Are Weimaraners Good with Kids?

By Britt Kascjak

Are you planning on adding a Weimaraner to your family, but you’re concerned about the kids?

This is a valid and very important concern for parents. Choosing the right dog for your family can make all the difference when it comes to both the safety and happiness of everyone involved.

Of course, there are unique personality traits associated with individual dogs.

But, understanding the traits most associated with a breed can help to make an educated choice. It’s also a great way to be prepared for challenges you may face.

Here are a few important points for those considering a Weimaraner.

Weimaraner Temperament with Children 

Whether your dog is going to do well with your children is going to depend on the child’s age and the training you do with your dog.

The Weimaraner isn’t a breed that is naturally great with young children or babies. They are shy dogs and may be easily startled by the noises made by a child.

They are also described as “velcro dogs”. This means that you may be faced with jealousy in response to giving your child attention.

With focused training, a Weimaraner can be a great family dog.

But first, you will need to address socialization, jumping, and your dog’s self-confidence.

Even when fully trained, no dog should be left alone with children unsupervised. It takes only a few seconds for a situation to turn dangerous.

Are Weimaraners Territorial?

While not all Weimaraners are territorial, they are more likely to develop this trait than many other breeds.

If left unaddressed, this can present as aggression including:

  • Barking
  • Growling
  • Snarling
  • Snapping
  • Biting

With children around, this is obviously a concern that should be taken seriously.

The best way to prevent this from developing is to start socializing your dog at a young age. Teach them that strangers aren’t to be feared.

Building your dog’s confidence around new situations and experiences will help to reduce fear and anxiety.

A life with children often involves more noise, excitement, and high energy than an adult-only house. This could easily trigger your dog’s territorial nature if it isn’t addressed.

Are Weimaraners a Good First Dog?

This is a highly intelligent breed that will thrive with positive-reinforcement training. But, they can become a handful of problems quickly if not properly socialized.

They also have a strong stubborn streak. This can make it harder to address any problems after they have started to surface.

For this reason, they are not usually recommended for first-time dog owners.

That being said, if a Weimaraner is your dream dog, it can work out. But, you should consider getting in touch with a professional dog trainer to help you.

Addressing your dog’s training needs right away will set you and your dog up for success.

Final Thoughts: Are Weimaraners Good with Kids?

Weimaraners can be great family dogs, but only with early training and socialization. The good news is that they are highly intelligent dogs, meaning that they are trainable.

They are often recommended for families with older kids only.

Make sure to consider the time and energy your Weimaraner will need. This can be harder to manage when also caring for children.

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Britt Kascjak
Britt Kascjak has been active in the animal rescue community for over 15 years, volunteering, fostering, and advocating for organizations across Canada and the US. Her ‘pack’ includes her husband John, their 3 dogs – Daviana, Indiana, and Lucifer – and their 2 cats – Pippen and Jinx.