The Royal Dog - Weimaraner
Updated: Apr 13
The Weimaraner is a large dog that was originally bred for hunting in the early 19th century by Royal Family in Germany.
Early Weimaraners were used by royalty for hunting large game such as boar, bear and deer. As the popularity of large game hunting began to decline, Weimaraners also were used for hunting smaller animals like fowl, rabbits and foxes.
These dogs are close relatives to the bloodhound—as well as the English pointer, the German short-haired pointer, the blue great Dane, and others—so it makes sense that they would have powerful noses.
These all-purpose sporting dogs have a royal lineage. The weimar royals, in what is now present-day Germany, prized Weimaraners for their hunting abilities. With tons of energy, a resilient body, and a loyal affection, the Weimaraner is a great dog for pet lovers and dog lovers or for someone with an active lifestyle.
We mostly see the short coat version of the breed, but there are some fanciers who still breed Weimaraners with longer fur. Traditionally, the shaggier variation was used to hunt waterfowl; the longer coat would protect them from the cold water. Long haired Weimaraners are not accepted by the AKC and the gene is recessive, so they’re very uncommon. Despite this, there are still some longhair enthusiasts out there keeping the trait alive.
"Weimaraner is versatile, docile dogs with a well-balanced character."
Weimaraners display great perseverance, working very systematically, without being excessively lively. Their remarkable sense of smell is well known.
Confident pointing on land and in water, they make excellent companions for hunters. These large dogs are adapted workers but are also well suited to the role of the family dog, protective of their home and alert to strangers.
A few things typically stand out when you first lay eyes on the Weimaraners. The first is their coat- the smoky blue, grey or silver-grey coat has a beautiful shade. Short coat highlights their muscular and powerful body. Long coat highlights their adorable look.
Weimaraner's eyes are deep and brilliant against their fur. When they are puppies, their eyes are blue in colour. This is an impressive looking animal with a loyal following and growing popularity in Japan and Europe but it is very rare to see them in Asia.
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