About the Breed
The Weimaraner is a hunting dog with a strong, instinctive prey drive. Weimaraners will sometimes tolerate cats, but usually do not; they tend to still follow their urge to hunt, no matter how long they have known a particular cat. They are likely to chase, and will frequently kill, a small animal that enters their garden or backyard. In rural areas, most Weimaraners will not hesitate to chase deer or sheep.
The Weimaraner's short coat and unusual eyes give it a distinctive regal appearance. The coat is extremely low-maintenance, short, hard, and smooth to the touch, and may range from charcoal-blue to mouse-grey to silver-grey or even blue-grey. Where the fur is thin or non-existent, inside the ears or on the lips, for example, the skin should be pinkish rather than white or black. This breed does not have an undercoat, so extreme cold should be avoided. The eyes of the Weimaraner may be light amber, grey, or blue-grey. The Weimaraner's coat color led to its nickname of "the Grey Ghost".
Training and Exercise
From adolescence, a Weimaraner requires frequent exercise in keeping with an energetic hunting dog breed prized for its physical endurance and stamina. No walk is too far, and they will appreciate games and play in addition. An active owner is more likely to provide the vigorous exercising, games, or running that this breed requires. Weimaraners are highly energetic and often wear out their owners, requiring appropriate training to learn how to calm them and to help them learn to control their behavior.
This breed tends to be very stubborn. Owners need patience and consistent, firm yet kind training, as this breed is particularly rambunctious during the first year and a half of its life. Even after that, they still remain hyperactive, even when they are settling into old age. Like many breeds, untrained and unconfined young dogs often create their own fun when left alone, such as chewing house quarters and furniture. Thus, many that are abandoned have behavioral issues as a result of isolation and inadequate exercise.
A properly trained Weimaraner is a companion that will never leave its master's side. While they do thrive on play and exercise, Weimaraners are well suited to an indoor, family lifestyle, and generally are not suited for life in a kennel because of their strong desire to be with their owner and family. Weimaraners are highly athletic and trainable, characteristics which allow them to excel in a variety of dog sports, such as agility.
Weimaraners are not an independent breed and love to be with their owner, never leaving them alone. This can create very severe separation anxiety in the breed. The causes of separation anxiety are not always known but there are precluding factors including, genetics, litter rearing, dominance, submission, boredom, and stress. Weimaraners with severe separation anxiety can destroy property or injure themselves in trying to escape. Good training can curb some of the separation anxiety. A Weimaraner with separation anxiety is likely to bark, whine, howl, and even dig until its owner returns home. Further manifestations of this problem can include panicking, and excessive drooling, along with destructive behaviors and injury.