Does Your Weim “Nook?”

The fabulous Weimaraner is an interesting breed! In addition to the light patch of hair found on the heads of some Weims (something called the Grafmar’s Cap), and tiny little horns called “szary” in Hungarian, some Weimaraner owners notice a behavior in their dogs that’s been dubbed “nooking.

Nooking is a behavior (some say it’s a Weimaraner-specific character trait) in which a dog, both puppy and adult, kneads and sucks on their bedding and stuffed toys.  We have come across so many explanations for nooking that we’re hesitant to explain it at all. Some says it’s a trait caused by early separation from the mother, and some maintain that it’s a sign of boredom or anxiety. Still others say it’s nothing more than a quirky comfort trait that seems to run in some lines. We always defer to the experts, breeders and owners, to share their opinions and experiences about this.

We came across a video of nooking in action:

Here’s another one:

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7 thoughts on “Does Your Weim “Nook?””

  1. I have a friend whose English Cockers do this too. It runs in some English Cocker lines, not all.

    • How interesting, Carol, thanks for sharing that with us. What does your friend make of it?

  2. A lot of dogs do this. Some bullmastiffs do this, and I have labs at work that do this. It always seems to be the ones who were separated from mom at an early age (less than 5 or 6 weeks).

  3. I’ve had several Airedales that do it. They were not separated from theri mothers early and did not seem to be anxious individuals

  4. I raised a litter of orphan Weimaraners. I kept one and she does this. I always assumed it was because she was bottle fed. I didn’t know if was a breed trait!

  5. I have a Sheltie that does it. I can confidently say that it’s not early separation or poor rearing in her case. And it’s not boredom or frustration (we train daily, compete in ton of activities, etc). It really just seems to be a wind-down comfort thing for her.

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