Breed Comparison, General info

Weimaraner vs German Shorthaired Pointer: What’s The Difference? (Complete Guide)


Both the Weimaraner and the German Shorthaired Pointer are popular German hunting breeds. They are both distinctive beautiful, elegant-looking dogs that are very much admired. As well as being fantastic sporting breeds they can also make excellent family pets under the right circumstances.

German Shorthaired Pointer is generally smaller in size (up to 25 inches and 70 lbs), while Weimaraner can reach up to 27 inches and 90 lbs. Weimaraner has a limited range of colors, usually silver, gray or blue. German Shorthaired Pointer is usually brown and white, their coat can be solid, piebald or roan.

LifespanSizeWeightColorSheddingPersonalityPuppy Cost
Weimaraner10-13 yearsup to 27″up to 90 lbsgray, blueseasonalvery active$700-2500
Doberman10-12 yearsup to 28″up to 100 lbsblack, blue, fawn, redseasonalvery active$500-1500

Appearance of Weimaraner and GSP

Both breeds look quite similar with their typical floppy silky ears and long muzzles that have a blunted end. The Weimaraner has a more muscular frame compared to the slimmer German Shorthaired Pointer.

The coloring of both dogs is also different. The Weimaraner has a very unique characteristic look. They tend to be mostly gray and blue with startling amber eyes. In contrast, the German Shorthaired Pointer can come in a variety of coats in shades of brown and black with roan, solid, and piebald features giving a very individual look.

Both breeds are large but vary in size. The larger dog is the Weimaraner which can stand up to 27 inches and weigh up to 90 pounds. It has a strong muscular build. The smaller well-proportioned German Shorthaired Pointer grows up to 25 inches and can weigh up to 70 pounds with a more athletic frame.

If you’d like to see more breeds that are similar in appearance to Weimaraners, check out my post here.

weimaraner
Weimaraner

Personality of Weimaraner and GSP

Both breeds are known for their happy personalities who enjoy fun activities with their people and love being at the center of any playful action. They both have mountains of energy and will keep even the most athletic owners busy.

Of course, their temperaments will depend on both their breeding and their training. They are not breeds for families who take little exercise and want to spend their days snuggling on the sofa. They are far more suitable for families who enjoy an active outdoor lifestyle with plenty of sport and exercise.

Neither breed is a constant barker but they both make good guard dogs and are experts at using their barks to alert their owners to possible intruders.

The German Shorthaired Pointer can be wary of strangers. They require patience to get to know people.

In addition, the Weimaraner is a fiercely loyal protector. They have an aggressive streak which can lead them to be an excellent deterrent to anyone suspicious. They are quite likely to follow up their bark with action should they or their family come under attack.

Their fierce loyalty is common to both dog breeds. They love their people and enjoy being with their families. They make a good inside dog who has company, and they prefer not to be left alone for too long. Being left alone without stimulation can lead to some destructive behavior.

A Weimaraner can suffer from separation anxiety which can lead to howling, drooling, and digging. Although early training can curb these behaviors they are better in a situation where they are rarely left alone. Check out my post about batling separation anxiety in Weimaraners here.

Weimaraners are playful and can make great family pets who are not worried about boisterous children. They love to enjoy the rough and tumble of playtime. German Shorthaired Pointers are warier of children and will need a careful introduction, but they can adapt. They will then become fiercely loyal to every member of the family.

However, as they are both larger bouncy dog types it may be best to avoid having them around young children who can easily be knocked over accidentally during a play session.

As puppies, both breeds have enormous amounts of energy and do take longer to mature compared to other breeds. It can be frustrating having an oversized puppy causing havoc.

german shorthaired pointer
German Shorthaired Pointer

General Care of Weimaraner and GSP

Their similar short-haired coats mean that they are an easy breed to keep groomed. They will only need a weekly brush to keep their coat looking its best.

Although short-haired they do both shed hair seasonally so you will need to do that extra sweeping or vacuuming to keep your home clean.

The Weimaraner has no undercoat so this breed can feel the cold. On the other hand, the German Shorthaired Pointer has a dense undercoat protected by stiff upper hairs keeping it both warm and providing a waterproof layer.

Training & Exercise of Weimaraner and GSP

Both of these breeds are active and require a great deal of physical activity to keep them happy. They also benefit from some mental stimulation. Neither dog is the kind that can miss a walk. In fact, both breeds can be difficult to tire out. They will enjoy very long walks.

The German Shorthaired Pointer is considered to be one of the most active dog breeds. Both dogs need the opportunity for free running in an open area to really let off steam and get rid of their excess energy.

Both breeds are indeed perfect for outdoor adventures such as hiking or canine sports. The German Shorthaired Pointer will also enjoy all sorts of water activities as well as hunting.

Both the Weimaraner and the German Shorthaired Pointer are intelligent dog breeds. They learn new tricks easily even ones you wish they hadn’t. Fortunately, they enjoy pleasing their owners and will respond well to praise in training.

Nelly weimaraner puppy
Weimaraner puppy

Both these breeds will enjoy the challenge of agility training which will stimulate them mentally and give them the exercise they need.

Despite their intelligence, they do also both have an independent streak which can interfere with their training and cause them to get distracted.

German Shorthaired Pointers make great hunting dogs. However, some of them are extremely driven by scent and will lose concentration if they catch the smell of something more interesting. Great for hunting but not so good for training and recall. If trained they make wonderful tracking dogs.

The Weimaraner is an excitable dog when young and it can take some time to get them to focus on their training. In fact, they sometimes try to predict what you want them to do rather than waiting for your command which can prove to be very frustrating!

Both breeds require a calm place for training where they can focus on your instructions and become confident with your commands. They will reward you for your patience.

Both these breeds come with a warning if they are to be around small animals including smaller dogs. They both have a very strong prey drive and will have strong chasing instincts. There is always the danger that they will be unable to control their aggressive urges and this can have a tragic ending for other pets. Whilst both dog breeds can get along with similar size dogs as a companion it is wise not to have smaller animals or cats or dogs in the household. They may see them as prey and be unable to fight their instincts.

Certainly, both breeds should be supervised with small animals and children.

Lifespan & Health Issues of Weimaraner and GSP

Both breeds have a similar life expectancy. The Weimaraner will usually live for about 10-13 years while the German Shorthaired Pointer has a lifespan of about 10-12 years.

Both breeds have some potential health issues in common. They are both known to develop hip and elbow dysplasia and bloat. Bloat can be avoided by spreading out feeds during the day and using a raised feeding bowl.

The Weimaraner also tends to suffer from genetic eye and thyroid problems. They can also suffer from skin allergies such as itching and rashes.

The German Shorthaired Pointer can have some genetic conditions particular to the breed including heart problems as well as eye issues. In some dogs, the eye problem can lead to a degeneration in their sight and leave them with day blindness.

Read more about common health problems in Weimaraner here.

german shorthaired pointer puppy
German Shorthaired Pointer puppy

Average Puppy Price of Weimaraner and GSP

The average price of Weimaraner puppies has increased dramatically. The average price used to be between $700 and $1500 but recently in 2021, there have been puppies for sale costing $2600.

On average German Shorthaired Pointer puppies will cost between $500 and $1000. More recently the upper price has risen to $1500.

The difference in price will reflect the quality and experience of the breeder, the parent’s heritage, and the legitimacy of the American Kennel Club registration. It is also possible to buy an older puppy that has been bred and trained with a particular purpose for certain activities such as hunting by expert breeders. These puppies will come at a premium cost.

There are specialist rescue centers for both breeds and rescuing an older dog means you can see what traits and personality they have. You may also avoid the very boisterous puppy stage.

Advantages & Disadvantages of both breeds

Weimaraner

Advantages

  • Large powerful athletic outdoor Dog
  • Silky carefree coat
  • Distinctive ‘blue’ coat
  • Loyal
  • Intelligent
  • Good guard dog
  • Loves children

Disadvantages

  • Requires lots of exercise
  • Feels the cold
  • Boisterous and unruly when young
  • Can be destructive if left alone
  • Strong-willed
  • Potentially aggressive to smaller animals
  • Can be over-excitable.

German Shorthaired Pointer

Advantages

  • Large active outdoor dog
  • Different varieties of coat
  • Waterproof coat
  • Minimal grooming
  • Loyal
  • Intelligent
  • Good sense of smell
  • Good hunting companion

Disadvantages

  • Requires lots of exercise.
  • Restless, requires lots of stimulation which can lead to destructive behavior.
  • Potentially aggressive to smaller animals
  • Very independent and can be hard to train.



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