The Weimaraner is one of the few breeds that was selectively and possessively maintained by royalty, to be both part of their hunting parties and their households. Kenneled in packs and allowed inside their owners' living spaces, Weimaraners have become accustomed to, and indeed expect, being in close proximity with people, earning it the monicker "Velcro dog." The downside of this is that they are given to wailing and high levels of separation anxiety when away from their owners, which can be offset only be consistent training from puppyhood, or even sometimes, by medication.

Its emotional dependency notwithstanding, the Weimaraner was bred to be a gundog, and excels as a very versatile hunter in the field. It was originally used for big game in Germany, where the breed originated in the Grand Duke of Weimar's court. As prey thinned out, Weimaraners hunted smaller prey, and were excellent pointers and retrievers. Webbed paws give it an advantage in water, while a deep chest, well-developed muscles and sleek lines give it stamina and power in the field.

Elegant in appearance and not bulky for its height, the Weimaraner was constrained from being bred in other countries by its German owners until well into the 19th century. Today, it is known as a loyal, fearless hunting companion, and a good family dog as well.

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