Posted : 3/31/2010 12:46:15 AM
I may regret saying this... but, a Weimaraner. Please check out the WCA. They were essentially bred to hunt all day and be with their people at night, as well as guard the home. I do not think you should ever expect a dog to "take action" seperately from a command. That is playing with fire, IMO.... that's a lawsuit waiting to happen and your dog will probably pay for it with their life. I would hate to see a Weim put in that position... I love the breed too much. Please take care in picking a breeder, this goes for any breed of dog you choose. Make sure they are a member of the parent breed club (ie. Weimaraner Club of America)... if they are not, that is a *RED FLAG*, keep looking.
The breed is low shedding (well, depends on the line, but mine and those I know don't shed much at all, except maybe a bit seasonally.) They must be a part of your family or your dog will be miserable (so, live in the home with you). They need lots of training and exercise. Excellent close hunting companion (unless you go to a field line, then you will get a big run out of the dog, so depends on what style you want) and all around versatile breed, point, flush and retrieve. But, they must be trained, I cannot stress this enough. Obedience class, mental stimulation, they are very smart and will train you if you don't train them. I would say most people would agree Weims are the most guardy of the Sporting dogs. I'm just worried by what you mean by "take action", again, I don't think a dog should ever be in that position ESPECIALLY without the proper training. They should never attack (except in very extinuating circumstances), that to me is an unstable dog (and see Liesje's post again, I agree 100%). But, if you just mean a big dog that has a big bark... my male can be seen in my front window and alarm barks when anyone comes down our driveway. He let's me know they are there and let's them know he's here. He doesn't seem to mind the pizza guy
Just to point out, they used the Weim in the creation of the Doberman..... there's a reason for that