Barrett Breeding Program

A lot of people (myself included) find that Weimaraners are stunningly beautiful.

Unfortunately, they’re also stereotyped as dogs who can be high strung, clingy, and anxious. They can also have a myriad of health problems.

On a macro level, my mission is to change the stereotype. My hope is that in the not too distant future, when people think of Weimaraners, their first reaction won’t be “I hear they’re destructive!” but instead, “aren’t they the best dogs, ever?!”

To me, they are the best dogs ever. But I don’t disagree that the breed has issues; therefore breeding has to be selective in order to preserve the beautiful Weimaraner.

I breed to better the Weimaraner.

To do that, all dogs within my breeding program are extensively assessed for health, history, temperament, brains and beauty before even being considered as breeding prospects. For me, I have peace of mind in knowing that I’m producing the best Weimaraners possible. For the new puppy owner, you have some reassurance in knowing that someone put a lot of thought into breeding your puppy so it has the best chances of leading a long, healthy, happy life.

I don’t breed often.

We produced zero litters in 2017, one in 2018, and are hoping for a few in 2019. Every breeding is carefully planned so that I can perpetuate the next generation of outstanding dogs. Puppies are under constant evaluation as they grow and develop. At some point in time (8 weeks of age, 10 weeks of age, 12 weeks of age, etc.) each puppy or dog is labeled as one of the following:

A – I love this puppy for reasons X, Y, Z, it’s staying in my house so I can see if it grows up the way I hope it grows up. You may know of this puppy as “the pick of the litter.” If everything checks out, the puppy is mine forever and ever. If for some reason I change my mind, that puppy will be placed when he/she is older, likely at 6 months, 12 months, or even 2-3 years.

B – This puppy has some great qualities about it, but for one reason or another, I won’t need to keep it for myself. Because it’s such an awesome puppy, it’s destined for a career in _____, _____, or _____, so it needs to be placed in a home who’s willing to give it a chance to do _____, _____, or _____. (Typically, this has either meant “show,” “hunt,” or “field.”)

C – I’m not sure this puppy is destined for _____, _____, or _____ for reasons X, Y, Z, so I’ll do my best to pick a home that best suits his/her individual personality and promises to give it a great life. As an example, a very willful, stubborn and/or independent puppy is not likely to be placed in a first-time Weimaraner family home because the chances of that family having a good experience training that particular puppy is pretty low, and that frustrating process is the last thing I want for both the puppy, and the family.

Typically, only one or two puppies will be “A” puppies. One might stay with me and the other might stay with a co-breeder, or the owner of the stud dog. A few more might be the “B” puppies… they’re good enough that I want them placed into homes that give them a chance to do what I think they’re capable of. (Sort of like having a child who’s a music or dance prodigy and wanting to give it the chance to attend Juilliard.) Those that aren’t “A” or “B” puppies will then be available for families who are “just looking for a pet.”

In a previous litter of eight puppies born in February 2016, two were the “A” puppies. One stayed in my house and the other went to the co-breeder. Four more were “B” puppies. Only two (25%) ended up in companion homes.

One companion home family had been on my interest list since 2013, and the other since late 2014. As of this writing, it appears that the “perfect” puppies landed with them. Unfortunately, there’s also a handful of disappointed families who were asked to wait until the next litter comes along (Winter 2017), and/or start reaching out to other breeders. From my experience, only a small percentage of those families will actually wait for the next litter… most will move on to another breeder, and sometimes another breed altogether.

To those who are looking for a well-bred Weimaraner puppy:

I wish it were a quicker process. On behalf of Weimaraner breeders everywhere, I apologize. There just simply aren’t enough of us. (And I, for one, am looking to change that by bringing in new people to the sport of dog competition.) To that end, for those of who you who might be “open” to the idea of owning a “B” dog, whether it’s for show, hunt, or field, please get in touch with me and I can let you know what it takes. Bottom line, my goal is to have my puppies placed in the best homes I can find for them. Best wishes on your journey. 

Cheers! – Kim

Last updated: February 2019 - July 2013 374Max and Friday Puppy from Spring/Summer 2013. Yellow Girl at 6 Weeks Old. Now living a craft-brew life with Stephanie in mid-town Sacramento.

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