Breed Comparison, General info

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


The English Foxhound belongs to the Hound group per AKC standards and Scen Hound group per FCI standards. On the other hand, Weimaraners are classified as Working group (AKC) and Pointing Dogs group (FCI).

The English Foxhound reaches up to 25″, which is a tad smaller than Weimaraner, who can stand up to 27″. Foxhounds are generally lighter, weighing up to 75 lbs, whereas Weimaraner can weigh up to 90 lbs. Both breeds have a similar lifespan of 10 – 13 years.

BreedLifespanDog SizeDog WeightCoat ColorSheddingDog PersonalityPuppy Cost
Weimaraner10-13 yearsup to 27″up to 90 lbsgray, blueseasonalvery active$700-2500
Foxhound10-13 yearsup to 25″up to 75 lbshound colors – tan, white, blackseasonalvery active$600-1000
Weimaraner vs Foxhound comparison table

The history of Weimaraners is unclear and widely disputed to this day. The most common origin story is that they were bred in Germany crossing other hunting breeds. Grand Duke Karl August (Saxony-Weimar-Eisenach Grand Duchy ruler) started breeding “Weimar Pointers” in the 19th century as hunting companions. Weimaraners arrived in America after 1920.

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

It’s clear from their name where English Foxhound originated and what they were bred for. Their roots reach 15th century England where they were bred for fox hunting. Mid 17th century English Foxhound was transported into America, where it was crossed with other English and Irish Hounds to create the American Foxhound.

Weimaraners are the 39th most popular breed in the US, while English Foxhounds are in the 194th place. American Foxhounds placed as 192nd most popular breed.

Weimaraner vs Foxhound

Appearance of Weimaraner vs Foxhound

Both breeds are considered medium to large. Weimaraners can grow up to 27″ in height and 90 lbs in weight. English Foxhounds can measure up to 25″ and 75 lbs. American Foxhounds are a little bit smaller and lighter.

Both breeds have a similar body constitution – they have a deep chest and are very muscular. As both breeds were bred for hunting, they are built for stamina and endurance.

Eyes

Weimaraner’s eyes are usually blue when they’re puppies and later they turn into amber or blue-gray. Weimaraner’s eyes are a medium size and round, English Foxhound’s eyes are large, usually in hazel or brown color.

Ears

Weimaraner’s ears are fairly long and have a rounded tip. They are set high on their head. English Foxhound’s ears are set rather low, lying close to the cheeks. They are triangular shape, slightly smaller than Weimaraner’s. American Foxhounds have longer ears.

Nose

English Foxhound’s nose is long and quite broad with large nostrils. The color is usually black.

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.

Foxhounds have typical hound colors – tan, white, black and their combination in piebald pattern – white base and colored spots.

Tail

Foxhound’s is set quite high, is curved and tapers slightly. Their tails are not usually docked.

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.

Foxhound

Personality of Weimaraner vs Foxhound

With hunting in their blood, it’s no wonder that both breeds are very active and energetic.

English Foxhounds are lively, friendly and affectionate. They can be a bit stubborn and independent, but overall are very tolerant and gentle. They are good with children and other dogs and even horses, though they might not get along with smaller animals as they tend to have strong prey drive.

Foxhounds are pack hounds, so they will thrive with another by their side. They’re not suitable for city life as they are very vocal.

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. I wrote a post about clingy Weimaraners here.

Weimaraners do get along with children and other dogs, though some might have problems with smaller animals as well due to prey drive. However, from my research, Weimaraners can get along with cats just fine. Weimaraners are generally not as vocal, usually only when alerting their owner.

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 Foxhound

Foxhounds have a dense, short shiny coat that’s basically weather-proof. It’s quite hard as well to prevent injuries during hunts. They shed mostly seasonally, so weekly brushing should be enough for most dogs.

Weimaraners with their thick coat are quite low maintenance as well. Having no undercoat means weekly brushing with a rubber glove or brush that will make their coat shiny.

Teeth should be brushed at least few times a week (preferably daily though) and if their nails don’t get worn down naturally during exercise, they need to be trimmed using clippers or a dremmel.

Both breeds don’t need much bathing (if at all) unless they rolled in something stinky or are extremely dirty. Usually once the dirt dries, it will just fall off their coat and you can help by brushing it.

Training and Exercise of Weimaraner vs Foxhound

Both the Weimaraner and Foxhound are very active breeds so they need plenty of exercise. A walk around the block won’t be enough for any of them. They both need at least 2 hours of exercise daily. Mental stimulation is just as important (if not more) as physical exercise and it often tires them out quicker.

Weimaraners are very eager to please their owners, so training them is pretty easy with a lot of praise and treats.

Foxhounds are a bit independent and stubborn, so they need a firm hand, but not a punishment-based training. Still, they are quite easy to train with treats because most Foxhounds love food (careful about overfeeding though!)

They should always be on leash when they’re not in a fenced area as they have a strong prey drive and could bolt easily, no matter how solid you think their recall is.

Both breeds love to work and thanks to their super sniffers, they can be (and have been) used as rescue and police dogs. You can’t go wrong with canicross, agility or obedience training.

Both breeds can be taught to love water and most are good swimmers. It’s a great way to tire them out as well.

Nelly weimaraner puppy

Lifespan and Health Issues of Weimaraner vs Foxhound

Both breeds have a similar lifespan, generally 10 – 13 years. The oldest Weimaraner was 18 years and 10 months old. Unfortunately I couldn’t find any records of the oldest English nor American Foxhounds.

Both breeds are generally healthy, thought there are some conditions that they may be prone to. Both Weimaraners and Foxhounds are prone to hip and elbow dysplasia. As they are deep chested breeds, both are at risk of bloat and gastric torsion.

Additionally, Foxhounds can suffer from kidney problems. If you’d like to learn more about Weimaraner’s most common health problems, I wrote an article here.

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 $2,600.

Foxhound puppies can go between $600 to $1,000.

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.

Foxhound Rescues

Unfortunately I couldn’t find any rescues specializing in Foxhounds in the US. If you know of any, please let me know! There are various Coonhound/hound rescues across the US, which may offer Foxhound or Foxhound mixes for adoption. A list of Coonhound rescues are here.

Foxhound

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

Foxhound

Advantages

  • great with kids and other dogs
  • friendly and gentle
  • easy to groom
  • fairly easy to train
  • good guard dog

Disadvantages

  • stubborn and independent
  • loves to bark
  • risk of bloat and gastric torsion
  • not suitable for city life
  • requires a lot of exercise
  • strong prey drive

Conclusion

The Weimaraner and Foxhound are very energetic breeds and need a lot of exercise. They’re both very intelligent breeds who love their families. In the end it’s up to you which one to choose but if you’re purchasing a puppy, make sure you’re buying from a reputable (and AKC certified) breeder.


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