Learn about the temperament and personality of the Weimaraner. Discover what he’s like to live with, his traits and characteristics and how he generally behaves.
Owning a Weimaraner is a full-time job, but one that, if well-done, pays handsomely. The “grey ghost” is one of the most loyal, devoted, and loving breeds in the world, but they will expect the same level of devotion from you. They require lots of attention, and will want to follow you everywhere, including the bathroom. If you sit down or lie down, they will want to be touching you. A well-treated and well-trained Weimaraner becomes deeply attached to his owner. For a hundred years, they have been bred as both a companion dog and a hunting dog, and they have an incredible level of energy. They will only do well with an active owner. They were bred to hunt all day with their master, and whether they hunt with you or not, they will need to run every day. They enjoy nearly any rambunctious activity, including running beside your bike, jogging with you, hiking with you, swimming, retrieving, and agility. They love to learn new skills. As of yet, no one has reported finding something a Weimaraner can’t do. They just can’t handle doing nothing. They will need a fenced in yard, so that they don’t take off after something they view as prey. They are hunters, and will kill small animals if allowed to do so. They generally get along well with other dogs, but can be aggressive with them. They don’t usually do well with cats, birds, or other small pets. The Weimaraner needs mental stimulation, and the versatile, intelligent Weimaraner can excel at a variety of activities. However, they need diligent training from you. They are smart, but they are also strong-willed, and they need to be reminded that you are in charge. If you keep their brain busy, they are easily trainable and obedient, and will do anything to please you, but only if they feel they are getting the love and attention they are entitled to. Weimaraners can develop atrocious behavioral issues if their owners do not hold up their end of the bargain. An unhappy Weimaraner has been known to destroy a house in a matter of minutes. They will eat anything. They will expect to be a member of your family and they love children. They make good guard dogs and are protective, sometimes even possessive, of their family. They are usually aloof towards strangers. They are excellent barkers, and some of them bark just for the fun of it. Especially if they are lonely. They do not do well if left alone for long periods of time. They are excellent communicators, and are very expressive. They are very sensitive to your moods. They are playful and will invent games to play with you. They are naturally curious and want to be part of everything you do. Even a well-trained Weimaraner can be a bit mischievous and is known for stealing a pork chop or two off the dining room table.
The Weimaraner is very intelligent and easy to train. He learns new commands very fast.
The Weimaraner sheds a fair amount of hair. You’ll find hair stuck to your couch, carpets, clothes and everything else in your home.
The short coat of the Weimaraner only requires an occasional brushing. But because he sheds you may find yourself brushing him once or twice a week to remove loose hair. (What you get out with a brush doesn’t fall out in your home!)