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The Weimaraner

He is a dog of great character, and he spends much of his time telling everyone about it. If allowed to have the upper hand, there is no worse pest than this breed. He should not be a person's first dog. This is a breed that simply must be given a full course of obedience training at the professional level. The cost of taking your Weimaraner to a top obedience school should be considered a part of the acquisition price. An untrained Weimaraner is going to walk all over his owner, his family, and their friends. He can be pushy and extremely unpleasant to have around. Conversely, a well-trained Weimaraner is one of the most splendid-looking and gentlemanly of all breeds, sporting or otherwise.


The only real problem with the Weimaraner as a breed is that he is often more intelligent than the person who owns him. When this happens, it is not the happiest of man dog relationships. The owner should always be smarter and should always be in command. Any person smart enough and strong willed enough to properly select, train, and manage a Weimaraner is in for an unparalleled dog-owning experience.

Taken from The Roger Caras Dog Book.

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Is A Weimaraner Right for You?

An important step in selecting a purebred dog is to determine which breed best fits your expectations and needs. Not all breeds are good for all people. The following should help you as you explore whether the personality, exercise requirements and abilities of the Weimaraner are right for you.


A VERSATILE BREED
The Weimaraner is one of several “pointing dogs” and may be best described as a “Versatile Continental Hunting Dog”. This description refers to the diverse natural abilities of the Weimaraner, they were originally breed in the 19th Century Germany in the Republic of Weimar and over the years have been developed to find and point game, track-wounded game, and retrieve both feather and fur. They have a strong prey drive and may not be good with cats or other small animals, although if introduced to cats at a young age, they can live together comfortably. Weimaraners typically have a stronger protective instinct than other pointing breeds and are often natural guardians or watchdogs.

 



The versatile Weimaraner (nicknamed the “Gray Ghost” due to its unique color) is a dedicated companion dog. From the early years of the breed to the present, they have lived with people both as companions and hunting dogs. Originally they were kept on the large estates by the Game Warden who always had two or three who hunted with them during the day, and lived in his house at night. They are not kennel dogs and will suffer if shut away continually from their people. Dependence on human companionship is exceptionally strong. Weimaraners will give unconditional love and affection for the family.

THE WEIMARANER PERSONALITY - An ARISTOCRAT AND A CLOWN
The Weimaraner personality has been described as complex mix of aloof aristocrat and a silly clown. To strangers, some Weimaraners may appear aloof and self-assured (they will often stand well back when strangers arrive rather preferring to go over for a pat in their own good time) or others may be quite overpowering. With their own people however, Weimaraners reveal a more complete personality, as they are fun loving, demanding, clever, devoted, cuddly, pushy, responsive, obedient, stubborn and loving. Their most expressive faces groans and sighs seem to convey a language all of their own. One would possibly describe a lot of their actions as “attention seeking” as they adore being the center of attention.

 

Dog trainer Matthew Margolis writes: “Weimaraners embody all the negative characteristics of the hunting breeds. They are stubborn and strong-willed and try to get away with everything possible”. The Weimaraners pushy personality requires that their owner be a firm, fair leader. Without clear leadership, they will take over the household. Virginia Alexander and Jackie Isabel, long-time Weimaraner fanciers and breeders say that “Weimaraners are a breed for those who enjoy a dog that is intensely devoted and responsive to attention and they demand it! They will follow owners from room to room, lying down with body contact when the owners sit down”. They are not a breed that can be ignored for long periods of time!

A tired Weimaraner is a good Weimaraner, and an exhausted on is even better:
Weimaraners were originally bred to spend all day working, running and hunting independently from their handlers for up to 6 hours at a time. A quick walk on the lead around the block and a pat on the head daily are not enough for a dog with so much energy. Daily free running in a park or large area (not the suburban backyard type of area) and some training to exercise the brain prevents them from becoming bored. A bored Weimaraner is often a very destructive Weimaraner.

WHAT CAN I DO WITH THE WEIMARANER?
Weimaraners can do almost anything. They have been used in every facet of dog work from Showing to Hunting; they excel in Obedience, Tracking and Agility.

  • Hunting - Weimaraners are pointing dogs. Weimaraners are well known for their dedication to hunting and to the master. They have great noses and very rarely lose wounded game, most are natural retrievers and swimmers.
  • Obedience - Weimaraners learn quickly and are eager to please their handler. Excessive repetition of an exercise can lead to boredom and disobedience. They do not like excessive force but respond well to food training methods and to light correction and praise methods. Weimaraners have excelled in Obedience trials over the years with many high in trials.
  • Showing - Weimaraners make wonderful show dogs. Their clean lines, unusual coat coloring, aristocratic nature, and large strides make them most attractive to the show judge. It is quite common to see them winning at Group level.
  • Tracking - Bred with outstanding scenting ability, the Weimaraner is well prepared for any tracking challenge, albeit wounded game or human scent. It can be said of the Weimaraner “you don’t teach it to track, it teaches you how to follow”. They have achieved numerous Tracking Dog and Tracking Dog Excellent titles.
  • Agility - The athleticism and endurance of the Weimaraner prepares the breed well for sports like agility. They tend to be physically confident if not fearless, and thrive on the physical and mental exercise required by agility courses.

GROOMING
Grooming requirements for the breed include regular brushing to remove dead hair, regular cleaning of the ears, trimming of the toenails and dental care. The Weimaraner does shed its coat, but not too bad and it blends in to everything!

HEALTH
The Weimaraner, like many breeds is subject to some health problems that you should be aware of before you purchase a puppy. Make sure the breeder explains these to you.

  • Immune Deficiency - Only a limited amount of research has been carried out about this disorder but sufficiently is know to establish that genetic inheritance is relevant. This disease affects the immune system. Weimaraners appear to be prone to this problem. It is thought to be brought on by stressful situations and vaccine reactions. It is very important to follow and know the Weimaraner Clubs policy on vaccinating young puppies.
  • Bloat - Bloat or more correctly, “gastric dilation and volvulus” is a condition in which the stomach swells and twists. The affected dog is often distressed, has a bloated or swollen abdomen and commonly drools excessively. It is very important that the owner recognizes the signs and contacts a veterinarian immediately if the dog is to have any chance of survival.
  • Hip Dysplasia - This does not seem to be a problem with puppies whose parents have been properly x-rayed and certified through OFA. Although to say that it never happens would be a lie. Weimaraners are breeds, which have, known to have this problem occasionally and this can sometimes be environmentally induced.
  • Eye Conditions - Weimaraners seem to be prone to eyelid and eyelash problems. Ecntropian, inward rolling of the eyelids, Etropion, outward ward rolling of the eyelids, Distichiasis, extra eyelashes grown on the inside of the eyelid are all conditions hat you should be aware of.


DO YOU THINK A WEIMARANER IS RIGHT FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY?
The Weimaraner is a breed that you will either love or hate. Spend as much time as possible around them before you decide if this is the breed for you.

 

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