Weimaraners are hunting dogs! Even those kept as pets have mostly retained this heritage to some degree or another. Understanding this will go a long way in living peaceably with this breed.
In order to be good hunters, the breed was developed with:
- Strong prey drive – Can translate to chasing other family pets, killing critters or obsessively fetching
- Strong determination – Can translate to stubbornness in training
- Strong work ethic – Can translate to a Weim that will develop it’s own version of “ethic” if not consistently obedience trained
- Physical size and power – Can translate to knocking over people and things
- High energy – Can translate to “hyper” behavior if the Weimaraner is poorly bred or if he’s not exercised
Working Weimaraners are used mostly for upland bird hunting in the US, but they were developed with a strong proclivity towards fur, more so than some of the other bird dog breeds. This means that living together with cats must be supervised and managed.
The breed is highly energetic! If Weims are not used for hunting, there must be an alternative outlet for their energy whether it is as a jogging or hiking companion or as a competitor in various dog sports. The bottom line is that Weimaraners need to be doing things, both mentally and physically!
“A tired Weimaraner is a happy Weimaraner!”
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