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<span style="color:#008000;">I know we have lots of dog people here on VB, but I don't know if any of you all have any experience with weimaraners specifically. However, I know that somebody can probably answer a few questions I have, so I thought I'd make a thread and ask them.<br><br><br><br><b>What I know about the dog's background:</b><br><br>
So, the dog is almost a year old. She's lived with another dog (a pit mix) for her whole life and has been mostly an indoor dog. Her owner got her for his former fiancé because she'd always wanted one. Their relationship got really rocky, lots of drama ensued and they split up. I know the poor dog got beaten once somewhere in the process. Other than the one instance, she's been well-fed, is leash-trained and housebroken and has had a good life. The bottom line is that her owner can't (and doesn't want to) care for her any longer and is offering a pedigreed dog with papers for free to a good home.<br><br><br><br><b>my situation:</b><br><br>
I live in a good-sized 2 bedroom apartment. There are 3 cats living here already. None of the furniture is that nice that I'd worry about a dog messing it up (read: the cats have already had their way with their claws). My roommate and I have very opposite schedules and generally there is one of us in the apartment at most times. I have had dogs in the past, but never since I've been on my own. I am fully confident that I can provide a good environment for the dog, and feeding her and taking her for walks won't be a problem either. If she's receptive to it, I'd be more than happy to take her with me when I go run.<br><br><br><br><b>my questions (finally):</b><br><br>
Does anyone here have any experience with weimaraners? Does my living situation sound like one that would be a good one to bring the dog into?<br><br>
Would there be problems with the cats? (I know that there would initially be a getting used to period)<br><br>
I've read online that weimaraners are fine living in apartments as long as they get enough exercise. I've read that they are prone to separation anxiety and can be destructive if left alone. One of my cats is also prone to separation anxiety so that's not really an issue, and my youngest cat is more than prone to destruction so that's also something I'm accustomed to. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p"><br><br><br><br>
I guess I'm just wanting some input from our resident dog people and their opinions. I'd love to adopt Millie, I just want to make sure it would be a good situation for me and (most importantly) her too.<br><br>
Any advice or input is welcome.</span>
 

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Well, I've had two very different experiences.<br><br><br><br>
The first is of the weimaraners my uncle and his family keep. The first they didn't train properly, taunted it, chained it, and it attacked me once, and then a neighbour and it was destoyed. Their current one is even worse, I've never seen a dog like it and if it slips it's chain it will kill someone.<br><br><br><br>
And the other is the one my riding instructor owns, he's a complete slop and is great with kids and animals of all kinds - other dogs, cats, horses, sheep etc.<br><br><br><br>
They're very intelligent dogs and can make lovely pets, and it sounds like the one you're looking at has been brought up properly, which is the worry I'd have adopting one, but since you're able to talk to the previous owners personally this should be ok.<br><br><br><br>
Your apartment I'm not sure about, they are big, energetic dogs, my instructors spends all day running around fields and being chased by sheep and still has bounce left over, but he might be both an overly hyper individual and also used to having so much space. Could you maybe ask the owners if you could keep her for a week as a trial to see how it goes?<br><br><br><br>
If she gets on with the cats, that could help with the seperation thing.<br><br><br><br>
And yes we have tried to report my uncles dog (family ties my behind) but in the part of Ireland they live in it seems to be common practice to treat and keep dogs like that so no one cared.
 

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I love Weimaraners. Actually I just finished reading an awesome book about Weimaraners used for search and rescue work. <a href="http://www.katalbrecht.com/" target="_blank">http://www.katalbrecht.com/</a><br><br><br><br>
I think the temperament description on Dog Breed Info is pretty accurate: <a href="http://www.dogbreedinfo.com/weimaraner.htm" target="_blank">http://www.dogbreedinfo.com/weimaraner.htm</a><br><br>
They're an active breed that requires a lot of exercise, and ideally a job to do.<br><br><br><br>
They're a hunting breed so it may take some work to get her to accept the cats. For cat/dog introductions, keep the dog in control at all times and let the cats set the pace. This might mean for the first week or two you have to keep the dog on a leash so that the dog never approaches the cats on her own, instead let the cats be the ones that approach the dog. Keep the dog calm and teach her that the cats rule the house.
 

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They're a hunting breed so it may take some work to get her to accept the cats. For cat/dog introductions, keep the dog in control at all times and let the cats set the pace. This might mean for the first week or two you have to keep the dog on a leash so that the dog never approaches the cats on her own, instead let the cats be the ones that approach the dog. Keep the dog calm and teach her that the cats rule the house.</div>
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<br><br><br><span style="color:#008000;">The cats are my primary concern, and the main reason I didn't just say yes immediately. I'm concerned about how they will accept her too.<br><br>
Two of my cats are older, one of which is almost 13. They are fairly set in their ways. I can see the short leash thing working, though. How would that work if both me and my roommate have to leave?<br><br><br><br>
Thanks for the link to the dogbreedinfo page. The following sentence basically addresses my concerns directly:</span><br><br><br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
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My biggest concern, aside from the cats, is the lack of space. I think dogs should have nice big yards. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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I don't know about that.. A LOT of dog owners believe that having a big yard is reason enough for not giving their dogs proper exercise and regular walks. I'd rather adopt my dogs to someone with no yard, knowing that the dog will have to get walked regularly, than someone with a yard and little time/motivation for exercise.
 

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<span style="color:#008000;">I plan on incorporating her into my exercise, and taking her for walks if we end up adopting her. I had another talk with the roomie tonight and she's still having some reservations, with regards to the cats and the size of the dog for an indoor dog. I think we're going to go see the dog in the next few days and visit. My roommate has only seen her once, and she was a small puppy then.<br><br><br><br>
I'm personally all for trying it, at least on a trial one or two week situation.<br><br>
I'm only able to make 50% of the decision though. If I didn't have cats it would be different I think.</span>
 

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The first is of the weimaraners my uncle and his family keep. The first they didn't train properly, taunted it, chained it, and it attacked me once, and then a neighbour and it was destoyed. Their current one is even worse, I've never seen a dog like it and if it slips it's chain it will kill someone.</div>
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Please try to get this dog away. Report them to your humane association, whatever it takes. I would say that being put down is better than this existence.
 

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I have nothing useful to add. Sorry. I just wanted to say I <3 Weimaraners. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smitten.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":smitten:">
 

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Brandon, I know they can be expensive, but do try to invest in a crate. Dogs learn to love them - if they are not used too much - and like having their own "den" to crawl into at times. And that way, you can crate the dog when you and your roomie are gone so that the cats (and the dog) are safe.<br><br><br><br>
I think the combination of having a crate for when you are gone, and lots of exercise when you are home will be wonderful for the dog!!!
 

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they are really energetic dogs, meaning without stimulation the'll destroy your stuff- and I *think* they are a hound breed which is iffy if it hasn't been socialized to cats.
 

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Hey Brandon,<br><br><br><br>
One of my coworkers lives in an apartment with a 2 year old weimerimer and a cat. The animals have been living together for almost a year. The dog is energetic, but friendly. The cat is ticked off that the dog exists, but they get along fine. She crated the dog until recently due to typical puppy issues. Age two is a fairly normal puppy-adult transition stage for large breeds. Now both animals have free reign of the apartment while everyone is at work. The only problems she mentioned were that the dog gets in to the catbox and that he'll eat the cats food.<br><br><br><br>
I hope Millie finds a good home and everyone ends up happy <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">
 

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weimaraners are my favourite dogs...I'd desperately love to get one but I cant right now. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":(">
 

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We're in an apartment with Rufus and he gets at least an hour worth of walking every day. He's a beagle, very energetic, but he seems to do fine. I would say being in an apartment should be the least of your concerns.<br><br><br><br>
A trial option with the cats would be good. I would also advise you to invest in a crate. It was such a good thing for Rufus. I'm not gone much, but we keep him in his crate during those times. And he will even go in there to take a nap when we're home (especially if he needs a break from the crazy boys). He really does seem to treat it as a den.
 

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Please try to get this dog away. Report them to your humane association, whatever it takes. I would say that being put down is better than this existence.</div>
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I live in central England, they live in Southern Ireland (but I visit the area a lot). The fact that they're in a different country and not even in the UK has made it impossible to get anyone here to do anything, and we tried ringing and talking to people over in S.Ireland but like I said, they just told us it was common practice and couldn't see any proof of abuse to the dog.<br><br><br><br>
If I could get anywhere near it I'd even consider taking it away without their knowledge (they wouldn't care too much, just assume he got away) but the last time he saw me he nearly flipped himself over trying to attack me, so that's a nono.
 

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I live in central England, they live in Southern Ireland (but I visit the area a lot). The fact that they're in a different country and not even in the UK has made it impossible to get anyone here to do anything, and we tried ringing and talking to people over in S.Ireland but like I said, they just told us it was common practice and couldn't see any proof of abuse to the dog.<br><br><br><br>
If I could get anywhere near it I'd even consider taking it away without their knowledge (they wouldn't care too much, just assume he got away) but the last time he saw me he nearly flipped himself over trying to attack me, so that's a nono.</div>
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Have you contacted the ISPCA? It seems this might come under 'abuse'.<br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.ispca.ie/content/legal2.html#q2" target="_blank">http://www.ispca.ie/content/legal2.html#q2</a><br><br><br><br>
Having said that, I think the laws are a lot more lax here than in the UK, where they were recently amended to make e.g. leaving a dog out in the rain with no shelter, illegal.
 

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The first is of the weimaraners my uncle and his family keep. The first they didn't train properly, taunted it, chained it, and it attacked me once, and then a neighbour and it was destoyed. Their current one is even worse, I've never seen a dog like it and if it slips it's chain it will kill someone.</div>
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I think this is behavior is caused more by the way your uncle and his family raise their dogs than the dogs themselves.<br><br><br><br>
I also don't like seeing dogs referred to as 'its.' They're not things.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>~Brandon</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br><span style="color:#008000;">I know we have lots of dog people here on VB, but I don't know if any of you all have any experience with weimaraners specifically. However, I know that somebody can probably answer a few questions I have, so I thought I'd make a thread and ask them.<br><br><br><br><b>What I know about the dog's background:</b><br><br>
So, the dog is almost a year old. She's lived with another dog (a pit mix) for her whole life and has been mostly an indoor dog. Her owner got her for his former fiancé because she'd always wanted one. Their relationship got really rocky, lots of drama ensued and they split up. I know the poor dog got beaten once somewhere in the process. Other than the one instance, she's been well-fed, is leash-trained and housebroken and has had a good life. The bottom line is that her owner can't (and doesn't want to) care for her any longer and is offering a pedigreed dog with papers for free to a good home.<br><br><br><br><b>my situation:</b><br><br>
I live in a good-sized 2 bedroom apartment. There are 3 cats living here already. None of the furniture is that nice that I'd worry about a dog messing it up (read: the cats have already had their way with their claws). My roommate and I have very opposite schedules and generally there is one of us in the apartment at most times. I have had dogs in the past, but never since I've been on my own. I am fully confident that I can provide a good environment for the dog, and feeding her and taking her for walks won't be a problem either. If she's receptive to it, I'd be more than happy to take her with me when I go run.<br><br><br><br><b>my questions (finally):</b><br><br>
Does anyone here have any experience with weimaraners? Does my living situation sound like one that would be a good one to bring the dog into?<br><br>
Would there be problems with the cats? (I know that there would initially be a getting used to period)<br><br>
I've read online that weimaraners are fine living in apartments as long as they get enough exercise. I've read that they are prone to separation anxiety and can be destructive if left alone. One of my cats is also prone to separation anxiety so that's not really an issue, and my youngest cat is more than prone to destruction so that's also something I'm accustomed to. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p"><br><br><br><br>
I guess I'm just wanting some input from our resident dog people and their opinions. I'd love to adopt Millie, I just want to make sure it would be a good situation for me and (most importantly) her too.<br><br>
Any advice or input is welcome.</span></div>
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I think you've gotten some great advice. KP knows his stuff on dogs, so I'd go along with anything he suggested. I'd be more inclined as well to adopt one of my rescues to someone who lives in an apartment and will exercise their dog, over someone who lives with a yard and plans to leave their dog outside.<br><br><br><br>
The cats can be a concern and you'd need to introduce them slowly. You should read up about it. Plenty of articles on how to do it right.<br><br><br><br>
Good luck!
 

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<span style="color:#008000;">I appreciate all of you who've taken the time to respond. The situation is still in discussion-mode, but I've read some really helpful posts here.<br><br>
kpickell and alfiedog- I was hoping you two would post. I know you two know what you're talking about and I respect your experience.<br><br>
Alfie- do you have any links to information offhand? I have no problems searching for them myself, but if you have any you recommend I'd be interested.</span><br><br><br><br><br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
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We're in an apartment with Rufus and he gets at least an hour worth of walking every day. He's a beagle, very energetic, but he seems to do fine. I would say being in an apartment should be the least of your concerns.<br><br><br><br>
A trial option with the cats would be good. I would also advise you to invest in a crate. It was such a good thing for Rufus. I'm not gone much, but we keep him in his crate during those times. And he will even go in there to take a nap when we're home (especially if he needs a break from the crazy boys). He really does seem to treat it as a den.</div>
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<br><br><br><span style="color:#008000;">How did you go about introducing Rufus to the crate? I know from my cats that trying to put an animal into an enclosed space that they aren't familiar with can be a bad situation. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)"><br><br><br><br><br><br>
As of now, until we go visit Millie and let my roommate get a feel for her and how she feels about it everything is still up in the air.</span>
 
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