As a breeder and Weimaraner lover, I get this question all the time! So let’s cut to the chase, how big will your Weimaraner puppy get?
Unfortunately, there’s no magic formula to really know the answer. Most often the response you will get to this question is that you need to look at the size of your puppy’s parents. Size is a genetic trait so knowing how big your puppy’s parents are is a good place to start.
This can get tricky because your puppy will not necessarily be similar to his parents, depending on the breeder. If a breeder has developed a long and consistent line, then you will have a way better idea than if your breeder tends to outcross more.
If you know the size of your puppy’s parents and grandparents, you’ll have a much better idea, but as any breeder will tell you, genetics can be tricky! There always seems to be that giant puppy or midget born to two normal sized parents, so looking at the grandparents can be very helpful.
In addition to ultimate size, rate of growth also seems to be genetic, with some families growing much more slowly than others. So just because you may have a 65 pound Weimaraner at 6 months old doesn’t mean that that dog will be 100 pounds at 12 months – unless you let him get FAT!
While I can’t tell you for sure how big your Weim puppy will get, I polled over a hundred owner of Weim puppies of various ages to get averages for both males and females at different ages. This is not a scientific method by any means but will help you get a basic idea where your pup stands on the curve.
One issue that came up while collecting this data: Most Weim puppies are a little bit fat. And most Weim owners really had no idea. So before you look at the chart below, keep that in mind and don’t be afraid to have your pup show a little rib!
A lean puppy is far better than even a little bit of puppy chub! According to most research, overweight puppies have an increased risk of hip dysplasia as well as other joint, bone, and muscle problems.
In addition to be a little too pudgy, the excess calories and nutrition spurs on faster growth. Your puppy will grow super fast until he’s about 8 months old (when he should be 80% or more of his adult weight), and any additional stress from excess weight on those joints can cause major problems as they get older. Some breeders will void a health contract if your puppy is overweight during these months — it’s that much of a risk factor!
Your puppy may have extra skin, but feel along his rib cage. What’s there? Rib bones should be easily felt. The muscles of his shoulders and thighs should be easily seen and firm to the touch. Hip bones may be easily seen and/or felt, depending on your dog’s structure. Some dogs will always show some hip, it’s just how they’re made.
As with an adult dog, when viewed from above, your pup should have an “hourglass” appearance, and his spine should be easy to feel, but not prominent, as long as he has a strong, straight topline. A “puppy belly” is normal and will be less noticeable as your dog gets older.
(If you think your Weimaraner may be fat, check out this article on how to determine if your Weim is fat.)
Your puppy will likely go through a stage of growth around four months when he is all legs. It is normal for him to look very slender to you during this time, he’ll grow out of it!
Male dogs can be hard to keep weight on as they go through adolescence (age eight to 18 months) but females don’t seem to be quite as extreme in that regard.
You should also know that just because a pup is the biggest in his litter at eight weeks it does not guarantee that he will be the biggest. It only means that he eats the most as a puppy!
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