A fenced yard is necessary. Weims have a strong prey drive and will
Weims do not do well living outside or in the kennel. They have an
intense need to live with their humans.
Weimaraners require obedience training. Without it, they will take over
your household. They are usually easy to train but can be difficult to handle
Weims are not protection dogs but are territorial. They are enthusiastic
barkers when strangers come near. Weims need to be socialized while still
pups or they will not readily accept strangers when adults.
Weims are affectionate, loving and loyal companions. They are dogs
for people who want a close relationship with their dog instead of a dog to
look pretty lying around. They cannot be ignored.
Weims can be real chowhounds. When standing still, you should see the
outline of the last three ribs, but no more than that. Being overweight can
promote spinal problems in old age.
Intelligence can be a Weim's biggest problem. They can be destructive
when bored and smart dogs get bored easily.
Weims require, above all else, to be with their humans. They are
intelligent, lively, affectionate, loyal and stubborn - a picture of grace, speed,
stamina and balance. Capable of working a long day in the field, they are
also happy taking a nap in your lap. They have a strong need to please and
need exercise every day.
Weims are good with children and can usually be trained (if started
young) to get along with cats.
Weims are people-oriented dogs. Their most notable trait is their need to
be with their humans all the time. They will do anything you ask. About the
only thing you can't do with this breed is "nothing".
The Weim is not a breed for everybody. They are a very intelligent and
demanding dogs. They will not be ignored and are not suitable for people
who don't have the time and energy to devote to their needs.
The original breed in Germany was used to hunt big game such as bear &
boar. These dogs were twice the size of modern Weims. Hunters selected
the dogs that tended to stay close to the hunters protecting them for
breeding thereby creating a breed that bonded intensely with humans.
After the big game disappeared, Weims were bred to German Shorthaired
pointers to reduce their size & add birdiness. Just as a Berliner is someone
from Berlin, a Weimaraner is someone from the Weimar Rebublic. The
Duke of Weimar and other nobility protected this regal breed as national
treasures, finally permiting import to the US in the 1940's.
They are decidedly not for every home. Learn more below to decide if this
is a journey you wish to embark upon...