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Top 5 Hunting Dogs for Families


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Weimaraner
Although Weimaraners are hunting dogs, they do not like to live outdoors. They like living indoors and spending lots of time with their owners.
Although Weimaraners are hunting dogs, they do not like to live outdoors. They like living indoors and spending lots of time with their owners.
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Known as the "grey ghost," due to its unique color, the Weimaraner is a beautiful, agile and noble breed. This dog is a good companion when hunting pheasant, quail or other upland birds thanks to a strong nose with excellent scenting ability. Sometimes called the "gentleman's shooting dog," the Weimaraner is fast, but maintains an even pace so that its hunting companion can keep up [source: Fox].

Despite its hunting abilities the Weimaraner is also a great family dog. It is friendly, obedient, good with children, loves attention and affection, and enjoys being part of a family. However, be aware that the Weimaraner may not do as well with small kids or pets unless socialized from an early age because this dog is very active and energetic. Give this breed room and exercise otherwise you may be unhappy with the results -- a perturbed Weimaraner won't leave your household in good condition. The Weimaraner has a strong personality, so you need to be firm and confident when training this dog [source: Fogle, "Dog Owner's Manual"].

The Weimaraner was originally only bred in Germany, but luckily for the rest of the world, an American made inroads and brought two of these canines back. As a hunting dog and a family dog, this breed has earned a loyal entourage.


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