Choosing a Weimaraner Breeder
Breeding quality dogs is a time, resource and education intensive activity.
Someone who breeds dogs responsibly does not make a profit from breeding. They
do it because they are dedicated to the breed and are hoping to improve it by
careful breeding. To find such a breeder, you will need to do some research.
Contact your local Weimaraner club or kennel club. Talk to other owners
of Weimaraners. Learn as much as you can about the breed.
The effort you put into finding a quality breeder will reward you many times
over. You'll be assured of a dog bred to have sound health and temperament, plus
you'll have continued access to a knowledgeable resource--your breeder. You will
not get this type of support from a pet store or from a casual breeder.
You will need to decide for yourself whether or not a particular breeder is
right for you. Below are some things to consider as you look for a breeder.
Finding a breeder you can trust is very important. When you buy a puppy, you
are making a commitment for the life of the dog. While no breeder can guarantee
that you will be getting the "perfect" puppy, you should feel that the puppy you
have chosen was bred to be what you are looking for in a Weimaraner.
A responsible breeder will interview you, the buyer. They will want to know that
you are able to provide the adequate care, training and attention a Weimaraner
needs. They will want to be sure that you are aware of the responsibility of dog
ownership and that you will be able to care for the animal for its entire
lifetime (which may be as long as 12 or 14 years).
You will be able to see that the breeder has had a long involvement with the
breed. They will have books about Weimaraners and photos of their dogs. They
may have ribbons and awards that their dogs have won. They will belong to the Weimaraner
Club of America and perhaps to a local Weimaraner club or an all breed
kennel club. They will follow the breeding guidelines and/or Code of Ethics of these clubs. (It is unusual for a
responsible breeder to be involved with more than a few different breeds.)
The breeder will know the ancestry of the puppies. They should know more than
just what is written on the pedigree. They should be able to tell you about the
personality of various relatives to the puppy. They should know their strengths
and weaknesses, both physically and temperamentally. They should be able to
tell you things like what it was like to hunt over the puppy's grandmother, or
how the grandfather did in the show ring. The breeder should be able to explain
why the breeding is taking place, and how this litter is expected to improve
this line of Weimaraners.
The breeder will be able to tell you about health problems
affecting the breed. (All
breeds have health problems.) They should be able to tell you what health
testing they did before the breeding and be able to show you proof of the
The puppies will be well cared for. They should have a clean and comfortable
area. They should be properly socialized with people. They should receive at
least the first round of vaccinations and a worming (or worm test), and the
breeder should provide a written vaccination schedule for you to give to your
veterinarian showing which shots they have received and which ones you will need
to provide. The puppies will not be separated from their litter mates and mother
before 7 weeks of age (and some breeders may wait until 10 or 12 weeks). The
breeder will provide you detailed instructions on how to care for your new puppy,
including information on feeding, health care and training.
The breeder will require a signed contract. This contract is for the benefit of
the buyer and the seller (and the puppy!). It should contain the full names of
the parents of the puppy, along with results from health tests (such as OFA or
PennHip). Many breeders also offer some form of guarantee for the puppy against
certain genetic problems. The contract may also place limits on future breeding
of the puppy (for example: limited registration, spay/neuter required, or a co-ownership).
Many breeders also require that, if for any reason you are unable to keep the
dog, that you return it to the breeder.
The breeder will provide the appropriate forms and instructions to register the
puppy with the AKC or other recognized registry. In the United States,
Weimaraners are primarily registered with the AKC
(and some may be dual registered with both AKC and UKC or AKC and FDSB). The AKC
requires that anyone selling a dog registerable with the AKC to provide the
buyer with a properly completed AKC Dog Registration Application or a properly
completed AKC Registration Certificate. Although the presence of AKC papers does
not necessarily indicate quality, the lack of registration papers from a
recognized registry should be seen as a warning sign in evaluating a potential
You may have to wait. Responsible breeders do not always have puppies available.
A couple of litters per year is typical, and many good breeders only have a
litter every few years. A female dog should never be bred more than once a year
(and even that is a lot).
For more info, please read Responsible
For a list of TWC members with puppies/dogs for sale, see: Available
For a breeder referral in North Carolina, you may contact:
Tarheel Weimaraner Club
Please email to request an information packet about the breed and information on
For breeder referrals in other areas of the country, contact your Local Weimaraner Club.
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