GERMAN SHORTHAIRED POINTER VS WEIMARANER
By William Atherton / October 20, 2020
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GSP Vs Weimaraner Appearance: It probably isn't shocking that these two German hunting breeds also look very similar. Thye both possess those long velvet-like floppy ears, long muzzles that ate blunted on the ends. However, the Weimaraner tends to be more robust and muscular, where the GSP is more slender and agile. They also vary significantly in their fur coloring as Weimaraners come primarily grey and blue with light amber-colored eyes. In contrast, the GSP can come in a variety or roan, solid, and piebald patterns. The Weimaraner is also slightly larger- standing up to 27 inches and weighing up to 90 pounds. While in comparison, the GSP can be up to 25 inches tall and weigh up to 70 pounds. GSP Vs Weimaraner Exercise Requirements And Grooming Requirements: These two hunting breeds are also active ones. They both demand a large amount of physical activity to keep them satisfied and need lots of mental stimulation. Neither the GSP nor Weimaraner will be delighted with a short walk or a play session. They need something more demanding, like hiking, swimming, hunting, or participating in canine sports. The GSP and Weimaraner are both easy keepers due to their short easy to groom fur. The GSP tends only to need weekly brushing, but they do shed regularly. The Weimaraner also needs weekly brushing to keep their coats in good condition. Weimaraner's are seasonal shedders, so it can be expected that there will be more loose fur around when the seasons change. GSP Vs Weimaraner Life Expectancy And Health: Both the GSP and Weimaraner have close to the same life expectancy, which is around 10-12 years for the GSP and 10-13 years for the Weimaraner. The GSP and Weimaraner can both become suffers from Hip and elbow Dysplasia and bloat. The GSP also has some known genetic diseases with the breed, including heart issues, eye problems, and cone degeneration, leading to day-blindness. So, does the Weimaraner and the most common among their breed is eye and thyroid problems. GSP Vs Weimaraner Temperament and Social Needs: As we go forward with the rest of the video, it will be with the assumption that the dog has been given proper socialization and training from a young age. It will also be assumed that the dog is of correct temperament and disposition for its breed. When comparing these breeds' two temperaments, they both appear happy, fun-loving, people-oriented, and very action-oriented. But, did you know both of these breeds also make good guard dogs? The GSP might not mount the attack on someone suspicious, but they will alert with some barking if there is someone suspicious around. The Weimaraner, on the other hand, is also a fearless breed. They also seem to have an uncanny ability to tell when someone is up to no good. The Weimaraner makes an excellent deterrent, but if push came to shove, this breed would be more likely to confront a threat with action. The GSP and Weimaraner are also people-oriented dogs. They are loyal and devoted to their families and want to be in their presence. Neither ends up being too happy if they are left alone for large parts of the day or relegated outside for the long term where they can't interact with their family. GSP Vs Weimaraner Intelligence And Trainability: Both the GSP and Weimaraner are highly intelligent for better or for worse. These breeds are quick to pick up on new behaviors even if they are not the most favorable ones. They are both people pleasers and want to make their people happy, which makes for easy training. If you can get and keep their attention. Some GSP can have an independent streak, and others are very scent driven, and they might be too involved with sniffing around. The Weimaraner can be very obedient- however, when they are young, they sometimes get so excited to do something with you that they actually have a hard time focusing on what you are telling them to do. Weimaraners will sometimes try to guess what you want them to do before the command officially comes- making it necessary to slow them down and get their attention to have a successful training session. GSP Vs Weimaraner Child, Small Animal, and Other Dog Friendliness: GSPs and Weimaraners can be great with children as both breeds are friendly, and they like to have a good time- which a play session just the things for! But, because of their high-energy, they might not do so well around younger children. They are larger dogs and could easily knock a child down. This is more plausible when they are younger. These breeds don't have much self-control before they mature- and they mature later compared to most dogs. As they hunt dogs, both the GSP and Weimaraner have very instinctual prey drives and something they just can't ignore the call of their instincts. These breeds are not always the best with small animals. It can even lead to tragedy. While some individuals are more mellow and have less instinctive urge to chase and catch a small animal, it might not be worth the risk. With other dogs their size, the GSP and Weimaraner can do well, and they frequently get along. However, these breeds can also have a hard time with small dogs as they don't always realize that it is indeed another canine and might look like just another small creature to chase.