Frequently Asked Questions about Weims

How big does the Weimaraner get?

It depends on whether you get a male or female Weimaraner.
Average male weimaraners stand 24-27 inches tall and weigh 70-90 pounds. We have one male (Ben) that is a little larger at 110 pounds. 
Average female weimaraners stand 22-25 inches tall and weigh 55-70 pounds.


Do Weimaraner's eyes stay baby blue? 

Those mesmerizing blue weimaraner puppy eyes usually turn to a blue-gray or light amber color as they grow into adult weimaraners. We have had a maybe three adult dogs that I know of keeping anything like blue eyes past 6 months.  


What is the best way to potty-train a Weimaraner?

The most efficient way to potty-train your Weimaraner is to purchase a pet-taxi or dog crate. We especially recommend a new kennel called the "Potty Training Puppy Apartment".  A puppy will avoid eliminating in the same place where he sleeps.  It is important that you give the pup many opportunities to go outside and potty. A young pup has a small bladder needs to go outside about every two hours. Prime times to take your pup out are first thing in the morning, right after they eat, after they play, and right before bedtime. Remember, if a puppy makes a mistake, it may not be his fault, it was the fact that he wasn't offered the designated place to go at the time he needed to go. If you stay consistent, your pup will be potty-trained in short order.

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Where did Weimeraners originate?

They were developed in Germany. A fairly new breed, the Weimaraner first came about in Germany in the 19th century. Nobles were attempting to breed the perfect hunting dog, with qualities like tracking ability, speed, and endurance; the signature silver coat was likely developed by accident. Originally called Weimar pointers, the dogs get their name from the Weimar Republic. The nobles of the Weimar court would keep the dogs as companions and bring them on hunting expeditions. Some say that the Grand Duke Karl August of Sachsen-Weimar single-handedly created this breed, but there is no mention in historical writing that he played any part.

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They are very clever! Weimaraners are so smart that they’re sometimes referred to as "the dog with the human brain." Of all the breeds, they are 21st smartest in the dog world . While being smart can make training easier, it’s important to channel that intelligence properly at a young age. Left unchecked, a Weimaraner can use its brains to outsmart its owner. Unlocking fences, stealing treats, and escaping crates are just some of the shenanigans a delinquent Weimaraner can get into.

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What do you think is the best thing about Weimaraners?

“A dog is a dog, but a Weimaraner is a person.” Each Weimaraner has an extremely different and unique personality, and many times, their personalities start showing when they are just a few weeks old. Many people call Weimaraners, “The dog with human emotions.” They truly seem to be in tune with their owners’ emotions, and when their owners are struggling, all they want to do is LOVE them, and when things are great, all they want to do is share in the enjoyment of life with them. Another one of our favorite things about Weimaraners is how intelligent they are. Weimaraners are very fast learners, and they learn new tricks very easily, no matter what their age! You can teach your Weimaraner many tricks, including how to ring a bell when he or she needs to go outside.

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Are Weimaraners as energetic as I’ve heard?

A Weim is full of energy, and they were bred to hunt in the field all day with their owners. Although some Weimaraners are more laid-back than others, in general, they tend to be energetic. Weims are inquisitive, intelligent and full of life. If you are not prepared to give your Weim daily exercise, be prepared for destruction – usually something that you’d rather they not destroy.

Some Weim owners run with them, others go hiking with them, and many go for walks and play a lot of ball with their Weims! Another great outlet is driving over to a near-by dog park and letting them wear themselves out. This also helps socialize them with other dogs and people, making them better able to handle new situations in the future. This is not a breed to be ignored or left alone (in the yard or the house) – they demand attention, and they always want to be with you and be involved in any of your activities.

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Are Weims loyal?

Weimaraners are extremely loyal to their family and family’s children. This is another one of the things that we love about the breed! However, it is important to socialize your Weim properly. When you have new guests entering the home, it is best to keep your Weim away from the door. Once your guests have entered your home and gotten settled, then you can bring out your Weim and introduce him/her to your guests.

Weims can also be protective of the children in the home. This can be a good and a bad thing. They may not understand that children “play fight” with each other. If a Weim sees your children play fighting, they may feel that the need to protect one of the children. This could potentially lead to unwanted aggressive behaviors such as growling. The best way to prevent this is to teach your Weim that it is okay when your children play fight. When you first bring your Weim into your home, it is important to supervise them with your children at all time. However, we have found that Weims who grow up with children are VERY good with them, and rarely have ANY issues being around children of all ages!

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4 Tips for Training Puppies to Become Hunting Dogs

Hunting dog training advice to teach good behaviors and expert skills

Think your new pup has what it takes to hit the field? Hunting with your dog is a two-way street; it calls for consistency and commitment from both of you.

After all, to raise a hunting dog, being steady in your training is crucial, particularly during the first year of your pup’s life. The right foundation will ensure your canine companion safely and effectively does their job. With that in mind, here are four tips for training your pup for the hunt.

1. Master Basic Dog Hunting Commands
Dogs are pack animals that operate within a hierarchy. When training your dog, you’re reinforcing their natural instincts by serving as the leader of the family. If you use positive reinforcement, training will be fun for your dog and will keep them feeling happy and secure. So, before you step into the field, make sure your dog has mastered rudimentary obedience. Practice makes perfect, so it’s important to stay consistent and repeat drills until they’ve mastered the commands.

SOME BASIC COMMANDS INCLUDE:

“Come”

Using a 25-foot dog check cord, attach one end to your pup’s collar. Hold the other end in your hand and step 10 paces away. Say “come.” If the dog doesn’t move, tug the cord toward you as you repeat the command. When they follow the command, immediately reward the good behavior with a treat and vocal praise (or a click if you choose to clicker-train–more on that below). As your dog gets better at listening and responding, ease them off the leash so they learn to come on command at great distances.

“Sit”

Hold a dog treat in one hand and say “sit” while pushing down on the dog’s backside with your other hand. When your dog listens and sits, treat them.

“Heel”

Walk with your pup on a leash on your left side. This is a good practice to reinforce your position as pack leader. When your dog speeds up and moves ahead of you, say, “heel” as you tug the leash, making them come back toward you, then give them a reward for returning.

2. Create Hunting Simulations for Your Dog
To build confidence in your hunting companion, expose them to the sights, sounds, and scents they’ll experience in the field before you go on your first hunt. Let your dog get used to the grounds by running and exploring wildlife, terrain, and waterways. This is also a good way to build up Fido’s endurance for the long days ahead, and make sure he’s comfortable swimming.

3. Safely Expose Your Dog to Gunfire
For gun dog puppy training, you’ll have to work to make sure the sound of gunfire signifies the reward of retrieving game. To introduce your dog to gunfire in a way that won’t frighten them, in a secured environment, have a friend stand 90 yards away with a starter pistol with blank ammo. Encourage your pup to run after a toy. Signal your friend to fire off a round, and watch your puppy’s behavior. If they’re not scared by the sound and keep playing, have your friend move closer, in 15-yard increments. If your dog appears frightened, have your friend go back and try it again until your dog’s used to the noise.

4. Invest in Hunting Dog Training Supplies
Certain equipment and tools will make training more effective. A few to consider are a clicker, whistles, and dummies. Each one’s purpose is based on the kind of hunting you do and your pup’s specific training needs.

Clickers

Clickers boost positive behaviors and help you communicate with your pet without yelling. They work by giving your dog a signal that’s different from your voice to teach them positive behaviors. It’s a good idea to introduce clickers during early training stages, when you’re teaching your pup to heel and be still.

Whistles

Dog whistles are ideal for herding, tracking, hunting, and searching, as they have a piercing sound that carries over long distances. They’re also great for controlling your dog from far away and getting their attention in windy weather.

To use a training whistle, simply blow on it and try out different pitches to see which get a response from your pup. Correlate different cues with different pitches. For example, you might use a long whistle to mean “come,” and use a short whistle command to get your dog to “sit.” Just keep your whistle commands consistent so your pup is clear on what you expect of them.

Dummies

If you enjoy hunting ducks or geese, consider getting dummies that are weighted like the actual game your dog will retrieve. Since scent is used to teach a dog to hunt for wounded birds, apply a training scent to a plastic or canvas dummy. After you’ve trained your dog to retrieve it on land, do so in the water.

Although training your dog to hunt is hard work, you’ll be rewarded with a strong, fruitful relationship. Your pup’s drive to please is powerful, and every hunt is a chance for you to bond with them..