Dog Breed Group: Gun Dog
Life Span: 10-13 years
Weight: Male: 32-41, Female: 25-34
Height: Male: 25-27, Female: 23-25
Origin of Name: The Weimaraner is a large dog that was originally bred for hunting in the early 19th century.
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Developed in the early 1800s, the Weimaraner (WY-mah-rah-ner) is an actual puppy among breeds of dogs. The major figures in the early history of Weimaner were Karl August, the Grand Duke of Germany, who held court in the city of Weimar. The Duke, like many European nobles of the time, was an enthusiastic sportsman. His dream was to develop the perfect Hunting Dog. In pursuit of this ambition, he is said to have crossed the Bloodhound with various German and French Hunting Dogs. The result was the Weimar Pointer, or Weimrunner.
The Duke and his fellow nobles first used these unique-looking dogs as big-game hunters, searching for bears, mountain lions, and wolves. As populations of these hunters declined in Europe, Weimner found new work as an all-purpose hunter, pointing to and retrieving gamebirds.
Weimraner was an enviously preserved secret among the German aristocracy for many years, but by the late 1920s good specimens began to arrive in America. The breed's American popularity as a pet and Hunting Dog began in the 1950s with celebrity owners such as President Eisenhower and film star Grace Kelly. The breed received another boost from photographer and artist William Wegmann, who became world famous for his Weimner paintings.