Weimaraners & German Shorthaired Pointers
So you have decided the time is right to welcome a new dog into your family. This is a very exciting time, but there are many things to be considered, and questions you should ask yourself. Do I have the time and commitment for this large, active breed? Do I have the facilities and a secure garden with dog proof fencing? Am I going to be capable of training a dog, who has a strong built in instinct to 'work'? Does everyone in my family want a dog? This is a lifelong commitment which will present its fair share of challenges along the way and should not be taken lightly.
What Is He?
He is above all a tireless hunter, with strong characteristics as he has been bred with specific goals in mind. Whether or not you have any interest in the work he was bred for you must learn to recognise and manage his instincts. He is extremely loyal to his own 'people', a vigilant watchdog capable of guarding his home and family. However, if you are looking for a guard dog, you would be better choosing another breed, more specifically bred for guarding.
He will require, physical and mental stimulation to help keep his energy to a manageable level, and satisfy his low boredom threshold. As an adult dog he should have at least two hours' exercise a day, ideally mostly with access to fields or woods where he can run off lead and fulfil his drive to work. If you cannot provide this he is not the dog for you. He is very people oriented, sometimes to the extent of being clingy (following you even to the loo!) He thrives on interaction with you and will be happiest by your side, in front of the hearth, not in a yard or kennel. When left alone, he may fret and become bored and destructive. Always seek advice from your breeder about early training, exercise and sleeping routines.
If you wish to train him as a working gundog, start early. Patience and a sense of humour is an advantage. He is a sensitive dog, a quick learner, he will remember every experience good, or bad. He will be challenging and even stubborn, but if you are calm, patient and consistent, he will be eager to please. If you have young children you must understand that while he will love your family, his eagerness and enthusiasm could cause unintentional injuries. Care must always be taken when introducing children to any dog, and the strict teaching of kindness, respect and proper behaviour is essential. NEVER leave infants unattended with any dog. None of his characteristics should be an obstacle. They may be a challenge, but if you really want that special dog, the more you put in the more you'll get out. You will succeed where some have failed.
With patience and kindness you will have a well mannered, devoted and loyal companion. The Best.