Keep taking her out, alone if possible. At two yrs of age, she still
isn't a mature dog, and will want to run off some of the puppy energy.
As far as getting her interested in rabbits. If she has no other dogs to
"play" with on your hunt, she should start letting her nose lead her.
Sooner or later, she'll jump a bunny and get the idea they're fun to
chase. Don't be to eager to kill one on her first runs, unless they're
well ahead of her. When you do, let her find it first, a reward for the
I'm looking for some FIRST HAND comments on Weimaranars for pheasant
and duck hunting, as well as a family pet. In general so far I have
heard negitive things from people who have never owned one, and positive
things from those who have.
I'll be going up to South Dakota this year for pheasant and
he's been getting quite a bit of training over the last month
in preparation. I'm sure he'll do well.
As far as having a weim for a family pet, I wouldn't have
any other breed.
I can give you some negatives; chewing stuff mostly.
Be prepared to give them a very considerable portion of your
time as they will not ask for it but rather demand it of you.
You might wonder who is training whom after a while.
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Take it from someone who has Weimaraners, THEY ARE GREAT!!!
I've had Weims for over 15 years and have hunted ducks, pheasant,
grouse, and quail. I also compete in field trials throughout the US and
Canada and would not think twice about putting my wiems down against any
other breed. In my opinion they are one of the best all round hunting
One thing that I must warn you on though, like most other breeds we have
our unscrupulous breeders. There are a lot of show breeders out there
that will sell you a dog saying it will make a good hunting dog but in
actual fact they are not. If you are looking at getting a Weimy PLEASE
do the homework. Ask to see the sire and damn work birds. Ask for a
list of puppy owners that the breeder has sold puppys to in the past.
Ask if they compete in field trials or hunting tests. When I get
people interested in our line I encourage them to come out and spend the
day with me and my Weims out hunting or training. Also, ask about
guarentees.....we guarentee that any pup you buy from our breeding will
be one of the best (if not THE GREATEST) hunting dogs you will ever
own. In fifteen years I have not had to take one back.(Although I would
of liked to take a few of them back because they beat my own dogs in the
Anyway, I'll get down off my soap box and wish you good luck!
Yours in conservation,
Northern Light Farms
Pretty much to be expected, don't you think? Everytime someone on this
group asks for an opinion about a breed, owners of the breed love it and
wouldn't have anything else.
I have 2 Weims, currently 4 and 5 years old. They're very nice dogs,
but they do tend to be a handful. We like having them as pets, but
they are fairly high maintenance in that they need a lot of attention.
If you can give your pet lots of time and energy, they'll repay you in
My Weims are pretty good hunters, but they were both slow to mature.
They settled down a lot between 2 and 3 years old, and as they did so,
they became more tractible as hunting dogs. Ours have always been
birdy, so the problem was steadying them up. The older one has turned
into a very nice woodcock dog. The younger one is pretty good on
pheasant. The older one did better last year on pheasant than he did
the previous year. They both tend to crowd grouse, but I believe
As with every breed, there are good ones and bad ones, with most of them
somewhere in the middle. Anyone who says all Weimaraners are bad simply
doesn't know the breed. Anyone who says they're all good is equally as
ignorant. You can increase your odds by buying from a reputable
breeder, but you should not simply take anyone's advice, but should do
your homework and ask lots of tough questions. In the end, it might
just come down to some luck on your part. The same can be said about
It's unfortunate to hear that you have had some bad experience with
Weim's temperment. I on the other hand have never had one that I would
consider aggressive. Actually, quite the opposite. I have seen weims
being aggressive towards each other but I believe that is strictly a
dominance thing and not aggression.
Yours in conservation,
> Weimaranars have got a bad reputation in the circles I go in. It is mainly as
> result of their unpredictable and sometimes agressive nature. Unfortunately
> some I have met seem to snap at younger kids. Mind you, most of these are
> bred, I would expect a better temperment in a working bred dog?
I too am sorry to hear you have had bad experiences with Weimaraners. You
must be very unlucky because I show and do obedience, very successfully I
might add with my Wei and you couldn't ask for a better natured dog
whether it be with adults or children and all the other Wei's I know
around the show ring are the same.
Yes, they can be aggresive towards other dogs, although mine isn't unless
provoked but that I think is common in most breeds of dog.
I would still say to any "would be" Wei owners out there that as a rule
Weimaraners, although big dogs are very placid and good natured and
providing you buy a dog from a reputable breeder and can see the
temperament of the parents you'd be very unlucky to get a bad one.
This is my second Weimaraner and I wouldn't swop him for the world.
My family as well as myself have raised and trained "weims" for as long
as I can remember. As far as temperment, 99% of all Weims are excellent
with children or as a family dog. In fact, so much so, many people have
exploited hunting lines and created a split breed. Many of the "pet"
owners carelessly breed without consideration of hunting aspects.
As a hunter, Weims are tremendos upland dogs. If you like a close to
moderate ranged dog, then you want a Weimeraner. While then can be
trained in certain blood-lines to run with the rangiest of pointers,
most adhere to a gun-distance range. They are excellent for this reason
on Pheasants and about average on quail. My experience is their strength
is in finding single birds and downed birds. As far as duck-hunting
goes, they are great retrievers in early teal and Goose seasons. And
depending upon what part of the country you live, they can be used for
part of the regular waterfowl season. I would suggest a neoprene vest
for added protection.
If interested in a quality Weim, look up the the Kansas City area's
weimeraner club for information. I know of at least one litter coming
up in the next couple of months who had more champion blood lines than
it knows what to do with (On both sides of the family!)