Weimaraner Dog Breed is a German breed. They tell it like it is. They can be headstrong. Every dog can be stubborn, but Weimaraners are so quick-thinking and intelligent and brave that they can be headstrong, but if they’re adequately trained, with respect, they will give you the respect back.
The Weimaraner dog breed is a gundog. It belongs to the HPR group, which is Hunt, Point, Retrieve, so you’re looking at a working dog that’s a good size as well. They have that distinct color. Their unique appearance is beautiful – and sometimes they have amber eyes as well, which makes them even more so. People don’t realize how intuitive they are – they’re very intuitive. And people do ring me up always and say this dog does everything but speak. It is human. It’s an athletic dog, so as an adult you need to make sure you’re giving it sufficient physical exercise as well.
Weimaraners are big, lively dogs; they’re a beautiful color, and they have high exercise levels. If we got one in we would certainly look to re-home them with a very active family who had the time and energy to keep up with them, because you would need to be very active. They are a very athletic dog, and they do run. So they will exercise themselves. If you go out for an hour with your Weimaraner and it’s in an environment where it can be left off the lead, it’s going to run, and it’s going to hunt, it’s instincts come out. So it’s not just going to potter at the side of you it’s going to run, and it’s going to exercise itself. So probably I would think three good walks in a day, but as much exercise as you give it – it will take. It will never wear out.
Weimaraners are a breed that has to hunt, find game, wild boar included, so they have to be protective of their owner, they have to be quick thinking, intelligent and so they don’t suffer fools. So you have to have an owner who is aware of the breed and its characteristics and knowing that from day one, through kindness, all the rules are learned.
From a training point of view, the biggest thing you get with gundogs is they pick things up. And you don’t want them to pick things up, and you’ve got to train them to bring things to you and do swapsies! If you snatch things from a gundog, then you may well teach them how to guard – so you don’t want a gundog guarding and growling at you, you want them bringing it to you saying look what I’ve got…and then you say thank you very much – have that instead.
When you get your puppy, start as you mean to go on. So from day one if you don’t want it to jump up, you don’t let it jump up. You hold it down, tell it it’s good while you’re holding it down, and therefore the puppy learns immediately that you’ll get more attention by not jumping than by jumping up. So just don’t start things that you don’t want to continue. They were known for being a little bit sharp in temperament, but they have improved over the years, and nowadays many Weimaraners can be happy members of a family. But you do need a strong, firm hand to bring them up correctly.
Weimaraner breed comes in short hair and long hair. The long hair is not a terrific long-haired dog, probably two inches coat all over. Today I’ve just brought short-haired Weimaraners with me. Grooming: you would probably use a rubber glove or rubber curry comb – something like that. It’s more of a stimulation of the oils in the coat. The coat is short, so the coat doesn’t knot. With the long-haired Weimaraner, you perhaps would need a comb because that could knot up.
Weimaraners are quite a healthy breed. We do health tests – hip scores, to make sure the hips are good when we breed from the dogs – the most they suffer generally are cuts because of the fine hair. So they would suffer cuts going into thick undergrowth and bracken and things. There is an issue with gastric torsion – or bloat – but that’s in a lot of dogs, it’s not peculiar to Weimaraners health issues. But because Weimaraners put everything into everything they do – they would eat a meal and go and gallop for two hours if you asked them to.
So with a Weimaraner, one would expect not to exercise heavily before or after a meal. And always feed twice a day – even an adult. And if it’s overweight, just decrease the amount you give them in each feed – but do feed twice a day and then it’s cutting the risks down tremendously. Weimaraners are for me.
Bred in Germany in the early 19th century
HPR (hunt, point, retrieve), Sporting Dog
Large up to 27 inches/69 cm
1-2 Hours daily
Over 10 years
Large with garden or yard
Short or long (2.5cm)