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