Breed Comparison, General info

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


Weimaraner belongs to the Working group (AKC standard) and Pointing Dogs group (FCI standard). The Dalmatian is classified in the AKC standard as a Non-sporting breed and in the FCI standards as a Scent hound.

Weimaraner is generally larger than the Dalmatian, reaching up to 27 inches and 90 lbs, while the Dalmatian can be up to 23 inches tall and 70 lbs.

Of course, their coat is very different – the Dalmatian is white with black or brown spots. Weimaraner’s coat ranges from gray, mouse gray to silver and even blue.

LifespanSizeWeightColorSheddingPersonalityPuppy Cost
Weimaraner10-13 yearsup to 27″up to 90 lbsgray, blueseasonalvery active$700-2,500
Dalmatian11-13 yearsup to 23″up to 70 lbswhite with black
or brown spots
regularvery active$800-1,500

Both the Dalmatian and Weimaraner’s origins are a bit blurry. The Dalmatian was named after Dalmatia, a region in the south of Croatia, the Weimaraner after the region of Weimar in 19th century Germany, where allegedly the first ancestors of the breed were first spotted.

Dalmatians were used as hunting dogs and also carriage dogs, protecting the occupants of the carriage during travels and overnight stays. Weimaraner was originally bred to be a hunting dog, and to this day is used as such.

Dalmatian

Appearance of Weimaraner vs Dalmatian

Dalmatians are generally smaller and lighter than Weimaraners. They reach up to 23″ in height and up to 70 lbs in weight. On the other hand, the Weimaraner is considered to be medium to large, they can grow up to 27″ in height and 90 lbs in weight.

Dalmatians are strong and muscular, with a very elegant and poised movement. Weimaraners are very similar in constitution, very sinewy and build for speed.

Eyes

Weimaraner’s eyes are usually blue when they’re puppies and later they turn into amber or blue-gray.

The Dalmatian’s eyes are usually dark brown if they have black spots and amber to brown if they have brown (liver) spots. Their eyes are distinctively rimmed with black or brown pigment. Dalmatians sometimes can have heterochromia (one eye blue, the other brown) or can even keep blue eyes.

Weimaraner’s eyes are a medium size and round, the Dalmatian has round to oval shaped eyes

Ears

Weimaraner’s ears are fairly long and have a rounded tip. They are set high on their head. Dalmatians have similar shaped ears, though they are a little bit shorter.

Nose

Dalmatian’s nose is large and is the same color as their spotting – black in black spotted dogs, brown/liver in brown spotted dogs. 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

Weimaraner comes in shades of gray from mouse to silver and sometimes blue, though that color isn’t standard. White markings on chest and toes are acceptable. Weimaraner puppies are born with little stripes which go away in a few days. Weimaraners can also have long hair. If you’d like to read more about them, please see my post about the different types of Weimaraners.

The Dalmatian’s coat is very distinct, with overall white background and black or brown/liver spots. The coat is short and dense with no undercoat. Dalmatian puppies are born completely white, developing spots in about 3 weeks.

Tail

Dalmatian’s tail is strong, slightly curved upwards and tapers to a tip. Weimaraner’s tail is thinner but it’s strong as well and where law permits, short-haired Weimaraner’s tail is cropped to cover their genitalia (about 6 inches). Dalmatian’s tails are never docked.

I wrote an article about docking Weimaraners’ tails here.

weimaraner head

Personality of Weimaraner vs Dalmatian

Dalmatians are extroverted and lively, generally friendly and great with children. They love their family and are very intelligent and can adapt to many living conditions. They can be a bit headstrong, so reinforcing obedience training is vital.

Weimaraners are “velcro dogs”, they get very attached to their family and don’t want to leave them. This in turn can lead to separation anxiety, which you can read about here in my article.

Weimaraners are very loyal and affectionate, though individual dogs may prefer affection on their own terms. They are very intelligent and sometimes like to test their boundaries.

Both breeds are quite high energy, so if you have small kids around, always supervise as they can knock little humans over easily.

General Care of Weimaraner vs Dalmatian

Both breeds don’t have an undercoat, which in theory should lead to less shedding. While the Weimaraner usually sheds only seasonally, Dalmatians shed regularly all year round, and their short hairs get stuck everywhere.

Weekly brushing is recommended for both breeds. If their nails don’t get worn out outside, monthly clipping will do the job. You can choose clippers, though some dogs might prefer a dremmel. They don’t need to be bathed too often (if at all) unless they rolled in something stinky or are extremely dirty.

Both breeds have floppy ears, so make sure to check for any dirt or infection regularly.

dalmatian

Training and Exercise of Weimaraner vs Dalmatian

Both breeds need a plenty of exercise. A walk around the block won’t be enough for both of them. Dalmatians have great stamina and endurance, which are traits shared with the Weimaraner.

Weimaraners need at least 2 hours of physical exercise daily, Dalmatians slightly less. Both love outdoor activites and water, though some individuals might need to be taught to love water. I wrote about Weimaraners and swimming here.

Both breeds are very smart and mental stimulation will tire them out quickly than any physical exercise. Training them should be fairly easy, thought they both like to push boundaries.

Dalmatians can be good alert dogs but they also excel in nose work and canine sports such as agility, flyball, etc.

Weimaraners are of course used for hunting but they have their place in rescue and as police dogs. They enjoy any type of physical exercise, so dog sports like canicross and agility are perfect for them.

Lifespan and Health Issues of Weimaraner vs Dalmatian

Dalmatians and Weimaraners have a similar lifespan and can live up to 13 years. The oldest Dalmatian was Scootie, who lived up to 29 years and 5 months. On the other hand, the oldest Weimaraner was 18 years and 10 months old.

Both Weimaraners and Dalmatians are prone to hip dysplasia. They are both deep-chested breeds, so there is a risk of bloat and gastric torsion, which can be fatal.

Weimaraners can also suffer from epilepsy and eye disorders such as entropion (inward rolling of the eyelid) and ectropion (bottom lid gets separated from the eyeball). If you’d like to learn more about Weimaraner’s health problems, check out my post!

Dalmatians can be genetically predisposed to deafness, so it’s important to test puppies’ hearing as soon as possible. They can also suffer from kidney and bladder stones due to their livers having trouble breaking down uric acid. This can be somehwat prevented by avoiding organ meat and animal byproducts in their food.

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

dalmatian puppy

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 $2,600.

Dalmatian puppies can go between $800 to $1,500.

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.

Dalmatian Rescues

If you’d like to adopt a Dalmatian, there are a lot of rescues operating all across the US and also internationally. Check out the directories below!

I’m compiling a list of all Weimaraners rescues, please check out my Weimaraner rescue category on this blog.

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

Dalmatian

Advantages

  • loyal & friendly
  • very intelligent
  • lively
  • good guard dog
  • easy to train
  • fairly adaptive

Disadvantages

  • requires a lot of exercise
  • risk of bloat and gastric torsion
  • can be headstrong
  • can develop separation anxiety

Conclusion

Dalmatians and Weimaraners have plenty in common. Both are very active breeds, are very smart and are very loyal and loving to their families.



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