Owning A Weimaraner : Breeder Recommendations
The Weimaraner is a recognizable dog, primarily because of its lean, athletic build and beautiful coat. In fact, one of the nicknames of the breed is Grey Ghost.
This breed has a natural friendliness and playful personality. However, some things about this wonderful dog should be kept in mind, as you are looking for that perfect puppy.
Things to Know Before Getting A Weimaraner
Purebred dogs can be excellent pets and of the purebreds, the Weimaraner can be one of the best companions you can have. Many owners have found the Weimaraner to be an excellent hunting companion.
In fact, this breed is one of the rare dogs with webbed feet to make swimming easier, great for water retrieving (if training for that activity is in your plans).
It is important that you start by visiting a number of quality breeders to see how the dogs are raised and what stock they come from. A reputable breeder should have already taken into account the healthy bloodlines of both parents of the puppies you are considering.
This one factor can help eliminate many of the health and behavior problems new owners of Weimaraners encounter as time goes on.
Weimaraners do have a great personality, by nature, and love to play and run, which can make them an excellent choice for a family that has a large yard or a family that is willing to take the time to exercise their pet daily.
The Weimaraner can be sensitive and in most cases, responds to firm but loving demands. However, this breed does not do well if left alone for long periods, or provided adequate exercise.
One of the keys to getting the right puppy for your family is to find a breeder who not only raises healthy dogs but also invests the time to socialize them, making sure that they are comfortable with humans and other dogs. You should plan to visit at least three reputable breeders and ask questions that will help clear up any doubts you may have.
Specifically, ask about breed health problems, about housebreaking and other training, as well as grooming, and feeding. The breeder should be open to these questions and have just about every answer if they are top-quality breeder.
When you get to the point of bringing a Weimaraner home, a couple of health and nutrition items should be considered. For instance, large dogs can be prone to gastric torsion or bloat, a result of eating too much too fast. Therefore, plan to feed your Weimaraner twice daily, in smaller amounts. Work with your breeder and veterinarian from the start to set a diet that is right for your new pet.
There are many good reasons to choose a Weimaraner as your family pet. Many people have done this in recent as the breed became more popular. This may also have led to over breeding, as well as weaker bloodlines for many dogs.
Therefore, you want to make sure you take time and care when you shop around for your perfect Weimaraner.
Of course, you could choose to get your Weimaraner from a retail store, but this often leads to owning a dog without getting all the information you really need to have a great relationship with your new friend. Another option would be to get your Weimaraner from a rescue source or adoption site.
The dogs from these locations often make wonderful pets, but remember that adult dogs from these sources also come with unique challenges. Under all circumstances, when you add a Weimaraner to your family, you are bringing home a lifelong companion.
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