The Weimaraner: Pros and Cons

Change my mind!

By: C.J. Steely

I have had the opportunity to hunt with or behind Weimaraners the entirety of my 30 years hunting. The Weimaraner will be the perfect fit for a very rare few hunters, yet hunters capable of such companionship will latch onto this breed with tenacity. The Weimaraner was originally bred as a gundog to handle big game like deer and bear. It grew in immense popularity in Germany but WW II caused a massive decline in the breed’s numbers and only because many of the dogs were shipped to the USA did the breed survive. Known affectionately as the “Silver Ghost” Weims have natural model movie star looks that appeals to many people. Unfortunately, many of those who love the sleek look and piercing eyes of the Weimaraner are not always hunters.  William Wegman (American, b.1943) is an artist and photographer who is most well-known for creating a series of compositions featuring Weimaraners in people's clothes during the 1970s.  His artwork may have found broad appeal, but his disservice to this fine hunting breed was almost irreparable. Soon, folks from all walks of life flocked to get one of the dogs captured in his art. Their intent was not centered around the breeds hunting foundation but rather to foster the majestic look of this breed. Another similar example I can think of was Disney’s “101 Dalmatians”, creating droves of folks hurrying out to obtain a black and white spotted puppy. But Dalmatians were not, in general, an ideal family dog for many, and soon Dalmatian rescue efforts were overwhelmed.

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The high-energy Weimaraner was bred to hunt all day and needs an owner with equal ability. When a Weimaraner is confined for undue lengths of time it will lead to hyperactivity and destructiveness. A jaded Weimaraner will bark non-stop in protest for his mistreatment. They are chewers and will ingest rubber and plastic objects that can lead to harmful health issues and even death. They may demolish your home and yard, even attempt to escape in search of their next hunt. They are not easily housebroken.

All of that said, The Weim has an excellent nose and point. They will work in any condition. They are uncanny smart and will challenge an inexperienced owner. They can be so loyal to their owner, that if the owner provides attention to another dog, the Weim may grow jealous. They can harbor those resentments until they find a way to execute their displeasure. While a firm training hand is required, a Weim will not fare well if treated harshly. They are generally not for a first-time dog owner/trainer. Those capable and worthy to hunt alongside a Weimaraner will create a matchless devoted long-lasting companionship unique to the breed.

You should find a well-bred hunting Weimaraner is friendly, courageous, attentive, and obedient, They are awesome hunters but finding the right breeding line of Weimaraner is more than difficult. Significant research into the right breeders and line of breeding should accompany your efforts if you seek to acquire this magnificent breed. When you do find the right puppy, unparalleled boundless hunting days are surely yours for the taking.

Pros

•    High-end competitor bred for hunting endurance

•    They are easy to maintain

•    Extremely smart, sometimes too smart for their own good

•    Devoted to their owner

•    Awesome point and excellent nose.

•    The right breeding will produce phenomenal hunting drive

•    Have an uncanny ability to communicate with you

 

 

Cons

•    Not a first-time owner type of breed

•    Not a perfect fit for families with small children

•    Can be destructive

•    Potential aggression toward other animals

•    Very strong minded

•    Require more time spent with them than other breeds

The Weimaraner may be your next hunting companion If:

 

You are an experienced firm handler but not harsh. You are willing to nurture through the dogs growing pains. You are seeking a hunting companion that is capable of serious hunting any type of upland game bird in nearly every type of climate and condition. They are not an ideal waterfowl breed but can moonlight hunting ducks if that’s not your main priority. You are capable of dealing with aggressive nature towards other animals. You are willing to live with the dog most of the time, spending lots of quality time with your dog and can be patient in the housebreaking process. You have ample time to find the right breeder and breeding line with a proven hunting lineage.

 

That is the Weimaraner in a nutshell, Change my mind!

 

C.J. Steely

If you have any comments or would like to discuss my review, please email: cjsteely@extremeupland.com

Organizations:

https://weimaranerclubofamerica.org

Breeders:

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Pictured here is a Weim puppy from Timberdoodle Weimaraners

It is critical when selecting a Weimaraner to find a reputable breeder producing good hunting stock. See below a few of the breeders we would recommend:

 

Timberdoodle Weims

Camille Rice

Telephone:  1-810-358-0099

 

https://www.timberdoodleweims.net

Silvershot Weimaraners

Dallas Hansen

Telephone: 801-857-1212

http://www.silvershotweimaraners.com

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