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    Weimaraner |Germany|

    Weimaraner |Germany|

    Weimaraners developed as a result of careful and selective breeding, leading to one of the most perfect combinations of working-dog ability, companion-dog temperament, and irresistible good looks. The breed is distinctive as a result of its unusual coat coloring, which ranges from silver-gray to mouse-gray with a beautiful metallic sheen, and has led to the breed being referred to as “gray ghosts.” Weimaraners can also be long haired, with that variety recognized in all countries except the United States. Weimaraners excel as working gun dogs and are an intelligent and obedient breed with good stamina. Equally, they have lovely temperaments and are loyal, affectionate, and playful companions.

    History

    Little is known about the Weimaraners’ early history, but they are said to have developed in the seventeenth century from early hunting dogs and bear a close resemblance to dogs in paintings from this period. The St. Hubert Hound from Belgium, which gave rise to the Bloodhound, along with old German and French hounds are often cited as the breed’s ancestors. Their traceable history begins with Karl August, Grand Duke of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach (1757– 1828), who kept large kennels where he bred elite hunting dogs. These dogs were called “gray hunting dogs” and were the foundation for the modern Weimaraner. Originally, they were used for hunting big game such as bears, wolves, and wildcats. The breed was controlled and bred only by German aristocrats with the breed standard drawn up in 1896. American hunter Howard Knight was the first to import the breed to the United States, with the earliest breeding stock arriving in 1938. The Weimaraner was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1943.

    Weimaraner puppies form exceptionally strong bonds with their owners, usually more so than with other dogs.

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    From Dogs Unleashed, Copyright by Tamsin Pickeral, licensed through ContentOro, Inc and used by arrangement with Thunder Bay Press

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