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Weimaraner

A captivating personality, rambunctious but good guardian (other names: Weimaraner Vorstehhund)

Weimaraner
origin:Germany
life expectancy:12-13 years
classification:Gun dog
height:58 to 68 cm
weight:32 to 39 kg
exercise: Demandingtraining: Easyclimate: Temperatefeeding: Mediumsize: Large
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History [ edit ]

The Weimaraner owes its name to Grand Duke Karl August of Weimar (Thuringia) in whose court its hunting abilities, courage and speed were very much enjoyed.The origin of this breed is uncertain. It is believed that its ancestors were mastiffs  and Continental pointing breeds. Others say that it descends from the German hound, the Braken, or that its root stock can be traced directly to the extinct Leithunde. A painting of Van Dyck shows that the Weimaraner has existed in a similar form since the early 1600´s. However todays´ breed standards go back to the 1800´s. Selective breeding have developed versatile hunting skills, such as pointing and tracking wild animals and big game. Later the Weimaraner  was developed into a perfect "gun dog". Weimaraners have also been used as police dogs, service dogs for the disabled and rescue dogs. Nowadays this breed is above all very much appreciated as a companion.