About the breed...
The Weimaraner is a sleek, moderately large, athletic dog with beautiful lines. They have a short, fine, smooth grey coat or there is also a rarer longhaired variety. They come in all shades of grey, from silver to mousey brown. The head is long and aristocratic and the muzzle is strong. The eyes are amber, blue-grey, or grey - with an intelligent expression, and the nose is grey. The ears are moderately long and pendant. The Weimaraner has webbed feet for swimming.
Happy, loving, intelligent, cheerful, and affectionate. Without the proper exercise they will be very rambunctious. This breed needs firm, experienced training from the start, with an owner who understands how to be a dog's pack leader, or this breed can become highly opinionated and willful.
Quick to learn, but resistant to repetitive training. Can be reserved with strangers. Socialize them well at an early age. Protective on his own territory. Very brave and loyal, he has a strong prey instinct. Do not trust with small non-canine animals.
The Weimaraner needs to live indoors as a member of the family. He needs attention and companionship, but most of all, consistent leadership, boundaries to follow, and limitations to what he is allowed to do. These things are instinctually essential to having a happy, behaved, stable minded dog. If regulated to a kennel life or if left alone too much, he can become very destructive and restless. He is a natural protector. Weimaraners are often kind to children, but are not recommended for very young ones, because they are energetic enough to accidentally knock a child down.
Give your Weim plenty of extensive exercise, or he will become very restless and over excited. Because this breed is so full of energy, the first thing they need to learn is sit, then praise only when sitting. This will prevent jumping in the future, as they are strong dogs and will knock over elderly or children by accident. This breed especially should not be hit to discipline, they become wary easily. Once they have a fear of someone/something, they look to avoid and training is all but impossible.
They are very eager to please, and motivated by reward (food or praise). Once a trick is learned, the dog will leap to repeat it for praise. Although they are often mistaken as dumb because they have such focus, if the trick or owner's request isn't their focus at the time, it will not occur!
Spend a lot of time with them on a short leash, walking next to you. If left to run ahead, they will pull like a train. This breed likes to bark and needs to be corrected if it becomes excessive. Very hardy, with a good sense of smell, and a passionate worker, the Weimaraner can be used for all kinds of hunting.
The smooth, short-haired coat is easy to keep in peak condition. Brush with a firm bristle brush, and dry shampoo occasionally. Bathe in mild soap only when necessary. A rub over with a chamois will make the coat gleam. Inspect the feet and mouth for damage after work or exercise sessions. Keep the nails trimmed. This breed is an average shedder.
You DO NOT want a Weimaraner if...
- you want a dog that will stay outside most of the time.
- you think a dog is happiest playing by himself.
- you do not have the patience to deal with a dog of high intellegence.
- you don't want a dog that follows you from room to room.
- you do not have the time for basic obedience.
- you aren't willing to outthink your dog.
- you do not believe that dogs can be manipulative.
- you don't have room in your life for another "family member."
Heartland Weimaraner Rescue is NOT a shelter, we are a group of volunteers fostering our Weims in our homes in the states we cover. Please be patient when waiting for us to return your phone calls, and e-mails. All volunteers also work full time jobs and return calls as soon as they can, usually in the evening hours. To be considered as a possible "Forever Home" you must FIRST complete an Adoption Application.