The Weimaraner (Weim) (pronounced either VYE-mar-ahner or WYE-mar-honor) was originally developed as a hunting dog and companion for German nobility. The Grand Duke Karl August and the noblemen of the Court of Weimar are credited with developing the breed. German noblemen were looking for a dog that would not only hunt and track furry game like a hound, but also find and retrieve birds like a pointer. In addition, the dog had to be a natural in water.
The ideal dog would be a tireless athlete who worked close to his master, was easily trainable yet able to solve problems independently. While other hunting dogs were kept in kennels, the Weimaraner stayed at his master’s side, sleeping and eating inside the home. Much of the breed’s past is a mystery. Today’s Weimaraner can be found competing in field, show, obedience and agility events and when not competing he is most often found as a loyal family pet.