In this guide, we’re going to explore what the fuss is all about with the Weimardoodle. The Weimaraner-Poodle mix might not be as well-known as some other Doodle breeds, but they have been tipped as the new up and coming “designer breed”. So, we’re taking this serious duty upon ourselves to help you learn more about the amazing Weimardoodle.
Table of Contents
- What Is A Weimardoodle?
- Physical Appearance
- Weimardoodle Pictures (Puppy & Adult)
- Weimardoodle Size: How Big Will A Weimardoodle Get?
- Weimardoodle Variations & Generations
- Personality & Temperament
- Weimardoodle Health: Do Weimardoodles Have Health Problems?
- Weimardoodle Lifespan: How Long Do Weimardoodles Live?
- Exercise Requirements
- Training A Weimardoodle
- Coat Care & Grooming
- Where Can You Get Weimardoodle Puppies?
- Weimardoodle: FAQ
What Is A Weimardoodle?
The Weimardoodle is a hybrid cross of the Weimaraner, a.k.a the Gray Ghost, and Poodle. Weimardoodles are usually a bit larger in stature, extremely loyal and loving, very intelligent, and often praised for their hypoallergenic coats. Overall, the best cuddle buddies one could ask for! The Weimaraner-Poodle mix is also known by other names, such as the Weimarpoo, Weimaranerpoo, or Weimaranerdoodle.
Although Weimaraners and Poodles look very different, the Weimaraner sporting a super short sleek coat and the Poodle flaunting its long, tight curls, they do have quite a few things in common. For starters, both Weimaraners and Poodles originate from Germany. What’s more, Poodles were originally bred for hunting waterfowl while Weimaraners excelled in hunting big game.
But what happens when we combine these two independently amazing purebred dogs? Let’s take a closer look…
Weimardoodles are usually medium to large-sized dogs with an athletic, slim build. They have floppy ears and an elongated muzzle, giving them the adorable cute, yet intelligent expression. Like other Poodle mixes, they usually have medium to long-length shaggy coats that can be either curly, wavy, or straight.
Weimardoodles often inherit the signature Weimaraner’s blue, gray, or silver gray coat color. But as Poodles can come in numerous different colors, ranging from the darkest blacks, grays, and browns to the lightest creams and whites, it’s not uncommon for the Weimardoodle to inherit coat colors from the Poodle’s side of the lineage. Additionally, Poodles may also have multi-colored and patterned coats, which their Weimardoodle offspring can also inherit. At the end of the day, it all boils down to the puppies’ coat genetics and what genes are present in their lineage.
Coat, Shedding, & Hypoallergenic Level
Weimardoodles have thick and shaggy coats that can come in three different types – curly, wavy, and straight. They’re also praised for their hypoallergenic qualities, especially considering that both Poodles and Weimaraners are single-coated breeds. This means that they don’t have undercoats that are usually to blame for the endless shedding and the consequent allergic reactions.
But even though we won’t have to worry about a Weimardoodle ever having a double coat, there are still some key differences to keep in mind when it comes to their different coat types.
Weimardoodles that inherit the Poodle’s curly coat are by far the most hypoallergenic. One key thing that makes the curly coat more allergy-friendly than the others is that all of those many layers of textured curls will easily trap in loose dog hair. And yes, even “hypoallergenic” breeds shed some hair, but it won’t fall out as easily, resulting in less shedding and less allergic reactions. However, the same thing applies to dirt and debris. And if anything and everything can get stuck inside the coat, you can see how matting can be an issue for them.
On the other end of the spectrum we have the straight-coated Weimardoodle that may be a bit less hypoallergenic simply because the hair will fall out more easily. Fortunately, this coat type is much easier to maintain and groom, as it’s not as mat-prone as the curly coat.
And lastly, probably the most common coat type in Weimardoodles is the wavy coat. The coat is shaggy, wavy, and thick. It won’t get super tangled like the curly coat, and there isn’t a shedding double coat to worry about, either!
Weimardoodle Pictures (Puppy & Adult)
My goodness, will you look at these cute Weimardoodles! If this doesn’t melt your heart, we don’t know what will.
Weimardoodle Size: How Big Will A Weimardoodle Get?
Weimardoodles are usually on the larger side, but some may also lean more into the medium-sized dog category. They’re most commonly bred with Standard Poodles, resulting in Weimardoodles with an average weight of around 45 to 75 pounds. Their height can range between 23 and 27 inches at the shoulder.
However, they can also be bred with Miniature Poodles, producing a smaller pup likely in the 25 to 45 pound weight range. These Mini Weimardoodles will also be much shorter with their average height around 15 to 20 inches when measured at the shoulder.
*A dog’s height is measured from its withers – the highest part of its shoulder blades.
By the way, male Weimardoodles are often a few pounds heavier and a few inches taller than females. The size difference is most noticeable in larger Standard Weimardoodles.
As with any Poodle mix and hybrid cross, the size of a Weimardoodle will largely depend on the size of its parents. For better consistency and predictability, ethical breeders would usually breed two similar-sized dogs.
Weimardoodle Variations & Generations
There are more than a few ways to breed a litter of Weimardoodle puppies. As of today, the most common variation of the Weimardoodle is the F1, or the first-generation Weimardoodle. These pups are the direct offspring of a purebred Weimaraner and a purebred Poodle. But, there are many other possibilities to breed a litter of Weimardoodles, too. Here’s a quick overview:
|F1 Weimardoodle (first-generation)
|F1B Weimardoodle (first-generation backcross)
|F1BB Weimardoodle (first-generation backcross backcross)
|F2 Weimardoodle (second-generation)
|F2B Weimardoodle (second-generation backcross)
|F2B Weimardoodle (alternate cross)
|F3 / Multigen Weimardoodle
|F1B Weimardoodle or higher
|F1B Weimardoodle or higher
*These are generic calculations only – genetics are rarely mathematically accurate.
The great thing about Weimardoodle generations is that with each consecutive generation, we have more control over the puppies’ looks, size, and even coat type. If you look at the Weimardoodle generations above, you see that with certain generations it’s easier to predict which genes are more dominant in the puppies’ genetic makeup. Of course, these are all rough estimates, but they do give us a good hint about the potential outcome.
Personality & Temperament
Weimardoodles are fiercely loyal, insanely friendly, affectionate, fearless, and highly intelligent dogs. As you can probably guess by their athletic build, they’re also very energetic. They absolutely adore their favorite humans, becoming very attached to their human parents. In our opinion, that’s always an adorable trait! So don’t be surprised when your huge Weimarpoo tries to wiggle its way onto your lap to cuddle.
The downside of their extreme loyalty and attachment is that they’re also at risk of separation anxiety. If you’re thinking about getting a Weimardoodle, please keep in mind that these Doods should not be left alone for too long.
Not only are Weimardoodles so infatuated with their grown humans, they’re also great with children. But with strangers, it’s not uncommon for them to be a bit wary and reserved at first. They’re quite alert dogs with a protective nature, but luckily they aren’t the most vocal ones out there. Still, it’s not uncommon for them to let you know with a loud bark whenever a stranger is approaching.
Also, some Weimardoodles are stubborn, which means that you need to be a bit more patient and consistent with your Dood so that they don’t think of themselves as your leader.
Overall, Weimardoodles are great pets for singles, couples, and families alike. Especially for ones that lead active lifestyles. However, make sure to properly socialize your Weimarpoo pup from a young age so that they don’t become fearful or anxious in new situations and surroundings.
Weimardoodle Health: Do Weimardoodles Have Health Problems?
If you adopt from a reputable breeder, it’s safe to say that your Weimardoodle will likely be of good health and live a long and happy life. However, they’re still at risk of some health problems that are common in their purebred parents. These include joint problems like hip and elbow dysplasia, and eye diseases including entropion, cataracts, and progressive retinal atrophy (PRA). They’re also at risk of an extremely dangerous condition called bloat or gastric dilatation volvulus (GDV). Moreover, they can also suffer from various hormonal illnesses and thyroid conditions. Heart diseases and dental issues are also something to keep an eye out for.
All that being said, Weimardoodles are thought to be generally healthier than their purebred parents. Thanks to their more diverse genetic makeup, they benefit from hybrid vigor, which indicates that hybrid breeds are less likely to inherit breed-specific conditions. Of course, it’s also absolutely crucial to only adopt a puppy from a reputable breeder that only uses health screened breeding dogs in their program.
Weimardoodles may also suffer from food allergies and sensitivities, which can result in digestive issues or problems with their skin and coat health. They may also be sensitive to certain ingredients in their dog shampoos and conditioners. These sensitivities and allergies can be very well managed with simple changes in their diet and grooming products.
Ear infections are another very common health problem in Weimardoodles. That’s usually because of improper ear hygiene that can be easily prevented with a cleaning regimen and by drying your Weimardoodle’s ears after getting them wet.
Weimardoodle Lifespan: How Long Do Weimardoodles Live?
Weimardoodles have a life expectancy of about 10 to 14 years. Considering that they’re quite big dogs, it’s actually a pretty good estimate, since larger dogs unfortunately tend to have shorter lifespans. However, we can expect a smaller Mini Weimardoodle’s average life expectancy to fall within the 12 to 14 year range, as it’s often the case with smaller dogs. And to be fair, even a Standard Weimardoodle could potentially live longer, especially if you’re doing everything on your part to ensure your pup’s health and wellbeing throughout all of their life stages.
A few simple things you can implement include feeding your dog a high-quality diet that’s nutritionally balanced. Make sure to pay attention to the life stage your pup is in and also calculate how much you should feed them to prevent nutritional deficiencies, malnourishment, or obesity.
In addition to that, don’t underestimate the power of yearly vet visits. A thorough health checkup every year is a great way to gain a better understanding of your pup’s health. Your vet will also administer all the necessary vaccinations that will keep your dog safe from severe illnesses.
Weimardoodles are athletic and active dogs, which means that they also need plenty of exercise each day to stay healthy, happy, and out of trouble. Weimardoodles need about 90 minutes to two hours of exercise each day. In addition to your usual daily walks, make sure to provide your Dood opportunities to run and do other more vigorous forms of exercise.
Moreover, these playful dogs also love to do a variety of fun activities with you like playing fetch, tug-of-war, and practicing agility. You should also get your pooch lots of chew toys, interactive games, and puzzle toys to play with. Challenging activities will do wonders for these dogs!
By the way, all of these activities and exercises will ensure that your Weimardoodle won’t get bored and start behaving in ways that will cause you a lot of headache. More often than not, excessive barking, digging, and destructive behaviors are down to inadequate exercise and mental stimulation.
Training A Weimardoodle
The great thing is that Weimardoodles are very intelligent dogs that are eager to please their owners. After all, they’re extremely loyal to their families! Thanks to this, they respond extremely well to positive reinforcement. These Doods absolutely love to be rewarded with lots and lots of praise and a few tasty (but healthy!) treats. But considering that Weimardoodles can be somewhat stubborn, this could pose an issue for inexperienced and novice dog owners. Remember that being consistent and patient will get you far.
Now, if you’re worried about where and how to start, the easiest way is to start training your Weimarpoo as soon as you bring them home. Set a daily schedule for your puppy and immediately start with potty training and crate training. This helps your new pup feel safe and secure in their new home and quickly understand what’s expected of them. Don’t forget to also teach your puppy commands and appropriate behaviors early on.
Furthermore, early socialization is essential for your Weimardoodle to grow into a well-behaved and fearless adult as they naturally are. Safely introduce your puppy to adults, children, and elderly, and also let them socialize with other dogs and puppies. Just make sure that the other pets are all fully vaccinated if your puppy hasn’t received all of its puppy shots just yet.
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Coat Care & Grooming
Weimardoodles’ coats need to be regularly groomed to prevent matting, minimize shedding and allergens, and also prevent a range of coat and skin issues. Although their Weimaraner parents are quite low-maintenance, everything changes when adding the Poodle into the mix.
Since Weimardoodles have thick, tangle-prone coats, they need to be brushed at least 3 to 4 times a week, ideally daily. For curly-coated Weimarpoos, daily brushing sessions with a slicker brush are a must to prevent their coats from becoming matted.
Another thing that comes with the territory is trimming your Weimardoodle’s hair. About every 6 to 10 weeks, Weimardoodles need to have their hair trimmed. You can visit a professional groomer or learn the best techniques from our How To Groom A Doodle At Home online course. By doing this yourself, you’ll also save a lot of money in the long run.
Although Weimardoodles aren’t particularly smelly pups, they do need to be bathed every once in a while. However, don’t wash your Dood too often, as this could be too harsh on their skin. For example, some Weimardoodles only have to be bathed every few months when getting their hair trimmed. Only use dog shampoos and conditioners that are formulated for pets and safe for them.
You should also clean your Weimardoodle’s ears every week with a dog ear cleaner to prevent ear infections. Once a week you should set aside for trimming your dog’s nails as well. You can either use a dog nail clipper or a dog nail grinder for this. Since it’s not uncommon for Weimardoodles to suffer from dental problems, we recommend you brush your dog’s teeth at least a few times a week, but ideally every day. Again, only use products that are designed for dogs, such as dog toothpastes and dog toothbrushes.
Where Can You Get Weimardoodle Puppies?
If by the end of this guide you’ve made up your mind and know for sure that the Weimardoodle is the right pup for you, then it’s time to start looking into ethical breeding programs. Finding a reputable breeder is one of the most important things when adopting a puppy. These breeding programs are committed to the health and wellbeing of their breeding dogs and puppies, putting in extensive work both before and after the puppies are born.
From a reputable breeder, you’ll get a healthy and happy puppy that’s born from health screened and DNA tested parents. This minimizes the risk of genetic illnesses as well as behavioral issues. They also extensively socialize and desensitize their puppies and get them started on basic training.
Understandably, reputable breeders will also charge more for their puppies. So, how much does a Weimardoodle cost to adopt? The prices can range anywhere from $1,200 and up to $5,000 for a puppy, depending on your location and other factors.
Of course, you may also find that some less transparent breeders sell Weimardoodle puppies, often at much lower price points. But beware of puppy mills and Doodle scammers. If a Doodle scammer will simply scam you out of your money, then puppy mills are extremely unethical breeding facilities that have no care for their puppies’ or breeding dogs’ health.
If you’re ready to bring your adorable Weimardoodle puppy home, then keep an eye on our Doodle Breeder Directory where we list reputable Weimardoodle breeders all across the US.
Weimardoodles are very loving, loyal, and intelligent dogs. They’re also known to be gentle with children, making them great family companions, too. Weimardoodles love spending time with their families and they form very strong attachments with their owners. Also, they’re very low-shedding dogs, which means that you won’t have to worry about the endless sneezing or cleaning up dog hair from your furniture and clothes.
Weimardoodles aren’t the most vocal dogs out there, but due to their alertness and protective nature, they are known to bark in certain situations. This usually happens when encountering strangers or when they’re experiencing heightened emotions, such as excitement or anxiety. If your Weimardoodle barks a bit too much, you might want to provide them with a little bit more exercise and mental stimulation each day. Desensitization techniques can also help if your dog’s excessive barking is triggered by certain situations.
The Weimardoodle is best for someone who can handle the specific needs this crossbreed has. As they’re very intelligent and active dogs, they need to be exercised and mentally stimulated quite a lot each day. Due to their larger size and high activity levels, they live most comfortably in more spacious homes, preferably with a fenced backyard. Weimardoodles are also considered high-maintenance in terms of their coat care and grooming, so that’s another must with these dogs. Since Weimardoodles are prone to separation anxiety, they’re best suited for people who don’t have to leave their canine pals alone for too long.
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