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Country of Origin: The Weimardoodle is a cross between a Weimaraner and a Poodle. Poodle crossbreeds are meant to produce a dog with mixed traits and the Poodle’s signature nonshedding coat. As a crossbreed, the Weimardoodle is not eligible for registration with purebred registries such as the American Kennel Club, but it can be registered with the American Canine Hybrid Club. The Weimardoodle is not considered a purebred because it doesn’t ‘breed true’, meaning that it doesn’t display a consistent set of characteristics. Like other ‘designer breeds’, the Weimardoodle has seen a recent surge in popularity. Some breeders produce Weimardoodles by crossing a purebred Poodle with a purebred Weimaraner (called a first generation cross), but others allow crossing Weimardoodles with Poodles or Weimaraners (called a backcross), or other Weimardoodles (called a multi-generation cross). Different crosses can result in different characteristics.

Size: Weimardoodles vary widely in size, depending on whether they are bred with a Standard, Miniature, or Toy Poodle. Miniature Weimardoodles, the most common, have a shoulder height of 17-21 in (43-53 cm) and weigh 30-50 lbs (14-23 kg). Some have the stocky build of a Weimaraner (along with its characteristic grey or amber eyes) and others are thin like the Poodle. Weimardoodles should have a head and limbs proportionate to their body size to prevent back problems; natural breeding rather than artificial methods will produce the best result.

Coat: The Weimardoodle may have the short, hard coat of the Weimaraner, the longer frilly coat of the Poodle, or anything in between. Some Weimardoodles have the distinctive grey coat of the Weimaraner while others inherit the Poodle’s variety of colors, including white, apricot, or black. A variety of coat textures and colors may occur in the same litter. Weimardoodles shed little or not at all. First generation Weimardoodles tend to shed slightly more than higher generation crosses, though their coats are generally shorter and require less frequent brushing and grooming.

Character: The Weimardoodle is affectionate with everyone, but particularly devoted to its master. Some Weimardoodles tend to get separation anxiety and bark nervously when their owners depart. Weimardoodles are highly protective of their family and make good watchdogs.

Temperament: The Weimardoodle is affectionate with children, dogs and other pets. It is a little reserved with strangers. Weimardoodles may grow jealous when a new child or pet arrives in the family; be sure to give them extra attention at these times. Larger Weimardoodles with high energy levels should be supervised around young children to prevent an accident. Socialization when young is recommended for the Weimardoodle.

Care: The Weimardoodle requires occasional brushing and grooming several times a year, depending on coat type. Bathe only as necessary. The Weimardoodle has a lifespan of 10-13 years. Like other hybrids, Weimardoodles tend to have fewer health problems than purebreds (known as ‘hybrid vigor’). Possible health issues are hip and elbow dysplasia (malformed joints which can cause lameness or arthritis), hypothyroidism, and eye problems such as entropion, distichia, and PRA.

Training: The Weimardoodle inherits the Poodle’s intelligence and the Weimaraner’s devotion, making it easily and quickly trained. A gentle and positive reinforcement-based approach is recommended.

Activity: The Weimaraner and Standard Poodle require a substantial amount of daily exercise, and the Miniature Poodle considerably less, so depending on the Weimardoodle’s genetic makeup, it may be satisfied by a daily walk or may demand lengthier outings in the countryside.

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