Weimaraner Field Guide

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Published: January 28, 2019
Weimaraner Field Guide

The Weimaraner tends to be the dog breed you always recognize but cannot quite remember the name of and can sometimes be confused with the Vizsla. With its distinct and striking coat and eye colors, the Weimaraner is definitely an eye-catching breed.

The Weimaraner dog breed has inspired many artists, like William Wegman—an American professional photographer who became famous for his humorous Weimaraner portraits.

Developed in Germany in the early 1800s, the Weimaraner dog breed is considered to be quite a young and new breed on the scene. It was bred with the intention of creating the perfect hunting dog. Duke Karl August crossed Bloodhounds with various German and French hunting dogs, like the German Shorthaired Pointer, to develop the Weimaraner. The German aristocracy coveted the dog breed and guarded it until the 1920s, when they began to trickle into the United States.

As a member of the AKC sporting group, the Weimaraner is a very active dog breed. They require consistent mental and physical exercise to help them stay happy and healthy. When not exercised enough, the Weimaraner has a reputation for finding and creating mischief, which is why many echo the sentiment, “A tired Weimaraner is a good Weimaraner.”


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