How Much Does a Weimaraner Dog Cost?
The Weimaraner dog is a breed long used by royalty for hunting large game animals such as boar, bears and deer, but over time, these dogs were also used to hunt smaller animals such as rabbits.
Weimaraner breeds have a very elegant look and are very athletic in appearance. A male Weimaraner can stand between 25 and 27 inches while females stand at least two inches shorter. They are not heavy dogs and usually appear very muscular. The price of a Weimaraner dog depends on the age, gender, quality and breeder offering the dog for adoption.
How much is it?
- On average, this particular breed can cost anywhere from $650 to as much as $1,200. Most AKC registered breeders, according to our research, would list their puppies for $850 to $1,100.
- Blue River Weimaraners says the price for their dogs will be $1,200 regardless of the color and the sex. For an additional cost, the website notes the puppies will be registered with the AKC and NAVHDA and the puppies will be microchipped.
- Owyheestar Weimaraners, another breeder we had found online near the Idaho border, stated most of their puppies would cost about $1,150, but the longhair pups could cost $1,250.
What is going to be included?
- A reputable breeder should include limited registration papers, a health checkup from a licensed veterinarian, up-to-date vaccinations and a travel crate if it’s going to be shipped. Depending on the breeder or rescue group, they may also include the spay/neutering, microchip and a small starter pack that includes samples of food and coupons. Also, this breed, when compared to others, will often have their tails docked and dew claws removed when first born. Most breeders won’t allow you to let you take the puppies home until six to eight weeks old.
- Before you can adopt a puppy, a reputable breeder will first have you fill out an application and sometimes visit your home to see where the dogs will be residing. Upon approval, you may be able to take the dogs home that day if available or you may be placed on a waiting list until the next litter is available. If this were the case, a non-refundable deposit, usually $100 to $300, will be required to secure your spot.
- Those who have owned the breed have said the dog is known to get along with other household pets and younger children; however, due to its high energy level, it’s often not recommended for younger children. Being territorial, it may be aggressive toward strangers depending on how well it has been trained.
- Loyal, friendly, intelligent and energetic. These are all words that can describe the Weimaraner’s character. It’s sometimes referred to as the “dog with a human brain” because it can actually solve some fairly complex problems. They can be very needy, but as long as trained, they can be a joy to be around.
- Its long, silky coat is known to be hard and smooth to the touch, and its gray color can range from a beige to a flesh tone.
- Weighing anywhere from 40 to 90 pounds, the dog is also known for its docked tail, gray nose, long ears and slopped webbed feet.
What are the extra costs?
- Shipping the dog through an airline can start at $150. This will all depend on the airline, the size of the dog and where it’s going to be shipped. One listing we found, for instance, said they would ship for $350 to anywhere in the United States.
- Don’t forget about the recurring costs such as food, toys, shelters, accessories and routine/surprise vet visits. A healthy dog, on average, can cost around $900 per year, but if the dog were to come down with a serious illness, this cost could be much higher.
- Behavioral training, according to PuppyFind.com, is strongly recommended. If you don’t have the time to do it yourself or plan on hiring a professional, plan on budgeting for obedience classes, which can start at $75 and go up from there. These dogs have been known to suffer from aggressive behavior if not trained or separation anxiety if left alone for long periods of time.
- Many breeders will include limited registration, which means the future dogs can’t be registered with the AKC; however, if you were to want a full AKC registration, then this could be an additional $200 to $400, depending on the breeder.
Tips to know:
- This dog will daily exercise due to its hunting instincts, so it’s best to consider a larger yard where it can roam and job freely. Those who have owned this dog often refer to its endless amount of energy, so if you’re not prepared to offer it exercise, then it may be wise to think about another breed.
- The breed requires few grooming needs and will only require a rubber brushing once per week to keep a clean appearance.
- It’s highly recommended you choose a reputable breeder who is recognized by the AKC.
- The breed is known to life-threatening illnesses such as bloat, joint and bone problems, bleed disorders, cancer and some eye diseases.
How can I save money?
- One way that you can save is by adopting a pet. Since there are usually no costs involved when you adopt, it is a sure way to save hundreds of dollars; however, do keep in mind that finding the breed that you want can be tricky, but it doesn’t hurt because you may find one that looks similar to the breed. For example, this breed is often mixed with the Blue Heeler, Chocolate Lab, Husky, Pitbull, German Shorthair, Doberman and the Vizla. You may be able to find a Weimaraner rescue group that only works with these breeds.
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