How Much Does a Weimaraner Puppy Cost?

By Anne Taguchi | Last Updated: July 26, 2021

For those that don’t have a lot of time to read, I’ll get straight to it. In the US, a Weimaraner puppy costs from about $800 to $3,000 (summer 2021 prices). The high end is almost 4 times the price of the low end — that’s a huge range!

Let’s look at the low end first. While you cannot make judgments about the quality of a breeder based on price alone, bargain-basement prices typically reflect bargain-basement practices. Not always, but do your homework and ask the right questions to find out!

On the other hand, you may be gasping at the high end price, and wondering if going to the top of the price point is worth it. If you think about it, the initial price of the dog won’t even come close to what you will spend on your dog over it’s lifetime. This may my not hit home without a little math: A $800 puppy costs about 16 cents a day over his lifespan. (We are going to use 14 years for this example.) A $3,000 puppy costs about 59 cents a day. The difference is 27 cents a day or $12 a month. $12 won’t even buy you a bag of dog food!

Cost of ownership runs about $1,000 a year (at least!) so going cheap really doesn’t make sense overall. Your initial savings can easily be eaten up in 2 seconds if you have a rambunctious puppy that gets into things or is prone to minor injuries. (Let’s be real here. You are planning on getting Weimaraner puppy. There will be unexpected costs!)

A quality breeder produces quality puppies. And yes, quality does cost more. That $800 puppy? Is the breeder cost cutting by not doing the things listed below?

On the other hand, high price doesn’t necessarily mean high quality. Anyone can slap a high price tag on their puppies, and talk a “game.” The cost summary below illustrates just how much it costs to breed a litter if done right.

Make sure that the breeder is doing the things listed below. Health testing is expensive, and so is raising a litter the right way so that you have the best start you can with your puppy. If the breeder is not doing the things listed below and merely sticking a high price tag on that cute puppy looking for you to make an emotional purchase — beware!!

Cost of Breeding a Weimaraner Litter

When looking at these costs, keep in mind that the breeder’s location will skew pricing, especially veterinary pricing. Also some items listed under the high end are considering large litters.

Costs Related to Brood Bitch

OFA hips and elbows ($50-100 for the vet exam, $150-200 for the X-ray, and $40 film submission. More fees if sedated.)$240$500
OFA thyroid ($50-100 for the vet visit, $100-200 for lab & shipping costs, $15 for OFA submission)$165$300
UC Davis genetic health tests – HUU/HYM/SD ($50 per test, cheek swab done at home, no vet visit)$150$150
CERF ($40-50 at an eye clinic, $150-200 with a veterinary ophthalmologist appointment, $12 to submit to CERF/OFA)$52$212

Costs Related to Breeding

Stud service (Usually the cost of a puppy)$1,500$3,000
Travel to stud dog (Gas, meals, lodging; or flight/transporter costs)$0$1,500
Brucellosis test$50$300
Breeding (Natural $0, or artificial insemination including semen shipment, surgery, post-op care of bitch)$0$2,500

Costs Related to Pregnancy

4-7 progesterone tests ($50-75 every 2 days) $200$525
Mom’s food, vitamins, supplements (Additional due to pregnancy)$100$300
Ultrasound for pregnancy confirmation$100$300
Xray for head count confirmation$100$300

Costs Related to Whelping

Supplies (Fixing whelping box, towels, colored ribbons, and other miscellaneous necessities – does not include start up costs*)$50$200
Birth expenses (No complications or complications with a c-section)$0$2,500
Complications during whelping can result in having to have a c-section.

Costs Related to Raising Puppies

Puppy supplies (Toys, food, supplements)$150$400
Tail docking and dew claw removal at vet’s office$200$800
Worming (Every 2 weeks starting at 2 weeks, done at home)$25$50
Puppy vaccinations (Done at home or at vet’s office)$200$300
Emergency vet visit for puppy (e.g., fading puppy, sneezing, coughing, limping)$0$800
Emergency vet visit for mom (e.g., mastitis)$0$200
Extra laundry, electricity, paper towels, etc$50$100
Puppy field trips to new homes and for socializing$25$100
Birds for testing and exposure$25$150
Final vet checkup for puppies before going home (including microchip implantation)$150$800
Assemble puppy “going home” packets (copying, food samples, collar, etc.)$10$100
AKC litter registration ($33 per pup online without extras)$33$330
WCA futurity forfeit ($40 plus $30 per puppy)$70$340

Does NOT Include:

Grand Total

Total cost of breeding a Weimaraner litter of 6 puppies$3,645$15,057

The average cost of breeding a Weimaraner litter (the right way!) is about $9,350. And let’s say the cost to earn some titles is another $4,000 for competition (low estimate!). You are looking at a breeder spending on average of about $13,350 just to produce a well-bred litter. If there are 6 puppies in a litter, at $2,225 each, the breeder will barely meet their own costs.

Bottom line: If a breeder is doing things right, breeding is very rarely a money-making operation!

Examine the breeder’s practices and make sure she is reputable and spending not only the money, but the time, energy, and research on producing high quality, healthy and temperamentally sound puppies. If she is, then consider the higher end of the price range as a small price to pay in the scheme of things!

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One response to “How Much Does a Weimaraner Puppy Cost?”

  1. Buddy says:

    Never realized all the costs and amount of work involved in order to offer us our companions. And as you mentioned does not included wear and tear on house, yard, and vehicles. Thank you so much on the insight of the cost and time involved.

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