Breed Comparison, General info

Weimaraner vs Bracco Italiano: What’s The Difference? (Complete Guide)


Both breeds are an excellent hunting companion. The Bracco Italiano is slightly smaller than the Weimaraner (max 88 lbs vs 90 lbs, max 26″ vs 27″). Both breeds have a similar lifespan, ranging between 10 to 14 years.

Both Bracco Italiano and Weimaraner are classified as Pointing Dogs by the FCI standard. Weimaraner belongs to the Sporting Group per the AKC standards, while Bracco Italiano is classified as Sporting Group.

Bracco Italiano is lesser known breed in the US, so you might not see them around quite as much as Weimaraners.

BreedLifespanDog SizeDog WeightCoat ColorSheddingDog PersonalityPuppy Cost
Weimaraner10-13 yearsup to 27″up to 90 lbsgray, blueseasonalvery active$700-3000
Bracco Italiano12-14 yearsup to 26″up to 88 lbswhite, orange, brownseasonalactive$1000-3000
Weimaraner vs BRacco Italiano comparison table

The history of the Weimaraner breed is still shrouded a mystery to this day but the general consensus is that their origins lie in Germany by crossing different hunting breeds. Weimaraners were brought to America after 1920.

I wrote an article about what Weimaraners were bred for in detail.

As their name suggest, Bracco Italiano, also called Italian Pointer, has italian origins. Many texts and paintings depict the breed as early as 4th and 5th century BC, which makes them one of the oldest, if not the oldest, hunting breeds in Europe.

It is believed that the breed was the result of a cross between mesopotamian mastiffs and egyptian hounds. They accompanied medieval hunters with nets and also falconers, and later used as an excellent bird and gun dog.

The Weimaraner is the 40th most popular breed in the USA (source), unfortunately Bracco Italiano didn’t make the top 200.

Weimaraner vs Bracco Italiano

Appearance of Weimaraner vs Bracco Italiano

The Weimaraner is considered to be medium to large, they can grow up to 27″ in height and 90 lbs in weight. The Bracco Italiano is a bit smaller, they can measure up to 26″ and weigh up to 88 lbs.

Italian Pointers are more robust than the Weimaraners and have a typical double dewlap under their chin (folds of loose skin) and a little bit of loose skin in the loin area. Weimaraners are sleek and sinewy, with little loose skin. Both breeds are strong and energetic.

The Italian Pointer’s skull is narrower compared to the Weimaraner and with a taller muzzle as you can see in the image above.

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Eyes

Weimaraner’s eyes are usually blue when they’re puppies and later they turn into amber or blue-gray. Some Italian pointers can also have blue eyes when they’re puppies but eventually they will turn dark amber or brown depending on the color of the coat.

Weimaraner’s eyes are a medium size and round, Italian Pointer’s are fairly large and oval shaped.

Ears

Weimaraner’s ears are fairly long and have a rounded tip. They are set high on their head. Bracco Italiano dogs have longer ears (they should touch the tip of the nose without being stretched), set quite low and back. They’re more wrinkly and rounded at the tip.

Nose

Italian Pointers have generally large nostrils, the tip of the nose is slightly protruding above the lips at an angle. It’s usually pink, flesh colored or brown, depending on the color of their coat.

Weimaraner’s nose is usually dark brown in gray dogs, dark blue in blue Weimaraners. If you’d like to read more about blue Weimaraners, I wrote a post about them here.

Coat

Bracco Italiano dogs have a short, dense and glossy coat. They come in white, white with patches of orange or darker amber, orange and brown roan or ticked.

Weimaraner comes in shades of gray from mouse to silver and sometimes blue, though that color isn’t standard.

Tail

Italian pointer’s tail starts thick at the base and tapers slightly. Their tail gets docked only for hunting purposes and where allowed. It should be docked to about 6 to 10 inches.

Weimaraner’s tail is thinner but it’s strong and where law permits, short-haired Weimaraner’s tail is cropped to cover their genitalia (about 6 inches). I wrote an article about docking Weimaraners’ tails here.

Bracco italiano

Personality of Weimaraner vs Bracco Italiano

Italian pointers are a very active breed much like the Weimaraner. They’re very intelligent, docile and friendly. They’re a great family dog as they’re great with children and are very loyal. They might be a bit wary of strangers but are great with other dogs. Not so great with smaller animals like cats unless they grew up alongisde them.

Weimaraners are famous for their attachment to their families and that has earned them the nickname “velcro dogs”. They will follow their owners everywhere. They are affectionate, though some individuals may prefer affection on their own terms.

Both breeds can be quite energetic, so they can knock small children (or even adults) off their feet. Always supervise your children with any dog.

General Care of Weimaraner vs Bracco Italiano

Both breeds have minimal grooming needs. You don’t need to bathe them unless they rolled in something stinky or extremely dirty. Usually once the dirt dries, it will just fall off their coat and you can help by brushing it.

Both breeds do shed, although only seasonally. Brush them more frequently during this time, otherwise once a week or so. Trim/file their nails once in a while if they’re not naturally worn down. Semi-regular teeth-brushing is also beneficial.

With Italian Pointers make sure to check their ears ever so often for any signs of infection or excess dirt.

Training and Exercise of Weimaraner vs Bracco Italiano

Both the Weimaraner and Italian Pointer are very active breeds so they need plenty of exercise. A walk around the block won’t be enough for any of them. Weimaraners need at least 2 hours daily, Italian Pointers about 45 minutes daily.

Mental stimulation is just as important (if not more) as physical exercise and it often tires them out quicker. Both breeds are very smart and eager to please their owners, so training them should be a breeze with lots of praise. They’re both sensitive souls, so harsh treatment won’t work.

Gentle but firm training is what they respond to best. If you have a food driven dog, you’re all set!

Besides going hunting with both breeds, you can’t go wrong with canicross, agility or obedience training. Some individual dogs might be great as rescue and police dogs due to their keen sense of smell.

Most Italian Pointers love water, with Weimaraners it’s bit of a hit and miss but they can learn to love water as well.

Weimaraner puppy

Lifespan and Health Issues of Weimaraner vs Bracco Italiano

Both breeds have a similar lifespan, generally 10 – 13 years. The oldest Weimaraner was 18 years and 10 months old. As Italian Pointers are not so common, I couldn’t find any records of the oldest one.

Labradors absolutely LOVE their food and if you’re not careful, they can quickly get obese, which in turn leads to other health problems.

Both Weimaraners and Italian Pointers are prone to hip and elbow dysplasia. Both are also at risk of bloat and a few eye disorders like entropion or ectropion. I covered all of these common health issues in this post.

Due to their long ears, Italian Pointers might be more prone to ear infections, so make sure to check them periodically. They should not be exercised excessivelly as their bones are in development. No high-impact exercises or running on concrete until they’re at least 12 months old.

Make sure you are getting a puppy from a reputable breeder who does health screenings on the parents and the puppies for hereditary issues.

Average Puppy Prices

The average price of Weimaraner puppies has increased dramatically in the recent years. The average price nowadays can be anywhere between $700 and $3000.

The price for Italian Pointers is much the same, maybe even more since they’re not so common, so anywhere between $1000 and $3000.

The prices vary due to location of the breeder, the parents’ pedigree and lineage. Sometimes people may offer puppies above or below these price ranges but that may not be a good thing as that can indicate either an inexperienced breeder or a puppy mill.

Bracco italiano

Bracco Italiano Rescues

As the breed is not very widespread like the Weimaraner, there are very few rescues for the specific breed. Keep an eye on general rescue sites in your area as sometimes both Bracco Italiano and Weimaraner can be found there.

If you’d like to rescue a Weimaraner in your area, I’ve compiled a list of Weimaraner rescues.

Advantages & Disadvantages of Both Breeds

Weimaraner

Advantages

  • easy to groom
  • loyal
  • highly intelligent
  • easy to train
  • good guard dog

Disadvantages

  • requires a lot of exercise
  • potentially stubborn
  • prone to separation anxiety
  • can get over-excited
  • needs a solid recall
  • risk of bloat and gastric torsion

Bracco Italiano

Advantages

  • eager to please -> easy to train
  • excellent family dog
  • very smart
  • needs very little grooming

Disadvantages

  • requires a lot of exercise
  • risk of bloat and gastric torsion
  • strong prey drive
  • can be a bit independent
  • can be prone to obesity

Conclusion

The Weimaraner and Italian Pointer are both quite energetic breeds. They are very loyal to their families, great with children and other dogs. They have quite a strong prey drive but they are eager to please and easy to train.

In the end it’s up to you which breed you prefer, only make sure that you’re getting a puppy from a reputable (and AKC certified) breeder.


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