The Weimaraner is a dog that was originally bred for hunting in the early 19th century. Early Weimaraners were used byroyalty for hunting large game such as boar, bear, and deer. As the popularity of large game hunting began to decline, Weimaraners were used for hunting smaller animals like fowl, rabbits, and foxes. Weimaraners are great water dogs as evidenced by their webbed toes.
The Weimaraner is an all purpose gun dog. The name comes from the Grand Duke of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach, Karl August, whose court, based in the city of Weimar (now in modern day Germany), enjoyed hunting.
Another of the multi-purpose Hunt, Point and Retrieve dogs from Continental Europe. The breed takes its name from the German court of Weimar, where it found much favour, and there is a Van Dyck painting of a dog of the Weimaraner type dated in the early 1600s, though the depicted dog is more hound-like in appearance.
The Weimaraner is a tall, rangy dog, somewhat larger than the other members of his group. The colour of his eyes, ranging from shades of amber into blue-grey, is very different from that of the great majority of breeds, but tones in with the very unusual grey of his short sleek coat. Grooming, as with most smooth-coated dogs, is relatively simple. There is a longer-coated variety with hair length up to five centimetres (two inches), but this type has not become popular. The powerful stride of a Weimaraner, like that of many thoroughbreds, gives those who recognise it a great deal of pleasure.
With his striking grey coloration and his light eyes, the Weimaraner has increased in popularity with the shooting fraternity and, at the same time, has found a lot of friends as a companion dog. In his early days in Britain there were occasions when his temperament was somewhat stand-offish, but this is now showing a definite improvement.