WEIMARANER BIG GAME HUNTER TO BIRD DOG


– [Narrator] Dogumentary TV. Producing the best breed
documentaries on YouTube. (dog barking) (light, playful music) – We are into Weimaraners. For 40 years they have been our breed. I’m Linda D’Alessandro – And I’m Lou D’Alessandro. – Weimaraners were originally
from Germany, and they used them for big game like
deer and things like that. When the big game population
was kind of decimated, they changed them into bird dogs. And so, they came over to the
United States early 1940’s, and unfortunately there
was a big craze about them and people bought them
for the wrong reasons and they fell into kind of disfavor because people didn’t know
what they were getting into. They’re a very intelligent
and intuitive breed. They need mental stimulation. They can do just about anything. This is a dog that is
capable of a great deal. What they’re not good at is doing nothing. So you do have to have, like, a plan to do something with your dog. – Linda and I, with our
breed that we’ve been in for 40 years, with the
Weimaraners, we do just about every discipline that’s
out there with our dogs. So, it’s a lot of training, it’s a lot of learning on our part. Somebody that I was talking
to a while back said, “Well, you must be one
heck of a dog trainer.” “You do agility and obedience, “and you do field and show and rally, “and you go hunting with your dogs, “you do tracking with your dogs.” And I said, “Well, it’s not so
much that I’m a good trainer. “Perhaps, but the dogs actually train me.” Because the dogs are so
intelligent that they cause you to hone your
skills and become better at working with them
and training with them. They are an active breed, they’re packed full of energy, and they are a versatile breed in that … The example of Diesel
is a good example of all the activities that you
can do with the dogs. And it’s not that you just can do them, they really excel at them. – They’re wonderful. They’re very attached to their people, they’re very much a people breed, and they want to be with you. And that’s one of the reasons I think they’re easy to train in most cases, they do have that intelligence
that Lou was talking about. But they really want to be a team. For the most part, the
breed is emotionally stable. Again, they’re very people orientated. They’re not a dog that you can just put in your backyard and do nothing with, because they really want
to be part of the family. And if they’re not
integral into your family, they can be destructive. And they’re a big dog, so
they can do some damage. But, as long as they’re
getting enough attention and getting physical activities … And not only physical, but mental. They really are a breed that
needs mental stimulation. Then they’re fine. Longest living one we had was almost 16. We do have some problems in
our breed, like any breed. There’s some hip dysplasia,
some thyroid issues, but these all are tested for and good breeders test for all of this. There’s something called HUU, HYM, and SD. Those again are simple genetic tests that you can do through Davis and again, people are testing for all these so they know what they’re getting. And then the eyes. The breed has been prone
in the past to having extra eyelashes, but again
you look for a breeder that is breeding and has a certificate that says they’ve tested
for all these things. And you should do that with any breed. All breeds have medical issues. I mean, it’s a matter of genetics. You know, they’re all
being, have similar genetics and so different breeds
have different issues. So whatever breed you get, you should know what those issues are and make sure your breeder has tested for them. – I’m Holly McKnight
from Kingman, Arizona. I’ve been in the Weimaraner
breed for 35 years. I choose to do both show and
field because I love both. I love the fields, I love
the people in the field. I love the show ring, I love
the people in the show ring. I love the end result of hopefully producing that dual champion. It’s a fine line that a dual person walks. I try to prove my dual breeding. There’s field people that are gonna say, “Oh, your dog will never
cut it in the field.” And there’s show people
with, you know, top 10, top 20 Weimaraners out
there and they’ll say, “Oh your dog’s never gonna
cut it in the show ring.” So it’s kind of a challenge
for us dual people to walk this fine line and produce both spectrums of this field, the field dog and the show dog, and put it together and
say, “Here is my dual.” The Weimaraner breed
standard’s a medium sized, gray dog with fine, aristocratic features. He should present a picture of grace, speed, stamina, alertness, and balance. Above all, the dog’s conformation
must indicate the ability to work with great speed
and endurance in the field. The height from the withers of a male dog is 25 to 27 inches. The female dog is 23 to 25 inches. A Weimaraner that is
colored blue or black is a disqualification to our
American breeds of Weimaraners. Our parent club doesn’t accept them. The importance of the
conformation part of what we do, that conformationally correct dog, the way it’s built, it’s chest, it’s legs, it’s top line, the way the chest is built, helps him compete in the
field and be able to run. If you put a young dog down and his feet are way out east and west,
this dog is not going to go straight and be able to
compete running in the field. Or if he’s too over-angulated
in the back legs he’s not gonna be able to
run with speed and elegance. – Hi, I’m Anne Taguchi. I’m a Weimaraner breeder
in southern California and I’m the President of the
Orange Coast Weimaraner Club and a member of the
Weimaraner Club of America. Today, we’re in California
City at a field trial. It’s at Orange Coast Weimaraner Club. We have about 100 dogs
participating in this event, from Canada to the east coast, California, all around the country. This is a Regional Classic,
so we’ve got some of the best field Weimaraners
attending this event. It’s important because this
breed is a hunting breed, and this is where we compete to
see who’s the best of the best. The competition, we are divided into various groups from a puppy to a derby, which is a young dog
that’s not quite finished. We also have adult dogs that are completely trained and steadied. The dogs compete to earn AKC
Field Championship points. So, a finished dog would be
a dog that can go out there, hunt, find birds, the handler would flush a bird, the bird would be shot, and the dog will retrieve
the bird to hand. Unfortunately, in Weimaraners
we do have a big split between the show and
field type of Weimaraner. The good field Weimaraners
are just as good as any of the other
versatile hunting dogs, but we just don’t have as many. But they are a fantastic bird dog and they can compete
with the best of them. – Well, you know, being a
working dog, which they are, and any breed that’s a working
breed, you’ve got an issue. You need to work that dog. You just can’t put it on
a corner on the shelf and let it sit there, and then
pull it out when you decide, “Oh, let’s pay attention
to the dog today.” The dog needs activity, it
needs the mental stimulation. – They do keep you young,
and they keep you active, and they keep you engaged,
and they are just, they complete our family quite frankly. You know, my son can’t
imagine having another breed. He’s in a position right now
where he can’t have a dog, but as soon as he can have one
it’s gonna be a Weimaraner. And, I think the world is
divided into two camps. You’re either a Weimaraner
person, or you’re not. And it’s good to know before
you get one, which one you are.

14 thoughts on “WEIMARANER BIG GAME HUNTER TO BIRD DOG

  • I have a weimaraner and he is so laid back but he does like to run too. Also they are amazing with kids

  • As far as I know, blue or black weimaraner are not included in the standard for breeding. (There might be exceptions) Also many blue or black weimaraner come from illegal breeding. (Again there might be exceptions) It just saddens me that there are so many people who buy them simply for their coat. I find the coat rather boring-ish? Maybe it's because I grew up with weimaraner. We got our Gustav for hunting and after his death, we took in a female long hair weimaraner, we intend to train for mantrailing. They are definitely not the kind of dog you will have an easy ride with. Especially if you are inexperienced.
    Personality-wise these dogs are a perfect match for our family.

  • When it comes to hunting/flushing upland game, how do these guys compare to Vizslas or Brittanys? Looking for a good hunting dog currently.

  • I wouldn't have anything but a blue weimer…… you cali folks can kiss my weimer's ass……….(and yes, I have 5 of them. all males. all hunt quail. all 5 live in my home in their room. All are AKC registered.

  • Weird story but me and the boys actually shot a Weimar before while hunting quails, he survived. But he's horrifically disfigured now.

  • Just lost our 17 year old Weimaraner… He’d been diagnosed with a slow growing cancer and our vet honestly thought Blue would have died of old age before the cancer returned. He unexpectedly underwent GENUINE service dog training when he was 7 years old and acted like he’d always done the job since puppy hood. He was the dog of my heart and lifetime.😘

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