I absolutely adore Weis, but would really not recommend for a first time owner.
They are very, very intelligent and very stubborn - a good mix
I adored our Wei but if you asked her to do something you could see the cogs turning as she weighed up the options.
They are pure muscle, were bred as all rounders and can quite happily be on the go all day. Very strong.
Temperament wise, they are very loyal, but fairly aloof to strangers.
They are fabulous for security - they will make a lot of noise if anyone comes within a mile of the house.
They are also very protective - mine wouldn't let anyone near me if I was walking her at night, which could be embarrassing.
She was also adorable when I had DD - seemed to think she was her responsibility so if any one was holding DD, Wei would park herself in front of said person and glare with a real 'I'm watching you' look.
She was fab with our children, not so great with visiting children.
They are also very stoic, so if they are ill or injured, you wouldn't necessarily notice a difference in their behaviour until it was very serious - insurance and vigilance is a must.
Ours didn't like other dogs but I understand she wasn't well socialised as a Pup (we got her as a rescue).
They are beautiful dogs and I will definitely have another one day. But for now I have 'settled' for a black Lab and a GSD
They're stunning looking dogs but they're more akin to a dobermann than a gundog in temperament so I wouldn't think it's a good idea for a first time dog owner. There's some that have 'rage' (got involved finding a new home for one a while back after she'd bit the daughter in the family). A Viszla may be an alternative idea - I don't know have much experience with them but if they're kept exercised and busy I think they're good with families.
I know a friend who is now heavily involved in working and breeding labs, who previously had weimies. She said they were not for the fainthearted! Not really first dogs- too intelligent and stubborn and also need a lot of stimulation.
Top of my list of dogs I would never have and I am an experienced dog owner. They are bonkers!
DH's chiropractor has one and loves one, but they are a family who are mad about sports and have to spend a minimum of two hours a day in solid running, biking, etc otherwise she is climbing the walls. On weekends exercise is more, and longer and she is still bouncing. Also v difficult to train though incredibly rewarding, hugely affectionate but sounds quite highly strung.
I would never have one myself and unless you are a committed marathon runner who is looking for a partner, would advise something a little less full on to start with.
We have friends with 2 rescue weims and they are completely bonkers. Apparently it's quite rare to find a calm one.
My mum and her dh had one...he was completely bonkers! but lovely!
Very protective over mum,and barked like mad when someone opened the gate.
Neede loads of exercise,though. Mums dh would be gone for hours'.
He was very majestic,almost regal.
Sad ending....mum woke up one morning to find he had passed away in his basket..aged 4
PM showed a heart defect.
My DP's family have one... He's completely and utterly crazy!
We are picking up a Vizsla puppy in a few weeks. Perhaps do a touch of research on this breed, they too are a majestic looking breed, just smaller!
From what I have read, and knowledge of our friends Vizsla, they are highly intelligent, affectionate, lovely temperament (also called the Velcro dog as they love to be with you, wherever you go - but you are a SAHM so that would work).
They also are highly trainable and want to please but do need a lot of exercise (2 hours per day approx) so they don't become destructive. So, some of the traits of the the weim, but maybe easier?
Weims are beautiful though.
German short haired pointers again very similar to look at and lots of energy but not stubborn and very keen to do the right thing and many say thick as a plank. I doubt you'll find anyone bitten by one.
Think they're more suited to a home where they are worked rather than a pet home.
They are a gorgeous colour and i think the long haired ones in particular are utterly stunning.
I have a weim. They are not.bonkers - only if not exercised enough. They are very intelligent and not at all docile and when not tired out enough equals bonkers!
They also call these dogs shadow for a reason. They follow you bloody everywhere
mine would probably get in the bath with me if he could
They have excellent temprements. I have a 3 year old and a 4 month old. My 5 yo weim is brilliant with them.
My weim will.make a lot of noise if someone comes to the door but is not barky in general. He gets on well with other dogs and is very sociable but when he was younger I found a lot of other dogs didn't like him (probably his massive amount of energy).
I'd say they are definitely not first time owner material. Very intelligent, almost manipulative. Need to be very well trained. Ours is and will do anything for food but if I didn't have food and needed him to do something he didn't want to do it would be a real battle.
They were bred to be aloof - the aristocratic gun dog. They weren't kept outside in kennels like labs etc, they were kept in the house and as a result are quite clingy. When mine was a puppy and wasn't allowed on the couch
-that didn't last long he would try to fall asleep standing at the couch resting his head on it! So tenacious! They never give up!
Beautiful and loving too. Loyal and protective but need exercising. I don't like them being called bonkers though, that is down to them not being tired enough. They do not have the right temprements to sit around the house all day quietly, it sends them mad!
Hope this helps.
I love my Weim, but am lucky enough to spend most of my time with her, walking and training and walking, and even then it can be hard work we do 2 hours off lead minimum daily plus training ect.
They need alot of mental stimulation and like Tara points out you will be forever tripping over them as they are literally under your feet all the time (they also get called velcro dogs).
Oh has anyone mentioned the 'smiling' yet? to some people this can be very frightening, even when you have explained it.
I won't repeat what the other posters have already said, but in brief i wouldn't recommend to this breed to first time dog owner (i say that having done it!). Out of the 6 other weims we know, 4 are in 2nd families after being rehomed - all for reasons stemming from their 1st owners being inexperienced and not really knowing the breed ect.
I don't want to sound mean or put you off, and all breeds have + and - points - will you keep us updated with what you decide?
And, to some extent, you will choose what you want to choose! A few people put us off getting a Vizsla for a first dog due to their energy levels and intelligence but I just couldn't picture myself with anything else.
Also, if you are prepared to put the time, energy, training and consistency in, do the research, that must count for a lot too? (she says, slightly hopefully!)
We have an 8 month old Vizsla. She's the friendliest, happiest dog I've ever met and very high energy! She's our first dog, but we knew what we were letting ourselves in for with the excercise and training when we got her, having researched the breed over the past couple of years. Luckily my partner and I both work from home and live near some fabulous beaches so she gets a good run every day. Doublemocha, people tried to put us off having one too ~ said they were very highly strung and would eat our house!!
Supertressy, that's good to hear believe me - thanks!! We have done lots of research, kids are 13 and 11, we live in the country, have a large garden, I have the time etc. I think we know what we are getting hopefully. We are all 'up for it'
I have even just negotiated with work remote access to our systems, so I can work from home (I still will need to pop in though in reality every week) even though I only work 10/12 hours a week anyway! Hope all this is enough to make a happy doggy!
Glad you are having a great experience and sorry for the thread hijack!
Saw a bloke today with 2 longhairs. They're so beautiful. He reckons they're calmer than shorthairs.
So OP, any further thoughts? Lots to consider!
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Our GSP is now eleven months old. i love him to bits - he needs a lot of exercise and he's a sensitive soul so does not like being on his own. really fab breed.
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