Whenever Jerry and I and Maizie return home from our runs, Maizie has to do laps around our front lawn–to show us her preferred running pace! 😉
Breeder’s Note: We want to remind everyone (especially those with a young pup) that the Weimaraner is a very high-energy dog. We see them as having two speeds. First, there is full speed ahead, and then there flop (and recline). This makes it challenging to exercise the very young Weimaraner. A lot of long-distance runners choose this breed. They can make a good running partner. Nevertheless, it is important to remember they are similar to us humans. They can wear out their joints. They also can get ACL tears, nerve damage, and a whole myriad of ailments from too much exercise–or an inadvertant wrong move.
Growth and the Weimaraner
The Weimaraner will continue to grow until they are at least 15 months old. Some growth may occur as late as two-years of age. The only way growth can occur (as we understand it) is for the growth plates to allow expansion. This means they have not closed yet, and the bones are more easily damaged. This same situation means that the pliable bones have a limit to the amount of high-impact exercise they should see. Everyone has their own opinion on this topic. Nonetheless, we suggest that you be creative with your exercise routine. You might consider swimming. It is low-impact, and the water retrieve can burn off a lot of energy. For the first year, keep the runs to about 3 miles, or less. Remember, if you go three miles, they might have gone six. You want those hips and joints to last as long as possible.
The Amazing Maizie
Maizie is in excellent condition. She is not a young pup, and easily able to do longer runs. We love this video. Isn’t it great how she runs laps on command? Thank you Linda for sharing it with us! it is very fun video….