Would you like to own one of the best hunting dogs in the world? A dog that has a sleek short hair silver/grey coat, amber or blue eyes, and weighs around eighty pounds with a very trainable nature and highly intelligent? If so you should look at the Weimaraner – the sporting “Grey Ghost” as they are lovingly called.
The Weimaraner – the sporting “Grey Ghost”
As you may have guessed from the breeds name these dogs originated in Germany in the early 1800’s. Bred to be a supreme hunting dog by the Grand Duke Karl August or the Weimar Republic, the Duke wanted not only a great hunting dog but a wonderful family dog as well. Nicknamed the Grey Ghost of the forest, these dogs move swiftly and silently through the forests in search of their prey. Most canine authorities assume the Weimaraner – the sporting “Grey Ghost” is the result of selective breeding of Bloodhounds and intelligent hunting dogs as no records have been found concerning this selective breeding.
I know of two families who own Weimaraners and have met one of the dogs. I was very impressed with how friendly and gentle the dog is. Known for a great temperament as well as very protective of family and children, the “Grey Ghost” is a highly intelligent and trainable dog. They are friendly with other dogs but can be a bit aggressive towards cats as well as other animals due to the instinctive hunting quality bred into them. Weimaraners are fearless, obedient, and when you see one their expressions are as though they might be slightly smiling at you. They are very beautiful, muscular, and sleek dogs with friendly dispositions.
Before considering the purchase of this breed any potential owner must understand these dogs require plenty of exercise. If you do not have the time or desire to own a dog that will get you out for plenty of exercise you might want to look at other breeds. If not given the exercise and attention they crave the Weimaraner can become frustrated, and will give your home furnishings a good going over so keep this in mind.
Because of their breeding the Weimaraner – the sporting “Grey Ghost” have a domineering mentality so training must begin at the puppy stage. The owner has to be willing to put in the required effort training and exercising these dogs while establishing you are the “Alpha” member of the family so your sporting pooch listens and accepts your commands.
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