The average Weimaraner lifespan is 11 to 12 years. Exercise and diet all play a part in your dog’s health and longevity. And together with good genes, the way you care for your puppy can help ensure that you and your dog share many happy years together.
Studies On Weimaraner Lifespan
There have been a few studies on the breed that come to very similar conclusions, ranging from 11 to 12 years across the board.
According to a 2004 UK Kennel Club study, the median Weimaraner lifespan is 11 years and 2 months. This lines up with this 2010 study of 242 Weimaraners that found the average lifespan to be 11.1 years. However, another study was a bit more optimistic, putting the Weimaraner lifespan at 12.6 years.
Longest Living Weimaraner
The longest living Weimaraner lived to 18 years and 10 months of age. This is obviously very unusual for most breeds of dog, especially larger ones. Although working breeds with a healthy shape do tend to longer than average.
Helping Your Dog To Live Longer
Although size plays a role in a dog’s lifespan, genetics, structure, and lifestyle will all impact a dog’s health and lifespan.
How Diet Impacts the Weimaraner Lifespan
The food a dog eats throughout his life will have an effect on his health. Restricting calories has proven to be one way to increase a dog’s lifespan as it will improve their quality of life. It will also help to avoid diabetes and delay the onset of conditions like osteoarthritis.
When it comes to what to feed an adult Weimaraner, it should be noted that this breed is quite prone to food allergies. It is recommended to use a grain-free dog food as this breed often have a problem with wheat, corn, soy and barley.
Deep-chested breeds like the Weimaraner are at risk for bloat. This happens when the dog’s stomach fills with gas or air. If the blood supply is cut off, it puts pressure on the surrounding organs and can be fatal.
Unfortunately, Weimaraners can be fearful and are prone to separation anxiety. Since being anxious can make it hard to digest food, this increases the chance of developing bloat.
Feeding your dog smaller meals during the day can reduce the risk. Make sure to avoid exercise for at least an hour after eating.
Fear and Anxiety
Weimaraners chew on anything they can get their mouth around! This is due to their natural instincts to retrieve. But in dogs that suffer from fear or anxiety, it can result in eating inedible objects and other destructive actions. This puts them at risk for mouth and gum injuries as well as choking or surgery if they eat things they shouldn’t.
Luckily the Weimaraner is not prone to becoming overweight as long as they get enough exercise. And for this high-energy, athletic breed, enough means rigorous daily exercise as these dogs have stamina and need to be able to run hard.
Dogs who don’t get plenty of daily activity and mental stimulation can become high-strung and edgy.
However, over exercising young dogs can lead to joint problems, so there is a balance to be found here when they are younger.
How Genetics Impact Weimaraner Lifespan
Fortunately, the Weimaraner doesn’t have the structural problems that impact many other purebred dogs. But like any breed, they are prone to inheriting conditions from their parents.
Bloat is probably the most serious disease, but Weimaraners are also at risk for some conditions which can affect their quality of life. To avoid them buy a puppy from health tested parents and a trusted breeder.
Like many larger breeds, the Weimaraner is at risk for hip dysplasia. Make sure both parents are tested as this can develop into painful osteoarthritis, bone spurs, and degenerative joint disease.
Osteodystrophy is a bone disease of the front limbs that affects the bones that grow quickly in large and giant breeds. This painful condition is obvious by swelling of the growth plates in the dog’s leg bones. It appears in puppies between the ages of two and seven months and the cause is currently unknown but may be related to the immune system.
Since it’s much easier to prevent disease than to treat it, an annual checkup is crucial for keeping your pet healthy for as long as possible. Early detection of many canine diseases can increase the chances of a positive outcome.
Vaccinations also play an important role in preventing diseases like rabies, heartworm, and distemper.
Importance of Choosing a Good Breeder
It’s not just looks and temperament that your Weimaraner puppy gets from their parents, their health can be inherited too.
Fortunately, many genetic diseases now have health screening tests available for them. A good breeder will have health-tested both parents and be able to show you their health clearance certification.
Never get a puppy from a pet store or breeding facilities known as puppy mills. These dogs are usually kept in small cages and don’t receive any proper vet care, exercise, or even affection.