The German Shorthaired Weimaraner: A Complete Guide

There are some who will argue that mixed dog breeds are objectively better than purebred dogs.

Having been around (and worked with) dogs my whole life, I can attest to that rumor being unfounded, but this does not mean that mixed breeds are any worse.

Truth be told, there is no ideal dog breed.

If you are looking for the best dog around, you will have to consider what you want out of a pet and compare it to the characteristics of the dog that you are thinking of buying or adopting.

To make the right choice, you will need info, and that is where this guide on the German Shorthaired Weimaraner comes in.

Today, I’ll be taking a look at this mixed breed under the magnifying glass, and I’ll be covering everything that you need to know before you decide to bring a German Shorthaired Weimaraner into your home.

I’ll start off where anyone else would begin, with German Shorthaired Weimaraner puppies.

German Shorthaired Weimaraner Puppies – Before You Buy…

Since being a large dog, the German Shorthaired Weimaraner suffers from more health problems than the small ones.

There are some things that you will have to know about any dog breed before you decide that it is the right one for you, and this is the section that will be devoted to those very things.

I’ll be covering how much you can expect to pay for one of these dogs and some other issues that would concern a potential owner.

What Price are German Shorthaired Weimaraner Puppies?

Both of these dog breeds are larger than most, which tends to result in a pricey dog, but the price of a German Shorthaired Weimaraner will depend on a few different things.

First off, you will want to consider how common these dogs are in your area, as rarity will tend to bump up the price.

Most German Shorthaired Weimaraner puppies will cost you between 500 and 750 dollars, though the more expensive examples can often rise to around 1000 dollars.

The color of the dog, its pedigree, and much more can also result in price changes, with rarer features usually raising what you can expect to pay.

Where to Find Reputable German Shorthaired Weimaraner Breeders?

Since the German Shorthaired Weimaraner is a dog breed that is more popular in Germany, it is possible that you will struggle when it comes to finding a breeder.

Your best option is to scour the internet in search of a breeder for these puppies that is not too far away, and even then, you may have trouble.

If you do find a breeder, it only makes sense that you will want to make sure that they are treating their dogs the right way.

The best way to determine whether or not your breeder is doing the right thing is by asking local breeders and the dog owner community what they think of the breeder you will be buying from.

3 Little-Known Facts About German Shorthaired Weimaraner Puppies

  1.  As with many German dogs, this breed was developed primarily for hunting and other sport, but this does not make them aggressive, as some would assume. In fact, hunting dogs often need to be less aggressive so that they can cooperate with the other dogs in a hunting pack.
  2.  Another feature that is common to German dog breeds is a coat that is short yet thick, and the German Shorthaired Weimaraner has one of the richest coats of any dog. You will have trouble finding a dog or even puppies with fur that is denser than on the German Shorthaired Weimaraner.
  3.  Seeing as this breed descends from two dogs that are recognized as requiring relatively low maintenance, a German Shorthaired Weimaraner can be a good choice for those who don’t know much about grooming. Though their fur is dense, the German Shorthaired Weimaraner’s coat will not require too much care.

Physical Traits of the German Shorthaired Weimaraner

The German Shorthaired Weimaraner is mostly found in Germany.

The German Shorthaired Pointer and the Weimaraner are two German hunting dogs that already share a relatively strong resemblance when it comes to everything but their coat.

Even then, the parent breeds both have the short, thick coat that is common to most dogs of their kind.

Since the two parent breeds share many physical similarities, you will find that the German Shorthaired Weimaraner has more variety when it comes to its fur than anything else.

These dogs can come in many different colors, though the blue-grey of the Weimaraner is more common than others.

Of course, the patterns that you would usually see on a German Shorthaired Pointer are also possible for these dogs.

The thick fur has a purpose in hunting as it allows the dog to stay warm without compromising its agility, and it also provides a more substantial degree of protection than one would think.

How Big is a Full-Grown German Shorthaired Weimaraner?

Seeing as both parent breeds are larger dogs, you will not typically find small examples of the German Shorthaired Weimaraner.

As with most mixes that are made of dogs that are similar in size, you will find relatively little variety in the height and weight of German Shorthaired Weimaraners.

As with most other dog breeds, the males are larger than the females, with the average weight of a male being around 80 pounds, while females are usually approximately 75 pounds.

There is a bit more variety when it comes to the height of these dogs, with the smallest being 21 inches tall and the tallest being 25 inches.

What is the German Shorthaired Weimaraner’s Life Expectancy?

While this breed is a mix of two larger dogs, its life expectancy isn’t as short as you would expect.

Weimaraner has a relatively standard lifespan for a larger dog of around 10 to 12 years, and the German Shorthaired Pointer can live for about 12 to 14 years, improving the lifespan of this mix.

You can typically expect a German Shorthaired Weimaraner to live for around 12 to 13 years, placing it right between its two parent breeds when it comes to life expectancy.

Even though this may not be spectacular, it is better than the 10 or 11 years that are common to dogs this large.

Intelligence, Temperament, and Personality Traits of the German Shorthaired Weimaraner

The German Shorthaired Weimaraner was primarily developed for hunting.

As with many hunting dogs, their intimidating designation does not do them justice when you consider their behavior.

The German Shorthaired Weimaraner is a family dog that will accept any member of the home, from the largest adult to the smallest of children, and it will never do anything threatening.

This combination of personality traits helps make the German Shorthaired Weimaraner a popular choice for those with younger children in the home.

Of course, as with any larger dog, you will have to keep an eye on it when it is around small kids to ensure that it doesn’t inadvertently knock them over.

The German Shorthaired Weimaraner is a good choice of watchdog, though it lacks the proper level of aggression towards suspected intruders to make for a capable guard dog.

On the flipside, its kind-hearted nature means that you won’t face too many problems with strangers when walking this dog.

The German Shorthaired Weimaraner’s Diet

Knowing how much you can expect to feed a dog will give you an idea of the money that you will be spending per month, which is necessary to consider before purchasing your puppy.

Using common sense, one would assume that larger dogs eat more and smaller dogs eat less, but there are always outliers.

The German Shorthaired Weimaraner is not one of these outliers. This is a larger dog that is also highly energetic, which is a combination that tends to result in a healthy appetite.

You can expect to have to feed a German Shorthaired Weimaraner around a cup of food three times per day.

How Much Exercise Does the German Shorthaired Weimaraner Need?

As I just mentioned, the German Shorthaired Weimaraner is a breed that has quite a bit of energy hidden away.

Some dogs of this breed will be energetic around the house, but all of them will start running in circles and jumping around whenever you bring up the prospect of taking them outside.

Though the German Shorthaired Weimaraner is a big dog, it is also surprisingly agile.

You may be surprised to notice that your German Shorthaired Weimaraner will not slow down much, even as it gets far larger with age. These dogs will need a whopping two hours of exercise per day.

German Shorthaired Weimaraner Health and Conditions

One more thing to account for is how often you can expect to take your dog to the vet.

It is well-known that larger dogs often suffer from more complications than smaller dogs, so let’s see if that’s the case with the German Shorthaired Weimaraner.

Serious Issues:

Minor Issues:

  • Eye problems
  • Entropion

My Final Thoughts on the German Shorthaired Weimaraner

If you want a German hunting dog mix, few can hope to compare with the German Shorthaired Weimaraner.

Should you be considering this dog as your next family pet, I hope that my guide has been able to help you decide on whether or not this breed will be able to work for you.

 

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OVERALL SUMMARY

7.5
Cost to Buy
8
Cuteness Level
8.5
Family Safety
8.5
Friendliness
4.5
Health Concerns
7
Life Span
2
Exercise Required
3.5
Food Required
OVERALL RATING 6.2 / 10

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