Weimaraners, with their striking amber or gray-blue eyes, are powerful energetic dogs originally bred in the Weimar Republic - now Germany - as hunting dogs in the early 19th century. Among the breed’s ancestors are believed to include the Bloodhound, the English Pointer, the German Shorthaired Pointer, the Huehnerhund and the blue Great Dane. The have several nicknames including the Weim, the Grey Ghost, and the Silver Ghost. The dogs were initially known as Weimar Pointers and were prized by nobleman for their courage and good scenting ability. They’ve been known to hunt down animals like bears and wolves as well as birds, rabbits and foxes. Unlike most hunting dogs at the time, they lived with their families and become good family pets, as well as hunting and guard dogs. Owning one was restricted to nobles so it became a status symbol. Photographer William Wegman’s pictures of his Weimaraners Man Ray and later Fay Ray, were exhibited around the world. When Man Ray died in 1982 of cancer, he was named "Man of the Year" by the Village Voice. Boxers were also bred in Germany and their ancestors were the German Bullenbeisser (descended from Mastiffs) and the Bulldog. It is believed the Boxer is among the descendants of the old fighting dog of the high valleys of Tibet and is related to practically all recognized breeds of the Bulldog type. They were used for fighting and bullbaiting until this was banned. During World War 1 they carried messages and were also used as guard dogs. The American Kennel Club registered the first Boxer in 1904.