BREED REFERRAL

THE WEIMARANER CLUB OF GREATER LOUISVILLE WANTS YOU TO KNOW
BEFORE YOU GET A WEIMARANER

By asking questions before hand and learning a little about Weimaraners, you are greatly improving the chances of having a lifelong satisfying relationship with a wonderful canine family member. Don't let your heart over rule your good judgment. You are risking the safety of your family as well as inviting many future heartaches and financial problems.

BEWARE of on line breeder web sites, commercial producers and litters advertised in the newspapers.
Some are responsible breeders and some are not.
Look for breeders that provide their full name, address and phone number on web sites.
Most responsible breeders are members of the Weimaraner Club of America and any local Weimaraner club, local kennel club or obedience club and will provide a link to these organizations.
Responsible breeders of AKC Registered Weimaraners seldom breed other breeds and especially cross bred dogs. They breed to meet the official Weimaraner Club of American/American Kennel Club standard.
http://weimaranerclubofamerica.org/main/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=39&Itemid=140&lang=en

Responsible breeders want to know a lot about you to determine if you will be a responsible owner. Many require you to complete an application. If the price and pick up arrangements are the only things discussed, keep on looking for a responsible breeder. Responsible breeders want to meet you and welcome you to their home where you can see the puppies. If at all possible, visit the litter at least once before you are to pick up your puppy. If you don't like what you see (or smell) and have doubts, go home and call back to say that you have changed your mind and no longer want a puppy. Do not purchase a puppy from someone who will not allow you to visit their premises and see the conditions where the puppy is being raised. 
Do not pay for a puppy before you pick it up. Many responsible breeders won't even take deposits because they must evaluate the potential of their puppies before they decide how many will be placed as family companions only and which ones have breeding and competition potential. Responsible breeders do not place puppies before 7 or 8 weeks of age.
Make sure that you are talking to the breeder who actually whelped the puppies and not a broker or agent who places puppies for any number of other disreputable puppy producers.
You are entitled to a registration paper with your puppy at time of purchase unless you agree in writing that you are buying the puppy without papers. DO NOT take possession of your puppy without the registration paper or full AKC Registration information (name, date of birth and AKC Registration Number) on both parents and the date your puppy was born (whelped). A breeder must provide this for you to comply with AKC regulations.
Don't accept other registrations. This probably means that the breeder cannot meet the standards of the American Kennel Club and therefore won't meet your standards of being a responsible breeder either.
Last but not least and easy to say, but hard to do: Do not make an emotional commitment until you are satisfied that the puppy has been properly raised by a responsible breeder. Do not reward irresponsible breeding by buying a puppy just because you feel sorry for it. You are risking the safety of your family as well as inviting many future heartaches and financial problems.

What to look for
Before you visit any litter, keep in mind what you should be looking for. The puppies should have been whelped in the home or similar environment where they can grow up with the sounds, smells and sights of a human family. It goes without saying, the puppies should be clean, have glossy coats, clear eyes & nose. If you see more than one litter and/or litters of other breeds on the premises, run the other way - puppy mill! Don't reward puppy mill producers. Don't let your heart over rule your good judgment. You are risking the safety of your family as well as inviting many future heartaches and financial problems.

Considerations
Both male and female Weimaraners can make great companions. This is strictly a personal preference. Females are generally smaller than males. The breed standard calls for females to be 23-25 inches at the shoulder and males 25-27 inches at the shoulder. Most Weimaraners will reach at least the minimum height by the time they are six months old. A deviation of more than 1 inch above or below these heights is considered a disqualifying fault from 6 months of age on. A small Weimaraner can of course grow and meet the height standard but an oversized Weimaraner will never meet the height standard. Females generally weigh around 55-65 pounds and males around 75-85. An experienced breeder that is familiar with his or her bloodlines can project height. While Weimaraners must have no disqualifying faults to be shown in conformation and become a show champion, Weimaraners with disqualifications can and do compete and earn titles in other AKC events such as obedience, rally, agility, junior showmanship, hunting tests and field trials.

Pricing
Prices for Weimaraner puppies vary from one area of the country to another. Responsibly bred pet quality puppies from health screened parents that are titled in one or more areas of competition will sell for around $1,000.00 in and around Kentucky. Show and breeding prospect puppies may go for more, but before you decide to spend more, enlist the help of an experienced Weimaraner fancier or professional handler to help you evaluate the quality of a puppy and the breeding. Beware of breeders who ask you to agree to breed a puppy sold as a pet in the future and give them puppies as part of the price of your puppy. Responsible breeders do everything they can to insure that puppies sold as pets are not bred

Temperament, temperament, temperament
The temperament of the mother is of utmost importance. DO NOT buy a puppy from a female with a temperament you wouldn't want to live with (shy/aggressive). Most puppies will be more like their mother in personality because of patterning off of her for the first 7 weeks of their life. So, don't take a puppy home before 7 weeks of age (a couple of days early OK, but not 6 weeks or heaven forbid younger!).  It is inhumane and tips you off to the fact that either the breeder is uncaring or very uneducated on the proper rearing of puppies. A puppy needs to learn bite inhibition from playing with its litter mates among other things. Conversely, the puppy that has been left with its litter mates for much longer and without individual attention and socialization may become dog dependent and never bond as well to its human family. Such a puppy may never be the well adjusted, outgoing companion that it could have been.

Socialization, training and exercise
The primary concerns when looking for a family companion or a show prospect Weimaraner are temperament and health. A responsible and knowledgeable breeder will raise a healthy and well adjusted puppy. It then becomes your job to continue the socialization and training that will turn that adorable puppy into a well adjusted and fun to live with companion. Weimaraners are very intelligent, very athletic and very strong willed. Proper socialization by exposure to as many new sites, sounds and types of people as possible before 4 and a half to 5 months of age is the best thing you can do to prevent your Weimaraner from developing separation anxiety and other undesirable behaviors. Puppies also need to interact with other puppies and dogs in those early months to learn all those things a dog needs to know like how to greet other dogs without becoming aggressive. Socialization, positive training and seeing to it that your Weimaraner gets the proper amount of exercise so necessary for this athletic breed, are the keys to successfully raising a Weimaraner you will enjoy living with and that will be a credit to its breed. Remember, the Weimaraner was bred to hunt and needs lots of exercise and safe chewing toys to release energy. Generally speaking the more socialization, training and exercise your give your Weimaraner, the easier it will be to live with and enjoy your Weimaraner. If your current life style will not allow you the time to devote to starting your Weimaraner puppy off right, you would be wise to select another breed. 

Health issues
Responsible breeders also learn about what health problems may affect a particular breed. They do the appropriate health screenings and tests on the dam and only breed to a sire with the same health clearances. Hip dysplasia is a known potential problem in Weimaraners as well as many other breeds. Responsible breeders and stud owners have the dam and sire both x-rayed to make sure they are not affected. It can be crippling at an early age if severe or at the very least cause early arthritic changes.
A permanent certification (only given after the age of 2 years) by OFA, Orthopedic Foundation for Animals, is one of the accepted authorities for hip dysplasia. http://www.offa.org/  Another is PennHIP.  http://research.vet.upenn.edu/pennhip/GeneralInformation/WhatisPennHIP/tabid/3232/Default.aspx Although it is possible for two OFA certified parents to produce dysplastic offspring, it is hoped that they will not be severely affected. For now, that's all breeders know to do. 

The subject of vaccinations for Weimaraners and dogs in general, as a matter of fact, is being debated by the most serious breeders and medical professionals. The best advice we can give you is to discuss this with any breeders you talk to and listen for the one that gives the most assurance that they are aware of this and are taking what steps they can to deal with this issue. Currently, we are using vaccine protocols developed by experts in conventional medicine. Even conventional vets are acknowledging the lack of evidence to support the annual booster program and many vets are suggesting boosters every three years.
A small percentage of Weimaraner puppies manifest an autoimmune reaction following vaccination. When the immune system of susceptible individuals is challenged by multiple antigens it becomes hyper-reactive and responds in the same way it would respond to fight off an infection; fever, elevated WBC and inflammatory reaction of tissues and joints.
Although many puppies can be vaccinated with no adverse reactions, there is no way at the present time to determine which puppies may react. Past research has documented reactions occurring between 8-16 weeks of age with the greatest number of reactions seen in puppies 12-16 week age.
Several of the vaccine manufacturers assure that immunity in puppies can be achieved with only two vaccines providing the second vaccine is given at 12 weeks of age. Therefore the Board of Directors of the Weimaraner Club of America recommends the following vaccine schedule:
8 weeks: Distemper, Adeno2, Parainfluenza and Parvo
12 weeks: Distemper, Adeno2, Parainfluenza and Parvo
The use of Corona, Lepto, Bordatella and Lyme vaccine is not recommended unless these diseases are prevalent in the area. The recombinant DNA vaccines available for Distemper and Lyme have shown a significantly lower incidence of reactions.
While this protocol helps in preventing reactions, it does not prevent them in all susceptible individuals.
Any questions regarding this protocol can be sent to Judy Colan. Email: Weim@ix.netcom.com

Another health issue that every Weimaraner owner should become familiar with is canine bloat which is a serious medical condition of dogs. It is more properly termed gastric dilatation-volvulus complex. The exact cause of GVD has not been determined with any certainty. Dogs that eat rapidly and then are allowed to exercise strenuously afterward may be at increased risk. In addition, a recent study has shown that dogs fed some fresh or cooked food in addition to a dry food diet have a lower incidence of GVD.
Whatever the cause, affected dogs all show similar signs. Initially they are anxious, restless, not interested in food or water; they may vomit once or twice and then follow this with retching and gagging motions which are usually unproductive. After 30-60 minutes the dog begins to appear swollen in it's midsection due to the accumulation of gas in the stomach. The dog will begin to pant heavily and breathing becomes rapid and shallow.
In most cases of GVD, the stomach undergoes a volvulus or "twist". This closes both the esophagus and pylorus, preventing the dog from relieving the gas pressure. The condition is rapidly fatal, causing shock, coma and death within a very short time. Diagnosis is relatively easy based on breed, history and clinical signs. Your veterinarian may take x-rays to confirm the diagnosis. GVD is a true life-threatening emergency. If you suspect your dog may be showing signs, take your dog to your vet or emergency clinic without delay.

Contracts
Responsible breeders will usually discuss a contract in which you and the breeder agree to certain conditions of the sale. Some breeders offer a partial refund if you put titles on your dog. A pet/companion contract is primarily concerned with the protection of the puppy. It will probably require that the puppy be spayed or neutered. This will make your Weimaraner a better family companion, eliminate heat cycles in females and make males more manageable. Neutered dogs are much less likely to be aggressive with people and other animals.
Many vets and breeders are reporting that fewer complications result  from removal of only the dog’s ovaries. Ask your vet before you spay. For more about this subject, read this article on The Whole Dog Journal web site
http://www.whole-dog-journal.com/issues/13_12/features/Safer-Spaying-Methods_20144-1.html
Responsible breeders also sell their pet puppies under limited registration with the American Kennel Club. This means that no offspring out of this dog will be eligible for AKC registration. This limited registration can be released by the breeder at any time during the life of the dog. Last, a contract will usually require that should the dog ever need to be placed, the buyer must contact the breeder/seller first. These are responsible and reasonable requests and are made for the protection of the dog.

Following are questions that responsible breeders will probably ask and issues they will want to address:

*  Do you have any other dogs? Children? Cats? Birds? Exotic pets?
*  Do you have a secure fenced yard and/or kennel run or pen?
*  Are you looking for a pet/companion or a hunting companion or a competition dog for field/show/obedience.
*  Will this be an inside home (other than kennel run with shelter outside while you're at work, etc)
*  Are you aware of the Weimaraners physical needs like LOTS of age appropriate exercise as a youngster and young adult? Just being let out to potty in the back yard or walked a few blocks on the lead is not adequate. A safe place for long runs is a must. Swimming is excellent exercise.
*  Most breeders recommend using a proper size crate to help house train and accustom a Weimaraner to being left alone inside without becoming destructive. However, young puppies cannot be expected to hold themselves more than a few hours. Will anyone be home during the day or can arrangements be made to accommodate the needs of a puppy being house trained? Does your work schedule call for more than the usual 8 hour work day?  How many hours a day will an adult have to be by itself? Remember, dogs are companion animals by our choice and pack animals by nature. Having another dog may provide some companionship; however, the Weimaraner really desires human attention. We don't recommend raising two puppies at one time. Puppies need individual attention to bond to their human family. Adding another puppy or dog when your first dog is at least a couple of years old will work out better.
 
The Weimaraner is a people loving breed but not good for people who are easily manipulated by smart, strong willed dogs. The Weim is one of the more intelligent breeds and requires early and consistent behavior shaping to develop into that great companion that they can be. If you don't have the time and energy required to socialize and train a Weimaraner for the first year and a half of its life, you may end up with a bouncing-off-the-walls brat that you don't like living with and that other people find obnoxious. Rescue programs are full of unfortunate Weimaraners who weren’t given proper exercise, training, socialization & loving attention. Don't become part of the problem.

Information Online
There are many great web sites with excellent information on raising a dog responsibly and about good feeding and health care.

* Your first stop for information should be the Weimaraner Club of America web site by going to http://weimaranerclubofamerica.org/main/index.php?lang=en

* For a wealth of information and dog related links, be sure to visit The American Kennel Club website at http://www.akc.org/ .

* An excellent resource for books on all dog related subjects is http://www.dogwise.com/ .

* For information on choosing the right breed, the right breeder and the right puppy, we strongly recommend that you read "Your Purebred Puppy: A Buyers Guide" second edition by Michele Welton. This book is probably available at your library. Learn why buying from a responsible breeder is so important.
* Good Owners Great Dogs" by Kilcommons & Wilson is another good book.
* Another good training web site is Dr. Ps Dog Training Library http://www.uwsp.edu/psych/dog/library.htm.

* Dogs and puppies can benefit greatly from pro-biotic and enzyme supplementation. A popular product is DogZymes Digestive Enhancer by The Farmacy, 800-733-4981, www.naturesfarmacy.com. All skin conditions and allergy problems can benefit from a product like this.

* The Whole Dog Journal is a monthly magazine devoted to natural dog care and training. This magazine does not accept commercial advertising allowing them to give frank reviews of everything your dog uses from food to toys. WDJs mission is to provide you with in-depth information on effective holistic health care methods and successful nonviolent training.  Great for the novice or experienced dog owner.  Has great links to other holistic web sites too.  http://www.whole-dog-journal.com/.

* A great resource for non-toxic, natural products, supplements, foods and books is All The Best Pet Care. To order a catalog call 800/962-8266 or visit their web site at http://www.allthebestpetcare.com/.

* To learn about training your Weimaraner to become a companion hunting dog , visit Bird Dog and Retriver News on line at http://www.bdarn.com/ and The Checkcord on line at  http://www.thecheckcord.com/.

* General information on feeding, training and health care http://www.peteducation.com/.

I hope this information has helped you determine if the Weimaraner is the right breed for your family and if so, how to find the right puppy for your family. Remember, a Weimaraner will be a part of your family for approximately 12 years and this is something you don't want to rush into.

Visit A Dog Show and Talk to Dog Breeders
Dog Show Etiquette
 
Going to a dog show is a great way to see good examples of the breed and to meet breeders and owners.
Ask Before Touching or Feeding a Dog
Although the Weimaraner requires very little last minute grooming, people with coated breeds have often spent hours grooming their dogs. Some dogs are nervous or may not yet be used to crowds or children.  Some dogs grab and snap for treats, may be on special diets or have finicky stomachs.
Never Let Your  Child Hug A Strange Dog
Just like most people object to being grabbed and hugged by strangers, so do many dogs.
Respect A Dogs Space
Dont poke fingers or objects into crates or exercise pens. Some dogs are protective or possessive  
about their crates. Its impolite to stare in dog language and may be taken as a challenge.
Watch Where You Step
Make sure you dont step on any feet, noses or tails. Also, unfortunately, not everyone cleans up after 
their dogs right away. It is appropriate to bring a cleanup situation to the attention of the nearest ring
steward or club official.
Keep All Family Members on the Outside of Ring Barriers
Each dog and handler has only a few crucial moments in the ring with the judge. Any distractions
(food or objects thrown into the ring, body parts hanging over or under the ring barriers, and/or loud
disturbances) can throw their performance off.
Always Ask if it is a Good Time to Talk
You might be catching someone as they are nervously waiting to go in the ring for hopefully a finishing 
win or they may be closely watching the dogs they are interested in. Quickly introduce yourself and ask
when it would be convenient to talk to them about their dogs.

How to Find Out About A Dog Show Near You
Most all breed kennel clubs and some specialty clubs hire a dog show superintendent to send out information about their show, take entries, mail out entry acknowledgments and judging programs and to handle the multitude of paper work required by The American Kennel Club. This information is now available online.

The premium list for a show tells you the who, what , when and where.  A dog may be entered in a show and/or obedience trial up until noon on the Wednesday two and a half weeks before the weekend of the show. A few days after the entries close, the judging program will be listed. It tells you what time a breed will be judged, the ring number and how many of a breed have been entered. Premium lists and judging schedules usually include directions and map to the show site. A parking fee and/or admission fee maybe charged for spectators. The most frequently used superintendents for this part of the country are:
 
Jack Onofrio Dog Shows - Go to: http://www.onofrio.com/  - From the menu bar, click on Show Information and then click on Upcoming Shows to view a premium list. To learn about judging times and ring numbers, click on Closed Shows. Scroll down and click on name of show you want info on. Click on Judging Program.

Roy Jones Dog Shows - Go to: http://www.royjonesdogshows.com/  - Scroll down the page and click on either Upcoming Shows/Premium Lists or Judging Programs/Breakdowns.

MB-F - Go to: http://www.infodog.com/  - Click on Show Information. Click on Show Calendar. Scroll down to Upcoming Shows Within: (choose a beginning and ending date) and click on for a list of shows. Scroll down and click on show you want information for. Look for Show Info menu on the left side of the page and click on Premium List.

For a list of breeders contact:
Weimaraner Club of Greater Louisville – Connie Morris, 502-922-4574, kyweimcm@insightbb.com
Weimaraner Club of America – Billie Thompson, 513-688-0943, wcareferral@fuse.net

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Last Updated: 12-Sep-2013
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