Weimaraner Info & Weimaraner Breeders
The Weimaraner is an all purpose gun dog, originally bred for hunting in the early 19th century. Early Weimaraners were used by royalty for hunting large game such as boar, bear, and deer. As the popularity of large game hunting began to decline, Weimaraners were used for hunting smaller animals like fowl, rabbits, and foxes.
Weimaraners require alot of extensive exercise in keeping with an energetic hunting dog breed prized for their physical endurance and stamina. No walk is too far, and they will appreciate games and play as well. Weimaraners are high-energy and often wear out their owners, requiring appropriate training to learn how to calm them and to help them learn to control their behavior. An active owner is more likely to provide the exercise that this breed requires. Owners need patience and consistent, firm yet kind training, as this breed is particularly rambunctious during the first year and a half of its life. Even as they get older and into old age they can be very energetic. Like many breeds, untrained and unconfined young dogs often create their own fun when left alone, such as chewing house quarters and furniture. Thus, many that are abandoned have behavioral issues as a result of isolation and inadequate exercise.
Weimaraners are generally good with children, but may not be appropriate for smaller children due to their tendency to knock them over with rough play. Early training to sit through positive reinforcement is critical to prevent jumping in the future.
The Weimaraner has a strong, instinctive prey drive and will sometimes tolerate cats, but usually not. They will chase and frequently kill almost any small animal that enters their garden or backyard. In rural areas, most Weimaraners will not hesitate to chase sheep or other livestock.
The breed tends to be very stubborn, but good training can help with this to some degree. A properly trained Weimaraner is a companion that will never leave its master's side. While they do thrive on play and exercise, Weimaraners are well suited to an indoor, family lifestyle, and generally are not suited for life in a kennel because of their strong desire to be with their owner and family. They are not an independent breed and love to be with their owner - they can suffer very severe separation anxiety. The causes of separation anxiety are not always known but there are precluding factors including, genetics, litter rearing, dominance, submission, boredom, and stress. Weimaraners with severe separation anxiety can destroy property or injure themselves in trying to escape. A Weimaraner with separation anxiety is likely to bark, whine, howl, and even dig until its owner returns home. Further manifestations of this problem can include panicking, and excessive drooling, along with destructive behaviors and injury.
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