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 for breeding that tended to stay close to the hunters protecting them
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 permitting import to the US in the late 1940’s.
They are decidedly not for every home. Learn more below to decide if this
is a journey you wish to embark upon…
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 and stubborn.
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.
How to Find a Good Breeder
The Weimaraner Club of America is the authority for Weims in the US. They list local
breed clubs on their site & those clubs usually list breeder members in good
standing. Be prepared to wait for a well-bred dog.
Good breeders create puppies very carefully with a primary goal of improving their
beloved breed. To breed for any other reason is unethical. Unfortunately, puppy mills,
brokers and back-yard breeders are only in it for the money.
Here’s how to sort out the good, the bad & the ugly:
What good breeders do:
Carefully select a sire for their dam that compliments her strengths and corrects her weaknesses.
Participate in conformation shows, obedience, agility, fieldwork or whatever. They are actively working with their dogs towards attaining a goal.
Make you jump through hoops to get one of their dogs.
Make you go on a waiting list.
They may visit your home.
Invite you to their home/kennel.
Never mention cost until you do.
Love their animals.
Require neutering unless you are showing in confirmation.
Require that the dog be returned only to them if you ever decide you don’t want the dog.
Spend the time to get to know you.
Give you more information than you probably want.
Provide ongoing support and expertise.
Have many references they can provide.
Have a contract.
Match the right puppy to you and your circumstances
Cry when their puppies go home with you.
What good breeders don’t do:
Sell you a dog because you have the money.
Refuse to let you see their kennel or meet the dam and/or sire.
Buy pups from puppy mills and pretend they bred them.
Hold pups up for sale outside of shows or stores.
Be in a hurry with any part of the process.
Intentionally breed blues or long-hairs.
The main point here is to never buy a dog from someone who easily
sells a dog to you because you have the cash.
Remember, you may keep this dog for fourteen years, twice the length
of the average marriage today so choose carefully and be willing to
wait months for the right, carefully-bred baby.