Alternatives to Weimaraners

Every now and again, someone asks me about “other dog breeds” that might be good for them, in the case that a Weimaraner isn’t the ideal choice. Here are some suggestions for other Sporting Dogs:

Dogs with uniquely colored coats? Sussex SpanielVizsla.

Dogs that aren’t as attached to their people/a little more independent? German Shorthaired PointerGolden RetrieversLabrador Retrievers.

Dogs that “aren’t as common? Boykin Spaniel, Chesapeake Bay RetrieverNova Scotia Duck Tolling RetrieverSpinone Italiano.

Dogs that don’t need as much exercise? Clumber Spaniel

Dogs that are hypoallergenic? Irish Water Spaniel.

Dogs that are a bit smaller? Brittany, Cocker Spaniel, Wirehaired Pointing Griffon, Vizsla

Dogs that have a similar silhouette? German Shorthaired Pointer.

What dogs aren’t as sneaky as the Weimaraner? This is pretty unique to Weimaraners, so… any other Sporting Dog, except for maybe the Vizsla. 🙂

Click here to see a full list of Sporting dogs.

Below are some other dogs from other Groups that I like, for different reasons:

Hound Group

Basenji – Playful, yodels instead of barks, independent.

Harrier – A dog that likes to be with his people.

Pharaoh Hound – Small, yet sleek, with a low maintenance coat.

Whippet – Small athletes. Also sleek and pretty.

Working Group

Boxer – Good all around family dogs. Patient with children.

Doberman Pinscher – Muscular and energetic. Very loyal.

Terrier Group

Airedale Terrier – They look like teddy bears to me.

Bedlington Terrier – Want a dog that looks like a lamb?! Consider this breed.

Kerry Blue Terrier – Love the beautiful blue color.

Wire Fox Terrier – If I ever add a small dog to the pack, I’m getting one of these.

Toy Group

[I’m not really a toy dog person, but the Miniature Pinschers are cute.]

Non-Sporting Group

Dalmation – Their spots make them unique.

Poodle – Another hypoallergenic cutie.

Herding Group

Australian Sherpard – I love the Blue Merle colored ones.

Border Collie – I’ve known a few of these personally over the years and I love how sweet they are.

Bouvier des Flandres – If I had a farm, this dog would fit right in. 🙂


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