Are Weimaraners Right For You?

We’ve all heard it, and some of us have said it  “Weims aren’t for everyone.”  And while that’s true, it doesn’t help identify who the “someones” are that should have Weims. To the best of my knowledge, there is no one breed that is “right” for everyone. Finding the right dog for you means being honest about what your personality and lifestyle are.
I believe there are three intrinsic character traits a Weim owner should have. First, a sense of humor, because Weims are funny and they do funny things (that non-Weim people might consider annoying). Next, an appreciation for creative intelligence. Weims are intelligent and creative problem solvers, it is possible/probable that your Weim will design a solution to a problem in a way you never thought of and may not approve of. Which brings us to the final characteristic-you have to be smarter than your dog. So if/when your dog solves a problem in a way that doesn’t work for you, you have to figure out how to redirect that behavior. By the way, Weims are very persistent….so you have to be also.
Other important personality trait for the potential owner is that you have to like to have a dog that is with you. Most Weims seem to believe that their humans require direct supervision at all times. So they follow you from room to room (yes, even the bathroom), lay at your feet and are most willing cuddlers. In terms of lifestyle, Weims need face time with their people. These are not pat on the head, throw a dog treat, leave in the backyard dogs. While they don’t have to be with you 24/7 ( We do have jobs, and lives outside of dogs) they do need “quality time”.
Weims are active, physically and mentally. They need some time and space to exercise. They need opportunities to expend mental energy. If a Weim is denied either of these, damage to home and garden are likely. Weim people are active, or clever enough to devise methods to focus their Weim’s energy in a way that makes both the owner and the dog happy.
If you have these traits, then Weimaraners may be for you.