Information about the Weimaraner with photos and videos.

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Weimaraner is a purebred hunting dog, developed in the 18-19th century. It is named after the city of Weimar that is now part of Germany. What used to be a breed developed for the nobility, turned into an all purpose working dog that enjoys hunting as well as being loved by its human owners, adults or kids alike. The Weimaraner is an elegant and noble creature with an athletic appearance and really proportional body build. This breed is hard to confuse with any other, thanks to its unusual eyes and typical smooth coat that is  ranging from charcoal blue to silver grey color.  Weimaraner are pretty large dogs, they can stand up to 27 inches (68 cm) at the withers and weight might reach 70 lbs (32 kg).

If you are looking for more information about this beautiful dogs, look around my Weimaraner blog and you will surely find something of interest. This blog features photos and videos of some nice individuals as well as information on how to keep a Weimaraner dog. In case you own one of these dogs, please send me some photos and a short description, so I can show it to other visitors of my site. Thank you.

Weimaraner training

Weimaraners are very smart and obedient so training them shouldn’t be difficult, but there are some things that you need to keep in mind.

It is ideal if you get your dog as a young puppy. You should make sure that it gets to spend a lot of time around people who love dogs and who will treat him with kindness. This will teach the dog to be accepting of strangers and to generally interact well with people.

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You should be gentle with your dog and train him using positive reinforcement. Whenever he does something that you approve of offer him a treat and commend him with kind and soft words. Whenever you need to punish him do so verbally, they will soon learn to feel your displeasure, and for a breed that is instinctually addicted to pleasing their owner, this will be punishment enough.

Even though you should always be kind with your dog, you have to let him know that you are his master and not the other way around. Weimaraners can get stubborn and difficult to deal with if they determine that their will is stronger than that of their owner. When around your dog act with confidence and authority and you shouldn’t have problems of this kind.

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Some people might consider them stupid because they will sometimes flat out ignore the owner’s commands, but this is not caused by stupidity. They can get extremely focused on the task they are performing, and if they are at the moment focused on something else, they might completely ignore your command. Divert their attention back to yourself and you will see how obedient they can be.

When you are training them to obey commands you’ll probably want to teach them to sit first. They can be quite lively, and you need a way to make them stop running and jumping around for long enough to actually be able to learn something. Start with the more simple commands and reward them each time they do something right. If you don’t lose your patience too easily you should have a well-behaved dog in no time.

Making your house ready for your Weimaraner

Weimaraners are very lively dogs that never rest. If you plan on bringing one into your home you need to make sure that the house will be a safe environment for him and that there are no ways for the dog to get injured.

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First of all, you’ll need to designate one area for your dog, if you can, make one room available and convert it into a puppy nursery. You should buy a crate and an exercise pen, this is where you will bring your puppy when it first arrives home, and this is what he will consider his house. You should make sure that the dog doesn’t have access to items that are small enough for him to swallow, remember, you’re dealing with a puppy, not a grown dog, and it might not always know what’s best for him.

You should also make sure that there are no electric cables in the dog’s reach, as he will probably try chewing them at one point, which might be dangerous not just for him, but for you as well. If you have any plants that might be poisonous make sure to remove them too. Garbage cans are regular treasure troves for a young inquisitive puppy and they might contain things that he mustn’t get a hold of, make sure to move them somewhere out of his reach.

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Weimaraners are incredibly energetic, if you have a yard they will not stop running all over it. Make sure that there are no holes in your fence and that you have explained to the people that are living with you that they must always close the doors to the street, Weimaraners have extremely strong pray drives, if they notice a smaller animal they will not hesitate a second before chasing it, you need to make sure that they are not able to just run out in the street and possibly get hurt or lost.

If there are any small crawlspaces that your might want to explore you need to make them inaccessible, he could get stuck somewhere and severely traumatized. Also if you have pool there are some precautions that you need to take. Weimaraners are usually good swimmers, but it might be hard for a dog to find a way to get out of a pool. When you have the time you might want to get in the pool with your dog and show him the best way to get out if he falls in. This will also make a great exercise for him, so once he gets comfortable enough with the pool you might have a hard time getting him to come out.

If you are not always able to play with your dog or train him, be warned that they get rather destructive when left to their own devices for too long. He will dig holes in your yard and chew just about anything that he gets a hold of, be prepared for this, and remove everything that you don’t want destroyed or that might harm your dog.

Weimaraner temperament

Weimaraners are very obedient dogs that are extremely attached to their owners and friendly towards people. They originally bred as big game hunting dogs and their character is up to the task. They are very courageous and will stop at nothing to protect their owner.

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You have to make sure to socialize them properly while they are puppies or they might grow up to be rather aggressive towards other dogs. If raised properly they will get along with children, people and other dogs. However, their background as hunting dogs has left them with strong prey drives, which means that they might be dangerous when small animals are concerned. If they get to know a specific cat while they are still young, and if they grow up together Weimaraner will probably tolerate its company, but it will relentlessly pursue and possibly even kill other cats that he is not familiar with. Birds and other small animals are also in danger.

They are extremely energetic and you will really have to try hard to make them tired. They need a lot of exercise, try to take them out running whenever you can. If you don’t give them an activity that will occupy them, both mentally and physically, they will get extremely bored and become aggressive. The entertainment that they will find for themselves will usually include chewing on everything that they can get a hold of, or, if you are keeping them in a yard, digging holes. They will truly make you understand the saying that “an idle mind is the devil’s playground”.

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They are very smart and naturally obedient dogs, so training them shouldn’t be a problem. Just like all dogs they react best to positive reinforcement, be kind and patient with them, and you shouldn’t have any problems. Because of their courage and great desire to protect their owners Weimaraners make excellent guard dogs, but you shouldn’t be worried about them barking excessively when it is not in the function of warning you of an intruder.

Even though they are extremely obedient once properly trained, you need to make it clear for them who is the dominant party in your relationship. If their owner doesn’t assert himself as the “pack leader” they might become aggressive and difficult to deal with. Always be kind with your dog, but also make sure that he knows that you are the one calling the shots.

Their great devotion to their owners makes them vulnerable to separation anxiety. If you leave them without human, and specifically, your company they start behaving erratically. This might include high pitched whining, nervousness, aggressive behavior and something that might resemble depression. Once they grow to love you they will want to spend every moment of their time with you, and while that is not really possible, you should take care not to leave them alone for too long.

If you have treated your Weimaraner properly he will be extremely friendly and cheerful, always willing to play around with you and with other people. They are still used for hunting, but they also make wonderful pets.

Weimaraner common health issues

Every dog breed has some health problems commonly associated with it and Weimaraners are not an exception. These problems might be caused by some hereditary genetic defects specific to the breed, or by some of the dog’s traits, such as short noses or something similar. Owners should know what problems occur commonly in their dogs in order to be able to recognize them in time and inform the vet. Weimaraners are generally rather healthy, but there are a number of problems that they can occasionally experience.

One of their common ailments is bloat. This condition is not uncommon for most of the larger breeds. It is often caused by the dog gulping large quantities of food or water too fast. This can obstruct the passage from the dog’s stomach to intestines, and it both develops fast and can be lethal, so you need to keep a good lookout on your dog, and be prepared to react quickly. You can reduce the risk of this happening to your dog by feeding him two meals a day, moistening his food, not taking the dog to exercise for a couple of hours after he had a meal, and, according to some, not feeding him with soybean based food. You can recognize the onset of this condition by increased salivation, dog attempting to barf but not succeeding, and the swelling of the stomach. If you recognize any of this symptoms contact a vet immediately.

You should also know that Weimaraners can have negative reactions to some vaccination combinations. They can break out in a fever and loose energy. Your vet will probably tell you that you don’t have to worry too much as this type of reaction is rather common.

Hip dysplasia is also one of the common problems, not just for Weimaraners, but in fact for most dog breeds, especially the larger ones. It is a genetic disorder and if the breeder from whom you’ve purchased your dog has made sure that the dog’s parents don’t carry the gene, your dog should be safe. The condition is characterized by the degeneration of hip joint and can, over time, cause your dog quite a bit of discomfort and pain. If left untreated for too long it might even leave him unable to walk. If you notice that your dog is having trouble with walking call your vet, surgical solutions are available.

Dogs often have different types of eye problems, one of which is progressive retinal atrophy. This condition might first cause your dog to see poorly at night, and, generally, in dim light, but as time goes on, it might cause complete blindness. You might be able to notice your dog’s pupils dilating, and after a while the dog’s eyes might become cloudy.

Another possible eye problem is entropion. It occurs when the dog’s eyelid, usually the lower one, isn’t growing properly. It will start growing inward towards the eye, and is capable of damaging the eyeball. It is not too difficult to notice, and can be surgically repaired.

Weimaraner puppy care

A Weimaraner puppy would make a great and lively addition to your home and family, but there are some things that you need to know about this breed if you want to be able to raise it properly.

First of all they are very energetic dogs that rarely just sit and rest. Your house needs to be ready for such a puppy. Cover all of the opening which the dog might want to explore. This will prevent him from getting stuck in a narrow place, which might be a traumatic experience for a puppy that is just getting to know its new home. If you intend to keep him in the yard, make sure that there is no way for him to get out in to the street. It would be dangerous for all breeds, but it is especially risky for Weimaraners, as their strong prey drive might make them chase a small animal for a very long time, and be completely oblivious to their surrounding as they are doing so.

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This is a 7 weeks old Weimeraner puppy named Wilson on the way to his new home. Thanks to Edward for sending us the photo.

Consult your vet about the vaccinations that the puppy will need to receive, this is not something that you should delay doing, as they are very susceptible to various diseases in this period. Feed them three meals a day. If you can, prepare the food yourself from raw ingredients, if not, try to find the highest quality food that you can afford.

They are very smart and obedient dogs, so training your Weimaraner puppy should be a breeze. The first command you might want to teach him will probably be “sit” as they are very energetic, and can jump all over you when they are felling playful (which is nearly always). You’ll need to walk him as much as you can and let him run whenever possible. They form a very strong bond with their owners so it is of vital importance that you don’t leave them alone for too long, or they will develop separation anxiety.

 

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