We're all a little biased towards Weims around here, but we admit: They aren't for everyone. Weims are an active, intelligent and challenging breed that need strong leaders. They are not "easy going" dogs and require consistent training.
As hunting dogs, they can also have a strong prey drive and may chase and kill small animals. While some are able to coexist with feline family members, it is important to realize that those with a strong drive may see cats as prey.
They also have a tremendous amount of energy! Exercise is paramount for this breed, but physical exercise alone is usually not enough. Mental stimulation is strongly recommended. Lack of both physical and mental exercise can result in them making their own fun. Weimaraners get bored easily and can become expert escape artists, destructive and vocal.
Weims want to be a part of the family and are usually very in tune with their people. They are a needy breed and must be actively and purposefully socialized in order to be good citizens.
Weimaraners are affectionate and good natured with a lot of flair! A good sense of humor and appreciation of their smarts is necessary.
They require little grooming and their coat is usually short, but it does shed. Adult female Weims are usually between 23 and 25 inches tall at the shoulder and about 55-70 pounds. Adult males are usually 25 and 27 inches tall at the shoulder and about 65-85 pounds. Weims have good life expectancy, most living to 12 or more. (17 is the oldest we’ve heard of.)
Common problems include bloat, hip dysplasia, immune system problems including allergies and food intolerances, separation anxiety and aggression.