So You Want To Adopt A Weim?

Please think before you leap!

Adopting a dog is a big decision. Weimaraners require lots of time, daily exercise, patience, money, and commitment—for 12 to 15 years in many cases. You really need to think before you adopt.

Weimaraners are not for everyone and our dogs are definitely not perfect. Please research the breed BEFORE applying. It is not first come, first served. We have a long list of approved applicants waiting to be matched with a dog.

There are a variety of situations to consider before adopting a life-long friend. It can happen to the best of us. You see a posting on Facebook of a gorgeous Weim puppy and the next thing you know, you're walking down the aisles at Chow Hound.

If you're like most of us, falling in love with a Weimaraner is easy. And no wonder! Sharing your home with a four-legged friend can be one of life's greatest joys. Dogs give us unconditional loyalty and acceptance, provide constant companionship, and even help relieve stress after a hard day's work.



The fact that you're thinking about adopting a Weimaraner from GLWR means you're a responsible and caring person. But before you make that decision, ask yourself?

  • Why do you want a Weimaraner? It's amazing how many people fail to ask themselves this simple question before they get a dog. Adopting a Weim just because the kids have been pining for a puppy usually ends up being a big mistake. Is this breed right for your busy family or life?
  • Do you have time for a Weimaraner? Weims must be exercised EVERY DAY in all kinds of weather. They need food, water, exercise, care, and companionship every day of every year. Some dogs at GLWR were surrendered because their owners didn't realize how much time it took to care for them and keep them happy.
  • Can you afford a pet? The costs of dog ownership can be quite high. Heartworm, flea & tick, veterinary care, toys, food, daycare, vacation dog sitters, in addition to unexpected emergencies mean expenses add up quickly.
  • Can you have a large dog where you live? Many rental communities don't allow pets, and some have size restrictions. Make sure you know what they are before you bring a dog home.
  • Is it a good time for you to adopt a Weimaraner? If you have kids under six years old, for instance, you might consider waiting a few years before you adopt a Weimaraner. Dog ownership requires children who are mature enough to be responsible. If you work several jobs, are a student, in the military, or travel frequently, waiting until you’re settled down is wise.
  • Do you know who will care for your pet while you're away on vacation? You'll need either reliable friends and neighbors or money to pay for a boarding kennel or pet-sitting service.
  • Will you be a responsible pet owner? Obeying community leash and licensing laws, and keeping identification tags on your dog are all part of being a responsible owner. Of course, giving your dog love, companionship, exercise, a healthy diet, and regular veterinary care are other essentials.
  • Finally, are you prepared to keep and care for your dog for their entire lifetime? When you adopt a dog, you are making a commitment to care for them for as long as they live.
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