Weimaraner Dog and Chausie Cat
Regal, sleek, strong and smart these are the words that describe a Weimaraner or a Weim as they are known.
This beautiful mouse gray or silver dog is very athletic, agile and alert and can be a handful for someone who is not active and energetic themselves.
Weims were bred as a pointing breed which means they “smell, go and find” their prey.
Of German origin these dogs go back to the 17th century as the hunting dog of choice for noblemen.
In 1810 a German Grand Duke took it upon himself to develop the breed, as it is known today.
The Weimaraner became popular in this country around 1943 after it was recognized by the AKC.
However, the breed probably was not really noticed by the general public until William Wegman published photographs of his Weimaraner and others dressed in “people clothes.”
Weims are not couch potatoes, they need not only activity, but people companionship.
They want and need a great deal of activity, leadership, training and emotional closeness.
If you do not have a goodly amount of time to spend with this dog, cross it off your list.
The two most standard reasons people give up ownership of Weims is because “they take too much time” and “need too much exercise.”
Their intelligence can make them household trouble makers as they can learn (by themselves) how to open drawers, steal food off counters and stoves.
They get into almost as much mischief as a small child, if left to their own devices.
Do Weims fit into a family atmosphere?
Yes, they do and very well.
Weims love children and are protective of them. However, because of their activity level toddlers could be unintentionally hurt.
Do they get along with other animals?
You need to remember they are hunting dogs. Hunting dogs chase small running things (cats.) Weims can get along with cats if they are brought up with them as a puppy, however they do better with larger dogs than smaller ones.
Puppies need basic obedience training most definitely and if you have a puppy kindergarten in your area that is a plus, too.
Healthwise they are pretty healthy, but can suffer from bloat, hip dysplasia and a few are predisposed to a genetic over reaction to vaccinations.
It is best to talk to your breeder to find out if there are any genetic problems with the parents.
Weims are really wonderful dogs that require little grooming care, other than the usual bath and nail clipping.
The only negative, if you can call it that is they are very people oriented and cannot stand being alone for long periods of time as many suffer from separation anxiety.
So if you have “time on your hands, love outdoor activity and want a faithful companion to share your life with, get a Weimaraner.
What is a Chausie?
A Chausie is a relatively new breed of cat only going back to the 1960’s.
It is a cross between a domestic cat and a jungle cat (felis catus and felis chaus.)
From the research I have done some say the Abyssinian cat was the domestic cat used because of its exotic look and I haven’t been able to find any more information about the “jungle cat” other than that was what it was.
Since the breed is so relatively new The International Cat Association requires that the cats be at least an F3 (which is a third generation off spring.)
So to make a long story short, we will accept that information and go onward.
Chausies are taller than our normal domestic cats and look leaner. The average weight is between 12 – 15 pounds.
The Chausie is a very personable cat that is full of life and mischief.
In some ways they have a “dog like” streak, they like to play fetch and other active games such as chasing a laser or feather boa.
They need a family that has time to play as they are very active.
Chausies are very definitely inside cats. If they were allowed outside, that would probably be the last time you ever would see it.
Their curiosity and activity level would have them off the front step in a moments notice.
Chausies are attractive cats, their fur color is ticked like that of a wild rabbit. They come in three colors brown ticked tabby, black and silvertip (which is the “jungle cat” color.)
They are easy to groom, with only a light brushing needed at times.
They are great family cats, lively and fun, plus they are climbers and jumpers.
If you are looking for a cat that is elegant in looks, lively and fun with a hint of mischief thrown in, along with a few surprises, get a Chausie.