In this extensive text, we will outline the most important reasons why we think Weimaraner is the most versalite hunting dog.
We have identified these reasons with examples from practice and also compared some of the most popular breeds of dogs in certain hunting situations and compared them with Weimaraner.
1. Weimaraner as a hunting dog – a few general facts
The Weimaraner hunting dog was created in Germany and passed on to all the other dogs in Group VII. His hunting characteristics are from the very beginning of this breed of dogs, carefully preserved and perfected.
He is the only German dog breed that does not have the blood of English pointers. This enabled him to preserve all that he had when he emerged from the other hunting dogs.
Originally used for hunting a big game and mating with the bloodhounds of that time, his instinct to work on a blood trail and the instinct for hunting a large game was planted. In addition, through the history of the big game, it is very successful in hunting small game and hunting for predators, which is one of the most versatile hunting dogs.
In addition to its exceptional hunting characteristics, it has an extraordinary look that can, of course, be said to be royal. Since it was originally a dog that was used in royal hunting, its appearance only complements the fact that it is about an exceptional breed of dogs.
Today, we can freely say that there are two types of Weimaraners:
- The first type that has preserved its hunting characteristics and
- The second type, which has become one of the most beautiful show dogs in the world, due to its beauty in the meantime.
2. Weimaraner is a hunting dog for all types of hunting grounds
Through the history of the emergence of different breeds of dogs, various things have influenced the formation of dog breeds as we know it today. The same thing happened with Weimaraner breed, the most versatile hunting dog of today’s world.
Increasing the number of people on the planet has influenced people to more and more focus on urban areas. This meant that their living space significantly decreased and became a limiting factor.
This reduction in living space also contributed to a reduction in the area where hunters can hold their hunting dogs. In the past hunting went with more dogs. Each of these dogs had its own unique purpose.
Nowadays, the hunting dog requires universality in performing hunting tasks. This means that a hunting dog must be good at different hunting situations, different terrains and different game types.
Weimaraner, as one of the oldest breeds, perfectly fit into the new demands of a modern hunter and became a versatile use of a hunting dog.
Its versatility is reflected in several elements:
- the dog searches the field,
- works on the trail,
- Successfully finds the wounded game
- Finds the hidden game
- he brings a killed game
Waterwork is his favorite, bad weather conditions, snow and cold water do not pose any problem to him. It has the ability to keep the blood trail at the level of the best bloodhounds. she is a great dog guard, … All these tasks were performed by 3-5 different dogs.
Today, when there is not enough time or space for more dogs Weim with these characteristics, with its undeniable beauty, this dog occupies one of the first places among versatile hunting usable dogs.
3. Perfect hunting dog for work after shooting
If we are talking about the versatility of a hunting dog, it is necessary to define some of the characteristics that must be born in hunting dogs.
One of the most important characteristics of a hunting dog is to work after shooting.
A large number of dogs show the will to find the game and give their owners the chance to shoot. However, not a small number of dogs then lose interest in the killed game, and their focus and energy focus on finding a new game.
Weimaraner, through centuries, has developed a feature in work after the shooting. In these situations, persistence, intelligence, the quality of the senses of snuff and other traits which the dog possesses in finding a wounded or killed game.
My experience with Weimaraner after shooting
My hunting experience with this breed is such that in 7 years of hunting with them, I do not have lost prey that was shot before. Even in situations where everything indicated that the game was lost, for me as a hunter, the quality of work after shooting, the Weimaraner breed dog always found a game.
This is one very important thing because every shooted and unseen game represents a great loss for the hunting ground, for a hunter and very positive impact on the number of predators that the wounded animal is very easy prey. That is why I talked about this very important hunting feature at the beginning of this text because I consider it extremely important to represent the versatility of Weimaraners.
4. The ultimate wild boar hunter
When breeding more than 100 years ago, Weim was very successfully used in large-scale hunting, where wild boar hunting is especially emphasized. Wild boar was the most common large wild boar.
By crossing with blood tracking dogs, Weim’s wild boar hunt has led to perfection.
This is evidenced by many photographs made throughout history and nowadays where a large number of wild boar have just been killed in the Weimaraner hunt.
The success of the wild boar hunt was compounded by the fact that the Weimaraner dog was not crossed with English Pointer.
Other German breeds of Group VII hunting dogs have blood ties to English Pointer but not Weimaraner dogs.
The success of hunting wild boars is probably due to the intelligence that this dog has.
There is also sharpness and a heart that can boast a small number of breeds of hunting dogs. It is simply amazing how a dog today can hunt very successfully feathered game and immediately the next day to be successful and useful in hunting wild boar.
It is important to point out that the Weimaraner is not a pursuit dog and is unable to chase a wild boar most hunting dogs for hours.
His perseverance and perseverance is such that he can be considered a very suitable and usable dog in hunting wild boar.
This is also evidenced by the number of wild boars that have been shot worldwide, especially in Germany, where the Weimaraner dog is most used.
Excellent and reliable flair, strong constitution, sharpness, perseverance and certainly intelligence are the main attributes of the Weimaraner dog in its hunting versatility.
This is especially important for a very demanding wild boar hunt.
My personal experience hunting wild boar with Weimaraner
My experience with wild boar hunting with this breed is not at an enviable level because the hunting grounds I hunt are such that its use is limited.
However, in a few situations, we have encountered wild boar in the hunting area, I can say that I am more than happy with the work of the dog.
Each of the 3 wild pigs we encountered was blocked by Weimaraner dog work and allowed me a very good opportunity to shoot which I did not miss.
In the future, I will use my dogs more for hunting wild boar. I expect better results and future successful hunting situations, especially for large game such as wild boar.
5. Weimaraner is an extremely loyal hunting dog
Through 7 years of experience with Weimaranerians and through contacts with a large number of owners and breeders, one trait stands out as highly conspicuous, affection to the owner.
Other hunting dogs have this trait, however, not as pronounced as Weimaranerians.
Since my first contact with them, when I took my first puppy, this trait has been imposed.
Unlike dogs I used to own, a puppy who was about two months old looked at me very often with a look that said:
“I know you are here and I want to spend time with you.“
As she grew up, this trait became more expressive.
Through play and learning, this view became clearer and clearer, and practice looking at me, the dog was doing all that was required of him.
Of course, dogs of other breeds that I had before had mastered training, but I never felt like they were trying to please me. The other dogs just did what they were asked to do.
I thought my first dog was special and he was the only one.
But over 7 years a large number of dogs went through my kennel, I also had the opportunity to see a large number of dogs from other owners and all of these features were very pronounced.
This could only mean one thing, Weimaraner is the dog that, unlike all other hunting dogs, is the most loyal to its owner.
This feature, along with the advantage, allows it to make the necessary connection between the hunter and the dog, which allows for an unforgettable hunting and off-hunting moments with your dog.
6. Conductivity as a characteristic of the Weimaraner hunting dog
Another Weimaraner trait stands out and speaks in favor of the Weimaraner being the most versatile hunting dog.
This property is called “Conductivity”.
Many confuse this trait with obedience because the difference is very small and only a small number of owners can recognize it properly.
The basic difference is that obedience can be learned in a dog, and conductance is acquired through gene transfer at birth and is a trait.
Conductivity is reflected in whether the dog is following its owner in operation and in what way.
Weimaraner is a dog that has a congenital expressed conductivity that complements the attachment trait.
When the dog is first taken out of the area where he lives, he immediately follows his owner. He does this instinctively and without any prior training.
Of course, most dogs do this when they are small, because they see the pack leader and their protector in new situations.
However, as the dog grows, and as it becomes aware of the outside world, it is becoming more and more independent. Then there is an inherent trait called conductivity, which is that the dog will accompany the hunter. The dog will do it without much training.
This practically means that the dog will be of great help to its owner in the search of the terrain, in finding the wounded game, in finding the shot game.
I will present this feature from a practical example where you will be able to see the difference between conductivity and obedience.
Navigating the hunting area in search of wildlife, the hunter navigates a preset path.
Often, however, hunting opportunities call for one to depart from that path and go the other direction.
Of course, the dog does not know your path but is trying to be around you.
Each of these situations, which means a drastic change in direction of movement, can create a problem for the dog as he is certainly adjusting to your speed and direction of movement.
When changing directions, most owners have to give their dog a command so that they do not go in the wrong direction and stay away from their owner.
Weimaranerians have expressed that in such situations they are almost always aware of these situations in advance and without any command to change their movements in order to adapt to the new situation.
This is very important because often in such situations, any command, whistle or voice can affect the game and reduce the catch.
That is why it is very important for the dog to be guided and able to withstand any such situations without any command.
Of course, often in these situations, shooters are killed, so a timely reaction of the dog is crucial in order to find the hit game.
The time that a hunter may lose by calling a dog may be crucial for a wild game that has been wounded to be lost somewhere in the field and not found afterward.
My experience over many years working with Weimaranerians says that these are dogs that have this distinctly desirable trait.
7. Security in marking, standing on found game
The Weimaraner Dog is classified in Group 7 according to the classification of the International Kennel Federation – these are dogs that stand where the game is located.
Standing is a trait that this dog has successfully developed and perfected through the generations. He locates the game with security and, on standing, shows the hunter where the game is.
It is also one of the disciplines that is reflected in both the spring and fall exams and is very important when it comes to developing this race.
Some dogs that do not exhibit proper gamekeeping cannot pass the exam and should therefore not be used in further breeding.
In addition to the exam, this trait is very important in practical hunting and the better the dog applies, the greater the hunter’s pleasure.
The trait of standing on a game is an inherent trait and it is virtually impossible for a dog to make it work unless it is acquired by birth.
What characterizes the Weimaraner Dog is that it is safe to stand and that it is almost exclusively possible when it comes to wildlife.
Standing on the game requires training, but generally, it is very rare to find odor in this breed when the game has already come to a decent distance.
The distinction should be made of standing on the game that is physically close and marked by the dog and the game that has left a scent trail that the dog has located but as the game moves away it stops standing.
Some consider this a lack of good flair, however, the practice has shown that this form of standing is most desirable in practical hunting.
When the dog completes this action through experience, he unmistakably brings the hunter to the prey and stands safely, giving enough time for the hunter to come, and after raising the animal, he has plenty of time to shoot safely.
Weimaraner is not a dog that will only show feathered game when standing, it successfully stands on all hairy game, fox, rabbit, jackal.
This does not count a big game like a wild pig, which is shown in a completely different way.
My personal experience with my dog’s standing trait
In my hunting experience with Weimaraner dogs, quite a few unforgettable situations were when they warned by standing, pointing at a savage like a jackal and a fox.
These situations allowed me to approach this, otherwise extremely cautious game, less than a meter apart.
Of course, after lifting it left me with plenty of time to shoot safely and accurately and a situation to remember for a long time.
8. Weimaraner – a safe aport dog
There is also one rule in hunting that one should never give up looking for hit wildlife because wildlife is a loss for both nature and the hunter.
The hunter should have a dog by his side. Weimaraner Dog is a safe aport dog that will help the hunter find wounded game.
What the Weimaraner is known for is post-firing work.
This work also includes an aport (bringing a shot animal). Genetically destined for this work, the Weimaraner needs very little training to master finding and bringing a shot game.
This is helped by the prey sharing trait with the hunter.
It can often be the case that a dog finds you a decaying game and can bring it to you.
Of course, this is one very unpleasant situation in which a dog should definitely be respected because it has done exactly what is deeply embedded in its genes.
I am writing all of this for reasons to better explain the reasons why Weimaraner is one of the best dogs for aporting wildlife, both dry and water.
Any dog can learn to aport a shot game.
However, some dogs learn to do this by coercion, the so-called MUS aport, and others, including the Weimaraner dog, are developing the urge to share prey.
The difference between these two ways of bringing in, aporting, a shot game is that a dog that has undergone MUS training does it somehow mechanically.
He does this without too much fervor, that is, he looks like a dog who listens to his owner sinlessly.
While a dog who has come to the perfect aport in another way does so with great will, it especially increases the sense of enjoyment of the hunter.
This is also important when selecting a dog to be used in breeding because the traits learned are not passed down from generation to generation but only those born.
In this way, it is ensured that the next generations will bring to their owners, with a little work, every little game that is killed.
All that I have stated and what the Weimaraner actually owns makes it into the group of dogs that can be freely called the safest aporters.
9. It is resistant to harsh hunting conditions
Hunting season in most countries takes place in the colder part of the year, usually in the winter months.
These conditions can often be very uncomfortable, with cold and snow often present in hunting situations. Weimaraner as a very healthy breed can be said to be very resistant to such conditions.
It is also often hunted when temperatures are below 0 degrees Fahrenheit. Of course, the dog should be prepared for such things, which is achieved by providing adequate living conditions, quality nutrition and regular activities that are performed outside.
Although the short-haired breed is much easier to handle the cold than the heat. The area in which the dog originated is such that it has a climate that is cold and heavy with snow. Hunting with these dogs is often done in cold winter conditions.
Through the emergence of the breed, this has the effect that in addition to its exceptional beauty, this dog has great resistance to bad weather conditions.
All this reflects in the fact that the hunter in these situations should take more care that he will protect himself from the cold than how his dog Weimaraner will handle it.
Of course, bad weather conditions do not affect the quality of work.
A dog does better in such conditions than when it is disturbed by heat.
My experience is that most hunting season is also in winter and not many hunts are at temperatures below zero.
Weimaraner is definitely a dog that has in its genes everything a dog needs to have when it comes to hunting on bad conditions.
Regardless of his short coat, he often also has a very thick coat that allows him to easily withstand very cold weather.
It was probably influenced by the fact that it originated in an area that also has very cold and long winters that instilled in its genes that extreme resistance to cold.
Another very important thing when it comes to difficult hunting conditions is the extremely difficult and impassable terrain.
This is where the intelligence of these dogs comes to light, and they easily overcome the most difficult obstacles with minimal energy consumption.
In doing so, the effect on the hunt will be surprisingly good, at least that is my experience in using the Weimaraner for many years in hunting.
10. Persistence in work
In order for a hunter to be a good hunting dog, he or she must also possess a sufficient dose of perseverance, as wild animals often very successfully weld their tracks with various tricks.
In such cases, an insufficiently persistent dog may lose its true trail and thus not give the hunter a chance to shoot.
The Weimaraner dog’s perseverance is at an extremely high level, such is my experience hunting with them.
The dog never gives up in order to complete the action he has started. So it is enough for the dog to notice that the game has been shot and dropped to put all its effort into finding it.
Sometimes it is very easy because the game has fallen in an easily accessible place and has not moved, while in other situations it is allowed to move a few meters across difficult terrain and make it difficult to find.
These are those situations where the perseverance of dogs of this breed can be seen in the work. The degree of perseverance is so high that rarely any hunting dog of another breed can compete with the Weimaraner dog.
11. Obedience is an important feature of Weimaraner
Often in hunting areas, there are dogs that run without running control, often they run wild, and all hunting participants are spoiled by the experience that caused them to go hunting.
In my many years of hunting experience, I have come across such situations.
However, in none of these situations did I have the opportunity to see the Weimaraner as a major actor.
This does not mean that the Weimaraner is blindly obedient, but does mean that he is destined to give his owner complete pleasure in hunting.
The obedience he possesses is the result of all the other qualities in which he stands out as one of the best-hunting dogs in general.
As a puppy who arrives at a new home, all the necessary steps must be taken to ensure that the dog is obedient enough later to become an ideal helper.
Of course, many Weimaranerians also show a dose of stubbornness, but with proper work, it is very easy to direct his stubbornness in the right direction and use it as an advantage in practical work.
The desire to please its owner greatly helps to stubbornness into something called work advantage and usability.
All of this also depends on the owner who works with the dog, but somehow only the true hunters and owners recognize the qualities of this breed and generally become later owners of these dogs.
This is one reason why we can attribute obedience to a Weimaraner as a very positive trait.
This is not only reflected while the dog is hunting, but is also reflected at every moment it can be found.
It is these situations that enable the Weimaraner Trainer to be trained in a wide variety of tasks that do not have to be hunted.
Defense and attack is something that the Weimaraner has overcome with great success over other breeds of hunting dogs.
Through 7-8 years of intensive work with Weimaranerians, I realized that every second that develops obedience to the dog later returns repeatedly through hunting, but also through all other segments of life in which the dog is involved.
12. Intelligence in the work of Weimaraner
Through my 35 years of hunting experience with dogs in Group 7, I have encountered various breeds of dogs.
As a rule, it is emphasized that there are no bad or good breeds of hunting dogs, but that there are ages and bad specimens of hunting dogs regardless of race.
Of course, this does not mean that hunting with a good dog will breed Epanel Breton, English setter, Pointer, Griffon, German sharp-haired dog, …, and Weimaraner will eventually provide the same experience for the hunter who hunts with that dog.
Each of these breeds has some advantages and disadvantages that they use in hunting. When their flaws are minimized, then the dog of the dog becomes a good helper for hunting.
Weimaraner stands out among these races by one trait that I would call intelligence.
This trait is that he bases his work in every situation to find the easiest way to solve it, without in any way diminishing his success in practical hunting.
I’ll try to explain it in one example.
In slightly windy weather, the hunter encounters a part of the terrain that is covered with very sharp vegetation that is difficult to pass.
Upon reaching this terrain, dogs of a certain breed will, without thinking, enter and breakthrough very difficult terrain with the potential for injury.
Of course, a considerable number of hunters appreciate this very much in dogs and believe that without it the game remains in those parts of the field unless the dog searches almost every inch of the terrain.
The other part of the hunters pays much more attention to the effect of the dog than having searched every bit of extremely difficult terrain.
The Weimaraner, as an extremely intelligent dog, will not let it enter this difficult terrain. He puts himself in the position that the wind gives him the smell of a wild animal and thus easily determines its position.
Passing through difficult terrain, it will look for easier pathways through dense vegetation so that it has great help from the wind, which causes it to smell from inaccessible parts of the terrain.
In this way, with much less energy, they will search every part of the terrain as well as the dog searching the terrain through dense vegetation.
If he feels that there are wild animals, then when he becomes convinced that there are wild animals he will enter the difficult walkable area to reach the wildlife.
Weimaraner who uses intelligence in this and similar manner reduces the possibility of his own injury. He conserves energy for times when it will be necessary for him to overcome the most difficult hunting situations.
I hope that in this short example I was able to describe one of the ways in which a dog uses its intelligence to find wild animals.
13. Weimaraner in bird hunting – fieldwork
We come to the hunting area which is the most represented of all other areas.
It is hunting primarily for pheasants but also for all other birds in the field.
It is also the area where the largest number of dogs compete in dog matches.
The Weimaraner Dog, though, can be a phenomenal race dog. He is slightly slower in working than the best competitive dogs.
This, of course, does not diminish his value, but in games where the number of wild animals is small, he reduces the ability of the dog to make a point and therefore a placement.
In practical hunting this information does not mean anything, it can even be considered a certain advantage because not every hunter is ready to accompany a dog searching the terrain at the highest speed.
The quality of the sense of smell and the safety of showing the game stand out as Weimaraner as an ideal helper for hunting feathered game.
This applies to all types of terrain, from the wide field to the vegetation overgrown terrain and the combination of open field and forest.
I will again mention intelligence as one of the virtues of this dog that is reflected in every moment of work.
Weimaraner in the hunting of birds shows all that has been done over the years in the making and formation of the breed. No matter what the terrain it is, it is almost ideally suited to open field and forest work.
The safe and energetic search of the terrain unmistakably leads to the feathered game which is safely and firmly shown (marked):
This way, it gives the hunter plenty of time to prepare. It is rare for a Weimaraner to falsely mark, that is, to stand firmly in the place where the wildlife was and is no longer located.
He recognizes such situations and reacts very quickly by continuing his work so as not to allow the game to escape and stay out of the hunter’s reach.
In fieldwork, of course, there are specialist dogs that are great at working outdoors, but as soon as the terrain configuration changes, that advantage is no longer visible.
This is where the Weimar stands out because whatever the terrain configuration, it provides its maximum. If there is a slight lag in one terrain, it is advantageous in all other terrains which once again demonstrates its versatility.
14. Weimaraner and sharpness on predators
Hunting also involves taking care of the game. It is necessary that the abundance of wild game in a particular terrain is optimal for hunting to be successful.
Predatory hunting is one of the things that affect the abundance of wild game.
Predators mostly include foxes and jackals, followed by wolves and omnivorous bears.
The wolf and bear population is such that hunting should be limited.
However, foxes and jackals are not endangered species and their numbers in the hunting area in most cases affect the abundance of pheasants, rabbits, partridges, and other game species.
One of the best ways to regulate their abundance is hunting.
In these hunts, everyone also needs to have a helper, a hunting dog, that the hunter can rely on.
Since these are very cautious animals, hunting itself and the situation require the hunter a great deal of caution and willingness to react quickly.
This means that often the game is hit but does not stay where it was shot.
In these situations, it is necessary to have a dog that is unwavering and has sufficient sharpness to the predators.
Weimaraner is one of the breeds that has proven sharpness on predators.
This sharpness is also taken on the HN test, which proves that the dog has the necessary sharpness.
Sharpness is a trait that every adult Weimaraner needs a wounded fox or jackal to find, catch and kill and then bring to its owner.
It is often the case that the wildlife gives a fierce resistance that can cause the dog to be scared and not finish the job.
Such dogs can be used in hunting but are not suitable for use in breeding because the sharpness of the predators is innate and difficult to adopt through exercise and training.
All this is proof that Weimaraner is no ordinary dog, but one of the most versatile hunting dogs in the world.
Of course, the first situation I encountered with my dogs was shooting the fox. I was on a pheasant hunt in my first season where my assistant was Weimaraner.
A fellow hunter next to me in the thick grass spotted a fox moving very fast. The aiming and firing were very fast so the hit was such that the fox continued its movement but slowed down quite a bit.
My dog nearby was monitoring the situation and in no time caught the fox and did exactly what one Weimaraner expected.
Of course, this was the first contact with the fox in general, so the reaction itself surprised me and confirmed exactly what I had been reading about these dogs before.
In the following years, hunting situations like these were common to say that the Weimaraner dog is a bit of an ideal predator hunting dog.
15. Working on the trail of hairy savages
Weimaraner as a consciously usable hunting dog among all other disciplines to successfully master is working on the trail of hairy game.
In spring breeding exams, this is one of the disciplines the dog is tested for.
It shows a lot of things and in the end, is one of the common situations in practical hunting when it can be applied.
I will try to describe in more detail just the test and compare it with situations that the dog may later encounter very often.
Working on the trail means that the dog should follow the fresh trail, first of all, hairy game animals as precisely and as long as possible.
Examining this discipline also evaluates the dog’s will, nose quality, and perseverance.
It is also very desirable for the dog to work loudly on this trail and to make a noise.
This discipline is one of the highest points in the Spring Breeding Exam exam.
Hunting situations in which the dog should practically show work on the trail of the hairy game being shot but do not remain in the area where it is hit but continue moving.
It happens very often that such wildlife moves away from the place where it is hit and several hundred meters away, which makes it difficult to find it.
A dog that has been tested for this practical hunting situation will be invaluable in finding that game.
This is not a blood trail because it has taken a few seconds to a few tenths of a second to hit the track and the smell of wildlife is much stronger than the blood-leaving trail.
Weimaraner can be considered as a specialist for this work because in the work on the track he proves all his quality and characteristics such as perseverance, quality nose, intelligence.
It is very important that the trail is advertised when working on the trail, as this will show the owner and other hunters the direction in which they are moving.
The wounded animal is moving and its movement can be predicted and crossed by the hunter with the help of the dog, which will give him another chance to shoot.
In this way, the affected game will not remain in the hunting area.
In another situation where the game has gone several hundred meters and the fallen dog should, after successfully completing the trail, bring it to its owner if it is a small game.
If it is a large game like roe deer, a wild boar, the dog must bark at the animal and warn the hunter where it is.
16. Weimaraner as a water-hunting dog
A versatile hunting dog can get a variety of tasks in hunting, work in the field, in the forest, to have contact with predators.
Among all these actions, one stands out from the other.
It is work (hunting) in the water that sets itself apart from all other types of hunting that take place on land.
The mere fact that a dog should enter the water from the mainland means that walking and running should be replaced by swimming.
Of course, this circumstance in warm and sunny weather is very pleasant as the water reaches the place for the dog to cool down.
However, most hunts are in the colder part of the year, so getting into the water is much less enjoyable than entering the water in the summer.
Working in the water itself requires several different actions that the dog needs to successfully overcome.
The first and easiest thing is to bring wild animals to deep water. The dog saw the animal’s shot and crash.
Thanks to the instinct for bringing this, virtually every dog does this, but situations like that are not the most common thing that happens in hunting.
Much more common are situations where the killed game falls into a portion of water overgrown with dense aquatic vegetation.
Therefore, the dog cannot visually locate the site of the fallen game, so it must include the use of the nose, willpower, and perseverance to penetrate through the dense vegetation and find the killed game.
Sometimes such wildlife is relatively easy to find and sometimes wildlife is wounded, so it continues its movement through water and dense vegetation.
This is one of the most difficult tasks for a dog working in the water.
The dense vegetation, the cold water, the determination of the wildlife to deceive their trail is causing the dog the greatest trouble.
Weimaraner is known for worshiping water and it feels very comfortable no matter what the weather.
This makes it much easier to work with the dog to refine these activities.
Very quickly, thanks to all his attributes, Weimaraner understands what is required of him and gives the hunter owner the greatest possible pleasure in hunting.
These situations are most often encountered in the hunting of bar game, which is hunted in several ways, each of which covers all of the above activities.
One of the most interesting ways to hunt wild game is to search the terrain overgrown with aquatic vegetation because it is the ideal habitat for almost all wild game.
Unwavering and perseverance Weimaraner comes to the fore and, together with the love of water he possesses, puts him in the line of dogs that are ideal for working in the water.
17. Weimaraner and blood work
Through the development of the breed of these dogs, bloodhound genetics was often used to enable these dogs to successfully locate a wounded game and within 24 hours of shooting it.
Hunting situations and the game in question certainly require a certain amount of caution when embarking on a search for a game that has been wounded but has not remained where it was shot.
Such a pursuit is never carried out at night as there is a danger that the injured game will injure both the hunter and the dog.
Due to reduced visibility, the dog and the hunter are not able to detect the reactions of the game in time.
Then he needs to wait for the morning and go in search. Weimaraner can be used with great success for this quest.
A large number of dogs have been trained to locate injured animals and 24 hours after being injured.
Of course, there are special races that make this a specialty. However, the hunter often does not have the ability to keep more dogs in his possession because space is small.
That’s why the hunter is looking for a versatile dog who will also have the ability to follow the blood trail. Such a dog is a Weimaraner.
Of course, not every individual is suitable for this work, but most dogs who have passed breeding exams with great success are destined to master this hunting discipline at an enviable level.
What is an advantage when using Weimaraner to work on the blood trail is its sharpness which can often cause it to stop the wounded game.
In this way, the dog will allow the hunter a shot that would instantly kill the wounded game.
Also, when a wild animal has died in the meantime, the barking dog indicates where it can find a previously hit animal.
18. Weimaraner as a guard dog
The hunting dog is often not considered a keeper. There are some individuals who show an urge to guard the owner and the owner’s property, but this is rare.
With Weimaraner, this trait is very pronounced and, despite its great hunting characteristics, it has a trait that makes it one of the best guard dogs.
It is the only breed of hunting dog that can successfully complete defense and attack training and thus becomes an exceptional guard dog in addition to hunting.
Often, because of his undeniable beauty, people do not recognize this trait and think that he cannot be a good guard dog.
Exploring the traits of the breed itself and getting to know it, I realized that this trait in dogs should definitely be properly channeled because not taking care can put other people at risk of being attacked by a dog.
Then when that happens everyone wonders what, how, why, …, the dog never reacted like that.
Each of these situations, when analyzed well, indicates that the dog reacted instinctively and that his reaction was predictable.
Each situation comes down to the dog trying to protect his or her property or the property of his owner and his family (or pack) or the territory in which the dog lives.
My personal experience with Weimaraner as a guard dog
I have had several situations where recognizing the behavior of a dog avoided the inconvenience that could have occurred.
One situation helped me was when one of my dogs was 10 months old. This is the period when the dog is still a puppy and when it is important for him to play.
At the age of 10 months, there was a situation of trying to steal that dog.
Until then, I have not had the opportunity to get acquainted with this trait, which is expressed in this breed.
The epilogue of the theft attempt is that the dog was able to defend itself against the theft attempt.
Later viewing the surveillance camera footage, the dog’s extraordinary reaction surprised everyone who viewed the video.
The dog recognized the thief’s intent and tried to growl and bark to prevent him from opening the box in which the dog was staying.
Of course, he did not recognize it because the sight of the seemingly fragile gray dog did not give the impression that, after opening the door, a fight would begin that the burglar never expected.
Opening the door and trying to enter the box, the burglar encountered incredible resistance. This is how the dog defends and prevents the burglar from stealing it.
What was most interesting about the whole thing was that the dog did his best to get the burglar out into the street.
The burglar behind him opened the gate and escaped, leaving the dog with the opportunity to get out of the enclosure into the street and attack every other passer-by who tries to get past the open gate.
However, when the thief escaped, the dog calmed down incredibly quickly and stopped barking and growling. The gate remained open but he did not go out into the street, he did not bark at other passers-by.
I would note that all I have stated is that the dog did it without any training in defense and attack.
Later, as I became aware of the breed, I realized that this was a common reaction of a dog that has an instinctive urge to preserve it in genes.
Later, all my dogs were tested for similar situations and generally showed a similar reaction which I found highly desirable.
19. Weimaraner and other dogs in common hunting
In addition to hunting traits and virtues, every hunting dog should possess stability and character.
Each start of the hunt, the hunter’s breakfast, the end of the hunt and similar situations imply that there are a large number of dogs in a small area.
This automatically means that dogs tend to impose themselves as dominant individuals.
When encountering two such individuals, there can often be a fight between dogs.
Weimaraner, who has a very strong character, in such situations behaves very calmly and in advance body language prevents any fight with other dogs.
Although it has a remarkable dose of sharpness that it shows in every contact with predators in contact with other dogs, it replaces that sharpness with a calm.
Also where I can emphasize the quality of Weimaraners is working with dogs of another breed in hunting.
Each race has a different way of working and hunting.
My experience so far in hunting with Weimaraners and other dogs of different breeds, such as German Pointer and short-haired dogs, small Münsterländer, Hungarian viszla, … is such that Weimaraner works(hunts), so that it does not disturb other dogs or other dogs disturb him.
In this respect, it is very adaptable and emerges from every situation as a dog that makes the strongest impression.
He is most likely assisted by the intelligence because you will never encounter a Weimaraner who will steal the killed game from other dogs.
In the search of the terrain, he will always work on his own, he will not chase the game found by another dog.
20. My experiences hunting various wildlife with Weimaraner
We have been using Weimarans in hunting for 7 full years and they represent my faithful helpers a little more in hunting small game. In hunting big game, I only hunted wild boar with them.
My extensive hunting experience and dog training experience during the first small game hunts that I have hunted has opened a new chapter and approach to hunting that I have not had before.
The experience of hunting with the German terriers, and later with the Bretons, German short-haired and sharp-haired dogs, has been greatly enhanced by the use of Weimaraner.
There have been countless situations in all of this time in which my dogs have repeatedly given back all their time and effort.
This is reflected in the fact that there was no hunting where the dogs did not allow me to shoot the game in question.
There have also been countless situations where they found a wounded game, so I can freely say that I do not know what a lost game means, whether it is a pheasant, a rabbit, a wild duck, or a fox or jackal.
At first, it took me getting used to all the great features that Weimaraner possesses because I was just in the hunt for them to get into the situation to fully enjoy.
Each of the other races I hunted had that slight disadvantage that made the hunting pleasure not complete.
With the terriers, I had to take care not to conflict with the other dogs, with the Bretons after hunting I had to spend a lot of time cleaning the dog completely from the thistle and other vegetation.
The German short-haired birdman was not so resistant to the cold.
Of course, they were all excellent hunting dogs and the flaws I mentioned are so small that only real connoisseurs can spot them.
Until I started hunting and rearing Weimarans I didn’t even know that there was a dog that has everything balanced so that each of the above “flaws” with Weimaraner becomes a good feature.
It was only through Weimaraner that I realized what it meant for a dog to do his best with a minimum of commands to be given to him.
Over the last 7 years, I have raised a large number of dogs, most of which have become a faithful helper in hunting for a new owner.
Each of these dogs was an individual with its own distinctive characteristics but each of them fit the above.
The conclusion, after all, is that after all the races I have hunted with so far and which I have had the opportunity to watch in hunting, I now have the helper of the most versatile hunting dog that allows me to enjoy every moment of the hunt.