People love dogs and Weimardoodles have found a niche among pet owners. These dogs, also called Weimarpoo, Weimaranerpoo, and Weimaranerdoodle, make themselves at home with the family easily. They quickly endear you to them because of their smarts and personality.
Those considering making this breed a part of the family will need to know some things about this interesting designer dog before committing.
Weimardoodles Are Unique
This breed of dog originated as a result of the mix between a Weimaraner and a Poodle. The name of this beautiful canine is “Weimardoodle.” It is a practically rare breed since it is not very common to see it.
We already know that there are four varieties of poodles, which are:
- Standard Poodle.
- Medium Poodle.
- Dwarf Poodle.
- Toy Poodle.
Therefore, the size of the Weimardoodle will depend on the type of Poodle used for mixing with the Weimaraner. That means that we can obtain a small, medium, or slightly larger breed of dog.
As the name suggests, this hybrid dog is a combination of a poodle and a Weimaraner. Therefore, its traits follow those of its parent breeds including devotion, intelligence, and energy.
There isn’t a long history with this dog breed because it likely started as an independent breed in the 1980s when breeders started creating hybrid dogs.
It is a breed recognized by most dog organizations including the American Canine Hybrid Club, Dog Registry of America, Designer Breed Registry, International Designer Canine Registry and Designer Dogs Kennel Club.
The most classic trait of a Weimardoodle is its devotion to its owner and family. They love being with the family and make a great dog for children. That means they don’t do well in homes where the family isn’t around much.
Those families where the house is empty during the day most days would not make a suitable home for this breed of dog. Weimardoodles hate being alone. Families where both parents work, kids have a lot of extracurricular activities that requires the dog being along during the day would not make a suitable home for this breed of dog.
They are known for not barking much, so they are great if you want a quieter dog.
Personality of Weimardoodles
These dogs are one of the most affectionate canines. The owner of this breed needs to focus on socialization and specific types of discipline. Weimardoodles are an awesome breed for families with children and other pets. They get along well with everyone and all types of other animals.
However, because it has such a sensitive spirit, Weimardoodles can get jealous if you don’t pay them enough attention. The dog can also have a hard time adjusting to a new baby or pet introduced to the family after it has established its place.
This can be remedied by including the dog when playing with the baby or new pet so they don’t feel left out.
Another thing to remember with this breed is to gently discipline. Use a softer tone and eye contact to address any problems with this type of dog.
One unique aspect of this breed is they are fairly sensitive to touch, so don’t be surprised if they react quickly to quick hand or foot movements. They could also have separation anxiety so you will need to work on that while your dog is still a puppy.
Weimardoodles have protective nature, but are not aggressive and tend to be shy when around strangers.
The Look of a Weimardoodle
Weimardoodles are larger dogs so you will need to make sure you have plenty of room. They grow to stand between 20 and 27 inches high and can weigh anywhere between 45 to 70 pounds.
The Weimardoodle’s build can be a combination of square or stocky, They tend to be muscular and strong. Their exact size and look is dependent on the parents. There are smaller and larger versions of the breed, and that depends on the exact breeding.
The most common coloring of this breed is an apricot, or dirty blonde, color but other prominent colors include black and white.They have long faces, round eyes, and hanging ears.
There is a range of coat textures. It can be long, curly and soft, like that of a poodle, but it can also be short and hard like a Weimaraner. It could even be a combination. Again, this is a detail that is dependent on the pup’s parents.
It would be wise to know more about the parents’ look and size before you consider a puppy.
Are Weimardoodles Smart?
Weimardoodles are highly intelligent dogs. That means they will need a lot of mental stimulation. Dog games like puzzles or hidden treat toys are great for this type of dog.
Weimardoodles Exercise Needs
These types of dogs need a lot of run and play because they do have an abundance of energy. The smaller versions enjoy shorter walks and quicker play times either inside or outside. Larger Weimardoodles need more exercise including long walks and extended playtimes outside. They like it when people play with them and some of their favorite games are tug and chasing balls.
Weinmardoodles pick up on training quickly but can impulsive and a bit stubborn. That can be frustrating during training but the best training for this breed is a positive reward system for obeying commands.
One of the best ways to teach them to stay is to put a treat on their nose to balance it until you release them. Don’t let the get the treat if it falls. Keep trying until the dog learns he will get the treat if he stays still for a set period.
You can also teach your weimardoodle to find things in a game that includes hiding their favorite toy. Hide their toy in front of them in an obvious spot at first and tell them to find it. Be sure to use an excited voice.
When they go to the toy, give them a treat, praise them and let them play with it some before hiding it again. This time pick a slightly more challenging spot.
Best Living Environment for Weimardoodles
Weimardoodles need an active house where they can be stimulated both physically and mentally. They also need space like a big yard and plenty of room in the house so they can be with family inside and out.
This breed loves family, so it will be an inside and outside dog because it always wants to be part of the family.
Weimardoodles have a good heat tolerance so warmer climates are fine, but it depends on their coat thickness. Those living in warmer areas should be trimmed or shaved down in the spring to help it stay cooler.
This dog requires the same type of diet as other breeds of similar size, but a weimardoodle owner should get high-protein dog food to maintain the dog’s energy levels.
Keeping Weimardoodles Clean
Weimardoodles can be either a low to medium-maintenance dog depending on the type of coat it has. Those with the curlier coats will have the same type of maintenance needs as a poodle but will not need all the fuss of a shaping like a poodle requiers.
A weimardoodle will need its coat trimmed regularly as well as regular bathing. Those with longer coats can get more tangles than those with shorter fur. Like any dog, a weimardoodle can have an odor from outdoor play so bathing is required. That is especially true if it plays outside a lot.
This breed will also need brushing regularly. Experts state they need to be brushed about every other day to maintain their coat.
A positive aspect of this breed is they don’t shed much. Also, they can be a hypoallergenic breed, depending on the breeder. Another aspect of keeping a weimardoodle clean is to clean ears and check nails.
Cleaning its ears will prevent infections. Modern dogs don’t wear down their nails like they should, so nails will need to be trimmed on a regular basis.
Are Weimardoodles Healthy?
This breed of dog is a healthy one and tends to have fewer health problems than the purebred breeds it comes from. The variation included in this crossbreed has helped it become a sturdier dog than the purebred versions.
There are a few health issues that can occur in these breeds including:
This is a medical emergency if it happens. It’s when the stomach has a lot of pressure from being filled with air and that stops circulation in the back legs.
Weimardoodles Hip Dysplasia
This can happen during a dog’s growth spurt when the hip joint loosens and causes pain and dysfunction.
Weimardoodles Progressive Retinal Atrophy
This is a disease that can occur in both dogs and cats. It is when the eye retina starts to deteriorate, which causes a loss of vision.
Weimardoodles Von Willebrand’s Disease
Von Willebrand’s Disease is a chronic blood disorder where there is improper blood clotting.
None of these diseases are unique to Weimardoodles and can happen in any number of breeds. There are treatments and procedures for them as well.
It is good whenever you get a dog, no matter what breed, to have a veterinarian look it over to ensure it is healthy and offer a schedule for shots, flea ad tick treatments, and other medications and procedures.
What to Expect from the Vet
When you first take your weimardoodle puppy to the vet, the doctor will give it a thorough examination and test it for worms. There is medication if the puppy has worms or some other infection.
The vet will also inform you of the timing and procedures you can expect. This includes shots and spaying or neutering. Every state requires dogs have rabies shots, but others will keep your dog healthy including:
- Canine distemper virus
- Adenovirus, which is also known as canine hepatitis
- Canine paraninfluenza
It’s important to stay up to date with your pet’s shots for their health but also most kennels require proof of certain shots before they will board your pet. If you plan to take your pet to a training class, the teacher will also require proof of certain shots since it will be around other dogs and some of these diseases are contagious.
How Long Do Weimardoodles Live?
Weimardoodles have an average life span for a dog. They will live between 10 and 13 years.
Since this breed is a good healthy one, Weimardoodle owners shouldn’t have any major problems as the dog gets older. Some typical problems could include some stomach issues which would require dietary changes, a loss of energy, and teeth issues. A lot of these issues are preventable with quality food and dental care.
Dental care includes dog teeth cleaning bones, dry food regularly, and regular dental cleaning from the vet.
Weimardoodles make great pets for those who have time to spend with them at home. They love busyness and play, so people who want a dog full of energy, intelligence, and fun will love this breed.