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.

BreedLifespanSizeWeightCoat ColorSheddingPersonalityPuppy Cost
Weimaraner10-13 yearsup to 27″up to 90 lbsgray, blueseasonalvery active$700-2500
GSP10-12 yearsup to 25″up to 70 lbsshades of brown, black with pattern or solidseasonalvery active$500-1500
Weimaraner vs German Shorthaired Pointer comparison table

Appearance of Weimaraner and GSP

German Shorthaired Pointers are on average a little bit smaller than the Weimaraner, reaching up to 25 inches in height and up to 70 lbs. Weimaraners can grow to be up to 27 inches tall and 90 pounds.

Both breeds have a similar constitution, they are very lean, built for speed and endurance as they have been used as hunting dogs. The Weimaraner is slightly more muscular.

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


Weimaraner’s eyes are a medium size and round. In puppyhood, their eyes are blue and as they age, they eventually fade into amber or blue-gray. GSP’s eyes are also medium sized but are more almond shaped, ideally in dark brown color.


Both breeds have very similar shape and size of their ears. They are silky with rounded tip, set high on the head and reach the corner of their lips.


Shorthaired Pointer’s nose is brown or black, flesh colored only if their coat is generally mostly white. Weimaraners have a brown nose if they’re gray/silver, blue Weimaraners have a dark blue nose. If you’d like to read more about blue Weimaraners, make sure to read my article here.


The German Shorthaired Pointer’s coat is short, smooth and dense and it’s pretty shiny. They can come in a variety of coats in shades of brown and black with roan, solid, and piebald features giving a very individual look. GSP’s have a pretty dense undercoat.

Weimaraner’s coat can be shades of gray from silver to mouse gray. They can be sometimes blue (black) though the color isn’t a breed standard. Weimaraner puppies are born with little stripes which fade out within a few days. Some Weimaraners can have a more or less distinct “eel stripe” on their back, which is a darker patch of coat stretching along their spine.


Both breeds have a similar tail – set high, medium length, strong andtapering at the end. Due to their use during hunting or as gun dogs, their tails can get docked to avoid injury.


Personality of Weimaraner and GSP

German Shorthaired Pointers are generally friendly, good with children, affectionate, enthusiastic but also very high energy. They learn quickly and are eager to please. They have a strong prey drive, so they need to be supervised if they’re around smaller animals (cats, rabbits, etc.).

They can be a bit vary of strangers at first and require patience to get to know people.

Weimaraners are usually friendly and very intelligent. They absolutely adore their family and are quite good with children, though younger Weims can be a little bit rambunctious. They are known to be affectionate but it depends on the individual.

A Weimaraner can suffer from separation anxiety which can lead to howling, drooling, and digging and general destruction (aka Weimcrime). 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 high energy as well, love to work and are eager to please. They learn very quickly. They do have a strong prey drive too but again, it depends on the individual dog. Always supervise with other animals but it’s clear that Weimaraners can live along cats. I wrote an article about it and did a little bit of research among Weimaraner + cat owners.

That being said, their personality also depends on their breeding and training. A puppy should be properly socialized to become a well balanced canine.

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.

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.

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German Shorthaired Pointer

General Care of Weimaraner and GSP

Weimaraners tend to shed seasonally, while German Shorthaired Pointers shed pretty regularly. Nonetheless both are quite low maintenance, a weekly brushing with a rubber glove or comb is enough.

They don’t need to be bathed often unless they rolled in something stinky, are exceptionally dirty or suffer from certain skin/coat conditions.

If their nails don’t get worn down during their walks, you will need to clip them or use a dremmel.

Both breeds have floppy ears, so don’t forget to check regularly for dirt and possible infection.

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. The oldest Weimaraner lived to be 18 years and 10 months old. The oldest GSP was 17 years old.

Both breeds have some potential health issues in common. They are both known to develop hip and elbow dysplasia and can be prone to bloat. They can both develop epilepsy and eye disorders such as entropion or ectropion.

GSPs are prone to Von Willebrand’s disease and hypothyroidism.

You can read more about common health problems in Weimaraner in my article.

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



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


  • 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.
  • Prone to bloat

German Shorthaired Pointer


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


  • 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.
  • Prone to bloat

Further Reading

If you’d like to read more about other breeds and how they compare to the Weimaraner, check out my Breed Comparison category!

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I’ve always loved dogs, ever since I was a child. Unfortunately, I wasn’t allowed to have one. My sister got a Weimaraner girl, Nelly, and I puppy-sit her often. That’s why I decided to start this blog and share what I’ve learned, about Nelly and the Weimaraner breed in general. Learn more about Dana.

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