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How Big Does A Weimaraner Get? Size & Growth Chart

Cheryl Regan

By Cheryl Regan

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Bred especially for the aristocrats of Thuringia, Weimaraners are loyal and obedient hunting dogs, brimming with boundless energy. Weims are hypersocial creatures that love being amidst their family, whom they view as their pack members.

Gray Ghosts, as they’re lovingly nicknamed, are large-sized dogs, though they are lean and athletic in build. In this article, we’ll tell you everything you need to know about a Weimaraner’s size and growth!

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Weimaraner Breed Overview

Weimaraners are incredibly energetic and intelligent dogs. Their famous silvery gray coat and their streamlined profile—not to mention their swift and graceful movements—make for a picture of elegance. Below, we list 5 of our favorite facts about these amazing dogs:

  • Although the American Kennel Club only recognizes short-haired Weimaraners, this breed does come in both short-haired and long-haired varieties.
  • The Weimaraner’s silver coat and pale, otherworldly eyes have garnered them the nickname “Gray Ghosts.”
  • Weimaraners get along famously with kids! Though their large size means they could accidentally knock over a smaller child, it would be out of excitement rather than malice. This breed is incredibly friendly to its humans, both large and small.
  • Weimaraners have a very strong hunting instinct that may take over if they see a smaller pet such as a cat or rodent!
  • These dogs have webbed feet. Weimaraners are excellent swimmers, and their webbed feet help them to glide through water effortlessly.
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Weimaraner Size and Growth Chart

Weimaraners are medium to large-sized dogs. Fully grown male Weims can weigh up to 90 pounds, while adult female Weimaraners are slightly smaller, with some weighing up to 75 pounds. Amazingly, Weims reach their full height by the time they are one year old, though they’ll continue to put on weight after this until they reach 18 or 19 months old, depending on whether they’re a female or male respectively.

Age Female Weight Range Male Length Range
2 Months 12–15 lbs 13–17 lbs
4 Months 27–37 lbs 32–40 lbs
6 Months 38–50 lbs 44–56 lbs
8 Months 45–57 lbs 51–64 lbs
10 Months 49–63 lbs 56–71 lbs
12 Months 51–68 lbs 60–75 lbs
14 Months 53–72 lbs 64–80 lbs
16 Months 55–75 lbs 66–84 lbs
19 Months 55–77 lbs 66–88 lbs

Source: dog-weight.com

When Does a Weimaraner Stop Growing?

Most Weimaraners reach their full height by the time they are one year old, but they’ll continue to put on weight for several months afterward. Female Weimaraners will reach their full size by the time they are 18 months old, while male Weimaraners can keep growing until they reach 19 months.

Even though your Weim will reach its full height and weight by the time it is one and a half years old, it will take another few months to a year for them to fully develop mentally, so they’re likely to still behave like a puppy.

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Factors Affecting the Size of Weimaraners

The main factor that impacts the size of a Weimaraner is genetics. If your puppy’s parents were both large Weimaraners, then the likelihood is that your puppy will inherit this trait. Similarly, if one or both of your puppy’s parents were particularly small, your puppy will likely end up being smaller than the average Weimaraner.

An adequate and complete diet is also essential for healthy growth in puppies. Malnourishment can lead to stunted growth as well as other health issues. Your Weimaraner puppy will need to consume a large amount of calories to support their growth. If you’re not sure how much you should feed your puppy, speak to a veterinarian.

Aim for a high-quality dog food that’s moderately high in protein. Additionally, try to select food that’s formulated for puppies—these foods usually contain all of the nutrients and fats essential for growth.

Ideal Diet for Maintaining a Healthy Weight

Weimaraner puppies typically need to be fed three times per day, but their portion size will depend on the type of food you’re using, and how active your particular Weimaraner is. Read the feeding guide on the puppy food packaging, and adjust the portion sizes to meet your puppy’s weight and age. If you have any doubts, a veterinarian will be able to advise you on how much, and how often, you should feed your puppy.

When selecting food for your Weimaraner puppy, opt for one that’s formulated for large breeds—these foods contain the important fats and minerals needed to support the healthy development of joints and bones in larger breeds.

Weimaraners tend to have a sensitive digestive system, so avoid feeding them scraps from the table. To avoid bloat, you should never feed your Weimaraner straight before or after exercise—leave an hour’s break in between to be safe.

As your Weimaraner reaches adulthood, you’ll need to adjust their feeding schedule to two meals per day. If your dog is particularly active, it may need more calories. Additionally, Weims will probably need more energy in cooler climates.

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How to Measure Your Weimaraner

Keeping an eye on your Weimaraner puppy’s weight and size can reassure you that they’re developing as they should be, and they can also alert you to issues such as malnourishment.

While your Weimaraner is still small enough to hold, weighing them should be simple with a set of bathroom scales. Simply weigh yourself first and jot down the measurement. Then, pick up your puppy to weigh both of you at the same time. Subtract your weight from the new measurement, and you’ll get your puppy’s weight.

When your Weimaraner is too heavy to pick up, you can take them to your veterinarian to get them weighed.

Measuring your Weimaraner’s height with a soft tape measure shouldn’t be too difficult—as long as they stay still! Simply hold one end of the tape against the floor, and measure up to your dog’s shoulders, just where its head meets its body.

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Weimaraners are medium-large breeds that weigh between 70–90 pounds once they reach adulthood. Despite their large size, these dogs are incredibly loving and affectionate to their humans. Weimaraners get along well with kids and love spending quality time with the family.

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