There are many reputable breeders who obtain titles on their dogs, health test their breeding stock, raise puppies the right way, require puppy contracts with health guarantees, and do their best to produce healthy Weimaraners.
Then there’s me.
In addition to all that, I’m on a lifelong mission to consistently produce Weimaraners of sound temperament, balanced structure, and outstanding working ability.
To this end, I’m constantly on the road doing something with the dogs to prove their worth. For giggles, here’s a calendar of where we’re at this year. (A typical weekend will find us at a training event, dog show, or field trial.) In the last 12 months, we’ve competed in Oklahoma, Arkansas, New Mexico, Arizona, California, Oregon, and Nevada. My car is a 2016 Ford Expedition and as of this writing, I’ve exceeded 130,000 miles. And I’m on my second transmission.
When not on the road (or even if I am), I’m constantly researching pedigrees and bloodlines, and coordinating with other breeders on future breedings. Thousands of hours have been spent planning out the next five generations.
I also spend countless hours with Weimaraner rescue, helping to pull dogs from shelters, transport them to foster homes, be the foster home when I can, and work with prospective families to get them adopted.
But back to the Barrett dogs.
The costs for participation in training days, dog shows, field trials, hunt tests, NAVHDA tests, etc. add up. The reality is that I’ve spent more on my dogs in the last ten years than what my three bedroom house and a barn on twelve acres is worth. I’m happy to do it because 1) I enjoy doing these things with my dogs, and 2) it’s important for the Weimaraner breed to be successful in these venues. Unfortunately, putting so much more time and energy into my dogs than the average breeder means that the puppies I produce come at a premium.
When you get a Barrett puppy, you are supporting a breeder who is incredibly passionate about the Weimaraner breed, conducts careful planning and research to produce healthy, beautiful Weimaraners, dedicates countless hours to rescue, and stands by every puppy for his or her entire lifetime. Oh, and we socialize the snot out of our puppies!!! As of January 2015, $100 of every puppy sold has also been donated to rescue.
Bringing home a Barrett puppy also means you become part of a four-generation network of “Barrett owners” all over the country. You can find us in CA, OR, WA, NV, UT, AZ, WY, NM, MI, TX, NC, SC, and MA. We all get together for play dates, group hikes, and share personal information so that we can ask each other questions about training, and trade babysitting duties. As the breeder, I’m also available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to answer any questions you might have about your dog, no matter if he’s 12 weeks old or 15 years old.
Thank you for considering a Barrett puppy, and best wishes on your search!
Last updated: May 2019