IS A WEIMARANER THE RIGHT BREED FOR ME?
The Weimaraner is a sporting breed developed in Germany to be a personal, all-purpose gun dog, a member of the versatile continental hunting breeds. The Weimaraner is used for hunting pheasant, quail and other upland birds, waterfowl and furred quarry. Not only do they point game, they retrieve as well and are outstanding swimmers. They are bred for intelligence and stamina, to be able to work all day in the field. They love to work and play and have a seemingly endless energy. When not working, they are part of the family, being included in everything you do. They usually have a strong prey drive and may not be good with cats or other small animals. Weimaraners typically have a stronger protective instinct than other hunting breeds. They are often natural guardians or watch dogs. Although they excel at hunting, they can do obedience, tracking are good show dogs, therapy dogs, drug detectors and companions. They are a versatile dog with the brains and energy to do almost anything.
The Weimaraner, nicknamed the “Grey Ghost” for its unique color, is very intelligent and sensitive and craves attention and companionship. They are happiest as a member of the family. They are probably one of the most devoted and loyal of breeds today. Their intelligence and devotion make them willing to please and easy to train. They are dependable and protective by nature. This devotion also makes it very difficult for a Weimaraner to thrive in a kennel or adapt well to a routine of being left alone. With proper training and socialization they are very adaptable and more than happy to share your lifestyle.
Weimaraner puppies have the potential to be one of the most loyal and affectionate companions you will ever have. Yet in order to help them reach their potential there are several things you must keep in mind. Weimaraners can be very dominant and head strong. You need to make sure they know that you are in charge. Therefore the implementation of a structured, consistent training program is vital. Positive reinforcement training programs work best with this breed. If you can not implement a positive, structured training program with your dog, then this isn’t the breed for you.
Weimaraners are also highly intelligent. Therefore, you will need to spend time working to be smarter than they are. A bored Weimaraner can be a destructive Weimaraner. They are a breed for those who enjoy a dog that is intensely devoted and responsive to attention, which they demand. They are very affectionate and love to be near their people and will follow you from room to room, usually lying down with body contact, if you allow. They are not the breed to be ignored for long periods of time! If you don’t have the time to work with and challenge your dog then this isn’t the breed for you.
Weimaraners are a protective breed. An under-socialized or mistreated Weim can have problems with aggression. Again, this is where proper positive training and socialization can make a big difference. If you do not have time to properly socialize and train your dog, then this isn’t the breed for you.
Weimaraners are an active breed. As such, you need to ensure that they get plenty of exercise to take the edge off. You don’t need to be a tri-athlete to own the breed, but it is best if you have a yard big enough for them to run around in. If you live in an apartment, this probably isn’t the breed for you.
Weimaraners are an interactive breed, they need mental stimulation. If you want a dog you can keep in the backyard, or a dog that will just patiently wait for a break in your schedule for attention, then this is not the breed for you. You can do almost anything with this versatile breed, except “nothing”!
If you want a dog that will fully engage you intellectually, emotionally, and physically, then this is the right breed for you!
Roger Caras on Weimaraners
Excerpt from A Celebration of Dogs by Roger Caras
"The Weimaraner is a perfect example of a highly refined breeding experiment that paid off, but it did produce a breed that is exactly right for some kinds of people and perfectly dreadful for others. The snobs of Weimar weren't entirely wrong in the degree to which they protected their creation.
The solid mouse to silver-gray Weimaraner with its short, dense coat is a dog that simply must have early obedience training or it is capable of being a first-class pest. It is headstrong, willful, adoring, incredibly intelligent, and responsive to praise. When a Weimaraner doesn't know what it is supposed to do it can be counted on to do all the wrong things. I have known Weimaraners whose owners had not bothered to train them or teach them manners to go through a plate-glass picture window because they had been left home alone too long and were bored, bless them. I knew of one that dragged a charred log from a fireplace and pulled it from room to room chewing charcoal off as it went. It took a professional cleaning firm to repair the damage. It could have burned the house down.
That kind of flaky behavior must be seen in contrast to the well-managed dog, however, or it gives a distorted picture. A well-trained Weimaraner is a regal accomplishment of canine genetic art, and as intolerably ill-behaved as a mis-managed specimen can be, that is how extremely good, solid, and reliable a properly raised example will be. It is one of those dogs, and this is so often true of the sporting dogs, that it is what you want it to be. Few dogs can be more of a nuisance than an Irish setter, a Vizsla, or a Weimaraner that has had its vital energy levels, its need to perform, and its exuberant love affair with life ignored. They need exercise, they need training, and they need opportunities to participate in vigorous, ongoing events. You ignore those facts at considerable risk to your property. I have known very few sporting dogs that had anything at all wrong with them except their owners."
|Weimaraners are highly
intelligent, fast learners. This is
part of what makes them so
appealing. They are very expressive.
sometimes they seem to be trying to
communicate on a human level with
their expressions, yawns, and
vocalization. Most Weims learn
basic commands, housebreaking,
and simple tricks quite easily. They
thrive on learning new things.
|Sometimes they are too smart. They
quickly learn how to open doors...some
are escape artists. They soon catch on if
you give weak commands and will pretend they
are deaf! They need abundant attention and lots
of interesting Weimaraner proof toys, chews,
bones etc. A bored Weimaraner WILL find
fun things to do. Young Weims with nothing
to play with or chew, will try whatever is within
|Weimaraners are highly skilled hunters.
They are superb tracking dogs.
This instinct is still there
in our pet weimaraners.
|Their enhanced sense of smell will find
anything. A Weim will empty a waste
bin for the jelly bean on the bottom. Some
type of high garden fence is needed to keep
a Weim from wandering off after whatever
smells good just around the corner.
|Weimaraners are loyal and devoted
to the people they love. Weims want
more than anything else to be around you
and your family and to join in with the
|Weimaraners like to be close to those they love...
very close...like on your lap, or in your bed, sharing
your pillow. They like to be touching you even
when sitting on the floor. These dogs insist on being
part of the family. Separation anxiety can be a
problem and can result in destructive behavior.
Crate training as a puppy is highly recommended.
Do not consider this breed if you are at work all day...
|Weimaraners are fun loving and very
|Young Weimaraners can be mischievous, stubborn
and demanding. Firm, consistent training is a must.
|Weimaraners are canine athletes.
They are great pets for active
families, sportsment, hikers, and
|Most Weimaraners are energetic dogs.
They need a lot of exercise and mental
stimulation. If you do not have a large
outdoor area where they can run, be prepared to
take them for lots of long walks. Any large
energetic breed is not a good choice for the
elderly and will need strict management
around small children.
|Weimaraners are natural watch dogs.
They are protective of those they love.
|Weimaraners will bark when visitors
approach but generally are not nuisance
barkers...unless they are left alone for
|The sleek, classic Weimaraner coat
needs only light maintenance, just an occasional
brushing and washing to stay great looking.
The short length and neutral color means
little visible dog hair on your clothes and furniture.
|Long haired Weims are the exception.|
|Are You Ready For A Weimaraner???|