Canines, Weimaraners, and Me

September 19, 2015  •  14 Comments

You cannot understand a Weimaraner unless you have cohabitated with one for at least several months, even years.  They are a breed of the canine family that is very special.  Let me say from the outright that they are compatible with very few people.  One must have great patience and forgiveness to share their domain with a Weimaraner.  But in the end, it is well worth the trip.

I have had the privilege to live with Weimaraners for most of my life, since the age of twelve.  That is when I became a devotee of the breed.  I have lived with seven different Weims (all females) in my 68 years.  Each has had a unique personality but each also shares many of the same characteristic behaviors.  You may know them already - circle twice before lying down, rub shoulder on any discovered odorous substance, lie their 70+ pounds of dog in your lap, jump on you on your arrival home, don't dare trim their nails, very stubborn, very observant, yawning (gosh, this repetitive trick request is boring), very expressive of their feelings, lick your face, etc.  My youngest Weim is very engaging with all family members - more so than any other that I can recall. My senior Weim is now over thirteen and half years old.  God bless her.  What a sweetie.  Don't be late one minute in serving her dinner though, or you will be badgered into final submission.

Weims will bring out the mother instinct in any woman.  They are so expressive of their feelings that you just naturally want to caress them.  They were originally bred to sleep side by side with their master and to share your domicile.  As the master of the household, to do otherwise is tantamount to sin.  They want to be with you always and share your ups and downs.  They suffer from separation anxiety.  Be careful leaving them alone. They can totally destroy your home.  But do not berate them afterwards, they are highly sensitive to scolding. You do not want to break their spirit.  That is what makes them so special.  Lose that from your Weim, and it will break your heart.  On your deathbed, you will not remember that destroyed couch.  But you will remember that devoted, spirited Weim.

I suppose you could iterate much of what I have said above about any canine breed.  For what do I know? I have only been a companion to one other dog breed - an English Springer Spaniel.  But some things you just know, and that is the Weimaraner is a special kind of dog.  In their presence, you do not feel that you are with just a dog.  Known as the velcro dog, they follow you everywhere.  I share a small bathroom with junior many times. No, they are not human-like as once touted in the 1950's.  In fact, they are somewhat schizophrentic.  Indoors, yeah, maybe somewhat human-like.  But outdoors, the hunter instinct kicks in, and watch out all you varmints and critters.

The Weimaraner: Full of devotion, love, energy, zest for life, and intelligence.  They are athletic, engaging, and wear their heart and soul on their face.  Watch their ears - they tell you everything about how they feel at the moment.  If you had the time, I could tell you so many stories about each one of my Weims that would amuse you to no end.  But I will not linger on how much that they have enriched my life. They have been my companions for over 55 years.  They are special.

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Update, June 21, 2016: "Maddie, Sweet and Loyal Companion"

D W Orr
Environmentalist, Historic Preservationist, Photographer, and Weimaraner Companion
Harford County, Maryland
September 19, 2015

WeimaranerWeimaraner                                                                           Junior

13 years & 3 months13 years & 3 months                                                                            Senior


Patricia L Henson(non-registered)
Very nice. I have actually never read a blog but was quite interesting. I love my weim girl Maggie Mae❤
I got my first Weim in 1994 and since have had 3 more, 3 males and 1 female. I fell in love with the breed when I was 6 years old, but it took me many years to get my first one. I can't imagine owing any other breed at this point. What do I love about them ... everything, what do I not like about them ... nothing. I can't imagine life without a Weimaraner in it.
my Weim Macy , 1st time to have this breed. I've owned many breeds .... My weim story. My husband died from cancer. He was given 2 months to live. He wasted away , could see it daily. Every day Macy brought a bowl of dog food , gently getting on bed, to not hurt Jim. Then she placed on pillow next to him and left. We would just cry , how awesome is that. She misses her daddy , but I've earned her love and now one of my dog bed partners. Thank you for the article. As long as I live a Weim will be in my life.
Thanks for sharing. They're lovely!
Perfectly said. I have had two Weims, male and female. Absolutely precious and very attached at the hip. You have to take them with you. they are miserable without you. We lost both Weims wrthin a year. They took a big chunk of our hearts with them. Want another... Looking for one to rescue. They are wonderful, but not everyone understands Weims and far too often they end up in shelters. If anyone is reading this, please rescue. They will attach themselves to you quickly and you will wonder how you ever got along without them. Best breed ever. ❤️
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