Weimaraners are German. They tell it like
it is. They can be headstrong. Every dog can be headstrong, but Weimaraners are so quick-thinking
and intelligent and brave that they can be headstrong, but if they’re trained properly,
with respect, they will give you the respect back.
The Weimaraner is a gundog. It belongs to the HPR group, which is Hunt, Point, Retrieive,
so you’re looking at a working dog that’s a fair size as well.
They have that distinct colour. Their unique appearance is very attractive – and sometimes
they have amber eyes as well which makes them even more so.
People don’t realise how intuitive they are – they’re very intuitive. And people do ring
me up constantly 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 colour, and they have really 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, it’s going to hunt, it’s natural 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, 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. Weimaraners come in short hair and long hair.
The long hair is not a terrificly 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 it doesn’t
knot. With the long-haired Weimaraner, you perhaps would need a comb because obviously
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. 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 – definitely.