Here are some common questions that we receive about Weimaraners from customers. (All answers are based on our experience with the breed)
1. Do Weimaraners do well with children?
Weimaraners make a wonderful family pet. They are very good with children and enjoy thoroughly the attention that kids give to them. Of course, with any breed, the puppy or dog must be taught to interact properly with children so neither the child or the dog is harmed.
2. How do Weimaraners behave around other pets?
Weimaraners tend to do very well with other pets if introduced properly and at a young age. Weimaraners were bred to hunt small and large animals so they might have a tendency to chase. This is why you must supervise introductions and interactions to ensure the pets are friends before leaving them alone together.
3. Do Weimaraners make good apartment/house dogs?
In rare circumstances, a weimaraner may make a good apartment dog, but only if the dog is being exercised abundantly and receiving plenty of attention. Leaving a Weimaraner in a closed up apartment all day is a recipe for disaster. Neither the dog or the owner will be happy with the end results.
Weimaraners make wonderful house pets, but as mentioned above, they must receive proper exercise. Home owners have the ability to let the dog out in the yard for some fresh air and exercise. Weims love being inside and will always be as close to you as possible because they are such a loyal companion.
4. What is the difference in a Silver-Gray Weimaraner and a Blue?
The true Weimaraner has a silver-gray coat, while the blue weimaraner’s coat is a very, very, dark gray. As a blue weimaraner ages, its color gets darker and darker and soon he may appear to be black. Blues may appear “blue” when they are young, but tend to darken with age. Also, blues are not allowed to be shown in the ring at dog shows. We prefer the silver-gray weims because their coat does not change and they always keep their shimmery silver-gray color. Color is just a matter of preference. Weimaraners, no matter what color, are a great breed.
5. Is it dangerous to have a Weimaraner shipped?
It is not dangerous to have your puppy shipped by air. In fact, we believe it is less stressful because the puppy can arrive at its new home much more quickly than if it were drove clear across the U.S. cooped up in a cage for days. The airlines have very strict regulations when it comes to shipping live animals. The climate must be just right or they will not fly the pup. Also, they require all animals to have health certificates to ensure that all animals are healthy. They also require that all animals have food and water available to them.
Of course, shipping is stressful for the pup, but it isn’t that he is scared of flying; it is the fact that this is the first time that he has been away from his mom and siblings and he is in an unfamiliar place. Once the puppy arrives to his new home, the stress he feels goes away after a few days. Obviously, the best way to receive your pup is to come and pick it up, but that is not always a possibility.
6. How big does the Weimaraner get?
It depends on whether you get a male or female Weimaraner.
Male weimaraners stand 24-27 inches tall and weigh 70-90 pounds.
Female weimaraners stand 22-25 inches tall and weigh 55-70 pounds.
7. Do Weimaraner’s eyes stay baby blue?
In most cases, the pretty blue eyes that weimaraner puppies have usually turn to a blue-gray or light amber color as they grow into adult weimaraners.
8. What is the best way to potty-train a Weimaraner?
The quickest and easiest way to potty-train your Weimaraner is to purchase a pet-taxi or dog crate. A puppy will not eliminate in the same place where he sleeps. It is important that you give the pup many opportunities to go outside and pee-pee. A young pup needs to go outside about every two hours. Prime times to take your pup out are first thing in the morning, after they eat, after they play, and right before bedtime. Remember, if a puppy makes a mistake, it is not his fault, it was the fact that he wasn’t offered the correct place to go at the time he needed to go. If you stay consistent, your little puppy will be potty-trained in no time.