Weimardoodle : everything you should know about this mixed breed
The Weimaraner and Poodle mix is a wonderfully endearing dog that's playful, affectionate, and extremely loyal. They make great pets and love to build strong bonds with every family member.
Overview of the Weimardoodle
- Inquisitive and love to play
- Highly intelligent
- Nothing is more important to them than family!
- Can suffer from separation anxiety if left alone
- 20-27 inches (50 to 68 cm) tall
- They have a dense coat that's short or medium length and normally curly or wavy
- Come in multiple colors
- Large eyes and a long, pointed nose
Weimardoodles are generally healthy hybrid dogs, but they can suffer from conditions such as hip dysplasia, Von Willebrand's disease, eye and skin issues, and bloating.
Temperament of the Weimardoodle
The Weimardoodle (also known as Weimarpoo, Weimaranerpoo, and Weimaranerdoodle) is a really loveable and loyal dog that will want nothing more than to please its owner. They're gentle dogs that are great with children and other pets – as long as they're well socialized from an early age.
Just like their purebred poodle parent, they're incredibly intelligent and will excel in all sorts of training. They have a lot of energy that needs to be used up by puzzle games, exercise, time spent with you, and doggie sports. It's important to keep their brains engaged so they don't become mischievous!
Of course, all Weimardoodle puppies are different and their temperament really depends on whether they inherit more Weimaraner personality or Poodle. If your pup is more Weimaraner, they may have a tendency to be a little stubborn. With early socialization and training from a young age, this shouldn't be too much of a problem. You'll also find that Weimardoodles respond well to lots of positive reinforcement and praise from you.
These dogs are really aware and can make good guard dogs. Because they love their families so much and like to be around other animals, they can suffer from separation anxiety if left alone for long periods of time. If you're not an owner or family that has enough time for this dog, you'd be better off adopting another breed.
This hybrid dog breed is unique in its appearance – and totally adorable!
An average-sized, fully grown male Weimardoodle is around 24.5 inches (62 cm) tall. A female Weimardoodle is roughly 22.5 inches (57 cm) tall.
Around 60 pounds (27 kg) for a male and 55 pounds (25 kg) for a female.
These designer dogs come in multiple colors including brown, fawn, cream, isabella, black, gray, pied, and white. As well as different coat colors, these pups can also have different colored noses, including black, brown, and isabella – depending on their coat color.
The Weimardoodle has a fairly dense coat that's normally curly or wavy. It can be shaggy and a little longer on the face but not usually as long as a Poodle's.
A Weimardoodle puppy may also have shorter, coarser hair which is more like the Weimaraner's.
These pups have a strong, athletic body thanks to their hunting parent breeds. They have elongated faces with large, endearing eyes. Their eyes can be brown, amber, or hazel. They have long, floppy ears that hang down the sides of their face. They're very attractive dogs that have a really intelligent expression!
Because the Weimardoodle is a mixed breed, they're not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
Tips about the Weimardoodle
- This Weimaraner Poodle mix is an active dog with a lot of energy. It's recommended that you take your Weimardoodle for a decent run or walk once a day. They'll also love some playtime in a doggie park or in the backyard. Make sure you take a ball or frisbee with you as these pups are sure to love chasing after them and bringing them back!
- Some Weimardoodles form a strong attachment to their owner and as a result, can suffer from separation anxiety. Don't get a Weimardoodle puppy if you can't devote lots of your time to them during the day. They'll love to constantly be around you and participate in daily activities!
- This designer dog is becoming increasingly common, meaning there are more and more breeders. It's important you do your research and get your pup from a responsible breeder who can give you all the necessary health certificates. Your dog's health and the health of future puppies are really important!
- Because of its popularity, it's unlikely that this hybrid breed could be found in a rescue center – but you never know! Try checking Poodle or Weimaraner-specific centers so you can adopt a rescue dog.
Health of the Weimardoodle
As with any mixed breed, it's possible that the Weimardoodle inherits some of the common diseases associated with its parent breeds. Generally speaking, though, Wimardoodles are healthy dogs (in all likelihood healthier than their parents) but regular checkups with the vet will help to catch anything early on.
It's worth mentioning that not all Weimardoodles will suffer from the same conditions, but here are a few of the most common possible diseases:
- Patella Luxation: This is a condition in which the kneecap is out of place. You may notice your Weimardoodle running or skipping on three legs and then walking fairly normally.
- Hip Dysplasia: A common condition amongst our canine friends in which the thigh bone doesn't fit correctly into the hip joint. It can be very painful for your pup.
- Von Willebrand's Disease: This is a bleeding disorder in which your pup doesn't have enough of a specific protein for the blood to clot. Even minor grazes can cause your dog to bleed a lot.
- Progressive Retinal Atrophy: PRA is a degenerative eye disease that can eventually lead to blindness.
- Bloat: Bloat is a stomach condition that can be fatal if not operated on quickly. Their stomach fills with gas, food, or liquid and ends up twisting in on itself. If you suspect your dog is suffering from bloat, it's very important you take them to the vet straight away. You shouldn't exercise your dog straight after eating as this can cause digestive problems, including bloat.
Some pups may also suffer from specific eye and skin problems as well as Epilepsy, Anemia, Hypothyroidism, Addison's Disease, and Cushing's Disease. Regular trips to the vet can help with health issues, getting a diagnosis, and the correct treatment.
Because these dogs are a Weimaraner Poodle mix, they're pretty low shedding. Although not considered 100% hypoallergenic (many sufferers are actually allergic to dead skin cells rather than the hair they shed) they're definitely better than many other dog breeds.
If your dog has inherited their Poodle parent's fur, they're likely to have a fairly dense and curly coat. They'll need brushing at least 3 times a week to remove any mats and tangles and you may even want to get this professionally done by a groomer.
If they have more of a Weimaraner-like coat, they'll have fewer mats but will still need a good brush every so often. These dogs are not particularly smelly dogs but you should bathe them if they're dirty or have gone for a swim. It's also important to clean their ears weekly to prevent infection.
History of the Weimardoodle
As with most hybrid dog breeds, it's difficult to identify exactly when the Weimardoodle was first bred – although experts believe it was within the last 2 decades. It's much easier with purebred dogs such as the Poodle and the Weimaraner!
The American Kennel Club recognized the Weimaraner in 1942, 13 years after it was first brought to America. These dogs were bred in the Weimar Court of Germany and were developed to be great hunters and very loyal dogs. These dogs notoriously have a great sense of smell, are very quick, and can run (or hunt) for hours without tiring.
The Poodle is an ancient breed thought to have first been bred thousands of years ago. They originated in Germany and then became very popular in France, where they were developed into the Miniature Poodle and Toy Poodle. The Mini Poodle was ideal for Truffle hunting and the Toy was the perfect lap dog for the wealthy. They were first acknowledged by the AKC in 1886.
The Weimardoodle is an amazing dog, full of energy, curiosity, and love for people! They make wonderful family dogs for those who have an active lifestyle and enough time to spend with these adorably fluffy dogs. Would you consider getting a Weimardoodle?
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I’m Charlotte, a content and copywriter from the North of England and currently living in Berlin. Animals have always been a huge part of my life, so writing about dogs is a total pleasure! I love all kinds of dogs and their cheeky personalities, but I’d have to say Weimaraners are my favourite!