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Weimaraner


General Information - Weimaraner


Group:
Gundog

Size:
Medium - large

Lifespan:
10-13 years

Exercise:
High

Grooming:
Very low

Trainability:
High

Watchdog Ability:
Very high

Protection Ability:
Average

Area of Origin:
Germany

Date of Origin:
1800s

Other Names:
Weimaraner Vorstehhund Grey Ghost

Original Function:
Big game in country of origin



History

Dogs similar to the Weimaraner have existed in Germany since the 17th Century but it was not until the early 1800s that the breed as we know it today was developed. At the court of the Grand Duke Karl August of Weimar, the breed was bred specifically as an all-purpose hunting dog for the nobility and, once perfected, was closely guarded until 1896. In that year, the breed was officially recognised in Germany due to the efforts of a small group of sportsmen. The following year, the same group formed the Weimaraner Club of Germany and only members of the club were allowed to breed the prestigious dog. Bred as a hard-working hunter, the Weimaraner enjoys plenty of outdoor activity.

Upkeep

The Weimaraner demonstrate the ability to work hard in the field, and appreciates lots of exercise and family fun and contact, preferring to sleep indoors if possible. Coat care is minimal: occasional brushing to remove dead hair.