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Weimaraner Adoption

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What do you need to know before you adopt a Weimaraner? We asked the experts!
 

New York State Weimaraner Rescue says:

Each Weimaraner is, of course, different, but they do have character traits that seem to be specific to the breed. For instance Weims are ACTIVE, both physically and intellectually.  This is not the breed of dog for a couch potato.  A tired Weim is a good Weim, and a bored Weim is often a mischievous and destructive Weim.    Weimaraners generally live to be teenagers (average 10-15 years), so be sure that you can commit to an active dog for that timeframe.  This is not the type of breed that "calms down" after a few years... Weims are highly active until old age and therefore you must be committed to give your Weim that exercise they need every day for their entire life.

Weimaraners are a large breed and therefore obedience training is a key factor in dealing with a weim, because if they do not know the right thing to do, they will do the naughty thing instead.  Weims are intelligent and easy to train as long as you assert yourself as the alpha (and everyone in the family is asserted as an alpha over the dog) and you are consistent with your training. They will be confused, for instance, if it is OK to jump on dad when he comes in the door but not OK to jump on others.

Weimaraners generally have a high prey drive, so much so that they have been known to injure cats or bunnies, birds, etc. that they have lived with.  Some Weims are OK with small furry and feathered creatures, but it is definitely something to keep in mind when researching the various breeds - if you would get rid if your dog if he hurt the cat, then a Weimaraner is not for you.

Weimaraners are people dogs - they want to be with their people ALL OF THE TIME.  You will never be alone; they will sit by the tub while you shower and follow you everywhere around the house.  They are indoor dogs. Leaving them outside alone will leave them frustrated, bored and will therefore increase the likelihood of them misbehaving - barking, destroying the kennel, chewing, etc.  Most Weims believe they are just large lap dogs and would happily join you on the couch at the end of a long day.  (Remember, a tired and well-exercised Weim - mentally and physically - is a good Weim!)

Weimaraner Rescue of the South says:

Weimaraner puppies are some of the cutest creatures in the whole wide world, especially with those beautiful blue eyes. However, those blue eyes will change colors and that precious puppy is going to grow up to be a 60-90 lb dog that is incredibly active, athletic, and doesn’t have an “off” switch. Be honest with yourself about your activity level. If you can’t, or don’t want to, purposefully exercise your dog at least an hour a day, then this probably isn’t the breed for you.

Weims are incredibly loyal and love to spend time with their people. In fact, they demand to spend time with their people. They will sit next to or on you whenever they have the opportunity. Without sufficient human attention and interaction, this breed is prone to Separation Anxiety. The problem is that much worse when the dog doesn’t get sufficient exercise.

Generally speaking, Weimaraners are healthy dogs. However, they do have one of the highest breed correlations to Bloat, a 100% fatal condition if not immediately surgically treated. Surgery will cost several thousands of dollars.

Weimaraners are intelligent dogs, but they’re often quite stubborn. Obedience training needs to be ongoing and constantly reinforced in a positive manner. Weimaraners will take full advantage of a passive or weak owner.

Weimaraners have tremendous personalities. They are very inquisitive. They are extremely expressive.

Arizona Weimaraner Rescue says:

People should know this is a Velcro people dog. They want to be with you all the time! When the breed was developed if you were not royalty you could not have one.  The dogs went on the hunt came back and lived at the hearth. There was someone keeping the hearth going 24/7. Weims are prone to separation anxiety. I could write a book on things Weims have done while left alone. Put them outside alone and they will dig up trees, sprinklers, and anything else they can find. Many will sit and bark or howl.  

They are very loyal and most like to cuddle. Great companions !! You must, however, be willing to train them and see that they get exercise daily.

When you adopt a Weimaraner you adopt a second shadow.

More about the Weimaraner

Thinking about adopting a Weimaraner puppy? Here are three reasons to adopt an adult instead:

1. You have kids.

Like most people, you’ve probably heard time and again that if you have kids, you should adopt a Weimaraner puppy (or, gasp! find a Weimaraner puppy for sale). The rationale is that an adult shelter dog is an unknown quantity, so buying or adopting a Weimaraner puppy is safer. Actually, the opposite is closer to the truth. Puppies are not usually a great choice with kids; they have very limited control over their biting/mouthing impulses, and when you mix that with lots of energy and unbelievably sharp little teeth, it’s a recipe for your small fry to be in tears.  Puppies are tiny chewing machines and can destroy a favorite stuffed animal or security blanket in short order.  Adult dogs, on the other hand, are generally calmer, and their personalities are already fully developed and on display.  When you meet an adult dog, you can see how they are with kids and with other animals.  This takes the guesswork out of wondering how a puppy will turn out as a full-grown dog.

2.  You value your possessions.

Puppies teethe.  They have a biological need to chew, they want to play constantly, and they can’t discriminate between appropriate chew toys and, say, your favorite pair of Manolos.  Puppies eventually can be trained out of this behavior, of course, and there are exceptions to every rule, but generally speaking, an adult Weimaraner (or any adult dog) is much less likely to shred your drapes like coleslaw or function as a “helpful” canine document shredder.

3.  You work, or otherwise leave the house.

Pop quiz: how often does a two-month-old puppy need to be taken out to do his business during the day?  A) every six hours; B) every eight hours; or C) every two hours?

If you answered B, or even A, you’re an eternal optimist! The correct answer, though, is C: every two hours. When you’re housetraining a puppy, the general rule of thumb is that they can hold their bladder one hour for each month they’ve been alive (up to a max of about eight to ten hours).  So a three-month-old Weimaraner puppy needs to go outside every three hours, a four-month-old needs to go every four hours, and so on.  If you’re retired, or you work from home, or you’re taking the puppy to work with you or to a doggy daycare (make sure your puppy is up-to-date on all vaccines before considering that last option), great! But if you’re planning on leaving your dog alone during your workday, you’ll definitely want to adopt a full-grown dog, ideally from a Weimaraner rescue that can help you find the right dog for your lifestyle.

Let’s bust these myths about adopting a Weimaraner

Time to get real: when we ask people what reservations they have about Weimaraner adoption, we hear the same things over and over again.  If you’re operating under any of these mistaken beliefs, you just might be missing out on meeting the best friend you’ll ever have.   So it’s time for us to set the record straight:

  • You CAN find purebred Weimaraners for adoption in an animal shelter or rescue group.
  • Weimaraners and Weimaraner puppies for adoption are NOT in any way inferior to or different from those for sale.
  • The dogs in the shelter are NOT there because they’re bad dogs.
  • If you want a puppy, you DON’T have to buy a Weimaraner puppy.  Weimaraner puppies ARE available for adoption.
  • If you have children, adopting a dog is likely the SAFEST option.

Here’s the truth: you absolutely can find a Weimaraner, even a Weimaraner puppy, for adoption in an animal shelter or rescue group.  And they don’t end up there because they’re bad dogs.  In fact, often the only difference between the dog in the shelter and the one on your couch is a bit of bad luck.  Think about it: let’s say you buy a Weimaraner puppy for sale by a breeder. Your new dog is great; you immediately enroll the two of you in obedience classes, and soon your best pal is housebroken and well trained. But what would happen to your wonderful Weimaraner if, tragically, something happened to you? What if he escaped from your home and ran away? Your best pal would very likely end up in an animal shelter.  The lucky person who adopts your Weimaraner would be getting a great dog!  Animal shelters are filled with wonderful, healthy, well-behaved dogs who have been in homes before, but whose owners have fallen on hard times.  Many of them are housebroken and trained.  Weimaraner rescue organizations often care for their adoptable dogs in foster homes, which means their foster families will be able to tell you if the Weimaraner you want to adopt is good with other animals or kids, and if he or she is housebroken and knows any basic commands. As you can see, adopting from a rescue organization is likely the very safest way for people with children to add a new Weimaraner to their family!

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Rescues and shelters near you

Dogingham Palace Rescue/Ashburn
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Virginia German Shepherd Rescue
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With Our Regards, Inc.
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Dogwood Sheltie Rescue
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Blue Ridge Border Collie Rescue
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PAWS Rescue of Northern VA
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SCMR - VA
Herndon, VA

Furry Suits Rescue
Herndon, VA

NBRAN-Virginia
Reston, VA

Akita Rescue Mid-Atlantic Coast, Inc.
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Boxer Rescue and Adoption Inc.
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New Rattitude - Maryland
Poolesville, MD

Friends Of Homeless Animals - Cats
Aldie, VA

Dogingham Palace Rescue/Great Falls
Great Falls, VA

Humane Society of Loudoun County
Leesburg, VA

Open Hearts Rescue
Leesburg, VA

A Forever Home Rescue Foundation
Chantilly, VA

Collie Rescue, Inc.
Chantilly, VA

Potomac Valley Pekingese Club - Chantilly
Chantilly, VA

Little Buddies Adoption and Humane Society
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Home At Last Sanctuary, Inc
Potomac, MD

Sweetheart Sanctuary
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Healing Hearts Animal Rescue Group
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Annies Orphans
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Dewey Animals, Inc.
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Mutt Love Rescue
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PetConnect Rescue
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City of Fairfax Animal Shelter
Fairfax, VA

The Humane Society of Fairfax County
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Whitney Foundation
Fairfax, VA

Independent Animal Rescue
Germantown, MD

Rescue BC
Germantown, MD

United Maltese Rescue
Germantown, MD

Loudoun SPCA
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Middleburg Humane Foundation
Middleburg, VA

Loudoun County Animal Services
Waterford, VA

Nova Rottweiler Rescue
Germantown, MD

Westie Rescue MidAtlantic
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Dachshund Rescue of North America Inc.
Manassas, VA

Raleigh County Animal Rescue, Inc
Manassas, VA

Forever Homes Animal Rescue, Inc.
Rockville, MD

Gentle Creatures
Rockville, MD

Hedgesville Hounds
Rockville, MD

Montgomery County Humane Society
Rockville, MD

American Lhasa Apso Club Rescue - Northwest Region
Gaithersburg, MD

Blue Ridge Border Collie Rescue
Mclean, VA

Chesapeake Area Alaskan Malamute Protection, formerly Potomac Valley AMR
Virginia, Maryland, DC, MD

Appalachian Great Pyrenees Rescue
Clifton, VA

Pet Pros Maryland
Bethesda, MD

Lab Rescue LRCP - Purcellville VA
Purcellville, VA

Montgomery County SPCA
Gaithersburg, MD

Saint Seton's Orphaned Animals
Falls Church, VA

Friends Of Montgomery County Animals
Germantown, MD

Mid-Atlantic Chinese Shar-Pei Rescue Operation
Bethesda, MD

Tailed Treasures of MD Inc.
Rockville, MD

Empty Shelter Project
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Sheltie Haven Sheltie Rescue, Inc.
Adamstown, MD

Bull Terrier Rescue of Virginia (BTRVA)
Manassas, VA

Jasmine's House, Inc. - MD Chapter
Clarksburg, MD

Ambassador Pit Bull Rescue
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HART (Homeless Animals Rescue Team)
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Promises Animal Rescue, Inc
Gainesville, VA

DC Area Weimaraner Rescue
Manassas Park, VA

Doberman Assistance Rescue & Education
Arlington, VA

Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation
Arlington, VA

on the rebound bulldog rescue foundation
manassas, VA

Best DAWG Rescue Inc.
Bethesda, MD

BB&G Pomeranian Rescue
Lovettsville, VA

Maryland Bichon Frise Rescue
Rockville, MD

Lab Rescue LRCP - Frederick MD
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Mutts Matter Rescue
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Rhodesian Ridgeback Rescue Inc. District of Columbia, Virginia
Washington, DC

Lab Rescue LRCP - Falls Church VA
Falls Church, VA

American Maltese Assoc. Rescue--Virginia
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Blue Ridge Doberman Rescue
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Dog World Rescue, Inc.
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Mid-Atlantic GSP Rescue
Arlington, VA

Homeward Trails Animal Rescue
Arlington, VA

SPCA of Northern Virginia
Arlington, VA

Allbreed Rescue & Referral Inc
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Chow Chow Rescue of Maryland
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Grand Dogs Rescue 2
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Roxie's Fund, Inc*
Silver Spring, MD

Lucky Dog Animal Rescue
Washington, DC

Capitol Canines Animal Rescue
Washington, DC

Capital Animal Care
Arlington, VA

Caring Hearts Rescue
Springfield, VA

Dogs Deserve Better - Virginia Chapter
Arlington, VA

Dogs Deserve Better, DC Metro Area
Arlington, VA

Dogs Deserve Better-DC Metro Area
Arlington, VA

Ozark Mutts and Stuff, Inc VA
Springfield, VA

Pups 2 Luv Rescue
Springfield, VA

Purrs, Paws, and Claws - Springfield Chapter
Springfield, VA

Rescue Angels, Inc. - Virginia Chapter
Arlington, VA

To The Rescue Inc.
Springfield, VA

American Brussels Griffon Rescue Alliance, Inc. - VA
Alexandria, VA

Animal Welfare League of Alexandria
Alexandria, VA

Tara's House Animal Rescue, Inc. - Silver Spring Chapter
Silver Spring, MD

Animal Welfare League of Arlington
Arlington, VA

Bring Home the Brindle Dog Rescue
Ijamsville, MD

Washington Humane Society - GA Ave
Washington, DC

City Dogs Rescue DC
Washington, DC

Dogingham Palace Rescue/Washington DC
Washington, DC

Dogs in Harmony - Washington D.C.
Washington, DC

Alliance for Stray Animals and People
Washington, DC

DC Shiba Inu Rescue (DCSIR)
Manassas, VA

Lonely Hearts Animal Rescue
Frederick, MD

MerryLea Rescue
Frederick, MD

Operation Paws for Homes - MD Chapter
Frederick, MD

Pet Pros Washington DC
DC, DC

Prince William County Animal Shelter
Manassas, VA

Hot Water Rescue
Alexandria, VA

Presidential Pits
Washington, DC

Lizzy's Lodge
Silver Spring, MD

Pet Pros Virginia
Arlington, VA

Vindicated Pit Bull Rescue
alexandria, VA

Pooches & Purrs Cooperative - Washington, DC
Washington, DC

Washington Animal Rescue League
Washington, DC

HFH - Washington D.C.
Washington, DC

Animal Protection Alliance
Takoma Park, MD

Cockers & Friends, Incorporated
Alexandria, VA

K-9 Lifesavers
Takoma Park, MD

Oldies But Goodies Cocker Rescue, Inc.
Newington, VA

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Humane Hearts Rescue & Education
Warrenton, VA

USNMC Rescue
Jefferson, MD

United Yorkie Rescue - VA - Woodbridge - Brenda
Woodbridge, VA

YDD Resq
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