Exercising Your WeimaranerGood Exercises For Your Weimaraner

Known as the Grey Ghost because of its coloring and pale eyes, the Weimaraner was created by German aristocrats in the court of Weimar in the 1800’s.  It was bred to hunt big game such as bear, boar, and deer. Later the breed was later adapted to hunt birds, rabbit, and foxes in the forest. It is still used as a hunting dog.

Breed Type

Gun/Hunting Dog

Physical Characteristics

  • medium to large dog
  • long, athletic and muscular, lean
  • long drop ears and docked tail
  • short, sleek grey coat

Personality

  • intelligent, energetic – likes to move, run and play
  • fun loving, even rambunctious
  • friendly, cheerful and affectionate, but may be too high energy for smaller children
  • athletic, active, hard working dog, high stamina
  • socialized, he is good with kids, other people, other dogs
  • strong prey drive – may not be good with smaller animals as they like to chase them
  • very trainable – and really needs training to be manageable
  • stubborn, prone to destructive behavior if not exercised enough

Best Exercises

This is an active breed with long energy – it was bred to hunt all day. Needs to burn off energy daily or can be restless, rambunctious and hard to control.

  • Walks – Long, brisk walks (45+ minutes).
  • Hikes – Long hikes (1 hour or more), the more challenging the better.
  • Running – these hard working dogs are great for medium-length (30 – 60 minutes) and distance (1+ hour) runs.
  • Dog Parks – a great outlet if he or she is socialized.
  • Dog Sports
    • Agility – a fun, mental challenge for this active and intelligent dog because of the different activities involved.
    • Frisbee/Disc Dog – like Fetch, this is an activity you could quickly train your dog for, and he would enjoy it.
    • Flyball – The power version of Fetch where dogs race over hurdles to a box that shoots out a tennis ball, then race back while carrying the ball.
    • Competitive tracking
    • Dock jumping – running full on off a dock and jumping out as far as possible.
  • Obedience training – a way to work off the energy as well as manage behavior even with excited
  • Swimming –Weimaraners are great water dogs as evidenced by their webbed toes.
  • Running and chasing games – in the yard especially those that involve bursts of running.

Suggested Exercise Plan

The Weimaraner needs extensive exercise. When restless this breed is known to become destructive and anxious.

  • 2x / day for 45+ minutes each (optimal)
  • 2x / day for 30 minutes each (good)
  • 1x / day for 45 minutes each (minimum)

A good routine: a 45 brisk walk in the morning and a vigorous 45-minute fun session in the afternoon (fetch, agility training, etc.) in the afternoon, every day.

Things To Note

This breed has a tendency for developing elbow and hip dysplasia and for bloating.