The Kennel Club has asked all breed clubs to appoint a single Breed Health Coordinator to help monitor and advise them of any health problems in the breed. The Breed health co-ordinators are individuals working on behalf of the breed clubs who are advocates for the health and welfare of their chosen breed. The main role of the BHC is to facilitate, over time the communication and collection of data on the health of their breed. The BHC acts as a spokesperson on matters of health and will collaborate with the KC on any health concerns the breed may have.

The Breed health co-ordinator is a vital conduit between the Kennel Club and the breed clubs, owners and members of the public, and will be able to provide relevant advice and support. The Breed health co-ordinator collates and disseminates significant, accurate and timely health research to the Kennel Club, breed clubs and owners, as well as motivate and educate owners, breed clubs and the public about relevant health issues within their breed. Recording and monitoring health issues throughout the breed via surveys, seminars, health reports, and health testing sessions is a necessity in order to continuously evaluate and prioritize health problems within the breed.

I would like to invite anyone who has had a health problem with their Weimaraner to let me have any relevant information. This will be treated in complete confidence and the individual dog need not be identified, though in practice this information could ultimately prove useful. In my professional life, I am a scientist and deal with sensitive data, which means that I am very well versed with client confidentiality and you can be assured that any information forwarded to me would be made available to only the Kennel Club.

The Animal Health Trust (AHT) has a number of research projects in progress and any owner can ask their vet to pass on biopsy samples to the AHT for genetic screening and add to the pool of genetic data they are collecting with the aim of identifying any heredity diseases. The Give- a- Dog genome project ri=un by the AHT is screening a sample from Weimaraner with Mat Cell Tumour (MCT)  to see if there is a genetic link within the breed  .

Please feel free to update me on any health issues your Weimaraner is experiencing . However I am not a vet so cannot give advice on treatment, my role is to collect information

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The information on this page is not meant to frighten you - all breeds have some incidence of defects and diseases, just as humans do. If you know which have been noted to sometimes occur in this breed, you will be better prepared to deal with the problem. The Weimaraner Club of Great Britain actively encourages its members to hip score their dogs through the BVA/KC scheme. The Club has in recent years carried out a Health Survey and had an 18% response from members



A condition affecting the heart muscle. Not common but a low incidence reported. Supportive treatment only.



Extra eyelashes growing inwards. Should be removed. Low incidence noted.




Lower eyelid turns outwards. Not common but cases noted. Corrective surgery necessary.



Eyelids turn inwards. Not common but cases noted. Corrective surgery necessary.



Convulsions or fits are not common in this breed and can be controlled with medication.

A consortium of researchers from the Universities of Missouri, Minnesota, the Ohio State University and the Animal Health Trust in Great Britain are working together to discover the mutations responsible for hereditary epilespy in many breeds:



This is a life-threatening condition, which requires emergency treatment and there is an incidence of it in this breed. Ask your vet to tell you how to recognise it. The WCGB recommend that you feed your dog, when adult, twice a day in order not to overload the stomach. Pre-soak dry food before feeding. Don't feed immediately before or after exercising. Don't allow your dog to drink large quantities of water just before, during or just after exercising (small quantities are OK).

NB: An article on bloat from the Autumn 2007 edition of the WCGB newsletter is available for download in PDF format with kind permission from Sally Morgan: Click here


Ill fitting hip joints, not life threatening but causes extreme discomfort in affected dogs. The WCGB encourages members to X-ray breeding stock and submit plates to BVA/KC scheme to obtain a hip score.


This is where both sets of sexual organs are present in the same animal. The condition is rare in this breed but cases have been noted. Requires corrective operation.


Pustular skin condition with associated lymphadentis seen in puppies and young adults. Not common in the Weimaraner but cases noted. Requires treatment with medication.


This is caused by the lack of enzymes normally produced by the pancreas. Not common in the Weimaraner but a low incidence has been reported. Can be treated with medication.

MCT (Mast Cell Tumours / Cancer)

Mast cell tumours are common among all dogs, both pedigree and mixed breeds, however the Animal Health Trust is investigating what they believe to be a genetic predisposition in the weimaraner based on evidence that there would seem to be a particularly high incidence of this form of cancer in the breed. 

Animal Health Trust study on MCT in the Weimaraner


Incidences of this disease are becoming increasingly common in dogs, usually occurring in young male dogs aged up to 2 years old, however, the Animal Health Trust have noticed that there seems to be a particularly high incidence of the disease among some breeds, including the weimaraner.


This is a chronic progressive disease affecting the spinal cord. Rare in this breed but cases have been noted. No known treatment available to date.


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