Are Weimaraners Good With Cats?

First, let’s consider some general stereotypes about weimaraners.

They’re high energy. They’re rough. They have a high prey drive. They’re hunting dogs, obnoxious and loud.

Now, let’s also consider that many weims do live with cats and they get along fine.

So, are weimaraners good with cats?

It depends on the individual dog, of course. Not breed.

It depends on the cat, too. Is the cat used to dogs? Does he handle himself OK around them?

And as an owner, do you know when to step in and keep everyone safe, what to tolerate and how to safely introduce a dog and a cat?

Bottom line. No, weimaraners are not necessarily known to be “good” with cats (for the reasons above). But, if the dog is raised with cats or perhaps properly introduced later in life in a safe way and given clear rules, it can work out just fine.

Weimaraners and cats

My weimaraner Remy is “good” with my cats.

By that, I mean he is not aggressive with them. We don’t allow him to chase the cats, although he’d love to. But he’s still too hyper and wiggly for their liking. He tries to nose them and paw at them (just like he does to us too). Basically, my weimaraner is rude to everyone – people, dogs and cats. But we don’t allow him to terrorize our cats.

Beamer, our calm & cool, confident tan tabby is very good with Remy. Beamer walks into a room with slow confidence, claiming the area with energy that so clearly says, “You will give me space and respect.” Beamer is 14. He’s been around  a while and let’s just say, He’s seen some shit.

Scout, our more sensitive gray tabby (not pictured) is nervous around Remy. I think he’s getting better but for the most part he stays on the other side of the hallway gate.

Introducing our cat to our weimaraner

All that being said, I trust Remy with my cats. I can leave them in the same room and he might annoy them but nothing that concerns me. I wouldn’t leave them loose together home alone, but Remy is always kenneled when we’re not home anyway.

I’m also careful when there’s food out, but that’s common sense with all animals. I’m careful with food around my Lab mix Ace too.

Remy was raised around our cats from 8 weeks, and I think that’s what made the biggest difference for him. He sees cats outside and he gets excited and wants to chase them, but it’s not the same “drive” I see in him when he spots rabbits or birds.

I wanted to write this post because I saw someone from a Labrador rescue posting on Facebook about how her group had taken in a weimaraner for adoption and the dog couldn’t go to a home with cats. “Weimaraners are cat killers,” she said. “They can’t live with cats.” And then she and others went on about the “cat killer” weims.

Yes, some weims have killed cats. These are hunting dogs with a strong prey drive. You can say the same about a lot of breeds.

Can weimaraners live with cats?

Dogs chase and sometimes kill small animals. Some weims shouldn’t live with cats, and that doesn’t make them bad dogs. There are a lot of dogs that should not live with cats.

Some weimaraners, just like any breed, can live safely with cats. It just depends on the individual dog, how it was raised and how it is introduced to cats.

If you are adopting an adult weimaraner and you are not sure how the dog is with cats, I would be very, VERY careful as this breed does have a very strong prey drive. I personally would not be comfortable adopting an adult weimaraner unless I knew he had lived with a cat in a prior indoor home.

Before we made the decision to purchase a weimaraner, one of my top questions for the breeder was, “Can weimaraners live with cats?” Her answer was very frank and I think accurate:

Cats are generally not an issue when you get a very young pup (8 weeks) because they will be raised with them and generally the cat will lay down the law at that impressionable age, which helps.”

Are weimaraners good with cats?

My weim Remy is good with our cats. He knows they live with us and that we’re all somehow this united group or “family.”

Two dogs, two cats and two people.That’s all he knows, really. His family.

Do we have any weimaraner owners reading? Or other people with breeds known for a high prey drive?

Do you have a cat? How do your pets get along generally?

23 thoughts on “Are Weimaraners Good With Cats?”

  1. I have two cats and a GSD. GSDs are said to be iffy with cats due to the prey drive, but we chose the puppy route so that the dog would grow up with the cat. Our breeder assured us that none of her dogs had ever had issues with her cats over the years.

    Our dog is a placement from another breeder, but the two breeders discussed at length which litter would likely be the best fit for a home with multiple cats, in terms of expected drive levels.

    Before we brought the puppy home, we partitioned off the house so that the cats always had an escape route to a dog-free zone. I put up a gate and taught the cats, using treats, that the little door belonged to them.

    Our pup learned early what “leave the kitty!” meant. She has always been very curious and will follow rather than chase (not sure the cats see the difference). She would play bow and yip and bring stuffed toys to share. Pretty sure the cats interpreted that as a warning, given that the toys were the same size they were, but she tried hard. She’s never shown any aggression toward them, even when she got too close and the older cat left a claw embedded in her nose.

    The dog is nearly three now, and they almost tolerate her. They still choose to live on a different floor of the house, but they will tolerate being in the same room as long as she ignores them. My husband can now work with a cat curled up behind his​ monitor and a German Shepherd at his feet.

    1. Lindsay Stordahl

      Aww, I can just imagine her as a little puppy bringing the cats her toys. Haha. I had forgotten you also have cats.

    2. I was told the same thing about my standard poodle who we adopted at 16 weeks, and much like your situation, he and our older, very demanding, graceful, and intelligent Bombay nap together etc. But our skittish, half feral Callie is just now seeking us out in his presence after almost 3 yrs. He is regularly reprimanded for any chasing or blocking of cat doors, but they are all free ranging when we’re gone. I don’t know I would adopt older, high-prey drive breeds, frankly. We also live with proof that not all cats are equal in demanding their place and taking it❤️

    3. In our home, we have two cats and one Weim. They are similarly aged, the cats were a litter from a feral that lived in the neighborhood and gave birth in my property, I brought them home, they must have been around 5 weeks and recently weaned. My Weim is about 2.5 months younger than the cats, she came home at 60 days…

      I had no idea there was a term going around that weims were “cat killers” and I felt horrible that I had not researched anything prior to choosing to open my home and hearts to these little bundles of joy. So, I was super cautious during the introduction. It took me weeks and weeks to let the Weim (Agatha) around the cats, off leash. The cats were pretty cool and didn’t seem too scared, but Agatha did have a drive to chase them, which concerned me. She never showed any aggression, at all, but she is big and rough and tough, and high energy and I always thought that if the cats misinterpreted her approach and pawed at her, who knew how she would react to being hurt.

      Well, I can not say that it was easy, it took effort and training and correcting and patience, but my pets get along famously. Agatha loves the cats, the cats sure do like her a little bit most of the time 🙂

      They can be all loose around the house, they really do get along extremely well. Agatha would still chase neighborhood cats out of the property, but even that has stopped as she got older. She completely ignores the community cats around my new home, stays cool as a cucumber. HOWEVER, if a street cat is in a full run, she perks up and her prey drive gets activated, for sure. Bottom line, all dogs are different, how they’re raised matters. How young they were introduced to cats matters. With all that being said, their entire demeanor changes when they’re outside in the yard. My cats are strictly indoor cats, but I have from time to time in the past allowed supervised “outdoor time” ( I don’t do it anymore, it stresses me out) and anytime the cats were out and the dog was out, they acted totally different. The cats walked low to the ground, suspicious-like and the dog seemed just uncomfortably too curious, looking at them too eagerly… I wouldn’t trust my weim to roam freely if the cats were roaming freely outside.

      Anyway, that’s my two cents.

  2. A year ago I adopted a mixed breed dog from Guatemala. She had been running wild with a pack of dogs. Maggie is 1 or 2 yrs. old, very gentle with humans, tolerates other dogs well, and very calm in nature. She does well in our household with our other dog. Not so with our cat. We still must keep them separated as Maggie is very aggressive with the cat and the cat is terrified. I have a feeling that cats may have been part of the diet for Maggie in Guatemala. Any suggestions?

    1. Lindsay Stordahl

      I’m not sure if there’s much you can do with that kind of prey drive. If it were me, I would probably use an e-collar to correct staring at the cat and reward/praise for ignoring the cat.

    2. Hello Denise, I am interested in hearing how things are going at your home since this post of Apr 2/17. I just recently adopted a street dog from Mexico. Cammy joined my household 17 days ago. I have a 13-yr-old indoor/outdoor cat also who lived his entire life with my Retriever/Mastiff who passed a year ago last October. So Jaxxon, the cat is familiar with dogs. Cammy hasn’t accepted Jaxxon as part of the household yet and I’m hoping it’ll just take time. I too was worried that cats might’ve been part of Cammy’s diet in Cancun. Have you tried an e-collar as Lindsay Stordahl mentioned? Do you have a photo of Maggie?

  3. I have a beloved older Catahoula that I reared with cats, & she’s wonderful with them, although she comes from cat killing stock. However, I took her grand daughter who is very timid & submissive but grew up wild. She’s about 2. She has had bad luck. She’s quite a hunter but she longs to be a house dog. We have 3 cats, 1 elderly & declawed & 1 crippled. All are cozy with our older dog. I am very worried that the younger dog can’t adjust to cats. Claws are nothing to a Catahoula. Most trainers would try a shock collar. I think I might expose her in a box muzzle but she’s still a Catahoula & I can’t risk the cats. Ideas???

    1. Lindsay Stordahl

      Definitely a muzzle and keep her leashed around them. I would say a shock collar too depending on how it goes.

  4. Dagmar Bernitt

    It all depends. I had an old cat when my husband adopted a GSD puppy. The cat was horrified about to the puppy who just wanted to make friends. Unfortunately, several weeks later this cat was killed on the road one night and the puppy howled all that night. When I found her and carried her home, he covered the body with kisses and tried to awake her in tossing her with his paws and nose. We got a kitten afterwards while the GSD was still a puppy and these two became best buddies ever. When this cat died (kidney cancer), the GSD was 8 years old and I adopted a friend’s adult cat of the same age but who had never experienced dogs. The GSD run towards her, all happy and excited, and the cat just laid down, eyes closed and face on the paws as if to say: “that’s the end, Amen” and found herself showered in wet kisses of joy and happiness. After several years without dogs but always with cats in the home, I have recently taken in a rescue Lab of 10 years of age who had to face my, also rescued, Oriental short hair of the same age. Again the cat is the boss and made him understand that her law counts. He respected her from the very first day but would chase any outdoor cat if he could. Now, 7 months later, short and timid approaches have taken place and some days ago, I found them side by side on the dog’s matress… Everything is possible and it really depends of the personality of each of them (and of our patience and perseverance).

  5. At the guide dog school they always have a cat at the nursery to socialize with the puppies from 0-8 weeks old. Unfortunately Ali is allergic to cats so we don’t have one at our house, but instead we go to my parents house to get our pup’s used to being around cats.

  6. David Grant Du Preez

    I have three cats. They are used to dog. Last year I brought a stray kitten home and my Chocolate Labrador adopted him. They slept together in the sitting room. My lab passed due to a kidney failure. The kitten which is 8 months grieved over him. I am thinking of getting a Weimaraner puppy. Would it be a good idea? My dogs travel with me between my home in Upington, the beach house and house in Cape Town. I have two Pomeranians.

    1. Lindsay Stordahl

      Is it an adult weim or a puppy? A puppy would be just fine as the cats and the poms will put him in his place. With an adult, you’d just have to choose one carefully that has been around smaller animals and of course supervise very closely. It sounds like you have experience with big dogs so I’m sure it would be OK.

    2. Yes it should work well if you get a 8 yr old puppy the cats bcc will be in Xbox ha 8 week old pu!

      Yes it should work well if you get a 8 week old weim. I have had two both with cats from the start no problem The had loving relationships especially with outgoing cats

  7. I have a weimaraner who grew up with a cat, a lynx point siamese. My cat loved our weim, but our weim was a little terrified of the cat. The cat tried to sleep on top of him, and he would look at us with a really worried look, then gently get up and move. Our cat would come up to sleep on our dog’s sheepskin in front of the fire. Our dog would move and let the cat have the entire sheepskin while he settled in a really uncomfortable spot looking worried. That being said, cats that are outside get him really excited and he wants to chase them. He did chase our neighbours cat one day to my horror and had him cornered. When I got there, the cat was all puffed up, hissing at my dog, and our weim was just staring back, with a silly happy look on his face, wagging his little tail. So, I got the impression he wouldn’t do anything to the cat, but I could never assume that to be true. Our cat got an aggressive cancer and died in June. We are actually going to get a new cat in January, and I am hoping it goes well.

  8. I got a weim as a puppy when I had a ten year old cat. The weim lived to be 12 and the cat lived to be 22. My weim would kill a squirrel, a bird, a fish, a frog, grubs, pretty much anything she could catch. She never bothered the cat except she’d puch the cat out of her way and eat it’s food if we didn’t stop her. She was a house pet but also a hunting dog. When my cat was old, senile and going blind I think she accidentally walked over one of the dogs treats. We weren’t in the room but we heard a commotion. The cat was fine. I think the idea that a weim can’t live with a cat is absurd. It’s a dog by dog situation just like any breed.

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