Weimaraner Weight

By Anne Taguchi | Last Updated: September 19, 2021

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!

Ever hear this? “My Weim is 100 pounds of pure muscle!” It raises my eyebrows for sure.

Almost anyone that is involved in Weimaraners as a breeder or in any of the various performance venues will tell you that “100 pounds” and “pure muscle” simply cannot describe the same Weimaraner.

The Weimaraner standard allows for females to be 22-26” at the withers (highest point of the shoulder) and for males to be 24-28” when measured the same way.

The AKC Weimaraner standard does NOT specify a weight standard. I cannot tell you how many US-based websites I’ve seen that lists a standard weight for Weims. #petpeeve!

Now, the FCI standard (the German standard) does: Males should be about 30 – 40 kg (66 – 88 lb), and females: about 25 – 35 kg (55 – 77 lb).

So, as a guideline, we can reasonably say that the average for a male should be about 75 pounds and females should be about 65 pounds.

All of that is said with a caveat. Even though there is either no weight standard or quite a generous range, all standards recognize that Weimaraners are a hunting breed and streess moderation.

Big, over-sized Weimaraners cannot do their jobs, and 100 pounds is waaay more than the top end of 88 pounds. Your dog is fat. And at risk for various diseases:

So here’s the deal. Most people have never seen what “solid muscle” looks like, so take a look at Sara’s Vera:

muscled-weimaraner
THIS is solid muscle.

How To Tell If Your Weim Is Too Fat

Look at her when she’s standing normally. You should see a noticeable tuck-up behind her ribs.

Stand above her and look down. Your dog should have a definite “hourglass” shape, with hips, waist, and ribcage clearly defined. Her spine should be easy to find, not covered by fat.

Run your hands along her ribcage. What do you feel? There is only a thin layer of muscle covering the ribs, so anything you feel on top of your dog’s ribs is (surprise!) fat!

The muscles of your Weim’s shoulders and thighs should be well-defined and firm.

Is there a little roll or dimple that collects at the base of her tail? There shouldn’t be! When she’s sitting, does she get a “roll” in her lower abdomen? Or does her belly look sleek and hard?

Older dogs may have a little tummy, but (just like us!) if you can grab a handful, Baby Dog needs to go on a diet. Dogs have six-pack abs under there, too!

How To Put Your Weim On A Diet

Now that I’ve convinced you that showing a little rib is a good thing, let me tell ya how to do it. Just like you, your Weim will feel her best — in the form of more energy and better focus — when she drops those extra pounds.

Learn What A Healthy Weim Looks Like

And admit that yours may be carrying some extra poundage. The first step is the hardest! Pfizer found that while 47% of vets noted that dogs in their practice were obese, only 17% of those dogs had owners who agreed. Wow!

Take A Trip To The Vet

You need to check in every now and then anyway, but if you are putting your Weim on a diet, make sure your dog is healthy enough to start a weight loss program. Don’t let your vet talk you into a “special” diet though, unless your dog has a legitimate medical condition. Your dog’s “regular” food will be just fine — when fed correctly!

Look At Your Dog’s Bowl of Food

Whatever is in there, it’s too much. Feed a little less!

Don’t go by the dog food guidelines. Not all dogs have the same kind of metabolism. Often this step alone will help your dog drop the extra pounds. Split this into two feedings a day.

No free feeding where your dog has free access to food all day! That works for some breeds, but not Weims!

Add A Filler

If your dog acts hungry (She will, she’s a Weim!) add a filler. Green beans work great. Adding some water to your dog’s food also helps her feel full and may help prevent bloat associated with excessive water intake after a meal.

Make A Plan

Talk to all members of your family about your plan. Nobody can sneak Baby Girl treats!

Cut Out the Treats

Just kidding! But do make them healthy: broccoli florets, asparagus, carrots, apples, string cheese, low fat hot dogs. Yes, your dog will like these things!

You can also use your Weim’s normal kibble as treats, adequately reducing her normal rations accordingly of course! Yes, Weims respond well to food treats, but one of the best things about Weims is that they love attention, don’t forget what a powerful motivator affection and praise is for your dog!

Exercise!

And take your dog. Just as if you were starting an exercise program, begin slow and work up to your goal. Your dog’s fitness level will determine how you start exercising.

Off leash walks can be great because all Weims love to smell and explore. Some of them just may do it slower than others.

There are also all sorts of inventive ways to exercise your Weim if you don’t have acreage for your Weim to run on!

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20 responses to “Weimaraner Weight”

  1. Victoria says:

    I see way too many fat weims lately, its quite a sad sight , especially with working breeds that are supposed to be fit and athletic. I dont even hunt with my weim, but I’m very careful about his weight and measure it carefully(hes raw fed) before each feeding. He also gets regular exercise.

    • Anne Taguchi says:

      I totally agree Victoria! Not to mention they are so much better behaved when they are regularly exercised! 🙂

  2. J.R. Mallon says:

    Great article, you very nicely laid out the risks involved, description of what a healthy Weim should look like, and steps to take if your Weim is overweight.

    Sadly, it almost seems that overweight dogs are becoming the norm, and often people don’t recognize what a healthy dog should look like!

  3. April Mallon says:

    Ahhh…thank you for publishing this article! I just can’t stand seeing overweight weims – I truly feel sorry for them.

    Not very many pet-owners have seen a weimat the peak of fitness (like the field trial weims I saw at Nationals).

    Yes, some of them sit on the line between thin and too-thin, but they have incredible speed and endurance in part because they are not carrying ANY extra weight.

    For us, maintaining our dogs’ weight is a daily exercise (no pun intended!). If they’re looking a bit heavier, then less food that day, a little ribby and we’ll add a bit more.

  4. Renee says:

    I heard a great quote once: “If you’re dog is fat, you need more exercise”. I suppose you could turn that around as well.

    Something I have also heard from Weim owners is that their vet says that the dog is totally healthy, when in actuality, the dog is overweight. I’m not sure if the vet is really saying this or if the owner is hearing what they want to hear. Either way, keep in mind that vets are generalists and while the dog may be otherwise healthy, he could probably stand to loose a few pounds. Try not use the excuse of “he’s old” as an excuse. That should be the biggest reason to go on a diet. Old dogs carrying around extra weight is hard on their old bones and joints.

    Weims are not labs. If your Weim looks as thick as a lab, he’s FAT! Lab owners should be telling you that your dog is anorexic looking and you should look at a lab and think he’s fat.

  5. kellyann says:

    Overweight Weims are all too common, sadly. I think people think they should look like labs–but even labs look terrible when they are overweight!

    I rescued my girl at 80# and put her on Woof Watchers! She’s about right now…maybe even a touch too thin, but healthy! Haze went on it too last April…he’s looking quite svelte. No more pooch on my pooch!

    Woof Watchers is half the amount of kibble, supplemented with no salt green beans, healthy treats, grain free kibble and lots of walks/exercise!!

  6. Charlene says:

    When I rescued my second Weim in Oct 2010, he was 96 pounds! I couldn’t believe how big he was! He is on a diet and gets exercised everyday and he has lost 11 pounds. It seems like he has been stuck at this weight for a few months now. Any advice on what to do when he’s seemed to plateau? He can still afford to loose at least 5-7 pounds!

    • Renee says:

      Maybe his body needs a shake up? Try changing his food or at least the flavor? Also try a different form of exercise. This is what happens in humans.

      • Meredith Wadsworth says:

        Yep, agree with Renee. I’d mix it up and add some strength/resistance training (roading), and maybe some sprints (fetching) on alternating days. That’s what human athletes do when we hit that plateau, so the same thing applies for our dogs!

        • Charlene says:

          I’m not sure what you mean by roading, can you explain? I do walk him some days and some days I take him to the park to play fetch!

          • Meredith Wadsworth says:

            “Roading” is basically the same thing as “pulling.” Put your dog in a harness and actually encourage him to pull! Most weims love it and don’t need much encouragement 🙂 Keep resistance on the leash at all times. It takes a lot more effort and builds muscles thanks to the resistance you provide at the other end of the leash.

      • Charlene says:

        I feed him taste of the wild and I alternate flavors every bag!

        • Lu Touzeau says:

          HI. We feed our two whims Taste of the Wild also and rotatev flavors. However, our dogs are overweight and I am putting them on a weight loss program. I was wondering how much are you feeding your dog? I also live on a ranch so I am going to start a good exercise program. Any help would be appreciated. My dogs, male and female both need to lose

          • Anne Taguchi says:

            Hi there, Taste of the Wild is pretty calorie dense so I would start with bag recommendaction and adjust down as necessary. You may not need to as you increase exercise though! I usually keep an eye on their weight a.dog just a just as I go along. Good luck! I’m sure theyll love the new exercise program!

  7. Tiffany Kelley says:

    I have not been the best mama to my 2.5 year old weim, Aiden. He is one of the overweight weims, sadly. He was the biggest in his litter and is very big today. He measures 30.5″ from front paw up to shoulder. In March he weighed in at 110 pounds. The vet said he def needs to lose some weight. After reading on here and about breed standards I am so disappointed in myself for letting him get to be so chubby!! Since his vet visit I have been giving him more exercise – we do at least 4 15 minute sessions of fetch, he swims at least once a day for 10-15 minutes, and he runs with me on the 4wheeler til he stops. I brought him in yesterday and he weighed in at 108.5 pounds. As far as food goes, up until a month ago I would fill his bowl with kibble and he would graze throughout the day, when it was gone I would fill it again. So a month ago I started feeding him 2x per day. He would get a big scoop and half a can of wet morning and night. I noticed he has a lot of dry patches lately so the vet recommended I try a grain free food. I switched him to taste of the wild dry and 4health wet food. I guess my question is, how much should I be feeding him? The kibble guideline is as follows: 80-100 pounds, 3 3/4 – 4 1/3 cups, 100-125 pounds, 4 1/3 – 5 cups. Since he is also getting wet food and needs to lose weight, how much should I feed him?
    Eventually i would prefer to just feed kibble but as of right now, he demands it with wet food. Please dont judge me, I just need guidance! Thanks in advance!

    • Ami says:

      I hope Aiden’s weight loss is going well! I would feed him per the guidlines for the weight you want, and on the lower end. Since he is a bigger Weim at 30.5″, I would feed 3-3.5 cups daily, 1.5ish cups in the morning and again at night.

      I have a 7yr old Siberian Husky and lived with a fat Weim for 2 years (Looking to get a Weim for my next dog), I can definitely say that my husky needs to loose weight. At 25″ at the shoulder, he’s 3″ taller than the standard and gets confused with a Mal a lot. So far, we’ve lost 5lbs biking/bikejoring with food adjustment, and he’s at 72lbs now instead of 77lbs. For one month and his age, I feel this is healthy. He should be 67ish pounds.

      If you want to do “Roading”, I bought my harness at howlingdogalaska.com. Since a lot of Alaskan Husky lines have pointers bred into them for speed, you should be able to find a harness to fit your boy no problem. They have a Hound Harness that may work.

  8. Jolinar says:

    Re AKC weight standard, I think the confusion comes from website and the breed specification PDF having different information. The AKC website has an average size, the PDF doesn’t mention it. Also, it really depends on how it’s phrased. If someone writes “their weight ranges from 55-90lbs” that’s fine. If they said the AKC standard is this, then it’s not correct. But that’s just my 2 cents. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

    • Anne Taguchi says:

      That is a good point and agree with your 2c. The AKC page has a general description that is not the actual standard (it links to the breed standard from that page). I was surprised to see that they also suggest a general life expectancy. I think 10-13 years is low, I would say more like 12-14 years. 🙂

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