Meet Melissa and Zelda the Weimaraner, aged 6 months
About the breed
Whilst considered part of the gundog family, the exact origins of the Weimaraner breed are unknown, although a similar type of dog appeared in a Van Dyke painting of the early 1600’s. It is believed that the breed comes from stock similar to the German Short-Haired Pointer, with Bloodhound being added early through crosses with one or more of the various schweisshund breeds.
They are the tallest of the gundog group with a shimmering steel, sleek, short coat and amber or blue eyes, with speed, stamina and endurance giving making them an impressive looking breed with great presence.
Why did you choose this particular breed?
I love the Weimaraner and I grew up with one. She was my best friend for 13 years.
Is their personality/behaviour in line with what people may associate with the breed?
Whilst Weimaraners have a very strong prey drive, they can live very happily with cats if brought to them very early. Zelda lives with 3 cats and regularly snuggles up with them.
Weimaraners are not silly dogs. They are highly intelligent and can even be very sneaky. They will steal food from the pantry and then close the door after themselves!
Weimaraners can be aloof with strangers and other dogs but the key to this is to socialize early and often.
Any Tips for someone considering getting this breed?
Weimaraners are high energy dogs and very intelligent. They need lots of exercise and mental stimulation. They can be very destructive if bored and can be prone to separation anxiety. There is no limit to property damage that a bored Weimaraner can inflict. Weimaraners do not like to be left alone.
Never over-exercise a puppy. Whilst a Weimaraner is born to run, and makes a great running buddy, lots of care should be taken when building your pup up. They should never be run properly until they are fully grown. Running needs to be built up gradually and on forgiving surfaces.
They have a very keen sense of smell and will sniff out anything dead. They will not necessarily want to roll in their find but they will want to eat it. Regardless of how rotting and decaying it may be.
If you don’t like to share the couch or the bed, then a Weimaraner is not for you! They love to perch up high and will seek out chairs, benches, warm car bonnets…
How interested/good at training or obedience?
Being very smart and highly food motivated, Weimaraners are a joy to train. They excel in obedience and in field work such as tracking.
I, personally, would not do agility with this breed due to the potential for stress on bone and supporting structures. A Weimaraner who cannot run and be active is not a happy dog.