Some people might think I’m just a glamorous runway model after seeing my famous William Wegman photos, but I can also be a trusty running companion. After all, I was bred to hunt deer. Highly intelligent and deeply devoted to family, I’m a popular dog but do require some patience. Be prepared for rowdy energy, a headstrong attitude, and barking—and I can be intolerant of strangers. Being left alone can make me destructive.

I’m not a good fit for apartment life—I need space to stretch—and new dog owners may find me overwhelming. But I am bright and easy to train. Playful and intense, I need at least an hour of vigorous activity every day. Keep me leashed or in an enclosed area, as I will wander off.

I’m a graceful and agile dog standing 23 to 27 inches tall and weighing 70 to 85 pounds. My distinctive coat is short and smooth in a sleek silver-gray. I’m very easy to groom; a pass with a stiff brush once a week will control any loose hairs. I shed minimally and resist dirt, so baths can be infrequent; a chamois rub will make my coat shine like metal. Do check my ears regularly for signs of infection.

With proper diet, ample exercise, and loving care, I’ll be a loyal member of the family for 10 to 13 years. I am prone to a variety of health issues, including gastric bloat, hip dysplasia, hemophilia A, vWD blood clotting disorder, spinal cord defects, bone inflammation, and eye problems.