Saturday, 19 January 2008

Weimaraner lifespan

Hi there,
maybe I'm getting paranoid as I grow older myself, but I guess I'm looking for crumbs of comfort from Weimaraner owners out there wherever you are. My two Weims (brother and sister) will be 13yrs old in February 2008 and that apparently converts to 91yrs old in equivalent human years. I try not to think too much about it as they are both doing quite well health wise at the moment with the aid of supplements. But I do kinda worry about how much longer I will have them as the breed average age is apparently 10 - 12yrs. I'd like to know if there are any healthy Weims out there around 15yrs old?
If you are interested in this topic please visit my site at http://www.weimaranerlife.com/
regards
David

7 comments:

Collette said...

Hi Dave,
I just recently came across your blog while searching for information on the life span of the Weimaraner. I have a large male named Tiberius, that just turned 10 last month. I know he's at the age where anything could happen at any time. He's pretty healthy but like you, I've been getting paranoid about when this will happen or how much longer will we have with our old friend. During my search I've learned that the life span of the Weimaraner can by anywhere from 9 to 15 years. I hope that's true because it will be a sad day when we have to say goodbye to the old guy. I truly hope that when you read this message that your two Weimaraners are still with you, alive and well, in that your blog was written excatly on year ago. I'd be interested to hear back from you with any additional information you may have to offer on this subject.

Thanks,
Collette
Valley Springs, CA USA

Eager said...

We had a Weimaraner, Gomer. He was simply "the greatest dog". He was always around my children before they could walk until they reached high school. We live in the country in Joshua TX and didn't lock our doors because of him. I traveled and had no fear of my families protection with Gomer at the house. I met his parents, which were Silver Weimaraners but Gomer was pure Chocolate. He was 15/16 when he passed. I have not known a more intelligent, humble, loyal breed. They tend to get stubborn, but respectful, in their old age and should be given the respect and additional privileges they take, and deserve. All his life he wasn't allowed on the furniture but the medium and small dogs were. At about 13 he decided that was long enough, and we didn't begrudge him that right. He did always sneak a bit of anything he could reach if unattended but was so ashamed if he was caught. We have since been blessed with a reverse brindle Boxer (our second Boxer) but I lament the loss of Gomer frequently. If you have an opportunity to get one of these regal animals jump at it. As for us, we waited until the good lord put another big male dog in front of us. It happened to be our Boxer "Vader".

Chris Mitchell said...

My Weimer(KT) . passed away on 12/30/2012. She was healthy for most of her life and got stomach cancer in Novemember. She was a little over 16 y/o when she died. We had to put her to sleep. Toughest decision ever. She had a mass in her stomach liver and instestines. She lived a long healthy life. Love your dogs treat them well and they will be around. Weimers are tough awesome dogs. I really miss mine!

Chris Mitchell said...

My Weimer(KT) . passed away on 12/30/2012. She was healthy for most of her life and got stomach cancer in Novemember. She was a little over 16 y/o when she died. We had to put her to sleep. Toughest decision ever. She had a mass in her stomach liver and instestines. She lived a long healthy life. Lover your dogs treat them well and they will be around. Weimers are tough awesome dogs. I really miss mine!

thetree@jer17 said...

Our Weimie, Sherman, is 16 years old. Other than a large tumor growing on his belly, he is doing incredibly well. Still acts like a puppy when it's time to eat of go on walks. I know we will probably lose him soon, but we've been saying that for the last 5 years!

Kathleen B said...

Hello!
Our beloved Weimaraner Ilsa turned 15 on May 26th of this year. She is fairly blind and deaf, but still acts like puppy like when we take her for a walk and she wants a treat. I'm happy to hear so many other people have had long lives with their Weims. Her temperament has always been outstanding, and she is a favorite with our friends and vet. My son just said he hopes she lives forever, and I agree! We've had her since she was 3 months old, and essentially the entire time we have lived in our house. I can't imagine life without her!

Cristal Azul said...

We have had Mancha and Canella for 13 years. We were looking for one, found two sisters, and brought them to our large beach property in Costa Rica. They took it over and took over our hearts as well. Soon there was Bruin, a male who needed to be adopted and soon thereafter was a litter of pups and Cafe whom we kept. Three more litters later, a new breed of dogs on the beach in the area and we have had an amazing time with all of them. We lost the males a few years ago to Erlichia, (canine tick disease) and were told the ladies had six months to live. That was four years ago and sadly, although we have been blessed with every extra day with them, I fear our time with the girls is coming to a quick end. The quality of life is gone, there is no control of bowels at times and one is almost crippled from a life long battle with bone cycsts and tumors. My babies are about leave me and I am devastated. The most amazing creatures ever in my life, our lives. We have five more here, each a different breed and love of ours, but Mancha and Cannella were my first babies. The ones who taught me the love of dog. 13 years of love. Many have said they have held on this long because of love. They have lived an amazing life, given us so much, kept our house safe, played with every child, welcomed every new dog we have brought home, and never left our sides. Best dogs ever. Cristal Azul in Costa Rica will always have Weimaraner angels as will my husband, son and I.