Weimaraner dogs are a special breed of dog that works well with hunters but also makes a perfect dog for families with children.
But Weimaraners do have special breed characteristics that make them suitable for some people, and not for others.
Are you are considering doing a Weimaraner rescue adoption or buying a Weimaraner dog? It’s important that you and your family consider some important issues, first…
Only then will you know if the Weimaraner breed is right for you.
Below you will see topics related to Weimaraner dogs. Simply click on the link at the bottom of an article summary to read more about that topic.
- Section 1 – Weimaraner Dogs – the breed
- Section 2 – Closely Related Dogs
- Section 3 – Breeders and Rescues
Section 1 – Weimaraner Dogs
Weimaraner Dog Breed Characteristics
The Weimaraner breed is energetic, lovable and intelligent.
But they are not little lap dogs, although some Weimaraners do seem to think that they are…
This article outlines the physical characteristics you should look for, when considering a Weimaraner dog or puppy.
The Weimaraner Temperament
In fact, their temperament is the reason that people either love the dog breed or they give a puppy or dog to a rescue or shelter.
So you need to be absolutely sure that you will be a good match for this breed dog!
It’s also important to consider is how a Weimaraner will fit in, if you have kids or other pets, whether dogs, cats or something else.
Choosing the Right Dog Breed
This article will give you some ideas to consider when choosing a dog breed that will be compatible with your family and your lifestyle.
This is really an important decision, because you want to be happy with your dog and keep him through all his life stages.
None of us wants to get a dog, fail and then have to give him up for adoption.
So, read this article carefully, and consider what characteristics are important to you.
Weimaraner history takes us all the way back to the 16th century. These mighty dogs have been serving their masters for centuries!
Bred for both appearance and for hunting skills, the dogs have evolved over the years into the impressive breed that we see today.
Relatively new in the United States, the Weimaraner, while distinctive, is still not as common in the U.S. as we see in European countries.
Section 2 – Closely Related Dogs
Vizslas are Close Cousins
Similar in appearance to the Weimaraner, Vizslas have reddish tones. They have the same level of energy and, if you can find one of these lovely dogs, they can hunt, like their cousins.
Vizslas have some common characteristics with Weimaraners, and many people are attracted to both of these dog breeds.
The two dogs generally get along well with each other, so hunters sometimes have one of each.
And, like Weimaraners, these dogs need lots of exercise and places to run.
Somewhere along the line, blue Weimaraners appeared. They are not very common, and if you have one, you are fortunate!
With blues, there is, of course, the controversy about whether these are special Weimaraners or an inferior strain of the breed.
Their coat is not actually blue. It is a dark charcoal gray with bluish overtones.
You can read about blue Weimaraners and the controversy surrounding them, here.
Section 3 – Breeders and Rescues
When you have an ethical breeder, the chances that you will have a healthy happy dog that will live long years are greatly increased.
Otherwise, you are taking a chance on having a sickly dog that will require medical care and countless trips to the vet.
This article gives you some thoughts on what to look for in a Weimaraner breeder.
If a breeder is registered as an AKC breeder, both the sire and the dam must be from a pure line.
Because they keep track of the bloodline of dogs that they breed, you would be able to trace the history of dogs for the puppy that you purchase.
You also have the option of registering your dog and including him in the official AKC registry.
That’s the good side. In this case, you will be giving a dog that someone else didn’t want, a home.
On the other hand, if you don’t select the breed carefully, your dog could end up in a rescue or shelter.
There are a number of reasons that Weimaraners don’t make a perfect fit for a person or family.
The ASPCA has a set of rules that it follows when it decides if a dog is eligible to be sent to one of its facilities.
They have groups that are located in all 50 states in the United States and there is probably one near you, if you live in the U.S.