What are blue Weimaraners?

The blue coat color of the Weimaraner is similar to the blue/black coat of the Great Dane. The color is traceable to one imported German dog bred under controversial circumstances.

Blue is a disqualifying fault in the official AKC standard. Blue Weimaraners cannot be shown. They are NOT considered “rare”.  Some believe the blue coloring is a result of a genetic mutation caused by severe inbreeding.  Others believe it was the result of mixed breeding between an Doberman and a Weimaraner.

It is a common belief that a blue Weimaraner is prone to health and temperament issues due to severe inbreeding.

Are Weimaraners loyal to family & children?

Weimaranersare loyal and loving to their family and a fearless guardian of their family and territory. They are a natural protector. Weimaraners are often kind to children, but are not recommended for very young ones, because they are energetic enough to accidentally knock a small child down.

Children and their friends must be taught respect for the dog. It is never safe to leave small children and dogs unattended. Because of their size and energy level, Weimaraners are better companions for older children and teenagers, than for children under the age of six.

Weimaraners are possessive of their children and will protect them if they think they are being  threatened. Roughhousing by children who are not members of the family maybe interpreted as a threat and such play between family members and outside children should be supervised.

Parents must also know what it means to be their Weim’s “pack leader”. Children should be encouraged to participate in obedience training with their Weim and frequent practice sessions. This way, the dog is taught to obey the children as well as the parents and will consider them to be higher ranking in the pack hierarchy. Weims in general, are pushy and many want to be the pack leader – if the family does not consistently display that they are the pack leaders, the Weim will assume that role. This can lead to problem behaviors and misinterpretation of the dogs actions. A dog that believes he is the pack leader will attempt to keep his pack in line – this can be misinterpreted as aggression.

See our Training page for more information on being a pack leader and introducing a baby or child to a dog.

Do Weims experience separation anxiety?

Weims are known to exhibit separation anxiety. Weimaraners need a great deal of companionship and do not like being left alone for more than a few hours. They tend to express their unhappiness through destructive chewing and barking.

Starting as a puppy, the Weim should be crate trained.  Weims at any age can be crate trained.  See our training page for hints and tips on how best to crate train your dog.

Once you begin your crate training or any training, you must be firm, consistent, but, loving.  Remember your Weim is like a toddler on four legs for life, so you will need to repeat yourself a few times for anything  you are teaching to stick and you will need to refresh and reinforce that training periodically and consistently.

How do we prepare our Weimaraner for a new baby?

We see many Weims come into rescue due to a couple starting a new family and the Weim is jealous or not adjusting to the new born baby.  If you are thinking about getting a puppy and possibly starting a family in the future, prep the puppy for this future family as it grows up.

Take it to day cares and let the puppy play with kids, get tapes of baby sounds and play it, bring things into the puppies life that would be around kids and let it see that a baby is just another member of the family and not a replacement for the puppy

See our Training page, for more hints on how to prepare for a new baby.

How can I have a happy, well-adjusted Weimaraner?

One of the key factors in having a healthy, well adjusted Weimaraner is proper socialization.  Local dog parks provide excellent places to socialize your Weim. So do doggie daycares.

A second important factor is training. A well-behaved Weimaraner is a joy to be around.

What is their temperament?

Weimaraners are not Golden Retrievers. The best Weimaraners are versatile hunting dogs, capable of learning a great deal. They have an independent mind of their own and are not pushovers to raise or train.

They are easily distracted by exciting sights, sounds, and scents. They can be manipulative, and some are willful, obstinate, and dominant (they want to be the boss) and will make you prove that you can make them do things. You must show them, through absolute consistency, that you mean what you say.

They are often described as a four-legged toddler (stuck in the “Terrible Two’s” stage) for life. They do not settle down. They will constantly test you, to see if they can get away with something. This is not a dog that will grow out of it or settle down as they age.

Are Weimaraners as energetic as I’ve heard?

Although some Weimaraners are more laid-back than others, in general, a Weim is full of energy – they were bred to hunt in the fields all day.

They are inquisitive, intelligent and full 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, or jog with their Weims. Others take daily walks or drive to a near-by bark park.  This is not a breed to be ignored or left alone (in the yard or the house) – they demand attention, they want to be with their owners and involved in their owners activities at all times.

Do Weimaraners shed?

For such a short-haired dog, Weimaraners shed more than you might think.

Usually twice a year they shed their old hair coat as new hair grows in. Most shed a little all year long. They benefit from frequent brushing to remove the dead hair and stimulate the skin. Because their hair is very short and fine, shedding is not as much a problem as with longer coated breeds.

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