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Originally bred as a hunting dog for big game such as deer and bear, the Weimaraner, or " Silver Ghost, " was a highly sought after dog breed in their native Germany. Today, these elegant but demanding dogs can still be found on the hunting fields. However, they can also be great family friends if given enough exercise.
The Weimaraner dates back to the early 19th century, when it was developed at the court of Weimar in what is now Germany. The nobles there loved hunting and they wanted a dog with courage, intelligence, a good sense of smell, speed and stamina. This dog would stay close to them when they went in search of game and would be a good companion at night by the fireside.
How they achieved their dream dog, first known as the Weimar Pointer, is unknown, but it is thought that the breeds used to create the Weimaraner were the Bloodhound, the English Pointer, the German Shorthair Pointer, the blue Great Dane, and the silver-gray Huehnerhund, or chicken dog. As the decades passed, the forests of Germany shrank and big game became scarce. The Weimaraner's ancestors used the breed's talents to hunt birds, rabbits, and foxes.
Early stories about the Weimaraner made it seem as if the dog came fully trained and was perfect in every way. Even today, many people still believe that way about the breed. Unfortunately for them, there is no such thing as a dog that comes programmed with good behavior.
The typical Weimaraner is friendly, fearless, alert and obedient, all traits that make him an excellent companion and watchdog. On the other hand, he is assertive, smart, restless and opinionated. This is a dog that will take over the household if only you give him the chance.