German Shepherd vs Weimaraner

Compare the German Shepherd to the Weimaraner. Use the tool below to compare temperament, size, personality, maintenance requirements, and everything else between German Shepherds and Weimaraners.

Quick Summary

Below are a few quick comparisons between the two breeds.
  • Owner Experience - Both the German Shepherd and the Weimaraner are good for new owners, but the German Shepherd is a slightly better choice.
  • Children - Both the German Shepherd and Weimaraner are child friendly.
  • Grooming - The Weimaraner is very easy to groom. The German Shepherd has high grooming requirements.
  • Barking - The German Shepherd bark/howls frequently. The Weimaraner has an average level of barking.
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German Shepherd vs Weimaraner
German Shepherd Dog Breed
Gray Weimaraner Dog Breed
Breed NameGerman ShepherdWeimaraner
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicNoNo
Lifespan10-14 yrs.11-13 yrs.
Height22-26 in.23-27 in.
Weight75-95 lb50-85 lb
IntelligenceHighHigh
History
Origin CountryGermanyGermany
Origin Year1899 AD1800 AD
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessGoodVery Good
Family FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Kid FriendlyGoodVery Good
Pet FriendlyVery GoodGood
Stranger FriendlyBelow AverageGood
Personality
  • Affectionate
  • Loving
  • Does Not Like Being Alone
  • Willing To Please
  • Affectionate
  • Enjoys Attention
  • Jealous
  • Loving
  • Does Not Like Being Alone
  • Likes To Snuggle
  • Stubborn
  • Willing To Please
Living Environment
ApartmentYesYes
IndoorYesYes
Small YardYesNo
Medium YardYesNo
Large YardYesNo
Temperature Tolerance ¹40°F to 85°F55°F to 85°F
Barks/HowlsVery OftenBelow Average
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelHighVery High
Exercise RequiredHighVery High
Top Running Speed30 mph35 mph
StrengthHighHigh
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceMedium-HighLow
SheddingHighLow
DanderHighLow
Drool AmountMediumMedium

¹This is estimated min/max temperature range for a healthy adult dog. Dogs that live indoors, puppies, seniors, unwell dogs, and/or dogs with improperly groomed coats may overheat sooner and get cold more quickly.
Instincts & Behavior Comparison
Breed NameGerman ShepherdWeimaraner
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaNoNo
Family/PackYesYes
IndependentNoNo
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyNoNo
AverageNoYes
Focused & PatientYesNo
Breed Instincts
AggressionAverageBelow Average
Burrow/DiggingBelow AverageBelow Average
ChasingBelow AverageHigh
Follow CommandsHighBelow Average
FightingBelow AverageBelow Average
GuardingHighBelow Average
HerdingHighBelow Average
HuntingHighHigh
ProtectionHighBelow Average
Remove VerminBelow AverageAverage
SleddingBelow AverageBelow Average
WatchHighBelow Average
Health Comparison
Breed NameGerman ShepherdWeimaraner
Lifespan
Lifespan10-14 yrs.11-13 yrs.
Common Health Issues
AllergiesYesNo
BlindnessYesNo
BloatYesYes
CancerYesNo
CataractsYesNo
Cherry EyeYesNo
Chronic DiarrheaYesNo
Cruciate Ligament RuptureYesNo
Cushing's SyndromeYesNo
Degenerative MyelopathyYesNo
Demodectic MangeYesNo
DiabetesYesNo
Digestive ProblemsYesNo
DistichiasisNoYes
Drug SensitivityNoYes
EctropionNoYes
Elbow DysplasiaYesNo
EntropionNoYes
EpilepsyYesNo
Exocrine Pancreatic InsufficiencyYesNo
Heart DiseaseYesNo
Hemophilia AYesNo
Hemophilia BYesNo
Hip DysplasiaYesYes
Hypertrophic OsteodystrophyYesNo
HypothyroidismNoYes
Lens LuxationYesNo
LupusYesNo
MegaesophagusYesNo
Myasthenia GravisYesNo
Nail Bed DiseaseYesNo
OsteochondrosisYesNo
PannusYesNo
PanosteitisYesNo
ParalysisYesNo
Perianal FistulaYesNo
Progressive Retinal AtrophyYesYes
Retinal DysplasiaYesNo
SeborrheaYesNo
VitiligoYesNo
Von Willebrand's DiseaseYesYes
Wobbler's SyndromeYesNo
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameGerman ShepherdWeimaraner
Coat
FurYesYes
Coat Type
Double CoatYesNo
Single CoatNoYes
Coat Texture
StraightYesNo
SilkyNoYes
Coat Length(s)
ShortYesYes
MediumYesNo
Coat Color(s)
Bi-colorYesNo
BlackYesNo
Black & TanYesNo
Black & CreamYesNo
Black & RedYesNo
Black & SilverYesNo
BlueYesYes
GrayYesYes
LiverYesNo
SableYesNo
WhiteYesNo
Silver GrayNoYes