The Weimaraner Temperament – Who Else Wants to Know About It?

Weimaraner DogIf you’re like me, you have probably seen one of these beautiful silver dogs with their unique blue eyes and wondered what is the Weimaraner temperament like?

Bred originally in Germany to be used by royalty as hunting dogs, the Weimaraner is still somewhat of an oddity in the United States.

Quick Weimaraner Facts

Life Span: Weimaraners live to be about 10 to 12 years old, thought they have been known to live as long as 17 years. 

Color: These dogs, also known as “Grey Ghosts” come in three colors, Silver, Silver-gray, and Mouse-gray.

Height:  Female Weimaraners usually mature to between 23–25 inches, while the males top out at about 24–26 inches.

Weight: The moderately large dogs can weigh between 55 and 88 pounds.

What’s to love about the Weimaraner temperament?

As a hunting dog, the Waimaraner has a lot to offer, even if you never take him out in the field in search of rabbits.

They are intelligent

When looking into the Weimaraner temperament, one of the first things you will notice is his fairly high mental aptitude.

Man Kissing Weimaraner DogThese dogs are extremely smart and in fact rank in the top 25 of all breeds when it comes to intelligence.

This sort of intellect can be a challenge for many owners, so be sure you are up to outsmarting your dog if you take on a Weimaraner!

They need patient but consistent training beyond just the basics. 

Weimaraners are both loving and loyal

As many hunting breeds are, the Waimaraner is very loyal.

This comes from generations of bird dogs who had to be trusted to not only go out and find game, but to come back to their beloved masters.

This side of the Weimaraners' temperament make them wonderful pets as well as great watch dogs.

They are good with children

As a loyal member of the family, Waimaraners can be gentle and loving even with the youngest members.

However, without a lot of physical exercise these dogs can become very rambunctious.

Their high energy playfulness can be a lot of fun under the right circumstances, but if they are cooped up too much, they may become too rowdy to play with the kids.

What’s not so great about the Weimaraner?

They are beautiful, brilliant and loyal, so what’s not to love about the Weimaraner temperament?

Weimaraners are prone to Separation Anxiety.

You know those dogs in movies that chew through everything and dig through walls when their owner leaves them alone for even a few hours?

That sort of bad behavior is not all that uncommon for the Weimaraner.

A bored or lonely Weimaraner will bark loudly and incessantly, wreak havoc in your home and yard, and do whatever they can to escape.

This sort of destructive behavior can be avoided if they are given enough exercise and mental stimulation to keep that bright brain of theirs from thinking up ways to entertain itself.

Weimaraner dog run

They are not so great with other animals

As a dominant type dog, the Weimaraner’s temperament can lead to aggressive behavior with other dogs and their highly acute hunting instinct makes them dangerous around small pets.

If you want to bring a Weimaraner into a home with other pets, it is imperative that you spend a lot of time training and socializing your puppy as to the proper way to behave.

Weimaraner’s like to bark… A lot!!

Again, this sort of behavior problem can be averted with plenty of exercise and interaction.

Weimaraner Barking

Weimaraner Health Concerns

Though many Weimaraner owners enjoy a long relationship with their dog with few major health problems, there are a few issues that these dogs are prone to.

Gastric Torsion

Also known as “bloat” this painful affliction is caused by eating too large of meals.

Big dogs like Weimaraners tend to gulp large amounts of food or water at once causing their stomach to swell.

The best way to avoid this, is to serve your dog several smaller meals throughout the day.

Hip Dysplasia

This is a degenerative joint disease is common in Weimareners and can be quite painful. Though hereditary, a good quality diet and exercise can help keep symptoms at bay.

The Bottom Line About Weimaraner Temperament

In the right hands and with the right kind of training, they are wonderful family pets. Without a lot of attention and interaction, however, the sensitive and intense Waimaraner temperament can get out of control. 

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