The Weimaraner were originally bred in Germany as a gun-dogs to hunt deers and even bears, hey are still used today with hunters. They can also make great family pets.
They are intelligent, athletic and striking looking dogs. If you are looking for an active addition to your family or household, this could be the perfect breed for you.
Working dogs need a lot of exercise and this guy is no different. They need plenty of exercise and playtime. They could make the perfect jogging partner, this is not a breed for couch potatoes, you will need to be able to commit to long walks and endless games to keep them happy. This is not a suitable apartment dog. Remember a bored dog will usually become a mischievous dog, whether it be nuisance barking, chewing or digging. Try to make sure they are occupied with jobs, playtime or plenty of exercise to keep them out of trouble.
They love their families and being with people. They are not suitable for families with young children as they have their limits to being pulled around. They are very playful so with older children and those used to being around dogs, they will play endless games running around the garden with them.
They make great watchdogs and you will always know about who is at the door and anything suspicious going on outside. They are a big dog with a loud booming bark, you shouldn’t have to worry about intruders with this guy around. They are un-trusting of strangers and as with most dogs, they will need good socialisation to combat this.
They should be fine with other dogs and cats if brought up with them. They are hunters so the instinctive need to chase neighbours cats and small animals is probably too strong to control. Make sure your outside area is well enclosed and they can’t escape when giving chase.
They are intelligent dogs but can be very headstrong, you will need to discover their motivation reward early on to get the best out of them. You will need to use consistency and assert yourself as top dog early on to get them to listen to you, then you will have a lovely well trained companion for life. They have energy to burn and intelligence to match, this is not a dog for a first time owner, you will need to make sure their needs are met or you face a lot of destructive activities.
Their hair is low maintenance, its short but, they shed fairly heavily all year round, and they tend to shed worse during autumn and spring. Weekly brushing will be enough to keep it under control.
There have been numerous theories cited over the origins of the Weimaraner. One fact remains certain, that the Weimaraner had much Leithund blood in it. These dogs were kept during the first third of the 19th century at the Court of Weimar. Towards the middle of the century the dogs were found almost exclusively in the hands of professional hunters and forest officials in central Germany, especially in the regions of Weimar and Thuringia.
- Weight -25kg –40kg
- Size – 57cm – 70cm
- They live for 12-14 years