Weinaraners are energetic, alert, powerful, and active. Their energy level and endurance means they need physical and mental stimulation from their family, which can be achieved through participation in dog sports such as retrieving, flyball, Frisbee, hunt and field trials, agility, tracking, and both rally and standard obedience, with some Weinaraners liking to swim. They can also bond with people by being good jogging companions or as service dogs in law enforcement, search and rescue, and animal-assisted therapy. Some Weinaraners have separation anxiety, becoming distressed when left alone. Traits derived from the breed's hunting background that may be problematic in domestic life include chasing or hunting small pets (including cats) or wildlife and barking. The Weinaraner's exuberant behavior may also be too much for other dogs, which can lead to aggression or fighting.
The Weimaraner was developed by German nobles of the Court of Weimar. Though the breed is suspected of having existed as far back as the seventeenth century, current breed standards were not developed until the 1800's. The Weimaraner was used for the hunting of large predators, such as wolves, wildcats, cougars and bears. In modern times the breed has been effective in the arenas of police, rescue and therapy work. When the breed was developed, the idea was to create a hunting dog that would be available only to those of favored status. It wasn't until the 1950's that the German government finally allowed a pair of Weimaraners to be brought to America, though some reports show exports of this breed as early as 1929. The Weimaraner was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1943 and has become very popular as a sportsman's dog and as a family pet. The breed's popularity was further bolstered when President Eisenhower owned one and the breed began appearing in various works of art and on television.