Thank you for your potential interest in a Barrett puppy! Unfortunately, I don’t have any puppies available right now. On the chance that you’re just starting your search for a Weimaraner, and would like to be considered for a future Barrett puppy, please do the following:
- Research the Weimaraner breed standard. Then take a look at what life is like with my Weimaraners, here. Can you see yourself living with one?! Interview a few Weimaraner breeders who are local to your area. Ask them what it’s like to live with their dogs; their experiences might be different than mine. Be sure to ask them some technical questions, too, like these. If you decide after your research that a Weimaraner isn’t for you, consider a few other breeds that might fit your lifestyle a little bit better.
- For those interested in a hunting companion or competition prospect, please understand that most Weimaraners are slow to mature and are much softer than other pointing breeds. They tend to be more difficult to train for these reasons.
- You must fill out and return a Prospective Owner Questionnaire. You can find a copy of that questionnaire, here. The purpose of this questionnaire is for me to get some basic information from you before we start talking. Once we trade a few emails or phone calls, we will both have a better idea whether or not a Barrett puppy is right for you.
- Getting on the interest list early doesn’t guarantee you get a puppy. Alternatively, getting on the interest list late doesn’t mean you won’t get a puppy. Interest lists usually close the day puppies are born, and then I spend the next two months raising and evaluating the puppies I have. Final decisions about where they are placed will be made as early as 8 weeks, but as late as 12 weeks (and sometimes, even much longer than that).
- You don’t get to pick out your own puppy. Gone are the days of driving out to the farm, seeing a field of puppies, and going home with the one you picked out. 🙂 Barrett puppies are selectively/purposefully matched with their families. While you don’t get to pick your puppy, you can, however, let me know if you’d like a girl, boy, or if it doesn’t matter. Here’s an article that talks more about why I don’t generally let families pick out their own puppies.
- Companion/pet dogs are sold on non-breeding contracts and may not be bred. If you think you might want to breed your dog someday, let’s talk. In the event we mutually agree that your dog is a good breeding candidate, and we both want that to happen, I’d be thrilled to walk you through that process. But until we reach that point, breach of this agreement will result in legal action.
- You may not re-home your dog. It’s my goal to be sustainable for every puppy I breed, and that means keeping them OUT of the pound/shelter/rescue network. I realize, however, that despite our best efforts, sometimes, unforeseen life events happens, and a Barrett puppy owner may find themselves unable to take care of their dog. It could be a lifestyle change, lack of available time for a dog, a move across the country. There’s also babies, divorces, untimely deaths… It happens, and that’s okay. There’s no judgment, but I WILL take the dog back.
I realize this philosophy doesn’t work for everyone; that’s totally fine. If the above doesn’t work for you, please allow me to refer you to another local breeder who may be able to help you. In the meantime, I’m also still happy to answer any general questions you may have about the breed or the process of buying a puppy. The bottom line: you should be happy with the breeder you go with and the puppy that you bring home.
So you think you might still want a Barrett puppy?! Want to get the dialogue going?! If you have a bit of time (it’s a long form), please complete and submit the Prospective Owner Questionnaire, here. (Sorry, if you completed the short form on the homepage, you’ll have to answer just a couple of the same questions over again.) I’d love to get to know you.
After you submit a Prospective Owner Questionnaire:
- Let’s talk. I’ll reach out and we’ll start a dialogue once we get closer to the next planned litter (this could be a few weeks or a few months out). I’ll probably have some questions for you, and you’ll probably have some questions for me, too.
- Meet with me. If possible, I’d love for you to come meet me and at least one of my dogs. This is a great time for us to really determine whether or not a Weimaraner is good for you and your family.
- Wait for the next litter to arrive. Once puppies are born, we’ll focus on raising and evaluating puppies. At about 7 weeks of age, I’ll have a pretty good idea about where I might place them and start going down my interest list to notify prospective families. If I don’t have a puppy for you, I’ll refer you to someone who might. Or, you can wait for the next litter to arrive.
- Watch for additional email updates. I’ll
start a “puppy blog” on my website and update it about once a weekpost daily updates online via Facebook to let you know how everyone’s doing.
- Prepare your home. Along the way, I’ll be sending out all sorts of message, including a list of “things to do,” and “things to buy.” Examples include: making a wellness check appointment with your vet, buying a crate, food, water bowl, etc.
- Read up on puppy training. I’ll also be sending you lots of materials to read/review so you’re (mostly) prepared to bring your little one home.
- Come get your puppy!!!
“The Pioneer Seven,” Spring/Summer 2013. Three Weeks Old here.
Your puppy comes home to you no earlier than eight weeks of age with the following:
- Official documentation/paperwork:
- Purchase Agreement (to be executed by all parties)
- Copy of AKC Registration (original is submitted by Barrett Weimaraners)
- WCA Membership application with sponsor signature (submitted by Barrett Weimaraners)
- NAVHDA Membership application (submitted by Barrett Weimaraners)
- Copy WCA 2018 Futurity nomination form ( submitted by Barrett Weimaraners)
- Puppy health documentation:
- Health guarantee
- Record of first shots and worming schedule
- Copy of WCA Vaccination protocol
- Copy of puppy wellness check from my veterinarian
- Training materials:
- Socialization/exposure checklist
- eBook copy of “Your New Weimaraner Puppy: How to Survive the First Six Months” Manual (written by the folks at Just Weimaraners)
- Homecoming goodie bag and other items of importance:
- Collar, treats, toys, and other little surprises
- Support information:
- Continued resources, such as behavior and training articles, health, safety and nutrition articles, list of additional resources and helpful links, etc.
- Lifetime of support – I am also only a phone call or email away and will answer ANY question you may have about your puppy, at ANY time. Even if it’s 8, 12 or 16 years from now.
Got extra time on your hands?!
Feel free to read the Barrett University series. There is a lot of good information you may find useful in your search.
Last updated: July 2017
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