No longer do we consider mixes to be mongrels or hounds; they’re hybrid, designer dogs, and rising in popularity all the time. At Canine Weekly, we regularly feature some striking and strange parentage results, and this post will focus on Weimaraner mixes!
As is usual with mixes, it’s important not to take this guide as fact but as a generalization. Often mixed dogs can vary considerably, from litter to litter and even sibling to sibling. So, this guide features Weimaraner cross breeds that we know a little more about.
Firstly, let’s look a little into the Weimaraner breed itself.
All About the Weimaraner
Also known as the ‘Silver Ghost’ and the ‘Gray Ghost,’ the Weimaraner originates from Germany, where it was bred as a gundog to handle the large game, deer, and even bear.
Today, Weimaraners are still used as gun dogs but have found their place as much-loved pets – possibly due to the extreme love they have for their families, their ease of maintenance, and their fun-loving personalities. Weimaraners make for excellent companion dogs, but instinctively they have a high prey drive and seemingly copious amounts of energy.
Weimaraners are not a breed suited to all, and first-time owners and apartment dwellers would probably be best looking at another breed. This dog needs a firm hand and lots of space, but if you can provide this, then you will have an affectionate, devoted addition to the family.
The Weimaraner can be a difficult dog to own but a hugely rewarding one if you raise him correctly. They are unfortunately known to be aggressive in many situations, so it is crucial to supervise at all times and possibly look into how to assert dominance from puppyhood.
Although hardy dogs, they aren’t considered yard dogs and love to be central to the family – involved in all goings-on, at all times! Active, friendly, and fearless, the Weimaraner is a striking-looking dog with so much to offer the right kind of owner. This post will look at the pairings of Weimaraners with other pure-breeds and what you can expect from owning them!
10 Weimaraner Mixes
#1. Boweimar (Weimaraner / Boxer)
A Weimaraner bred with Boxer results in the very high-energy, bouncy, intelligent, and fun-loving Boweimar. Growing to between 70 – 80 lb and standing between 38 – 42 inches, this is a large mixed breed, bred in the 2000s as a companion dog.
The Boweimar are generally more Weimaraner in stature, tall and slender, and are typically black with white spots or brown in color. Their coats are short and easy to maintain; a brush once a week is sufficient to keep the coat in good condition.
Boweimars make for a good family dog when regular exercise and mental stimulation are provided. If this hybrid isn’t given enough attention, they tend to bark excessively or exhibit destructive behaviors.
#2. Great Weimar (Weimaraner / Great Dane)
Great Dane Mixes are relatively common, as often people want their favorite breed in giant form, which is what the Great Dane provides. Great Danes are the gentle giants of the dog world, it is scarce to find one with a domineering or demanding nature, and this can balance the more skittish traits of the Weimaraner, making for an easier dog!
The Great Weimar can grow to 105 lb and 29-in tall; the designer hybrid can often have a small amount of Labrador Retriever thrown into the mix. Great Weimars tend to be healthier than the Great Dane and calmer than the Weimaraner. They are still known for high-energy levels and can be pretty vocal at times.
The Great Weimar is a graceful yet muscular dog with a powerful body and an intelligent mind. They are reliable in temperament and completely devoted to their family. Great Weimars need lots of exercises and large gardens to entertain themselves in in-between walks.
#3. Pointeraner (Weimaraner / German Shorthaired Pointer)
If you’re looking for a dog that is a great hunter and a great retriever, then the Pointeraner could be an excellent fit. Bred from two German gun dogs, the prey drive in this hybrid could not be stronger! An extremely athletic, highly intellectual, spirited dog with goals to please his owner and lay his head somewhere comfy at night.
This is a working breed with exceptional stamina. Adventurous and brave, the German Pointeraner thrives on being outdoors and discovering new things. This breed would be on the go all day long, and intense daily exercise is essential. Lazy, novice owners need not apply! A mature German Pointeraner can stand up to 68cm and weigh up to 37kg, a large dog indeed.
German Pointeraners are relatively adaptable and can make a good family pet as long as they are adequately trained, well exercised, and given lots of attention – this dog will not be ignored! It would be best for this breed to live in a home with no other animals, and older children, due to how energetic they can be and their insane prey drive (which would include domestic small and furries!).
#4. Golden Labmaraner (Weimaraner / Golden Retriever / Labrador Retriever)
The Golden Labmaraner is a genius mixture of three different hunting breeds, who each possess loyalty, intelligence, and copious amounts of energy. Each breed has left its mark on the Golden Labmaraner; the easy-going and loyal nature of the Labrador Retriever, the sweetness and gentleness of the Golden Retriever, and the devotion and high energy of the Weimaraner.
The Retriever’s ancestry of gentleness and pure love overrides the Weimaraners’ proneness to aggression. This parentage results in a highly social dog that does well in homes with children and other pets. Socialization is important, but you’re working here with three super-intelligent breeds, so training should be simple.
The coat will usually be a black color of black, brown, or gray, and you can expect a fully-grown Golden Labmaraner to stand at 21 to 24-inches and weigh between 60 to 100 lb. The life expectancy is typical of a medium-to-large breed and is between 10 and 12 years. This dog is pretty adaptable, loves to play, loves his family, and loves to learn!
#5. Weimardoodle (Weimaraner / Poodle)
The Poodle is possibly one of the most common breeds in today’s hybrids. We have an abundance of Poodle Mixes, with the popularity of these hypoallergenic dogs rising all the time. The Weimardoodle is generally more placid than the Weimaraner, shorter in size, and with reduced energy levels. The intelligence of this high breed is, however, immense.
The Weimaraner has a huge heart, is eager to play games at any given opportunity, and loves affection – on a pretty constant basis. This breed is more of a companion dog than a working dog, although training can be great fun due to their eager-to-learn personality and their want to please.
A Weirmadoodle will range between 45 – 65 lb and stand between 20 – 25 inches, and their fur will generally be curly or wavy and block brown, black, white, or fawn. Weimardoodles are loyal, protective, and form strong attachments to their owners. They’re good with children, as a rule, and other pets but can be wary of strangers. Anxiety is fairly common in this hybrid.
#6. Weimarrott (Weimaraner / Rottweiler)
The Weimarrott is a large dog with quite an intimidating appearance. There is lots of strength, muscle, power, and stamina behind this hybrid, and they will tip the scales at nearly 100 lb when adulthood is reached. Astutely intelligent, this mix can make for an excellent service dog, but there are times when a stubborn streak will come into play, so firm handling is essential.
Weimarrotts need to be socialized with other dogs from an early age if they’re ever to get on with their own kind. As both parent breeds were designed for hunting and protecting, Weimarrotss have above-average strength, moderate-to-high energy levels, and extreme intelligence that makes them exceptional companion dogs.
In terms of color, Weimarrotts is often a perfect mix of their ancestor breeds, taking on the black and brown pattern of the Rottweiler, but with the fading appearance of the Weimaraner making for a striking look. A slicker brush once a week should be enough to maintain the glossiness of the coat.
#7. Weimshepherd (Weimaraner / German Shepherd)
A force to be reckoned with, the Weimshepherd. A cross between the Weimaraner and the German Shepherd, another two German native dogs bred for strength, protection, guarding, and working. This hybrid needs constant stimulation from puppyhood and doesn’t fare well left to his own devices.
Training Weimshepherds from a young age is crucial to tame his natural rowdy instincts. More novice owners could quickly be out of their depth with this energetic, spritely pup. This is a large and athletic hybrid but also one that is very family orientated and can make for a wonderful pet if raised by a loving and seasoned owner.
Weimshepherds need a minimum of 90-minutes of exercise per day, which can be as high-agility as you like. The breed is intelligent and a great learner, so you could incorporate lots of fun games into his mental and physical activities.
#8. Chowmaraner (Weimaraner / Chow)
With both parent breeds being explicitly bred as hunters, the Chowmaraner is a highly energetic dog who certainly needs an assertive owner, a firm hand, and continuing training to stay in check. With the fluffiness of the Chow Chow and the strong will of both breeds, this hybrid is prone to aggression – reactive and instinctual.
With a great need to protect all he deems to be his, the Chowmaraner makes a powerful guard and watchdog – more suited to this environment than within the heart of the home. However, Chowmaraners can show great affection to their master and fiercely protect against any potential threats.
#9. Dalmaraner (Weimaraner / Dalmatian)
The Dalmatian is scientifically the most beautiful of the dog breeds, combine this with the strikingly stunning Weimaraner, and you have a highly attractive dog. You also have a dog with bags of energy! Both parent breeds are pretty consistent in their need for owner interaction and an excessive amount of exercise, so the Dalmaraner is suited to active homes and families.
The Dalmaraner adores his family and loves to learn new things. This is an agile breed and a natural-born showman, so if you’re looking for a working dog, a dog to have fun with, or a dog to become the other half of a comedy duo, then look up the Dalmaraner!
Full of character, with so much love to give. If you can provide a good home for the Dalmaraner, then you have a dog who will love nothing more than to spend every moment he has with you! Look up this book, The Big Book of Tricks, for some great fun activities to do with this breed.
#10. Weimarsky (Weimaraner / Husky)
Weimarsky gains his looks from both parent breeds, with both breed traits equally shining through. This mix is strong, big-boned, outgoing, alert, furry, and friendly. The Weimarsky is highly trainable and loves nothing more than playtime, seeming never to tire.
Weimarskys can be shedders, so grooming often means a lot of maintenance; they would also benefit greatly from high-quality, natural dog food. Weimarsky is capable of loving every member of the family, having a soft spot for the children. He will protect the home and its occupants with his life if it comes to it – which can also make him somewhat neurotic and vocal.
Known to both howl and bark, this hybrid makes himself known in the neighborhood. If people aren’t aware of him by his stunning looks, they will undoubtedly hear his dulcet tones! This breed is fun, gentle, devoted, and highly trainable; an overall good family dog for most owners.
Things to Consider When Getting a Weimaraner Mix
If one of the ten Weimaraner mixes in this post catches your eye, then there are some things to consider before committing to opening your home to one of these hybrid dogs.
Any breed mixed with a Weimaraner is going to be a high-energy breed, and this can bring with it lots of demands to an owner. Hybrids with both parents known for their high energy levels, such as the Boweimar and the Pointerama, are going to need a large open space, a dedicated owner, and an extreme amount of exercise and mental stimulation.
Except for the Weimarsky, most Weimaraner mixes are relatively low maintenance when it comes to grooming. They would all benefit from weekly brushing and occasional baths, however. Nail clipping should be done every six weeks.
A Weimaraner mix is going to be a medium to large dog. It is vital to find a quality large breed dog food to address your pet’s specific dietary needs, and with large breeds, this means things like joint problems.
A large breed-specific food should have a high-quality protein, typically meat within the first two listed ingredients, and prebiotics. Look for a well-balanced, nutritionally complete food for large breeds that has healthy and wholesome ingredients.
Feeding a large breed typically costs a considerable amount more than feeding smaller breeds – firstly, there’s more dog to fill, so more food is needed, and secondly, the quality must be good.
Pet insurance for a large breed is likely to be much higher than with smaller breeds. However, the fact that a Weimaraner mix is not a pure breed could well go in your favor here and reduce the price.
Prices would depend significantly on what the other parent dog was. For example, if it were a Great Dane (known for a shorter life expectancy and many health conditions), you would likely have higher quotes than if the other parent dog was a more robust, longer living dog like the Poodle or Labrador.
The Weimaraner is generally a healthy breed, but like all dogs, they can be prone to some health conditions, and these include:
It would depend on the other parent dog to know what breed-related health conditions you may be looking at. Generally, with medium to large dogs, it will likely be problems relating to bones, joints, muscles, stomachs, hearts, and eyes.
Is a Weimaraner Mix Right For You?
If you have what it takes to adopt a large, energetic, challenging dog, then owning a Weimaraner mix could be a wonderfully rewarding experience. It could also be an expensive one, with some behavioral and medical issues arising along the way.
A Weimaraner mix will likely be a loving companion, protective instinctually, and aggressive when needed (or when not needed in some cases). Some combinations would be great family dogs; others would need a fairly dominant owner who could keep him in check at all times.
It is essential to thoroughly research the breed combination you like the look and sound of, and as always, with hybrids, check out your local shelter or rescue first – you never know, your new best friend could be sitting right there, just waiting for you.