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Weimaraner

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An energetic and gregarious dog, a Weimaraner can be a fabulous playmate for an active family that loves to head out of the house for some daily exercise. The perfect running mate or walking buddy, a Weimaraner will become your favourite fitness fanatic friend.

If a high-energy, low-maintenance dog is what you are looking for, a watchful Weimaraner may be the right choice for you.

Where I'm From

The Weimaraner originates from Germany, where the noblemen of the Weiner Court sought to create a big game hunting dog in the 19th century. Though similar looking dogs are believed to be around since the 1200s. As the breed was refined, Weimaraners were likely the result of crossbreeding between the Bloodhound, the German Shorthaired Pointer, the English Pointer and the blue Great Dane, amongst others. The result was an agile hunting dog, able to pursue both small and large prey, and held in high esteem by its aristocratic owners.

The breed was officially recognised in the late 1800s.

What I Look Like

The Weimaraner is a tall, striking dog with a gleaming grey coat and pale blue or amber eyes. Their grey colouring can be blue (dark grey), mousey-brown or silver. Weimaraners have strong, muscular bodies, a square head and long legs, with webbed toes that are great in the water. With expressive light eyes, floppy face hugging ears and a dark grey nose, Weimaraners are an endearing and handsome looking dog.

How I Act

Weimaraners are a friendly, energetic and highly intelligent breed that loves to be part of an active family. However, their alert and outgoing natures mean they require a firm master that can be a strong pack leader. They're generally not a good fit for first time dog owners.


Looking After Me

Sometimes willful, the Weimaraner can be challenging to train. Socialisation and training must start from puppy age to ensure a mild-mannered and manageable pet. With their in-built hunting skills, it is also important to train a Weimaraner not to chase prey including small dogs, cats and other animals.

Weimaraners also need to learn how to behave indoors to prevent accidently knocking over people and possessions. Sometimes difficult to housetrain, schooling needs to be patient and calm, without harsh scolding that may dour your dog’s enthusiasm.

Weimaraners come from hunting stock and require a lot of exercise to be healthy pets that are not turning their attention to destroying your home. They require 1-2 hours of exercise per day. So unless you have a well-fenced backyard area for dog play and the time for long walks, a Weimaraner may not be the right dog for you.

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How do I toilet train my cat

I rescued an adult female, desexed cat six months ago. Apparently she’s always been an outside cat. I have another cat who is mostly indoors and I would only let outside during the day if I was home. Luna didn’t like being indoors and wasn’t using the litter tray properly. I had her confined in the bathroom for a few days to get use to it and she would go next to it, rarely in it. She will sometimes use a tray otherwise will urinate or poop on the floor. I am at wits end. I have two trays, I’ve changed the type of litter, put dirt in the tray, picked up the poop and put it in the tray to show her that where it goes. I’ve used spray in the tray to attract her to want to use the tray. I bought felliway diffuser which is meant to calm cats and have also used the rescue remedy drops in her food. I’ve recently moved house where there is a cat enclosure so she can go in and out when ever she pleases but still goes in the kitchen (as I now close the bathroom door when she started going to the toilet in there), but tonight I noticed she’s been going in the spare room if anything is left on the floor which is carpeted. So I’ve now cleared that whole room to prevent her from going to the toilet. She is still going in the kitchen. I’ve tried cleaning the area and eliminating her scent by using water and vinegar then once dry use bi carb soda and hydrogen peroxide and it has made no difference. She’s been tested for a bladder infection which came up negative. I love animals. I have another cat which she now gets along with and two dogs which she is still getting use to. I don’t know what else to do and I don’t want to give her up but feel like I will have no choice.