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11 Reasons You Should Get A Weimaraner

Are you wondering if this breed is for you? Should you get a Weimaraner? Here are 11 reasons why you should get a Weimaraner.

If you’re still not sure and have more questions, do check out the FAQ. If your question isn’t there, feel free to contact me!

Weimaraners are smart

Are Weimaraners smart? Yes! Weims are a very intelligent and confident breed. They’re very easy to train, however they need firm but kind handling. They don’t react well to harsh treatment.

Weims also require clear rules and boundaries, but even then they will try to test them. They keep you on your toes!

Weimaraners are low maintenance

Weimaraners have no undercoat and while they do shed, the maintenance of their coat is fairly simple. They don’t need to be bathed often unless they roll in something smelly.

Thanks to their coat, any dirt falls right off and with the right diet, their coat is shiny, and they don’t have that “dog smell”.

All you need to do is check their ears and brush them about once a week. Make sure to brush their teeth, and check their nails as well.

trixie denta fun bone

Weimaraners are good family dogs

Despite their large size, they are a good family dog. As long as the family keeps active and gives the dog enough exercise, the dog will be happy.

The bond with their owners is strong, and they are affectionate, so they’re suitable even for families with small children.

Weimaraner puppies can sometimes get rambunctious during play and since they’re pretty large, they can knock smaller children over.

They love to play with kids though! I’ve written an article about whether Weimaraners are good with children here.

Clingy Weimaraner

Weimaraners are good protectors

While they are great hunters, they are also very good protectors of their family. They are not an aggressive breed, but if someone has less than good intentions, a Weimaraner will react accordingly and protect their owner without needing to be trained to do so.

Once the danger has passed, they’re back to kind and friendly. During defense training (police service dogs, etc.) Weimaraners aren’t scared, yet they don’t look for the opportunity to bite.

Weimaraners are loyal

Weims get very attached to their families, so much so that they have been dubbed as “velcro dogs”. They will follow you anywhere, bathroom included.

A lot of owners say that male Weimaraners are often much cuddlier and needier than female Weimaraners.

But this is the face Nellie gave me when I didn’t see her for three weeks:

cute weimaraner

Weimaraners will keep you in shape

It’s no secret that Weimaraners are a high energy breed. They need a lot of exercise, both mental and physical. Bear in mind, they are bred for endurance as well, so you will sooner tire them out with puzzle games rather than physical exercise.

Physical activities for Weims:

  • fetch
  • running
  • agility
  • dog biking
  • treadmill
  • game of tug
  • hiking
weimaraner with a ball

Here are some great games for mental stimulation:

  • training / improving basic obedience
  • teaching tricks
  • hide and seek
  • stuffed Kong toy
  • snuffle-mat / puzzle toys

Weimaraners are great hunting dogs

Weimaraners were first bred to be companions for hunters, and their natural prey drive makes them a great hunting breed.

In the past they were used for hunting large game, but in more recent years they’ve specialized in animals such as foxes, ducks, pheasants, rabbits, and others.

weimaraner hunting

Weimaraners are very versatile

While hunting and shows are two possible paths for Weimaraners, the breed is extremely versatile. Their natural enthusiasm for work, their intelligence and especially their sense of smell can make them great:

  • Police service dogs
  • Rescue dogs (people in rubble, natural disasters)
  • Detection dogs (drugs)
  • Service dogs for people with disabilities

Not only are they great in these fields, they are also used in canistherapy and dog sports such as agility, dog trekking, bikejoring (dog pulls a cyclist), etc.

If you don’t plan any of these for your Weim, don’t worry! They will be just as happy being a companion dog, as long as you exercise them adequately.

Weimaraners are incredibly cute

Whether it’s a Weimaraner puppy with sky blue eyes and floppy ears or an adult dog with amber eyes and still those floppy ears, they will be cute in any age and any situation.

Stole one of your socks and is staring at you with it flopping from their mouth? Cute!

Giving you the puppy eyes because they really need that piece of bacon on your plate because they haven’t eaten in 84 years? Cute!

Look into their eyes!

A Weim’s eyes start out sky blue and as they grow up from pups, they change into light to dark amber colors, some Weim may retain a hint of blue and have more silver eyes. Stunning!

Weimaraners are special

Weims are very goofy, even if they don’t mean to be. Almost all (if not all) dogs of this breed sleep like this:

Are you decided yet? Or do you already own a Weim? Let me know in the comments below!

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I’ve always loved dogs, ever since I was a child. Unfortunately, I wasn’t allowed to have one. My sister got a Weimaraner girl, Nelly, and I puppy-sit her often. That’s why I decided to start this blog and share what I’ve learned, about Nelly and the Weimaraner breed in general. Learn more about Dana.


  1. Alan Mullen
    Alan Mullen
    December 10, 2020 at 11:19 pm

    I own a female Weimaraner 9 year old was a rescue dog I had her for 2 years lovely dog but doesn’t like being left on her own barks after me she barks in the car also tried collars but know good she clings to me all the time.Just the barking gets me.

    • Dana - author
      December 14, 2020 at 9:13 am

      Hi Alan, unfortunately Weims are prone to separation anxiety. Have you tried leaving the TV on while you’re gone? Some dogs are calmed down by it. People even make a dummy out of their clothes. I made a separate article about separation anxiety and how to help, you can give it a read here and see if any of the suggestions work for you. It’s going to take some time but with some patience you can minimize the barking. Let me know how you get on! 🙂

    • joanna russell
      joanna russell
      November 29, 2021 at 3:45 pm

      deer antlers, have a (thing) that helps my dogs.

  2. Scott Althaus
    Scott Althaus
    December 14, 2020 at 4:34 am

    We have had 3 Weims, all Rescue. Great dogs.

    • Dana - author
      December 14, 2020 at 12:52 pm

      That’s amazing, thank you for giving a forever home to rescue Weims!

  3. Bev Beatty
    Bev Beatty
    February 20, 2021 at 4:39 am

    They are amazing dogs. It’s the only dog I ever wanted from the beginning … have never been without one since. So amazingly loving and smart.

    • Dana - author
      February 24, 2021 at 1:35 pm

      I agree! Smart, loving, mischievous, both energetic and lazy at the same time. Gotta love them! 🙂

  4. Dexter
    March 11, 2021 at 12:17 am

    Weimar are a gift from gods…sad their life expectancy is so short, they deserve to live 40 years…There is no way back once you experienced the life with a Weim on your sides….only pure joy that can’t be matched by anything else on earth. This joy has a hefty counter part…the infinite sadness when their life comes to its end. Dogs are amazing, all dogs…weimar are the king of dogs and the dog of kings.

    • Dana - author
      March 13, 2021 at 12:53 pm

      Weims are definitely a very special breed. No matter how long we have with our dogs, it’s never long enough.

  5. March 16, 2021 at 3:25 pm

    I am on my 3rd Weim and for me there is no other dog with that much personality. They require constant attention but, they will be there for you when you need a friend.

  6. Didier Debae
    Didier Debae
    April 16, 2021 at 12:30 am

    This is the best dog I have ever had! I have had the following breeds: German Sheperd, Dachshund, Boxer, Doberman, Labrador, and currently have a 9-year-old Male Weimaraner and his companion 7-year-old
    wire-haired Jack Russell. I recently married and my wife is a Daschund lover, so we also have a 7-year-old miniature sausage. They all get on like a house on fire. If I may give a word of advice – through the years I have noticed that when you leave for an extended period of time, during the day, dogs, in general, need a small confined space to feel safe and they generally sleep while you are away. Mind you, I do walk about 45 minutes with them in the morning and in the evening.

  7. May 24, 2021 at 2:19 am

    well hello! i own two whinnie wimies – clyde just turned 20 on feb. 18, he is fine, lots of bumps and cannot hear but he is a happy dog. he is a rescue from dea they have great noses! my other is almost 3 very smart! watch out they can live long- they are a life saving dog.

    • Dana - author
      May 24, 2021 at 4:25 pm

      Oh my god, 20 years? That is amazing! You should definitely sign him up for A Guiness World Records or something, from what I know, the oldest recorded Weim was 18 years and 10 months old! What a precious boy you have, give him a cuddle from me. 🙂

  8. Ann geary
    Ann geary
    June 1, 2021 at 8:13 pm

    After we lost our 1st weim to cancer, she was 8 yrs old, we said no more, the pain was too much. We made it 8 mos and I started looking at weim rescues. To make a long story short, we have a 4 yr old, Luna, that we got when she was 2. She is the love of our lives, and really helped us heal.

  9. Jennifer
    July 1, 2021 at 6:44 pm

    Growing up, my family were big dog lovers so I had experience with German shepherds, collies, dachshunds, labs, huskies, papillons… You name it! But somehow I’d never even met a weimaraner.
    Last year my husband surprised me with the most adorable critter I’d ever seen. He’s actually half weim and half blue heeler. He looks identical to a full blooded weimaraner in size and body structure except his coat is deep black with a white stripe on his chest.
    Reading your article made me realize his behavior is also spot on with the weimaraner breed. He’s incredibly smart, absolutely fearless, goofy as all get out and definitely a “Velcro dog.”
    He makes us laugh every day and will go from exerting boundless energy to becoming the sweetest cuddle bug you could ask for.
    He’s not quite a year and a half yet but he already seems so intuitive when it comes to his behavior in any given situation.
    Thank you for your article, it was really great to have some insight into the breed since my big fella was the only experience I’ve had so far with them.
    I have a feeling there will be more Weimaraners in my future!

  10. Oli
    October 30, 2021 at 4:16 pm

    I want to get a dog and I am seriously thinking a Weinheimer. What is their coat like to touch soft or hard?

    • Dana - author
      October 30, 2021 at 10:47 pm

      Weimaraner’s coat is soft and smooth to the touch, kind of silky. Definitely not hard.

    • joanna russell
      joanna russell
      November 29, 2021 at 3:52 pm

      make sure you do your research, I have had 3 weims from folks that thought they wanted one. they are very smart. and they get board and can be very destructive. I have never found a kennel that will hold them. I like a pack, so I almost always have 3 at any given time, Boy dogs seem to be more (i care what you think) kind of a dog. where my girls know they are (all that) and do what they want. if you get a puppy train as if they are grown. all my weims are pushing a 100 pounds. I would never have anything but a weim. I love a smart dog.

  11. Ella
    January 2, 2022 at 5:48 pm

    Our Weim was the best dog we ever had. Exercised twice a day in a large field – he was terrific at fetch and frisbee. Smart, loyal, family oriented, extremely gentle with our kids from the day they were born. Never aggressive except twice in 14 years and both times he appropriately frightened off an aggressive intruder. Loved loved loved that dog! A lab purchased afterward was more docile and very sweet natured but also didn’t have the personality and sharp intellect of the Weim. Until the day he died, he checked on everyone in the household every night before he layed down and, if you gout up in the night, he followed you to the bathroom and waited outside, escorting you back to bed before returning to his bed on the floor. Incredible companion.

  12. Bobby Smith
    Bobby Smith
    May 11, 2022 at 3:39 am

    Well I’ve had plenty of breeds of dogs are down from a multi to German bread Rottweilers in a hybrid wolf next Alaskan malamute and wolf currently have a female German shepherd that building her confidence back up before she goes to her new owner from a rescue and from doing this job with her the rescue hasn’t given me a weim she is a puppy not sure how old but received her today her name is Timbeit n she bonded w me instantly. I don’t know much about the breed except what I’ve read today on this page. Myself and my kids are very active the only downside is I work up to 60 hrs a week but spend all my free time outdoors w my kids and which ever dog I am getting back to its self after a traumatic event in their life any advice about Weims is very welcome seems how I’m new to the breed

  13. Kim
    June 3, 2022 at 11:13 pm

    I am wondering if a Weimaraner is going to be suitable for us ….
    I love all that I have read but … We are retired so no worries about separation issues my worries are destructive behaviour. We like to walk

    • Dana - author
      June 5, 2022 at 6:12 pm

      Hi Kim, bear in mind Weimaraners are very high energy and need at least 2 hours of excercise daily plus mental excercise with puzzle toys, etc. Dogs are only really destructive when they’re bored or highly anxious. If you can target boredom and exercise, then Weim would be a good dog.

      I don’t know if you’d like a puppy but they are a lot and they tend to calm down around 2 or 3 years of age. Maybe since you’re retired I’d consider adopting an adult dog. I’ve been compiling a resource with Weimaraner rescues in all states, so you can check those out.

  14. Dale Allison
    Dale Allison
    November 5, 2022 at 11:26 pm

    I had two weimaraner one blue an one gray they both lived to be 13 .They were the best dogs ever. I would love to get another one. Could you tell me the closest place to me? Iive about 30 miles east of Pittsburgh Pa.

    • Dana - author
      November 7, 2022 at 11:02 am

      Hi Dale, would you like to rescue a Weimaraner? If so, I have a post about Pennsylvania Weimaraner rescues. Some of the rescues are not located in Pennsylvania but do adopt out of state. It depends if you’re willing to travel.

      If you’re looking for puppies, I’d look on the AKC website for reputable breeders. Of course, you should always perform additional checks to make sure the breeder is okay and look for other people’s experience with them.


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