Which Dog Breed Is Similar To a Weimaraner?

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Which Dog Breed Is Similar To a Weimaraner?

I fell in love with Weimaraners’ light eyes and floppy ears right away. Their need for a lot of activity can be a bit daunting for new owners. That made me think, are there other breeds that are similar to these gray beauties? So I did some research and here’s what I’ve found.

In terms of looks, the breeds most similar to Weimaraners are Vizsla, German Shorthaired Pointer, Foxhounds, Braque du Bourbonnais, and Dalmatian. The most similar breeds in temperament and energy levels are Golden Retriever, Border Collie, and Brittany.

Now let’s take a look at these breeds in more detail.

Which Breeds Look Similar to Weimaraner?

Certainly, no doggo is the same but there are several breeds which bear the resemblance to Weimaraners. What I love about Weimaraners are their eyes. As puppies, their eyes are beautifully blue and while they change color as they age, they stay a light color. As for their coat, the mouse-gray to silver-gray color is pretty unique to them and you won’t find a dog quite like that.

Weimaraners are a large breed and I have tried to include breeds which are similar in size as well.

If different coat color isn’t something you care about but you find their facial features appealing, here are some of the breeds that look a lot like a Weimaraner.

Vizsla (Hungarian Pointer)

Sometimes when we were out and about, people mistook Nelly for a Vizsla despite her gray coloring. I do have to admit these two breeds look very similar. They both belong to the Pointing Dogs group recognized by the FCI (source).

Vizsla (Hungarian or Magyar Vizsla)

Vizsla is a bit smaller dog than a Weimaraner, standing between 21-25 inches as opposed to Weimaraner’s 23-27 inches. Weimaraners are medium to large breed and pack a lot of muscle. On the other hand, the Vizsla is much lighter, ranging between 40-60 lbs. They live anywhere between 12-14 years, are good with children and while they are less energetic than Weimaraners, they still need a lot of exercise.

Their coat ranges from golden rust, to red to sandy yellow and can have some white markings. They don’t require complicated grooming as their coat is short and sheds seasonally; a weekly brushing with a rubber glove or rubber brush is enough. As with every breed with floppy ears, it’s good to clean their ears regularly to prevent problems.

There is also the wirehaired Vizsla that has denser and longer coat.

If you’d like to get a smaller and lighter dog than a Weimaraner who looks almost identical, getting a Vizsla is a great choice.

German Shorthaired Pointer

The German Shorthaired Pointer is also smaller than the Weimaraner, averaging around 21-25 inches and their weight is between 40-70 lbs. Their lifespan is generally the same as the Weimaraner, which is 10-12 years.

You can definitely recognize the German Shorthaired Pointer because of his unique short coat pattern and colors. The pattern can vary (solid, ticked, patched, roan) but the coloring is predominantly brown (milk to dark chocolate) and white.

They do shed regularly, so it’s best to brush weekly to prevent the loose hairs from embedding around the house as they’re hard to take out.

They are a very energetic breed and need as much exercise as the Weimaraner, they’re a hunting breed after all. They’re best for people who are active or are able to give them one or twohour exercise daily. They’re good with children but definitely would recommend caution as their high energy can knock smaller children over.

Foxhounds

The first breed from the hound group on this list is the Foxhound. There are two types, American and English Foxhound. While the Foxhound may look like a beagle without any point of reference, don’t let their looks fool you!

They’re actually only a little bit smaller than the Weimaraner at 21-25 inches and their weight around 60-70 lbs (American Foxhounds are a little slimmer than their English counterparts). They typically live around 11-13 years.

Their coat is short and has a hard texture, which protects them from the underbrush while hunting.

They shed seasonally but their coat doesn’t need that much maintenance. The occasional brush will do, bathing isn’t necessary unless they are covered in mud and other unknown substances.

As they were bred for hunt, the Foxhound is an energetic breed which needs a lot of exercise, both physical and mental, otherwise they can get bored and destructive. They are friendly and love people, although the American Foxhound can be a little more independent and stubborn when it comes to training. As a hound, their noses can get them in trouble, so make sure they’re on leash at all times.

Be aware that the Foxhound loves to bark and bark loudly as opposed to the Weimaraner who rarely does (at least ours doesn’t bark a lot!).

Braque du Bourbonnais

I can’t really say this breed’s name out loud without butchering the beautiful French language. Bourbonnais belongs to the Pointing Dogs group much like the Vizsla, German Pointer, and Weimaraner. Their height ranges between 19-22.5 inches and they can grow up to be anywhere between 35-55 lbs. Ther lifespan is approximately 10-15 years.

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Their coat is short and dense in chestnut or fawn colors. It also has a ticked pattern, which means darker spots on white background (German Shorthaired Pointer has a similar ticked pattern). Their ears are usually full color. Their coat is pretty low-maintenance, so weekly brushing with a rubber glove should be enough.

Bourbonnais is definitely a high energy pup, so make sure to take them out regularly on walks and exercise them up to 2 hours a day. They are intelligent and easy to train, and they are very affectionate towards their family. As it is with most medium and large breeds, keep an eye on smaller children as they can be easily knocked over by an exuberant doggo.

Dalmatian

I don’t think I need to introduce this breed all that much. Two 90s movies later everyone knows what a Dalmatian looks like. But for the sake of cohesion of this post, here we go!

Dalmatians are medium-sized pups, averaging about 19-24 inches. Their weight ranges between 45-70 lbs and they generally live around 11-13 years.

Dalmatians are born white and as they age, the spots on their coat start to appear, usually black or liver brown. The gene which causes these lovely spots unfortunately also predisposes these cuties to deafness. Their coat is short and dense and is best brushed weekly as they shed regularly.

Dalmatians are pretty energetic and need regular exercise, so go out jogging or biking with them and you should prevent any bad behaviors developing from boredom. They are very intelligent and can be a little bit stubborn, so the training from puppyhood must be consistent and firm. It’s best to socialize them early on as well, so they can grow up into a well-balanced pup.

Which Breeds Are Similar In Temperament And Energy Levels?

Weimaraners are no couch potatoes! Aside from that, they are very affectionate – they are known for not dealing well with their owner being gone. But if you’re in their presence, they will want to be where you are at all times and as close as possible. And yes, even the bathroom. Some people lovingly call their Weims “stickers” or “velcro dogs”.

Some of the above mentioned doggos also fit this criteria:

  • Vizsla
  • German Shorthaired Pointer
  • Braque du Bourbonnais

Golden Retriever

I don’t think this ball of fluff needs any introduction. Retrievers rank in the 3rd place as the most favorite AKC breed and it’s really no wonder with their happy disposition.

They grow up to be 21.5 – 24 inches tall and about 55-75 lbs with a lifespan of approximately 10-12 years.

They are double-coated and shed heavily a couple of times a year, so it’s best to brush daily when this happens. At other times they shed moderately, so you can brush only on a weekly basis and an occasional bath. Their colors range from light to dark golden.

These doggos are ridiculously eager to please their owner, so training them should be a breeze. They are very friendly to kids, strangers and other animals alike. Being bred for hunting, they require a lot of exercise, so a walk around the block won’t do. They are great at agility and can also be amazing guide dogs (not to mention a good choice for canistherapy).

Border Collie

Border Collies belong to the Herding group and are a very popular breed. They grow up to be 18-22 inches, 30-55 lbs in weight and they live up to 12-15 years.

They are densely double-coated and come in a variety and mix of colors from white, blue, black, red, and they can be either solid, ticked, merle1 or with brindle2 points.

It is best to brush them 2 to 3 times a week but during the shedding season, it’s necessary to brush every day to keep the coat from matting and removing dead hair.

Bred for herding. Border Collie needs a lot of activity and thrives with work and agility training. Give them something to do and you’ll have one happy pup!

They can be trained fairly easily as they are extremely smart. Border Collies love their families, though they can be a bit wary of strangers. They do best with older children.

Brittany

Brittany is classified into the Sporting group, standing at 17.5 – 20.5 inches, 30-40 lbs. Their lifespan is around 12-14 years.

Their coat is fairly short and comes in a lot of colors and combinations. From orange, white, liver and black with roan3, ticked or spotted patterns. They shed seasonally and it’s best to brush them a couple of times a week.

As a sporting pup, they are very active and love hiking and can be used for hunting as well. It’s best to exercise them at least one hour a day. They are very smart and friendly, training them is very easy. They excel at agility and obedience training and generally any physical activity.

In their family they’re extremely affectionate and great with children as well as other pets.

What About Breeds Similar In Look But Lower Energy?

I’m afraid I have bad news for you. If you’re looking for a couch potato or lower-energy pup that looks like a Weimaraner, there isn’t one as far as I can tell. But do let me know if you find one!

I thought that maybe a Weimaraner mix breed would temper this side of them down but from my research into several mixed breeds, they, unfortunately, seem to inherit Weimaraner’s boundless energy regardless.


Sources: American Kennel Club (AKC), Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)

1merle – dark patches on lighter background with the same color, examples include Australian Shepherd, Corgi

2brindle – stripe-like pattern with darker stripes against lighter color, examples include Great Dane, Boxer

3roan – similar to ticked pattern, white hairs are mixed with color ones to create almost “gray” look to the coat



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