Hello, Barrett Weimaraner friends!
I hope this message finds you well. If you’ve been directed to this message, it’s because you’ve previously expressed interest in getting a Barrett puppy out of the next/upcoming litter.
We’re pleased to confirm that Friday is expecting a litter puppies (!!!!!!!!!!) to arrive on or around April 15th, 2014. If all goes as planned, the puppy pickup party will happen on Saturday, June 14th, 2014.
One of the benefits to a “repeat breeding” is that there are some predictions we can make about the upcoming litter.
Ultrasound of one of the puppies on Friday, March 13, 2014
Below are some notes about the previous litter (4 boys and 3 girls) that was whelped on June 2, 2013:
– All puppies were born healthy with good birth weights.
– 3 puppies later developed umbilical hernias (which is a common cosmetic occurrence and does not affect the overall health of your dog and can be fixed at time of spay/neuter you decide you want it fixed).
– No puppies had negative reactions to the recommended WCA vaccination schedule.
– No puppies had negative reactions to other vaccinations, including rabies.
– At the time of their 7-week vet checkup, all puppies were declared worm-free and otherwise in good health.
– No puppies have developed any significant health problems, including but not limited to HOD, hip dysplasia, shaky puppy syndrome, bloat, low thyroid, eyelid or eyelash disorders, or auto-immune systems.
– Most puppies are currently on a grain free diet, but no puppies have grain intolerances.
– No puppies have been diagnosed with any food allergies or sensitive stomachs.
– Beginning around 4 months of age, 3 puppies out of the litter developed negative/skin reactions to the Advantix flea and tick treatments; we’ll have to look into alternative flea treatments for the next set of puppies.
– Most puppies went through a series of Beginning Puppy Training classes, and those owners will tell you that those classes had an enormous positive impact on their dogs.
– Two puppies have gotten into things they weren’t supposed to, and swallowed foreign objects that needed the assistance of a vet to remove. (A friendly reminder to keep socks, bouncy balls, and Legoes out of the reach of your pup!)
– NONE of the puppies like having their nails trimmed.
– No puppies have exhibited any form of separation anxiety.
– No puppies are excessively destructive.
– All puppies are properly crate trained.
– All puppies are doing great in their current homes.
Some more notes about The Pioneer Seven to-date:
– Five puppies were sold with Full Registration/Co-ownership agreements. Two puppies were sold with Limited Registration/Spay or Neuter agreements. Later, Registration documents for one Limited Registration puppy was converted to Full Registration/Co-ownership.
– Four puppies have participated in the local Dog Shows, and three of them have earned Winners/First Place Ribbons.
– Three puppies have been tested for field/hunt potential and have shown great natural hunting ability. Two of those puppies have had introduction-level field trial training. One of those puppies has even competed in the WCA Western Classic (kind of a big deal in the field trial world).
– Two puppies will be starting Agility classes this Spring.
– Last, but not least, one puppy has mastered over 25 dog tricks. 🙂
In summary, I’m so pleased that everyone out of the last litter has remained and continue to be healthy, and that they are all in loving homes. The icing on the cake is that at just 9 months old, many of these pups are already showing great promise in both the Show ring and Field. I expect just as much success out of the next litter.
My notes about the upcoming litter:
The goal for this particular litter is to produce a litter of beautiful and birdy Weimaraners that are competitive in both in Show and in Field, just like their parents (and other dogs in their pedigree). Those puppies not selected for Show or Field are still expected to make excellent pets and house buddies. The first and second pick female puppies will be reserved for both Holly (the litter’s co-breeder) and I to keep and raise ourselves. Puppies graded # 3 through ??? will be offered to prospective puppy owners on the interest list (you!).
If we’ve talked about you getting a show-potential puppy, please look over the the Full Registration Purchase Agreement. If we’ve talked about you getting a pet/companion puppy, please look over the Limited Registration Purchase Agreement. You may have questions; I expect that. Please shoot me an email if you need something clarified. Also – I’m in the process of writing an article about what the line items in each contract means, so I’ll forward that in the coming weeks.
Please shoot me an email to provide me with the following information:
- Let me know if you’re still interested.
- If yes, watch out for my next general email update between the second and third weeks of April to announce the arrival of puppies. I’ll also be messaging you around this time to confirm that I have a puppy of the right gender available for you. Deposits to confirm your puppy will be collected at this time.
- If no, please let me know if you found a puppy elsewhere, if you need recommendations/referrals to other breeders, or if you’d like to be contacted about the next litter after this one (date unknown at this time).
- Indicate what your puppy preferences are (since they may have changed since we last spoke):
- Girl or boy? Do you have a preference? Do you only want a girl, or only want a boy?
- Show potential or companion/pet? Do you have a preference? Are you open to having a show puppy if you only wanted a pet puppy, or vice versa?
- Spunky or mellow?
- Bigger end of the size spectrum or smaller?
- When you’d like to meet (if we haven’t met already). Also – If you’re far away from me and I won’t get a chance to visit with you in your hometown before the puppies are born, please do me a favor and take a few snapshots of your house (living space, kitchen space, bedroom space) and yard (include the fence). I’m just looking to get a general sense of what environment your puppy will be spending his/her time in.
- A completed Prospective Owner Questionnaire (only if you haven’t done so already).
- A list of questions you may have for me.
When the puppies are seven weeks old, they will be evaluated for both conformation/structure and temperament. Once I know where each puppy falls on the scale, they’ll be matched to their new families; that’s when you’ll find out what gender you’re getting (if you didn’t have a preference), and whether or not that puppy will be sold to you as a show puppy or pet puppy (if you didn’t have a preference).
If, for some reason, I am unable to match you with the right puppy (for example, you really only wanted a girl, but I only had boys available), I will be placing you with a puppy out of another Weimaraner litter that is expected to arrive at the end of May. These silver/gray and blue puppies come from a long line of hunting Champions and were bred for outstanding field/hunt ability; none of these puppies will go to show homes but some of them will go to pet homes. These puppies will be ready to join their new families in early August, 2014.
Lastly, please holler if you have any questions for me. I look forward to hearing from you!
– Kim Burnell (and Holly McKnight), Breeders of the 2014 Max and Friday Litter
Friday on the exam table at the vet, having her ultrasound done.