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Can Weimaraners Live With Cats?

If you search on the internet which dog breeds don’t go well with cats, chances are you will find Weimaraner in the top ten list. However, Weimaraners can live with cats. There are always exceptions though and it all depends on the individual dog (and cat). The dog will need to be trained not to terrorize the cat.

But let’s have a deeper look onto the matter to get some general results, rather than yes or no. There may be conditions that may help these two pets live together. Or maybe there are conditions under which they can never survive together.

Weimaraners are stubborn, energetic, aloof, and active in nature. They were initially bred for hunting big game.

Now Weimaraners can be your excellent companions, just through a little training and effort from your side. But keep in mind, that Weimaraners are highly energetic and have a high tendency of hunting its prey. Not every Weim has a strong prey drive, it really depends on the individual. If you’re looking for ways to tire your dog out with exercise, I wrote an article here.

Now if we talk about the nature of cats, they are usually more calm, elegant and have a very strong bond with their keepers. But sometimes they may also show aggressive and undesirable behaviors, such as hunting.

Now that we know the general characteristics of both animals, let’s see if we can answer the question.

Can Weimaraners Live With Cats?

It depends on the individual Weimaraner and also the cat. The way both pets are brought up, their individual nature, how they behave around each other, the first interaction they have with one another, and many other factors can influence their relationship.

If a Weimaraner is used to being around cats, or as a pup trained to live around cats, she won’t feel uncomfortable around cats even when she is a grown-up dog. And the uncomfortable presence of cats around Weimaraner can also be avoided by their proper introduction to one another.

You should be well aware of the situation, you should know when and how to intervene, and keep calm under all circumstances. You should set rules and limits to their contact.

Don’t allow your Weim to chase the cat, and keep a safe distance between the two, you can use baby gates. If you are going to introduce a grown-up Weimaraner to your new cat, it’s better that you keep a distance between both the parties and use positive reinforcement.

How to Improve the Relationship between Two Pets?

Positive reinforcement such as toys, treats, praise, and appreciation can definitely help you improve the relationship between your Weimaraner and your cat. You should never let your Weim bark or bite your cat. Never let her terrorize or scare your cat. But be careful – Weims don’t respond well to harsh treatment. They need a firm but kind hand.

Nelly meeting a cat

Weimaraners require a lot of exercise and training from the very first day. They should know that you’re the one in charge and they have to follow what you say. Otherwise they can become very stubborn, destructive or even aggressive. You being in charge of any situation will help your dog understand how to interact with your cat under your command.

If you’ve ever looked into getting a Weimaraner (or in the process of doing so – please read my article why you should get a Weim), you might have heard stories where the Weim killed cats, hamsters, bunnies, chickens and other pets in the house. Unfortunately this can happen and you must be aware of the risks when you’re bringing in a new pet.

You have to be patient, set up some basic rules that everyone in the family should follow, make sure your cat has a way to escape. You should always supervise whenever they are in a room together. It just takes only a second and everything goes downhill.

The most convenient way to avoid this time taking the effort of training your Weimis to keep her around cats when she is only a pup. This will help her make a peaceful relation with cats and get along with their company pleasantly.

In the same way, if your cat is used to the company of dogs, or maybe other pets, there is likely a chance that both of your pets will have a peaceful, if not remarkable, relationship.

And as a bonus, here’s a cute video of a cat with a sleeping Weim!



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