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The Weimardoodle is a mixed dog coming from the breeding of a Poodle and a Weimaraner. He lives between 10 to 13 years and is a medium to large dog. He can be found often taking part in herding and is also called Weimarpoo, Weimaranerdoodle and Weimaranerpoo. He is a protective dog, very affectionate who bonds closely and becomes very devoted to his owner.
|Here is the Weimardoodle at a Glance|
|Average height||17 to 27 inches|
|Average weight||30 to 70 pounds|
|Coat type||Short and hard or wavy to curly|
|Brushing||Every other day|
|Tolerant to Solitude?||Moderate|
|Tolerance to Heat||Very good|
|Tolerance to Cold||Good|
|Good Family Pet?||Excellent|
|Good with Children?||Very good to excellent|
|Good with other Dogs?||Good to very good|
|Good with other Pets?||Good to very good|
|A roamer or Wanderer?||Above average|
|A Good Apartment Dweller?||Moderate to good|
|Good Pet for new Owner?||Moderate to good|
|Trainability||Moderately easy – can be stubborn|
|Exercise Needs||Fairly active|
|Tendency to get Fat||Average|
|Major Health Concerns||Addisons, Cushings, Von Willebrands, Legg-Perthes, Bloat, Hypothyroidism, Epilepsy, Patellat Luxation, Skin problems, Eye problems, Bleeding disorders,|
|Other Health Concerns||Hip dysplasia, Immune-mediated Disease|
|Life Span||10 to 13 years|
|Average new Puppy Price||$350 to $950|
|Average Annual Medical Expense||$485 to $600|
|Average Annual Non-Medical Expense||$710 to $1000|
Where does the Weimardoodle come from?
The Weimardoodle is a designer dog, one of many mixed dogs that have one parent a purebred Poodle. Most designer dogs have two purebred parents and are given names that blend their names. Poodles are a popular option for one of those parents because of the size options, their great temperament and intelligence and their low shedding usually hypo-allergenic coats. A lot of bad breeders and puppy mills have jumped on this trend as a way to make money so be careful where you buy from. As with many designer dogs we do not have much information about when or why they were first bred. The Weimardoodle could inherit any characteristics or looks of either parent so be ready for that.
The Poodle was bred to be a retriever or hunter of waterfowl in Germany and then was adapted somewhat more in France and bred smaller to make companions for ladies that they could carry around. There are three sizes, and all are classed as Poodles they are not separate breeds just different sizes. They are toy, miniature and standard.
They are thought to be one of the most clever dogs today but can be sensitive sometimes and do not do well left alone. They train easily however and make great family pets or companions for single owners.
Bred in the Weimar court in Germany in the early 1800s this dog was used for hunting in the day and to be a companion at night. He had speed, bravery, brains, endurance and an excellent nose. In the late 1800s guidelines were strictly imposed on the breeding and selling of Weimaraners but in the late 1930s an American sportsman acquired some dogs he could breed. During World War II many more came over. While the quality of breeding fell in the 1950s leading to dogs with health behavioral problems this has now improved.
Today he is friendly, alert and trains well. He is brave and makes a great companion. He does have a strong will and can be restless. He is also intelligent but needs early socialization and training or he will try to take over the house and be naughty. He can have problems with shyness and aggression and if your training is not helping you might need to seek assistance.
The Weimardoodle is a dog that becomes very devoted and loyal of their owner and bonds very closely. He is affectionate and needs to be with you so is not good being left alone for long periods of time. He can suffer from separation anxiety which can lead him to be destructive. He is also quite protective but is wary of strangers. He is smart and lively and loves to play. He has a happy nature, can be energetic and should be included at the center of everything.
What does the Weimardoodle look like
The Weimardoodle can actually vary a lot in size depending on what Poodle is used, the Standard, Miniature or Toy (the latter being the least likely). They can weigh between 30 to 70 pounds and standing between 17 to 27 inches tall. Some are stocky and some are more slim. They mostly have faces that are longer, ears that are long and hang over, a dark muzzle and round eyes. His coat can vary from being short and hard and more like the Weimaraner’s or wavy to curly like the Poodle’s. Common colors are apricot, white, black, brown, red and chocolate.
Training and Exercise Needs
How active does the Weimardoodle need to be?
His exercise needs depend on the his size, smaller Weimardoodles will need less than the large ones. For the lower end a couple of walks a day plus some play time may be sufficient. For those in the mid range some more time on those walks may be needed. For the large size dogs longer walks, access to a yard for vigorous play and trips to a dog park should be considered, though the latter one would be enjoyed by any size dog! The smaller ones can adapt to apartment living with regular time outside but the larger dogs need more room to move around in.
Does he train quickly?
Training can depend somewhat on which parent he leans more towards as Poodles tend to be easy to train and Weimaraners tend to be more stubborn. The best way to train him is with a firm approach, consistency but using positive techniques. Reward his successes, use treats, toys and praise to encourage him. It may also help to keep his training sessions short and interesting. Scolding or physical punishment is not effective. Early training and socialization is important to bring out his best side. Overall training will not be easier than most dogs but it will not be harder either.
Living with a Weimardoodle
How much grooming is needed?
He could have a mix of his parents or lean one way or the other. Whichever coat he has he should be brushed every other day to take care of matting and clear it of debris. Bathe him just as needed using a dog shampoo that is better for his skin. Check his ears and wipe them clean once a week using a dog cleaning ear solution and cotton balls or a cloth. He is a low shedding dog and can be hypo-allergenic but if allergies are a big factor in what dog you get you should always visit the puppy before buying. Other things that will need doing include brushing his teeth at least three times a week and clipping his nails when they get too long. This may be something you choose to leave to a professional groomer who knows about not cutting too low. You may also have to take him to have his coat dealt with on a regular basis especially if it is more like a Poodle’s.
What is he like with children and other animals?
With early socialization and training he is good with children, playful and loving. The larger sized dogs may need some supervision if younger children are around just in case they accidentally get knocked over. He can be good with other dogs and pets but socialization really helps as sometimes he can be jealous if new pets are brought in after him.
He is a good watchdog and will bark to alert you to if an intruder breaks into your home. He does not bark much at all otherwise. He should be fed high quality dry dog food. 2 1/2 to 3 cups each day divided into two meals at least.
There are health issues that he can be more at risk of because they are ones the parents could have which include Addisons, Cushings, Von Willebrands, Legg-Perthes, Bloat, Hypothyroidism, Epilepsy, Patellat Luxation, Skin problems, Eye problems, Bleeding disorders, Hip dysplasia and Immune-mediated Disease. To have better odds at a healthier dog visit him before buying and ask to see health clearances for both parents.
Costs involved in owning a Weimardoodle
A Weimardoodle puppy can cost between $350 to $950. Costs to be prepared for include a crate, chipping, neutering, collar and leash, carrier for the smaller dogs, blood tests, deworming and shots. These come to $450 to $500. Each year you will have to cover medical and non-medical costs for the essentials like insurance, license, training, food, check ups, shots, flea prevention, toys, treats and possible grooming. In total that could be between $1195 to $1600 keeping in mind smaller dogs will cost a little less than the larger ones.
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The Weimardoodle is a great dog because with him there are more people who can be potential owners. If size is a problem you can have a smaller dog, if you have allergies he can be suitable, if you do not want a dog to clean up after he is low shedding and so on. He is a very devoted dog who will give you a lot of love and happiness.
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Nicole is the proud mom of Baby, a Burmese cat and Rosa, a New Zealand Huntaway. A Canadian expat, Nicole now lives on a lush forest property with her Kiwi husband in New Zealand. She has a strong love for all animals of all shapes and sizes (and particularly loves a good interspecies friendship) and wants to share her animal knowledge and other experts’ knowledge with pet lovers across the globe.
- Where does the Weimardoodle come from?
- What does the Weimardoodle look like
- Training and Exercise Needs
- Living with a Weimardoodle
- Health Concerns
- Costs involved in owning a Weimardoodle