Originally, the Weimaraner was bred to be a gun dog and was mostly used by hunters in handling big games such as bears and deer due to their exceptional speed and endurance. In Germany and most parts of Europe, the Weimaraner became one of the most sought-after dog breeds.
Apart from having exceptional speeds and endurance, the Weimaraner is also very bold and high-spirited, which many at times can be too much for small kids. The Weimaraner dog breed loves to run and be free, but when penned up, they tend to be frustrated and destructive.
All in all, if well trained, these dog breeds can be great family dogs as well as good hunting dogs. The Weimaraner will function very well with dog owners who are very active and love outdoor activities.
|Dog Breed Group:
|Generally 1 foot, 11 inches to 2 feet, 3 inches tall at the shoulder
|Generally 55 to 85 pounds
|11 to 13 years
The Weimaraner’s first and earliest job was to be an all-around hunting dog who was to handle huge game such as deer and bears. It is important to note that this highly skilled dog breed was given its name after the place where he was trained: the Court of Weimar. The nobleman of this court was keen on having a dog that was not only intelligent but also highly courageous and had exceptional scenting abilities. It is still unknown as to how they succeeded in coming up with such a remarkable dog breed.
However, most researchers and breeders believe that there were several breeds that were used to create the Weimaraner. These breeds include the English pointer, the Blue Great Dane, Silver-Grey Huehnerhund, Chicken Dog, and the Blood Hound. During this period, the Weimaraner was widely known as the Weimar Pointer but today the Weimaraner is commonly referred to as the Silver Ghost, Weims, Shadow, and Grey Ghost. Some of their appeals lie in this breed’s sleek mouse gray, light amber, gray, or blue-gray eyes.
Apart from the Weimaraner’s distinctive appearance, they are also extremely devoted and loving to their owners. The Weimaraner dog breed’s first desire is to be with his or her owner at all times and many at times within touching range. This is why the Weimaraners are sometimes referred to as the Shadows.
Many times this dog breed will not only lie at your feet but also follow you everywhere in the house. With that being said, it is important to note that Weimaraners were not bred for everyone, especially first-time dog owners. Apart from having a great deal of energy, this dog also has a lot of stamina and hence will require both physical and mental exercises from time to time.
Without exercise, the Weims tend to become high-strung and extremely nervous. Also, they can be quite a handful with lots of energy and calories to burn. Apart from being hyperactive, they also possess the intelligence of determining how and when to get out of trouble.
As hunting dogs, the Weimaraner dog breed has an exceedingly high prey drive. Without proper training or the correct owner, the Weimaraner will end up chasing and killing anything that may resemble a victim i.e. cats, mice, small dogs, frogs, and many others. After killing their prey, they tend to present their trophies to the dog owner. From time to time, they might end up chasing after bicyclists and other joggers.
Despite this dog breed’s exceptional hunting skills and instincts, the Weimaraner dog breed is also an excellent house dog. They are not suited to live in Kennels or kept away especially in the backyard without any human interaction. It is also important to note that Weimaraners are independent thinkers hence they will test your boundaries from time to time. If you haven’t owned one before, you might then consider taking puppy classes as the first step then obedience classes.
When conducting training sessions, you should be gentle but also firm because if you employ the use of harsh treatment, he or she may end up being resentful. All in all, with the Correct type of training, the Weimaraner will become a highly versatile, up close hunting dog that is not only complete in agility but also an exceedingly beautiful family friend.
Despite the fact that they are widely known for their extremely high prey drive, Weims also do love sleeping. Apart from that they are sprinters and not long distance runners. Hence they are going to be satisfied with daily walks though you might also take him or her along for jogging.
Also, Weims tend to do well in homes or apartments that may have a smaller backyard however they will require a rather substantial fence to keep them in and from chasing after other dogs or passersby. All in all, Weimaraners will appreciate a belly rub from time to time.