Dog Breeds


Height: 22-28 inches (56-71 cm);

weight: 55-70 pounds (25-32 kg).

The breed whose name comes from Weimar, the city of Goethe, was promoted by court nobility who wanted a dog for all-round hunting. Various crosses were tried with the Leit- hund being the basic breed. Later a German Weimaraner Association with very strict regulations was organized. To own a “gray ghost” one had to become a member of the club. When the breed was brought to America, there was a great ballyhoo about the Weimaraner being the top hunting dog of all time.

When he was beaten in field trials, the advance propaganda backfired. The breed has gradually made a come-back and is now used more for hunting than infield trials. He is full of drive when working. The gray dog is fearless and very protective to his master and family. With his short, smooth, sleek coat, ranging in color from dark to silver gray, the Weimaraner is a picture of grace and alertness. He likes to run 42 and requires plenty of exercise.

The hounds can be separated into two divisions: sight and scent. Except that both types are hunters, there is little similarity between them in their body structure, in how they are used, or in their hunting. Scent hounds are more closely allied to the sporting breeds for they trail their game using their exceptional olfactory senses. They are said to have a good “nose,” with the Bloodhound being number one in this category.

Black and Tan I Coonhounds, Bassets, and Otterhounds have musical, bell-like voices when they are on the trail, and Beagles and Foxhounds also give tongue on the chase. Afghans, Borzois, Salukis, and Greyhounds are typical of the sight variety. Possessed of keen eyesight and exceptional speed, they can locate, run down, and hold their quarry at bay until the hunter arrives. Most of the hounds should have plenty of room to run.


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