If you ask any Weimaraner owner about the breed, they will likely tell you that the breed is like no other. They may even say that Weimaraners think they are human. Weimaraners are smart, and they are ranked 11th for intelligence out of 36 dog breeds. Neither of these aspects can keep this regal breed from getting into trouble and committing Weim-crimes, which is a loving term used by Weimaraner owners.
If you are planning on welcoming a Weimaraner into your home, there are a few crucial things you must understand about the breed and why it is extremely important for you to have a fence surrounding your backyard. Not just any fence... a sturdy, tall one. Here's what you need to know.
Natural Instincts & Abilities of Weimaraners
Weimaraners were originally bred for hunting bear and boar in the thick forests of Germany. They are extremely fast and can run up to 35 mph. In order to traverse thick forests at those speeds, they were bred to be very agile as well. Their natural hunting skills are stealthy and cat-like.
A Weimaraner can spot an animal from far away and, before you know it, be on the chase. A Weimaraner named Klaus ran over 35 miles in just two days alongside his human bicyclists. Imagine how far a Weimaraner could go when chasing wildlife when their natural instincts kick in. For this reason, it is crucial for you to surround your backyard with a fence.
Options to Consider for Fencing & Your Backyard
Since you don't know yet if your Weimaraner will be a digger and/or a jumper, it's important to install a fence that will work for both issues. Make sure the fencing is embedded at least one foot into the ground and choose a high fence. Eliminate any take-off points that your dog could use as a launching pad, particularly if there are any raised areas in your backyard near the fence line. Plant a row or two of shrubs in these areas or near the fence to deter your dog from jumping. Contact a fencing contractor, like AAA Fence and Gates, for more help.
Weimaraners have a natural tendency to spot and track any movement from wildlife with their eyes. While a sturdy, tall fence can keep your Weimaraner in your backyard, a fence won't keep your dog from whining, barking, and yelping at the wildlife it sees. If you want to deter this type of boisterous noise from your dog, it's a good idea to install a privacy fence that your Weimaraner won't be able to see what's on the other side of the fence.