The History of Weimaraner.

The history of appearance of a "silver phantom" is as mysterious, as the dog itself.
When French king Louis the Saint came back from the captivity in Egypt during his crusade, he started to appear in public with a pack of grey dogs, which were called the dogs of Saint Louis (Les chiens gris de St. Louis). Numerous references about these dogs can be found in art and literature. For example, a popular work of the Middle Ages "A book about hunting" by the count Gaston de Foix (1331-1391).
The success of these dogs was huge. By the end of XIV sentry a lot of the aristocracy of Europe kept these dogs for hunting on big animals: deer, wild boar and bear. Later, when big animals had become rare, people trained the dogs to haunt the wildfowl. In the XIV sentry the dogs of St. Louis were kept at king's courts of Europe. The ancestors of Weimaraner obtained the elite status and were always by the side of their masters.
In the XVII sentry on the works of Antoon van Dyck the grey dogs were painted. They were very similar to Weimaraner.

The first mention of Weimaranner refers to the XIX, when they were breeded in the town of Weimar, which is now in Germany. It is believed, that the breeding of Weimaraner due to the Duke of Weimar Karl August. The Nobles liked hunting and they wanted a dog with intelligence, good nose, speed and endurance. The dog had to be close to the master during the haunting and be a good companion in the evening in front of the fireplace.

The first setter was breeded in Weimar and became a predecessor of the breeds of Weimaraner, Bladhaut, English pointer, German Shorthaired Pointer (Kurtshaar), Blue Dog. The breeders improved the abilities of Weimaraner, because there had become less big animals in the woods and the nobles trained their dogs to haunt rabbits, foxes and wildfowl. A non-official name of Weimaraner is a silver phantom.

The first standard of the breed was written in 1896; the first official standard was developed in 1925 in Germany. This standard was taken by FCI in 1969. In 1897 an Exclusive club of Weimaraner in Germany was found to support the breed and to make sure that the breeder will look after the development of breed qualities. No one could by Weimaraner without entering the Club. The foreigners could hardly get the dog. Strict rules were set on the breeding of Weimaraner.

Here is one of the examples of spreading Weimaraner into America. In 1929 an American sportsman Howard Knight was allowed to enter the German club and bring two dogs to the USA. The Germans worried so much for the purity of their "Silver Phantoms" that they had sent to mr. Knight two castrated dogs.

But that didn't stop Howard. He made everything possible to prove that he can breed the Weimaraner in the USA. Finally, in 1938 the Germans gave him four puppies: a boy and three girls.

Nowadays it is possible to buy a Weimaraner all over the world. You just need to know good kaneels with best representatives of the breed.
We must remember that Weimaraner is a hunting dog. It is full of energy and ready to walk a long path. Weimaraner is the biggest setter for hunting on wildfowl and on beasts.

A typical Weimaraner is friendly, obedient, smart and fearless. On the other hand, it is assertive, restless and a little bit willful. If you don't educate your dog and don't give him social experience, he will be hectic, he will chew everything and will steal food from the table. The temperament of a dog depends on his upbringing, heredity and socialization.
A significant role plays the education and an experienced trainer. Weimaraner needs an early socialization: communication with different people, sounds and atmospheres. This process must last for a whole life of a dog.