|Barked: Fri Sep 28, '12 12:10pm PST |
|Speaking generally of course...
Weimaraners are stoic work horses who take their jobs and life EXTREMELY seriously. They are not weekend warriors. If not worked 7 days a week - hard - they are prone to becoming fractious, destructive, anxiety ridden and even aggressive. When I say worked I do not mean a walk or even jog around the block a few times. They need wide open spaces to gallop and sniff. Although I found my Weim and the Weims I've hunted behind funny in ways I'm pretty sure there is nothing funny about life to them. They need owners who are committed to giving them what they need to be happy, and it's quite a commitment to undertake, much more so than with other breeds.
GSD's, again speaking generally, are stoic work horses out in the field (as all pointers are) but there is much more wiggle room temperament wise. They don't need *as much* time, energy or space to keep happy (read, of course all bird dogs need a substantial amount of all but this is just relayed for comparisons sake). They tend to be more relaxed (as relaxed as a pointer can be) and some lines I'd dare say can let their hair down to the point of being downright goofy.
I will caution, there is a big difference between hunting behind a certain breed of dog and owning one. My favorite waterfowl dog to hunt behind is a Chessie - hands down, they trip my trigger like none other in a blind - but I'll never own one. I can enjoy the talent and send them home because in the end I don't enjoy their overall demeanor. Same thing with Weim's. I've heard of far too many people work behind one, go WOAH! I WANT ONE!!! only to find out the two were soooooo never ever going to be compatible living together 24/7/365. Most people find them far faaaaaaaar too intense.
It all depends on what you're after.
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