What is Weimaraner immunodeficiency?

In this disorder, there are deficiencies in a part of the immune system. The result is an increased susceptibility to various types of infection.

How is Weimaraner immunodeficiency inherited?


What breeds are affected by Weimaraner immunodeficiency?


For many breeds and many disorders, the studies to determine the mode of inheritance or the frequency in the breed have not been carried out, or are inconclusive. We have listed breeds for which there is a consensus among those investigating in this field and among veterinary practitioners, that the condition is significant in this breed.

What does Weimaraner immunodeficiency mean to your dog & you?

Dogs with this condition are affected at a young age with recurring fevers and infections of the skin and muscle.

How is Weimaraner immunodeficiency diagnosed?

This disorder is uncommon. Your veterinarian may begin to suspect an immune deficiency when your pup has recurring infections. Laboratory tests will help with the diagnosis.

For the veterinarian: Circulating IgG and IgM levels are decreased, and neutrophil function is impaired. (Both humoral and phagocytic functions are affected with this disorder.)

How is Weimaraner immunodeficiency treated?

Antibiotics are used as needed to treat the infections. There is no treatment for the condition itself.

Breeding advice

Affected dogs should not be used for breeding, and close relatives should be screened to determine that they have normal neutrophil function and immunoglobulin levels before being considered for a breeding programme.



Ackerman, L. 1999. The Genetic Connection: A Guide to Health Problems in Purebred Dogs. p. 100. AAHA Press, Lakewood, Colorado.

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