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


If there is one dog breed that gets confused with the Weimaraner most often, it has to be the Vizsla.

For people who are not aware of the breed differences, the Vizsla might just look like a rust or “orange” colored Weimaraner.

While they look extremely similar, there are a few key differences.

The Vizsla, also called Hungarian Pointer, is generally smaller (up to 24 inches and 60lbs), while the Weimaraner can reach up to 27 inches and 90 lbs.

Weimaraner vs Vizsla
Weimaraner vs Vizsla

Vizsla’s coat has a variety of colors, from golden rust, red, golden, rust, or sand yellows. Weimaraner come in shades of gray from mouse gray to silver gray.

Despite their rather striking resemblance, the two breeds do not share the same history and are not related.

I made an image quiz where you can test your knowledge about these two breeds. Can you tell the difference between a Weimaraner and a Vizsla?

BreedLifespanDog SizeDog WeightCoat ColorSheddingDog PersonalityPuppy Cost
Weimaraner10-13 yearsup to 27″up to 90 lbsgray, blueseasonalvery active$700-2,500
Vizsla12-15 yearsup to 24″up to 60 lbsgolden rust, red, rust, sandy yellowseasonalvery active$800-1,800
Weimaraner vs Vizsla comparison table
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Appearance of Weimaraner vs Vizsla

Weimaraner Appearance

Weimaraners are considered medium to large breed. They can stand up to 27 inches (~69 cm) and weigh up to 90 pounds (~41 kg). They are very muscular, and sinewy.

Their coat can be either short-haired or long haired. The long-haired variant of the breed is considered a disqualifying fault per the AKC standards. The FCI recognizes long-haired Weimaraners as a breed standard.

Their coat is short and smooth, and it usually lacks an undercoat. Long-haired Weims have a slightly wavy coat, which is no less soft.

Nelly's Eel Stripe (darker stripe along Weimaraner's spine)
Nelly’s eel stripe

Weimaraner typically comes in shades of gray or silver, sometimes blue. Their coat is solid color, though they might have a darker colored strip along their spine. This stripe is called an ‘eel stripe’. They can have small white markings on the chest or on their feet.

Blue Weimaraners are not part of the AKC or FCI standards.

Their round eyes are blue when they’re puppies, and some dogs may retain a similar color through adulthood. More often, their eyes turn lighter, colored in shades of amber.

Their nose is large and dark flesh color, or dark blue in blue-colored Weims. Their ears are quite long, silky, rounded at the tip and reach just about the corner of their mouth.

If docking is allowed, Weim’s tails get usually cropped at about 6 inches (~15 cm) to cover their genitalia, preventing injury while hunting. Here I have an article about docking Weimaraners’ tails.

Me kissing Nelly
Me kissing Nelly

Vizsla Appearance

Vizsla is generally smaller than the Weimaraner, reaching up to 24 inches (~ 61 cm) in height and 60 pounds (~ 27 kg) in weight. They are considered a medium breed and since they are a hunting breed, their physique is lean and athletic.

Vizsla’s coat is smooth and short, and unlike the Weimaraner, there are no long-haired Vizslas. However, there are Wirehaired Vizslas, which were bred sturdier with rougher coat in the 1930s, but are a separate breed.

Vizsla
Vizsla

The Vizsla comes in golden rust, rust, red, or sand yellow colors. Just like the Weimaraner, they can have small white markings on their chest and/or the toes. They don’t have an undercoat.

They have medium, oval eyes, and their color should match with the color of their coat. Vizsla’s nose is pretty much blending in with their coat, or it’s just slightly lighter.

Their ears are quite similar to the Weimaraners, though they are less rounded at the tip and a bit longer. Vizslas get their tail docked (where permitted) about to about 1/4 of length to avoid hunting injury.

Weimaraner & Vizsla
Weimaraner & Vizsla

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

Personality of Weimaraner vs Vizsla

No two dogs have the same personality, but each breed has general personality traits typical for them. A particular dog might fit the bill, or simply have different levels of these traits – one, all of them or none of them. 😀

Personality of a Weimaraner

Weimaraners are giant goofballs, and in some individuals this can last for their whole lives. Some female Weims get calmer sooner than their male counterparts.

In their excitement, they are able to knock children or even adults over, so always supervise your children with any dog and teach your Weim good manners.

Weimaraner lying in bed
Nelly wanting me to get up

They are very affectionate, are wicked smart and love their families. They want to be close to their owners, so they often follow them everywhere, earning the nickname “velcro dogs”.

However, this can cause problems in the form of separation anxiety, which can lead to accidents in the house, barking, howling and destruction.

As they are very intelligent and thanks to their eager to please attitude, Weimaraners are quite easy to train.

Weimaraners were originally bred for hunting, and while you may not use them for this purpose, hunting is in their blood. As such, they can have a strong prey drive.

Nelly fits the Weimaraner traits, though she can be a bit independent but no less loving. She talks back often, steals socks because she knows it will give her attention. She absolutely loves food, including (safe) vegetables!

Vizsla
Vizsla

Personality of a Vizsla

Just like the Weimaraner, Vizslas are very lively and affectionate. They are very goofy and bouncy, though they are very intelligent. This makes them easy to train.

Since they love their families and also love to follow them everywhere, they are prone to separation anxiety as well.

As I mentioned above, Vizslas were bred for hunting and as such usually have a stronger prey drive. It’s not recommended to have any smaller animals in the house (bunnies, hamsters, etc.) due to this issue.

However, no two dogs are the same, and where one Vizsla can have a strong prey drive, another one doesn’t or in very minimal fashion.

They can be a bit rambunctious and due to their size they could knock a small child over. Always supervise your kids when they’re around a dog and teach both the dog and the child how to behave around each other.

vizsla hunting
Vizsla hunting

General Care of Weimaraner vs Vizsla

Coat maintenance

The Vizsla and Weimaraner have a similar short-haired coat, so that means they are pretty easy to groom. They both shed seasonally (I wrote about Weimaraner’s coat here) but since their coat is so short, it’s fairly easy to deal with.

Both breeds have no undercoat, and all they need is a weekly brushing with a rubber brush. During shedding season, I recommend brushing more often. They don’t need regular baths, only if they’re filthy. They both don’t have that wet dog smell.

Weimaraner Care Kit
Nelly’s care kit

Nelly isn’t one to jump into mud or get dirty. She goes swimming when the weather is nice, and then we just let her dry in the sun. If she gets dirty, she gets wiped down with a wet cloth or a dog wet wipe.

We clean her paws if it’s muddy outside and wipe her belly, but that’s about it. We only bring out the shampoo when on rare occasion she rolls in something stinky.

Overall care

It’s good to brush their teeth daily and use dental chews. You should check their ears at least once a week (more often if they go swimming) to prevent any ear problems.

Silly Nelly
Silly Nelly the Weimaraner

Training & Exercise of Weimaraner vs Vizsla

As I mentioned before, both of these breeds are very active a need a lot of activity to keep them happy.

As such, they’re not suitable for families who tend to laze around. A family with an active lifestyle will be much more better suited for both Vizslas and Weimaraners.

Both breeds make great hunting dogs thanks to their great sense of smell but they will also enjoy the challenge of field trials, obedience, agility, tracking, search and rescue work.

The Vizslas can be also great as therapy and assistance dogs. They’re very versatile and can adapt quickly to new things.

Weimaraners can be also used for therapy work but it very much depends on the individual pup.

Vizsla
Vizsla

Lifespan & Health Issues of Weimaraner vs Vizsla

Both Weimaraner and Vizslas are generally healthy breeds. Weimaraner’s lifespan is shorter on average, around 10-13 years, while Vizsla can live between 12-14 years. The oldest Weimaraner lived to be 18 years and 10 months old and the oldest recorded Vizsla was 20 and a half years old.

Some health issues are common in both breeds, such as hip dysplasia and eye disorders such as entropion (inward rolling of the eyelid) or ectropion (outward rolling of the eyelid).

They can also suffer from epilepsy, elbow dysplasia, autoimmune disorders and thyroid issues.

Weimaraner Ear Problems
Weimaraner at the vet

A lot of these issues are genetic, so selecting a good breeder with tested parents, you can minimize the risk of your pup developing one of these problems.

Make sure your pup is check for hip dysplasia, thyroid issues, eye issues and also cardiac evaluation.

Since both breeds are deep chested, they’re at higher risk of developing life-threatening condition called gastric dilatation volvulus, commonly known as bloat and torsion of the stomach.

Read more about common health problems in Weimaraner here (including how to spot bloating).

vizsla puppies
Vizsla puppies

Weimaraner & Vizsla as Companions

Many Weimaraner owners get their pup a Vizsla friend (or vice versa). Since the breeds are so similar, the owners know what to expect and the care for their two dogs would be similar as well.

If you’re contemplating getting your Weim a buddy, a Vizsla is a great choice!

Average Puppy Price of Weimaraner vs Vizsla

The average price of Weimaraner puppies has increased dramatically. The average price used to be between $700 and $1500 but recently in 2022, there have been Weim puppies for sale costing $2600.

On average, Vizsla puppies will cost between $800 to $1,800.

Nelly weimaraner puppy
Weimaraner puppy

The prices vary on a few factors:

  • location and experience of breeder
  • parent’s heritage
  • legitimate American Kennel Club registration

Bear in mind that neither extremes outside these ranges (far too cheap or far too expensive) are not a good thing.

It can be a sign of an inexperienced breeder (“backyard breeder”), dog mill puppies that people either want to sell for cheap or very expensive.

Good breeder will screen the health of potential parents and their pedigrees and will try to breed the puppies for the best combination of temperament, health and skills.

There are rescue shelters for both breeds running across the United States and all over the world as well.

Vizsla puppy
Vizsla puppy

Vizsla rescues

(click here for Weimaraner rescues)

United States Vizsla Rescue

United Kingdom Vizsla Rescue

Australia Vizsla Rescue

Europe Vizsla Rescue

weimaraner puppies
Weimaraner puppies

Advantages & Disadvantages of Both Breeds

Weimaraner

Advantages

  • active outdoor dog
  • easy to groom
  • loyal
  • highly Intelligent
  • good guard dog
  • eager to please

Disadvantages

  • requires lots of exercise
  • lack of undercoat
  • boisterous and unruly when young
  • can be prone to separation anxiety
  • strong-willed
  • potentially aggressive to smaller animals
  • can be over-excitable
  • needs a solid recall

Vizsla

Advantages

  • athletic outdoor dog
  • very adaptable to any sort of work
  • highly intelligent
  • good guard dog
  • eager to please
  • loves their family

Disadvantages

  • requires a lot of exercise
  • prone to separation anxiety
  • lack of undercoat
  • potentially aggressive to smaller animals
  • needs a solid recall

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!

Don’t forget to take the short ‘Weimaraner or Vizsla?’ quiz!

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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.


2 comments

  1. Kent
    Kent
    November 23, 2021 at 4:45 am

    Wiemaraner for me 39 years 4 males at a time I love them

    Reply
  2. Sam Vert
    Sam Vert
    January 6, 2022 at 2:29 am

    Vizslas are AMAZING!!! I have one at my house and they love their owners. If you do not have one, get one!

    Reply

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