great homes for members of this great breed. You can also check your local pound or rescue group, as they do sometimes end up lost or just abandoned.
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Credit for the beautiful photo goes to Weimaraner Rescue of the South