Originally bred as a gundog to handle big game like deer and bear, the Weimaraner, or “Silver Ghost,” was a highly sought-after dog breed in their native Germany. Today, these elegant but demanding dogs can still be found out on the hunting grounds. However, they can also make fine family friends if they get enough exercise.

Maybe you’re here because you think your Weim may have packed on a few too many pounds, or maybe you’re here because your Weim looks skinny — either way, I see a lot of people who really do not know just how much their Weim should weigh. So let’s dispel any myths on this touchy subject, for the sake of your Weim’s health!

The dog owes its name to Weimar in Germany its place of birth. Known for its solid gray coat, it captured the attention of the world when it featured in the portraits of modern American photographer William Wegman who photographed his two Weimaraners in human clothes reading newspapers, watching television, and doing other mundane chores. The photos strikingly captured Weimaraners portraying human emotions and looking very much like their two-legged companions. This catapulted the dog into fame overnight.

General Features Of A Female Weimaraner

  • Weimaraners were bred to have a lot of energy and stamina. Be prepared to provide them with lots of exercise and mental stimulation.
  • Weims aren’t a soft-mouthed dog like a Golden Retriever and some have a low tolerance for small, furry animals, such as rabbits, and even cats and dogs. Until you know your dog well, watch him carefully when small animals are in his presence.
  • Weims are high-strung dogs and can suffer from severe separation anxiety. If left alone for too long, they may bark, become destructive, or even injure themselves.
  • Although Weimaraners are hunting dogs, they don’t like living outdoors. They require a lot of attention and want to be close to you.
  • Weims often are suspicious of strangers and can be unacceptably aggressive. Socializing them to many different people and situations when they are puppies and throughout their lives is critical.
  • Weimaraners are intelligent and they think for themselves. Firm, consistent, gentle training must continue throughout their lives.
  • Weimaraners can be difficult to housetrain. Crate training is recommended.
  • Unethical breeders may advertise blue or black Weims as “rare” to attract buyers and will charge more for pups of these colors, but the truth is that blue and black Weimaraners are disqualified in the breed standard.
  • Weims are intelligent and can learn quickly, but if their intelligence and energy aren’t channeled constructively, they may learn some things you don’t want them to know, such as how to open doors and escape.
  • To get a healthy dog, never buy a puppy from an irresponsible breeder, puppy mill, or pet store. Look for a reputable breeder who tests her breeding dogs to make sure they’re free of genetic diseases that they might pass onto the puppies, and that they have sound temperaments.

How Big Do Weimaraners Get? 

Weimaraners typically weigh between 55 and 90 pounds, 23 and 27 inches in height, and 34 to 40 inches in length, depending on gender and genetics. Males tend to stand between 25 and 27 inches (at the shoulder) and are slightly heavier than the females at 70 to 85 pounds. In contrast, females average around 23 and 25 inches in height and between 55 and 70 pounds in weight.

At What Age Is A Weimaraner Fully Grown?

Weimaraners reach their full size when they are between 6 and 8 months old, although they are only considered fully physically mature at around 18 months when they have developed their musculature and mass. You can expect around 80% of their total body weight by the time they are eight months to one year old, with the addition of a slow healthy weight thereafter.

What Do Weimaraners Look Like Once Fully Grown?

Weimaraners have a short, sleek, grey, or silver coat and are quite distinctive looking. They have very light eyes, which makes them look quite other-worldly, giving them the nickname “the grey ghost.” They have lengthwise stripes at birth, which fade within two weeks. They are the only dog breed to boast this strange feature.

How Much Should A Full Grown Weimaraner Weigh?

When fully grown, a male Weimaraner should generally weigh between 70 to 85 pounds. Females, on the other hand, should weigh between 55 and 70 pounds. You do get dogs that fall outside of this range; the important thing to look at is their body shape and whether you can see their bones, hips, ribs, and waist or even signs of excess weight. 

Why Is My Weimaraner Always Hungry?

The reason your Weimaraner is always hungry is either related to its physical or mental health. Many Weims show increased appetite along with weight changes if they have diseases such as diabetes or bowel issues. Other times, they want to eat more because of stress, age, or lack of nutrition.

Are Weimaraners Skinny?

A Weimaraner dog with that body-shape would be very overweight. Adolescent Weimaraners, especially males, will often go through a ‘skinny’ phase when it seems hard to keep weight on them – but they will emerge from this. So try not to worry if your adolescent Weimaraner is skinny!

How Much Does It Cost To Feed A Weimaraner?

Cost of Food Because the Weimaraner is a mid-size dog, you shouldn’t have any issue with his food budget. Expect to spend $35 to $50 a month on food for him but double-check with your vet for tips on the brands and types you should actually be feeding him.

How Much Should I Feed My Weimaraner?

Adult Weims may require as much as four cups of food a day. Most do not. There are many factors, including the time of the year, the amount of exercise, and your Weim’s age play into the equation. The average eight week old pup is eating somewhere between 1/2 – 3/4 cup of large breed puppy chow three times a day.

Why Are Weimaraners So Needy?

By nature the Weimaraner is clingy. The underlying reason for this issue, is the Weimaraner by nature is prone to severe separation anxiety. Other than being inclined to have separation anxiety issues, the Weimaraner is most often set up for severe separation anxiety by well intentioned family members.

How Much Is A Weimaraner Supposed To Weigh?

Size. Male Weimaraners stand 25 to 27 inches at the shoulder and weigh 70 to 85 pounds. Females are between 23 and 25 inches tall and weigh 55 to 70 pounds.

How Much Do You Feed A Puppy Weimaraner?

How Much Should You Feed Your Weimaraner Puppy? At the age of two months, the average Weimaraner puppy eats 3-4 cups of dry food in a 24 hour period. Most pet parents do not give their dog the whole amount at once. Using a high quality kibble for puppies, give your new puppy 1/2 cup four times daily.

How Much Food Should I Feed My Weimaraner Puppy?

How Much Should You Feed Your Weimaraner Puppy? At the age of two months, the average Weimaraner puppy eats 3-4 cups of dry food in a 24 hour period. Most pet parents do not give their dog the whole amount at once. Using a high quality kibble for puppies, give your new puppy 1/2 cup four times daily.

What Do You Feed A Weimaraner Puppy?

The large breed puppy formula is ideal Weimaraner puppy food, made with duck meal, rice and lentils. As duck meal is rich in omega-3 fatty acid, it can help reduce joint inflammation as the puppy grows.

What Should A Weimaraner Eat?

Cliff recommends feeding your adult Weimaraner bagged food with the following ratio: 12% Fat and 22% Protein. He would like to increase the protein to 24-25%, but usually this means added corn. Overall, we have found many Weims do not tolerate corn, wheat, and even barley.

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