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The Tri State Weimaraner Rescue is currently receiving more requests to adopt females than males. If you select a female when completing the application, you should be prepared to wait longer.

Frequently, people we talk with about adopting a Weimaraner believe that the female is more affectionate than the male. This is simply not true. Most owners of male Weimaraners wouldn't trade their "boys" any day because they are loving and affectionate. Some rescue owners have commented that their males bonded closely with their families and follow them "like a shadow." Others note how well their dogs get along with other breeds in the household.

As in many other breeds, female Weimaraners are affectionate, but tend to be more independent and bossy than males. In homes with both males and females, the "leader of the pack" is usually a female. Some owners of both males and females say that the females rule the roost, but the males have more distinctive personalities. Devoted to her family, "top dog" Sophie shares her home with two male Weimaraners and two rescued German Shorthaired Pointers. All five are certified therapy dogs, but the male Weimaraners are favorites with the nursing home residents.

Another misconception is that males will mark inside the house. The Weimaraner is a very clean dog and, unless it is ill or very stressed and confused, would rather hold its bladder than soil its home. Accidents can happen, but if a dog of either sex often urinates in the house, it should be examined by a veterinarian for a possible health problem.  An unneutered male is much more likely to mark in the home than a fixed male.  Any weimaraner you receive from us will be neutered.

The main difference between males and females is size. A female usually weighs 55 to 65 pounds, while a male usually weighs between 70 and 85 pounds. Of course, genetics varies this figure. We will be happy to put you in touch with people who have always had females and have adopted males, and swear they will always have males in the future. If you would like to talk to someone who has "made the switch," write a note on your adoption application, and we'll have someone call you.

Last updated on September 2, 2010 by KellyAnn