The weimaraner in Hungary

Many people probably think that the appearance of the weimaraner in Hungary was the happening of the mid 1990s; but that does not check up with the reality, This is only the period of the quick spread.
The first official registration in Hungary was much more former. It was registered under the number 531 of the National Pointer Register’s XIII/N volume in 1939. The breeder of Don Von Alba Regia was „Ferencz Máté”. The Alba Regia expression refers to Székesfehérvár, the residency of the breeder. According to the official document, the breeder was hungarian, so the first dog could not be the first, as his mother had to had hungarian „citizenship”; but no kinds of official documents or datas can be found to prove it.

The following tough period, the awful years of World War II., took away the breeding of the weimaraner from the scene of domestic hunting and cynology, as many other things in Hungary. In the upcoming years, hungarian hunting dog breeders had enough problem with the saving of our national treasure, the hungarian pointer (magyar vizsla), they had no energy left to develop and spread other types as well.
The next written memory is the 1988 FCI – MEOE document, which is the begining of the recent numbering. The Komarno-bred bitch got the number MET WEIM 1.
The colour of the dog was defined as sand-colour, which characterizes well the era’s registering practices. 50 years have passed and probably non of the breederes have met with this special-looking breed. The „bitch no. 1.” Still did not bring the inclination for weimaraner-breeding. We do not know too much of this dog, neither of its work, nor its external attributes and performance.

The real change happened in the years 1993-94, when 3 different breeding was brought to Hungary int he same time. With no.2, an austrian dog, with 3 a french especially well-bred bitch, and with 4, a fine kennel’s dutch bitch was registered. It is clearly shown by the quality of theese breedings that the hungarian onset started with prominent dogs.

The hungarian breed of the type started in 1996, with the first domestic litter.
Unfortunately, as other types also experienced, the popularity –in this case the beauty and the special appearance of the weimaraner- resulted in intense breeding inclination, which caused unconsidered and objectionable pairing in many times.
We hope that this rush could have been changed into a prudential breeding-work respecting the interests of the breed, with the introduction of conscious requirements (with obligatory rules on german pointers).
I think that conscious breeding-work has to keep in mind the original breeding aims in the csae of every type (thus including the weimaraner). The original attributes should only be developed. A good weimaraner as a hunting dog is reliable, attractive and it is in accordacne with the standard. Moving only to one or the other direction causes the erodation of the aggregate attributes of the breed.
The show-line, which has numerous representatives mainly on the oversea territories, with their sculpture-like dogs forget about the special role of the nervous-system, the sense of smell, and the behaviour with the game. We can see similarly not desirable examples in norther breedings, who do not pay attention to the characteristic size of the breed, the shape of the head and body, and the regulations on teeth.
After 1996-97, the birthrate was more than 50 per year. According to bith-datas from the 2000-2006 period, the number of registered births significantly diminished, it was slightly 30; in the next two years it rose over 50 again, and then it diminished later on to 30 during the next two years.
The recent number of living weimaraner could be approx. 300.

At the beggining of the year 2000, the less-known type of weimaraner, the long-haired version, also appeared in our country. Its populariy cannot be compared to the short-haired – their number did not reach the 20- that might be due to the fact, that hungarians have always preferred the short-haired hunting dogs.
This is confirmed by the case of the hungarian pointer: the breed of the short-haired version has hundreds of years of history, but the breed of the rough-coated version has only started 40 years ago. (The short-haired german pointer also outnumbered the long-haired one in Hungary, while it is exactly the opposite in Germany.)

From the milleneum we can see more and more hungarian hunters working with a weimaraner, but that is a fact that our hunters’ training preparedness is under the desirable level; thus this stubborn type of pointer which needs and tolerates more training, desires more knowledge and experience; shows out with more difficult its extraordinary abilities. Fortunately more and more people recognize its advantages, as it proves those both in small-game jobs and in seeking for big-games.

We hope that besides the country’s well-known breeds –as the german and hungarian pointers- the weimaraner will get an increasing role from woodsmen. Well-trained and more chargeable weimaraner will make many hunters happy with their working abilities.

Its hunting abilities were shown perfectly in 2005, when the most remarkable competition of the hungarian hunting dog keepers –the Hortobágy Cup- was won by Zoltán Tóth’s long-haired weimaraner, achieving the regard of the profession with that.

With the permission of the „Vadászkutya” (hunting dog) magasin.