Weimardoodle: Not Suitable For These Types of People
Of the many varieties of “Doodle” you can find, the Weimaraner Poodle mix (or Weimardoodle) is a fascinating mixed breed dog that often poses a challenge to its owners. Weimardoodles are highly intelligent and social but are prone to bouts of stubbornness, reactivity, and destructive behaviors.
High-energy and deeply attached to their people, Weimardoodles make great family dogs for families that can dedicate almost all their time to spend with their dog. If, however, you work a full-time job, need to leave your dog alone for any period of time, or live a less active lifestyle, the Weimardoodle isn’t the right mix for you.
In this guide, I’m covering all the ins and outs of this mixed breed, so you can make an informed decision on whether the Weimardoodle could be your dream dog!
Meet 6 Insta-Famous Weimardoodles
Not quite sure what a Weimardoodle looks like? Well, the answer is: it depends. An unregulated breed, some Weimardoodles will have shorter, wiry fur, while others will have longer fluffy fur. Some will be brown, others liver-colored, gray, or black. Here are six adorable Weimardoodles that show off the incredible diversity of these mixed-breed dogs.
From Schweinfurt, Germany, Simba is a 2.5-year-old Weimardoodle who loves nothing more than an outdoor adventure—except maybe a nice long nap!
This young pup is Korbyn, a Weim Doodle who lives with his two purebred Weimaraner siblings! A big boy, Korbyn weighed 55 lbs at just 5 months old.
Living in Canada’s capital city, Ottawa, Wyatt is an almost 5-year-old Weimardoodle with a distinguished look hiding a goofy personality!
4. Jett & Major
This brother and sister duo is Jett and Major! Each sporting a different but equally stunning coat color, Jet and Major live a life of luxurious relaxation and exciting outdoor adventure in Vermont.
5. Dolly Pop
Dolly is a beautiful dappled Weimardoodle from Mississippi who lives with her sister Dixie, an Aussiedoodle. These lovely ladies like to spend their days doing just about everything together. Finding a photo of Dolly on her own was honestly a challenge since Dixie is practically attached to her by the hip!
Weimardoodle Basic Info
Let’s get to know the Weimardoodle a little bit better! Also called a Weim Doodle or Weimarpoo, the Weimardoodle is a Weimaraner and Poodle mix and not a purebred breed. An unregistered, unregulated mixed breed, Weimardoodles vary greatly from individual to individual. Some take on more traits of their Weimaraner parents, while others will look more like traditional “Doodles.”
Because the breeding of this mix is unregulated, some Weimardoodles will also display traits of secondary or third breeds beyond the expected Weimaraner and Poodle traits. While the physical traits, personality/temperament, and health of Weimardoodles can vary, there are a few generalizations we can make about this mix.
It’s certainly possible to own a dog if you also have a full-time job. There are tons of tricks to keep your dog entertained while you’re at work, and some dogs enjoy taking the time to just nap the day away. Weimardoodles are not these kinds of dogs.
Weimardoodles need nearly constant attention and supervision and are prone to separation anxiety and destructive behaviors when left alone. Weimardoodle owners often bemoan this mix’s incredible stamina, saying that it is almost impossible to truly tire them out.
While Weimardoodles can be fantastic family dogs that form strong bonds with humans of all ages, they can also be prone to reactivity when they perceive an intrusion or threat.
Weimardoodles are typically intelligent and require lots of mental stimulation in addition to physical play and exercise. Stubborn and sometimes independent, Weimardoodles can be prone to bouts of mischief if not kept active.
The ideal owner for the high-energy Weimardoodle is someone with experience handling active, intelligent, anxious dog breeds. They should either work from home or be able to bring their dog with them when they leave the house and should be able to commit to at least two hours of exercise daily.
Weimardoodles are large dogs, thanks to their parentage! Both Weimaraners and Standard Poodles are big, with examples of both breeds reaching maximum sizes of 70–100 lbs. The Weimardoodle stands between 20–27 inches at the shoulder and may weigh between 50–80 lbs when fully grown. Some Weimardoodles may be even larger.
There have also been attempts to breed Mini Weimardoodles. These pups are usually the result of breeding Weimaraners or F1 Weimardoodles with Miniature Poodles, but they are uncommon and often larger than intended.
Mixed breed dogs or mutts—like the Weimardoodle—are typically less likely to inherit genetic disorders or breed-specific illnesses. This said Weimardoodles may still be prone to some of the health concerns typical of Weimaraners and/or Poodles.
Weimaraners are sporting dogs, bred to be sturdy and muscular. Capable of incredible feats of athleticism, Weimaraners are also sometimes prone to self-injury due to their willingness to put themselves in harm’s way. Also known for swallowing things they shouldn’t, Weimaraners and Weimardoodles should always be supervised with toys, chews, and non-edible items.
The most serious health concern for Weimaraners and Weimaraner mixes is gastric torsion or bloat. This life-threatening medical condition occurs when the stomach overfills and twists shut. Bloat is most common in males, larger examples of the breed, and deep-chested dogs.
Poodles are generally a healthy breed, Standard Poodles in particular. As they age, some may experience hip and joint issues and vision problems, but few experience these issues in their youth. Some poorly bred Poodles and Poodle mixes (like the Weimardoodle) may experience neurological issues including idiopathic epilepsy. Unfortunately, Poodles are also prone to bloat, so Weimardoodles run the risk of inheriting this condition from either side of their genetic makeup.
Being aware of these possible conditions can help with early detection and preemptive treatment. Other health concerns shared by both Weimaraners and Poodles include:
- Thyroid issues
- Hip dysplasia
Where to Buy Weimardoodle Puppies
There is no reliable way of finding ethical Weimardoodle breeders. Unfortunately, the vast majority of Weimardoodles are the result of backyard breeders and puppy mills. While it is possible to find good, well-intentioned Doodle breeders, the rarer varieties of Doodle (like the Weimardoodle) are often not bred under ethical conditions.
If you are interested in a Weimardoodle, Weimaraner mix, or Poodle mix, we recommend searching for one at your local shelter, or a breed-specific rescue!
- Great Lakes Weimaraner Rescue
- Weimaraner Rescue of Texas
- Big Dog Rescue Ranch (not Weimaraner-specific, but often rescues Weims)
There’s plenty more to know about the Weimardoodle, and we suspect you still have a few questions! Let’s take a look at some of the common queries about this mix.
Are Weimardoodles hypoallergenic?
No. Poodle mixes are often branded as “hypoallergenic” because Poodles are low-shedding dogs. Because low-shedding dogs drop very little fur and dander, some people with dog allergies can comfortably own these breeds. However, dander isn’t the only dog allergen—many people are also allergic to dog urine and dog saliva.
Because Weimardoodles are a mixed breed, their coat type can vary greatly. Some will have more Poodle-like fur while others will have more Weimaraner-like fur. Because Weimaraners are moderate to high shedders, most Weimardoodles will shed at least a little.
How bad does a Weimardoodle shed?
It depends on the individual dog. Depending on what genes your particular Weimardoodle inherits from their Poodle ancestors vs. their Weimaraner ancestors, they could shed very little or quite a lot.
What is the average Weimardoodle price?
If you buy a Weimardoodle from a breeder (which we do not recommend) you will pay somewhere between $300 and $1,400. If you adopt a Weimardoodle (a great way to bring this breed into your life!) you’ll pay between $250—$700.
How long do Weimardoodles live?
Considering the relative lifespans of Weimaraners and Poodles, Weimardoodles have an expected lifespan of around 11—15 years.
Are Weimardoodles good family dogs?
Often, yes! Of course, it depends on the individual. Some Weimardoodles are excellent with children, and develop strong, protective bonds with them. Other individuals may feel anxious, over-stimulated, or reactive around children, particularly little kids under the age of 10.
In general, Weimardoodles are known for becoming deeply attached to their humans, regardless of age, but may also experience separation anxiety or reactivity towards strangers as a result.
For these reasons, Weimardoodles are not a good mix for inexperienced dog owners, especially those with small children.
How big does a full grown Weimardoodle get?
Adult Weimardoodles are large dogs, standing 20–27 inches at the shoulder, and weighing 50–80 lbs on average. Males are often larger than females, and some examples of the breed may exceed 80 pounds.
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