Labrador Retriever vs Weimaraner

Compare the Labrador Retriever to the Weimaraner. Use the tool below to compare temperament, size, personality, maintenance requirements, and everything else between Labrador Retrievers and Weimaraners.

Quick Summary

Below are a few quick comparisons between the two breeds.
  • Owner Experience - Both the Labrador Retriever and the Weimaraner are good for new owners, but the Labrador Retriever is a slightly better choice.
  • Children - Both breeds are child friendly, but the Labrador Retriever is the most friendly between the breeds.
  • Grooming - Both the Labrador Retriever and Weimaraner are very low maintenance and easy to groom.
  • Barking - The Labrador Retriever bark/howls frequently. The Weimaraner has an average level of barking.
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Labrador Retriever vs Weimaraner
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Breed NameLabrador RetrieverWeimaraner
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicNoNo
Lifespan10-12 yrs.11-13 yrs.
Height21-24 in.23-27 in.
Weight55-80 lb50-85 lb
IntelligenceHighHigh
History
Origin CountryCanadaGermany
Origin Year1700 AD1800 AD
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessVery GoodVery Good
Family FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Kid FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Pet FriendlyVery GoodGood
Stranger FriendlyVery GoodGood
Personality
  • Affectionate
  • Loving
  • Likes To Snuggle
  • 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 ¹30°F to 90°F55°F to 85°F
Barks/HowlsVery OftenBelow Average
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelHighVery High
Exercise RequiredHighVery High
Top Running Speed20 mph35 mph
StrengthHighHigh
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceMediumLow
SheddingHighLow
DanderMediumLow
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 NameLabrador RetrieverWeimaraner
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaNoNo
Family/PackYesYes
IndependentNoNo
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyNoNo
AverageNoYes
Focused & PatientYesNo
Breed Instincts
AggressionBelow AverageBelow Average
Burrow/DiggingBelow AverageBelow Average
ChasingBelow AverageHigh
Follow CommandsAverageBelow Average
FightingVery LowBelow Average
GuardingVery LowBelow Average
HerdingVery LowBelow Average
HuntingHighHigh
ProtectionVery LowBelow Average
Remove VerminBelow AverageAverage
SleddingBelow AverageBelow Average
WatchBelow AverageBelow Average
Health Comparison
Breed NameLabrador RetrieverWeimaraner
Lifespan
Lifespan10-12 yrs.11-13 yrs.
Common Health Issues
Acute Moist DermatitisYesNo
BloatYesYes
CataractsYesNo
Cold TailYesNo
DistichiasisNoYes
Drug SensitivityNoYes
Ear InfectionsYesNo
EctropionNoYes
Elbow DysplasiaYesNo
EntropionNoYes
EpilepsyYesNo
Hip DysplasiaYesYes
HypothyroidismNoYes
MyopathyYesNo
Osteochondrosis DissecansYesNo
Progressive Retinal AtrophyYesYes
Tricuspid Valve DysplasiaYesNo
Von Willebrand's DiseaseNoYes
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameLabrador RetrieverWeimaraner
Coat
FurYesYes
Coat Type
Double CoatYesNo
Single CoatNoYes
Coat Texture
StraightYesNo
SilkyNoYes
Coat Length(s)
ShortYesYes
Coat Color(s)
BlackYesNo
ChocolateYesNo
YellowYesNo
BlueNoYes
GrayNoYes
Silver GrayNoYes