Adopting A Weimaraner Pup Soon? Here's What You Need To Know!
William Wegman has been featuring Weimaraners in human-like poses for portraits and videos for more than 40 years. Weimaraners are photogenic, regal dogs that were originally bred for hunting but make wonderful family pets. They are obedient, loyal, patient, protective, friendly, and loving. Weimaraners are very intelligent and are often called the dog with a human brain. However, there are a few issues that some Weimaraner owners deal with. Here's what you need to know if you are adopting a Weimaraner into your family.
They destroy most regular chew toys within minutes unless they are nooking
Dog chew toys usually only last a few minutes... even the ones that are packaged as being indestructible. Weimaraners have strong jaws and can destroy most chew toys within minutes. However, there is one particular type of chew toy that is next to impossible for a Weimaraner to destroy: deer antlers. Deer antlers can provide your Weimaraner with countless hours of chew-time, without you needing to hover over them to make sure they don't rip it to shreds. Visit a site like perfectpetchews.com for more help.
However, you do still want to provide your Weimaraner with a soft lovey, such as a blanket, so they can nook. Nooking is a behavioral and instinctual trait that is common in the breed. Nooking is when Weimaraners suckle on blankets or soft toys as a way to self-soothe or deal with frustration. You may notice your Weimaraner nooking when they are trying to fall asleep.
They are prone to the painful conditions of hip dysplasia and osteoarthritis
Hip dysplasia is a painful ailment that is common in large- and medium-sized dog breeds. Hip dysplasia occurs when the hip joints fail to develop normally. This failure leads to gradual deterioration of the joints and, often, osteoarthritis. Some Weimaraner lines have a greater genetic predisposition than others of developing hip dysplasia, so be sure to speak with the breeder before selecting your pup.
However, if your dog does develop hip dysplasia and/or osteoarthritis, you can give them antler powder to help alleviate the symptoms. According to research published by the National Institutes of Health, antler powder was shown to significantly improve the gait, daily life activities, and vitality of dogs that were given the nutritional supplement for the 60 day duration of the study. Antler powder is actually the velvet of antlers. It comes in a powder form that can be sprinkled on your dog's food, but you do want to be sure to give your dog the recommended dosage for their weight.