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German Shorthaired Pointer vs Vizsla vs Weimaraner – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between German Shorthaired Pointer vs Vizsla vs Weimaraner" Compare German Shorthaired Pointer and Vizsla. Which is better: German Shorthaired Pointer or Vizsla or Weimaraner?
Name German Shorthaired Pointer Vizsla Weimaraner
OriginsGermany Hungary Germany
Group Gun Dog Gun Dog Gun Dog
Popularity Rank103034
Reviews3111
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Other Names Deutsch Kurzhaar, Kurzhaar, GSP, DK, Deutscher Kurzhaariger Vorstehhund Hungarian Vizsla, Magyar Vizsla, Hungarian Pointer, Hungarian Short-Haired Pointer, Rövidszőrű Magyar Vizsla Weimaraner Vorstehhund, Weim, Grey Ghost
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1930 as a Sporting breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1960 as a Sporting breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1943 as a Sporting breed.
FCI Group Recognized by FCI in the Pointing Dogs group, in the Continental Pointing Dogs section. Recognized by FCI in the Pointing Dogs group, in the Continental Pointing Dogs section. Recognized by FCI in the Pointing Dogs group, in the Continental Pointing Dogs section.
Breed Recognition American Kennel Club
Canadian Kennel Club
Federation Cynologique Internationale
Kennel Club of Great Britain
Australian National Kennel Council
New Zealand Kennel Club
United Kennel Club
American Canine Registry
American Kennel Club
America's Pet Registry
Canadian Kennel Club
Dog Registry of America Inc.
Federation Cynologique Internationale
Kennel Club of Great Britain
North American Purebred Registry, Inc.
American Canine Association, Inc.
Australian National Kennel Council
Continental Kennel Club
National Kennel Club
New Zealand Kennel Club
United Kennel Club
American Canine Registry
American Kennel Club
America's Pet Registry
Canadian Kennel Club
Dog Registry of America Inc.
Federation Cynologique Internationale
Kennel Club of Great Britain
North American Purebred Registry, Inc.
American Canine Association, Inc.
Australian National Kennel Council
Continental Kennel Club
National Kennel Club
New Zealand Kennel Club
Price $600-$800 $800-$1200 $1500-$2000

General Appearance - German Shorthaired Pointer vs Vizsla vs Weimaraner

Size Large
Medium
Large Large
Weight Male: 55-70 pounds (25-32 kg), Female: 45-60 pounds (20-27 kg) Male: 45-60 pounds (20-27 kg), Female: 40-55 pounds (18-25 kg) Male: 55-70 pounds (25-32 kg), Female: 50-65 pounds (23-29 kg)
Avg. Weight Male: 62.5 pounds (28.5 kg), Female: 52.5 pounds (23.5 kg) Male: 52.5 pounds (23.5 kg), Female: 47.5 pounds (21.5 kg) Male: 62.5 pounds (28.5 kg), Female: 57.5 pounds (26 kg)
Height Male: 23-25 inches (59-64 cm), Female: 21-23 inches (53-58 cm) Male: 22-26 inches (56-66 cm), Female: 20-24 inches (51-61 cm) Male: 24-24 inches (61-69 cm), Female: 22-25 inches (56-63 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 24 inches (61.5 cm), Female: 22 inches (55.5 cm) Male: 24 inches (61 cm), Female: 22 inches (56 cm) Male: 24 inches (65 cm), Female: 23.5 inches (59.5 cm)

Hair & Care - German Shorthaired Pointer vs Vizsla vs Weimaraner

Coat Dense Fine
Dense
Hard
Coarse
Short
No Undercoat
Fine
Colors Roan
Liver
White
Black
Golden
Rust
Russet Gold
Dark Sandy Gold
Blue
Silver
Gray
Grooming
Effortless: The German Shorthaired Pointer requires minimal grooming.
Effortless: The Vizsla requires minimal grooming.
Effortless: The Weimaraner requires minimal grooming.
Shedding Level
German Shorthaired Pointers shed moderately.
Vizslas shed moderately.
Weimaraners shed moderately.

Characteristics - German Shorthaired Pointer vs Vizsla vs Weimaraner

Temperament Affectionate
Bold
Intelligent
Boisterous
Cooperative
Trainable
Affectionate
Energetic
Intelligent
Protective
Cheerful
Gentle
Playful
Quiet
Easygoing
Companionable
Lively
Friendly
Evenly Tempered
Trainable
Willing
Alert
Energetic
Intelligent
Steady
Social
Aloof
Fast
Powerful
Stubborn
Intelligent Rank
Very smart: German Shorthaired Pointer is an excellent dog breed.
Very smart: Vizsla is an excellent dog breed.
Very smart: Weimaraner is an excellent dog breed.
Trainability
German Shorthaired Pointers are very easy to train.
Vizslas are easy to train.
Weimaraners are easy to train.
Playfulness
The German Shorthaired Pointer is a highly playful breed.
The Vizsla is a highly playful breed.
The Weimaraner is a highly playful breed.
Sensitivity Level
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Vizslas don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
Weimaraners don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
Affection Level
German Shorthaired Pointers are highly affectionate dogs.
Vizslas are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Weimaraners are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
German Shorthaired Pointers need for social interaction is average.
Vizslas are a social breed.
Weimaraners need a lot of social interaction.
Barking
Average: The German Shorthaired Pointer barks occasionally.
Average: The Vizsla barks occasionally.
Average to high: The Weimaraner is a vocal breed.
Watchdog Ability
German Shorthaired Pointers are average watchdogs.
Vizslas are average watchdogs.
Weimaraners are average watchdogs.
Territorial
German Shorthaired Pointers are average defenders.
Vizslas are average defenders.
Weimaraners are average defenders.
Biting Potential Low
The German Shorthaired Pointer has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Vizsla has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Weimaraner has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
German Shorthaired Pointers have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Vizslas have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Weimaraners have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
German Shorthaired Pointers have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
Vizslas have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
Weimaraners have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
Prey Drive
German Shorthaired Pointers have a high impulse to chase and catch something.
Vizslas have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
Weimaraners have a high impulse to chase and catch something.
Apartment Friendly
German Shorthaired Pointers are not apartment-friendly dogs.
Vizslas are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
Weimaraners are not apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
German Shorthaired Pointers adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
Vizslas adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Weimaraners adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner.
Vizslas do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
Weimaraners tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Fighting Dog Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Good With - German Shorthaired Pointer vs Vizsla vs Weimaraner

Stranger Friendly
German Shorthaired Pointers are average friendly towards strangers.
Vizslas are average friendly towards strangers.
Weimaraners are stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
German Shorthaired Pointers are kid-friendly dogs.
Vizslas are kid-friendly dogs.
Weimaraners are not the most kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
German Shorthaired Pointers are not cat-friendly dogs.
Vizslas are average friendly towards cats.
Weimaraners are cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
German Shorthaired Pointers are dog-friendly dogs.
Vizslas are average friendly towards other dogs.
Weimaraners are dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly No
German Shorthaired Pointer is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Vizsla is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Weimaraner is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
German Shorthaired Pointers are usually recommended for elderly people.
Vizslas are usually recommended for elderly people.
Weimaraners are not the best breed for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
German Shorthaired Pointers do best when they’re the only pet at the family.
Vizslas are generally with other pets.
Weimaraners are usually friendly towards other pets.
Good For First Time Owners No
German Shorthaired Pointers are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Vizslas are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Weimaraners are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Therapy Dog Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Yes
This breed makes a perfect therapy dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog Yes
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR) Yes
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Yes
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Boat Dog Not really
German Shorthaired Pointer breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Yes
Vizsla breed usually likes being on a boat.
Not really
Weimaraner breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.

Health Factors - German Shorthaired Pointer vs Vizsla vs Weimaraner

Health Issues
German Shorthaired Pointers are commonly healthy dogs.
The Vizsla is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Weimaraners tend to have a lot and frequent health issues.
Health Problems Gastric Torsion
Hypothyroidism
Canine Hip Dysplasia (CHD)
Osteochondrosis Dissecans
Von Willebrand's Disease
Entropion
Pannus
Lymphedema
Cardiomyopathy
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Cancer
Epilepsy
Hip Dysplasia
Sebaceous Adenitis
Bloat
Distichiasis
Drug Sensitivity
Ectropion
Entropion
Hip Dysplasia
Hypothyroidism
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Von Willebrand's Disease
Life Expectancy 12-14 years 10-14 years 10-12 years
Hypoallergenic No No No
Energy Level
German Shorthaired Pointers are high energy dogs.
Vizslas are high energy dogs.
Weimaraners are high energy dogs.
Exercise Need
German Shorthaired Pointers need a lot of exercises.
Vizslas need a lot of exercises.
Weimaraners need a lot of exercises.
Sleeping Need
German Shorthaired Pointers don't need too much sleep.
Vizslas don't need too much sleep.
Weimaraners don't need too much sleep.
Avg. daily food consumption 3 to 4 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 2 to 3 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 2.5 to 3 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
Average.
Low to Average.
Low to Average.
Weather & Climate Prefers average to warm weather conditions Prefers average to warm weather conditions Tolerates warm and cold weather.
Stinkiness Medium
The German Shorthaired Pointer has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Vizsla has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Weimaraner has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The German Shorthaired Pointer is a perfect example for low drooling tendency.
The Vizsla is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Weimaraner drools quite a lot, so if you dislike being covered by slobber spots on your clothes, you may want to choose another dog breed.

Reproducibility - German Shorthaired Pointer vs Vizsla vs Weimaraner

Gestation Length 60-64 days 60-64 days 60-64 days
How often can the have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Litter Size 7-12 puppies 6-8 puppies 6-8 puppies

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