Also known as the Weimarpoo, Weimaranerpoo, and Weimaranerdoodle, the Weimardoodle is one of those dogs that will steal your heart because he has such an endearing personality.
These dogs are ready to love you and play with you, but if you don’t have a lot of time to shower your pet with the attention and affection that he really needs, he could become lonely, depressed, and destructive.
To learn more about the Weimardoodle and to figure out if this is the right breed for your family, check out the facts below.
The Weimardoodle is a cross between a purebred Weimaraner and Poodle.
The Weimardoodle is a designer crossbreed from the United States.
Food / Diet
For your Weimardoodle, a diet that will provide high quality nutrition is best, as that will support your dog’s high activity level.
You can feed your dog about 2½ to 3 cups of dry food every day, but divide this amount into at least two servings. If you decide to include a canine wet food in your dog’s daily diet, just adjust the amount of dry food that you are providing, as that will help to prevent unwanted weight gain.
The adorable Weimardoodle is known for being loving and smart.
Weimardoodles are smart and enthusiastic dogs, so training will not require as much effort as with other dogs. If you begin socializing your dog from puppyhood, you will have an even easier time.
Establish yourself as the pack leader, and use positive reinforcement and rewards during your training for the best results.
A medium to large-sized breed, the Weimardoodle weighs between 30 and 70 pounds.
Temperament / Behavior
The adorable Weimardoodle is known for being loving and smart. You will often look at your dog and know what he is trying to tell you based upon his demeanor and his facial expression.
Despite being friendly, these dogs will be a bit reserved when they meet new people. And they will not hesitate to let you know if something may be amiss. If there is anything that piques your Weimardoodle’s suspicion, he will let you know.
What’s great about these dogs, too, is the fact that they are wonderful family pets. They enjoy being around children and other pets, including other dogs. In fact, these dogs are so affectionate that they may even get jealous if you introduce a new pet or you have a new baby that ends up taking attention away from your pooch.
It’s also important to note that these dogs don’t really like being alone, so before adding one to your family, you should be sure that he won’t be solitary for extended periods of time. Separation anxiety, as well as destructive behaviors, can develop, so if you work long hours or you travel a lot, the Weimardoodle may not be the best choice.
Weimardoodles are typically large dogs, but they can be various sizes, depending upon the size of their Poodle parent. Those that are smaller can do well in an apartment, but larger dogs would do better in a house with more space, especially because they have such high energy levels.
Common Health Problems
As is the case with any other hybrid dog breed, the Weimardoodle may inherit some of the conditions that its parent breeds are prone to. However, this is not, by any means, a guarantee. In fact, it is impossible to predict an individual dog’s health, especially over the course of his life.
Some of the conditions that could affect a Weimardoodle include hip dysplasia, Von Willebrand’s disease, progressive retinal atrophy, and bloating. Other conditions to keep an eye out for include skin problems, patellar luxation, bleeding problems, immune-mediated disease, Addison’s disease, epilepsy, Cushing’s disease, hypothyroidism, and Legg-Calvé-Perthes disease.
The Weimardoodle has an average lifespan of 10 to 13 years.
Weimardoodles are high-energy and active dogs, so your pet will need to be exercised daily. At least once each day, you should take your dog for a fun walk or a jog.
If your dog is on the larger side, he will need longer walks, while more petite pooches may be fine with shorter walks. Also, a larger dog will need more playtime outside, while smaller Weimardoodles may be satisfied playing indoors.
Weimardoodles are smart and enthusiastic dogs.
The Weimardoodle is not recognized by the American Kennel Club, as it is considered to be a hybrid breed. However, this breed is recognized by the American Canine Hybrid Club (ACHC), the Designer Breed Registry (DBR), the Designer Dogs Kennel Club (DDKC), the Dog Registry of America, Inc. (DRA), and the International Designer Canine Registry (IDCR).
A Weimardoodle’s coat could either be wavy or curly like the Poodle’s coat, short and coarse like the Weimaraner’s, or a combination of the two.
Even though the coat will be dense, shedding will be minimal. Nevertheless, frequent brushing will help prevent matting and keep the coat clean, so brush your dog every other day or three times a week.
You could also have a professional groomer trim your dog’s coat, and you can bathe your dog whenever he gets dirty.
Weimardoodle puppies are so cute and small that they are hard to resist, but care should be taken, especially if children will be handling a puppy, to ensure he will not get hurt accidentally.
It is also a good idea to socialize your puppy properly by allowing him to meet and mingle with other people and other pets, including other dogs. This will ensure that he will grow up to be friendly and confident around a variety of people and animals.
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