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Is a Weimaraner the right choice for me?

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Hello all!

I was thinking in the near future--sometime in the next year or two--I would adopt a Weimaraner puppy.

I realize there are tons of resources online in the form of questionnaires and find-a-breed searches, but I wanted to hear input from real people.

Here's what I consider relevant information/factors regarding this decision:

-I live in a somewhat large, 2 story house in a countryside (rural) setting.

-I have a very large backyard, although I don't have any fenced in areas I do have a tie-out cable that works fine. I also have a very large field behind my house.

-I currently have no children whatsoever living with me and have no plans to change this.

-Unfortunately, I do live on a busy highway so the idea of her/her running around outside everyday without a leash is impossible. However, my mother does live in a more remote location nearby that has no traffic, where the dog could plausibly run around without a leash a couple times a week. Provided he/she would respond to my verbal commands, of course.

-My mother currently has two dogs who I was planning on socializing the dog with when he's/she's a pup, and my brother also plans to adopt in the near-future, so there will be at least around 3-4 other dogs for him/her to socialize with when he's/she's a pup.

-In my lifetime my family has had 2 golden retrievers and a lab, all of whom we found easy to train verbally with treats. Since i've read that Weims can be more dominant than the above breeds I was planning on buying a book or two about clicker training and using this method as opposed to a method that was mostly improvised.

-I currently have two other pets--my dog 'Rufus' whom is a 3 year old Hound Mix, and my 15 year old cat 'Kitten' who, unfortunately probably isn't going to be with us for much longer. I've decided I'm going to wait until Kitten passes until I adopt this dog since I've read that the strong prey drive of a weim can make him unsuitable for cohabitation with smaller animals. As for Rufus, he is a very affectionate dog whom I seriously doubt would have aggression issues concerning other dogs provided proper socialization is completed since he has none with our cat, despite being much larger than her.

-I don't hunt or track animals, but I recognize that Weims need an active outdoor lifestyle to thrive. I've heard from a couple people that Weims really need to be allowed to track scents and chase after things unleashed to feel content, but I'm not sure I believe such claims are 100% true (thus this thread)

So how about it people? Could a Weimaraner be the right choice for me?
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I'm going to primarily address your last point.

It is absolutely true that Weims need to be able to run around and use their nose off-leash. Now this doesn't necessarily mean every second of everyday -- but it definitely does need to be a regular part of their exercise regime.

Weims are a considerably more active/higher energy dog then Goldens or Labs. As adolescents they need at least a minimum of 1 hr of hard exercise each day plus some mental stimulation (training, nose-work, puzzle toys, etc)

Like any dog, they shouldn't be allowed off leash until they have a reliable recall, and use of a long-lead comes in handy for training this. They can be a bit more independent in training but a consistent reward-based approach does work with them and can produce a very reliable, obedient partner.

Weims can definitely be raised to live with cats, especially if socialized with them at a young age. This is true of almost any breed if the individual pup started young enough.

As for socialization with other dogs, 3-5 is a good start, but real socialization comes from meeting lots of new dogs on a regular basis as good socialization is really about proper manners when approaching & greeting strange dogs. Meeting lots of new dogs will instill this.

Weims are beautiful and devoted dogs. They are intelligent, more confident then Vizslas and less prone to separation anxiety, but do not under-estimate the physical and mental needs of this breed. With a lot of hard work in the first 1-2 years you can have a superb dog. Without that hard work, you can end up with a destructive maniac.

Go in with your eyes open. Check out Home and start reading existing threads and asking lots of questions. They'll be in the best position to advise you.

Good luck!
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Yes, I think a Weimeraner would be fine for you. The only problem is there are oddly so many people who think off leash running is somehow a breed issue. It can take dogs a long time to do off leash recalls, especially with fun things outside to distract them. Some never master it well enough to be trusted. It's a bit concerning that you live near a busy highway. Either way I think you need to think of some ways to deal with that. Could you make a fenced off dog run for romps and fetch? Tie outs are...not the best. They can be ok but many dogs feel frustrated on them. So while you're still researching breeders and what not I would look into alternative places you can take the dog that are fenced in, or getting fencing yourself.
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@traciek88 : I didn't quite understand the comment about people believing "off leash is a breed issue" sentence. Can you elaborate?

to the OP: I agree that a tie-out probably isn't the best. If you don't have the finances (or willingness) to fence or create a run, then you could just treat your house like an apartment (i.e. no yard) and only take the Weim out on a long leash until old enough and well trained enough in recall. But without a fenced yard I definitely wouldn't recommend just letting the dog outside and leaving him/her there (tie out or not).
@travelingswift I see a lot of people on here saying things like 'I want a dog that I can let loose on my property or go I hiked with me without a leash. What breeds can do that?' So a lot of people seem to think good recall/safety off leash is an inherent trait like herding or guarding some breeds might do better than others. I was saying that's not true and it's more of an individual training issue.
@trackie88 Ahh that's clear now! Thanks!

Yes I agree, it's definitely a training issue although the arguement that getting a reliable recall is easier for some breeds compared to others can definitely be made (e.g. a retriever breed is more likely to have a recall instilled quicker/more easily then a husky).

For the OP, I think a weim is somewhere in the middle. Reliable recall is definitely possible with consistent training but definitely NEEDS training or else independence will take over! (in this instance I'm calling reliable recall the general "dog will return to me without straying too too far within a few seconds of me calling" not "dog will come on a dime when I call"). But if a weim gets his nose into something or is on the chase of prey -- it needs A LOT of training to call him off. So be prepared to do LOTS of proofing!
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Yes I do agree some breeds are easier to train for recall than others, but it's one of those things that must be trained very strongly into any dog, especially when safety is involved. I think I just like to emphasize to people that many desired/trained behaviors in dogs don't just appear. This OP seems smarter and more experienced than your average new poster looking for dog breed advice, but still just important to emphasize the training aspect.
If you are going to let the weim out in your yard without a leash or yard then you need to train it in more then recall. All the recall in the world is not going to do you any good if the dog is out in the road before you notice. I'd also teach it that it cannot go past a certain point on your property.

Here's two kikopup videos that will show you how to do it

As she said, never trust the training to keep the dog in the designated area without you there.
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