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.
Am I the pet for you?
- Weimaraners can be good family pets provided they get sufficient exercise and you have plenty of time to spend with them. They can be good with children they are raised with. Though like all dogs, Weimaraners should be supervised when around children.
- Weimaraners are very protective of their family and property, so they make excellent guard dogs with a loud bark to scare off intruders.
- The Weimaraner is a striking dog that is sure to turn heads wherever it goes with you.
- Weimaraners love kids, but their large size and lively nature means they can accidentally knock over children or frail members of the household. They need to be trained to be less rambunctious indoors and taught to enter the home calming and go straight to their resting area to overcome the problem.
- They can be independent and willful. They need to be shown who is boss and that they are the submissive pack members of the household or they can become unruly and destructive.
- Weimaraners’ hunting instinct means they love to chase and sometimes capture small animals. They need good training not to see little dogs, cats or possums as bait!
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