We believe this is the most compelling theory of the origin of our breed.
The original breed in Germany was used to hunt big game such as bear & boar. These dogs were twice the size of modern Weims. Hunters selected the dogs for breeding that tended to stay close to the hunters protecting them thereby creating a breed that bonded intensely with humans. After the big game disappeared, Weims were bred to German Shorthaired Pointers to reduce their size & add birdiness. Just as a Berliner is someone from Berlin, a Weimaraner is someone from the Weimar Rebublic. The Duke of Weimar and other nobility protected this regal breed as national treasures, finally permiting import to the US in the 1940’s.
They are decidedly not for every home. Learn more below to decide if this is a journey you wish to embark upon…
Is a Weimaraner the Right Dog for Me?
Weimaraners require obedience training. Without it, they will take over your household. They are usually easy to train but can be difficult to handle and stubborn.
A fenced yard is necessary. Weims have a strong prey drive and will chase anything that moves.
Weims do not do well living outside or in the kennel. They have an intense need to live with their humans.
Weims are not protection dogs but are territorial. They are enthusiastic barkers when strangers come near. Weims need to be socialized while still pups or Intelligence can be a Weim’s biggest problem. They can be destructive when bored and smart dogs get bored easily.
Weims are affectionate, loving and loyal companions. They are dogs for people who want a close relationship with their dog instead of a dog to look pretty lying around. They cannot be ignored.
Weims can be real chowhounds. When standing still, you should see the outline of the last three ribs, but no more than that. Being overweight can promote spinal problems in old age.
Weims require, above all else, to be with their humans. They are intelligent, lively, affectionate, loyal and stubborn – a picture of grace, speed, stamina and balance. Capable of working a long day in the field, they are also happy taking a nap in your lap. They have a strong need to please and need exercise every day.
The Weim is not a breed for everybody. They are a very intelligent and demanding dogs. They will not be ignored and are not suitable for people who don’t have the time and energy to devote to their needs.
Weims are good with children and can usually be trained (if started young) to get along with cats.
Weims are people-oriented dogs. Their most notable trait is their need to be with their humans all the time. They will do anything you ask. About the only thing you can’t do with this breed is “nothing”.