Thank you for your potential interest in a Barrett puppy. Below is some more information about us:
We don’t breed for a living. We have day jobs, family to look after, hobbies to enjoy, and places to travel. While we take our breeding program seriously, we only breed on occasion and only when we can devote 200% of our energy towards properly raising and socializing puppies. Because of this, it may take 6-9 months from the time you submit a Prospective Owner Questionnaire to the time you bring a puppy home. [2021 Post-COVID Update: Regardless of which reputable breeder you choose to get a puppy from, the average wait time is about the same.]
I’ve been been owned by Weimaraners since 2009 and am currently on my fourth generation of gray dogs. When not working a full-time desk job, I transport and foster for rescue, run around at the dog shows, chase dogs at the field trials, or sit out on the front porch watching the quail go by and wish for just. one. minute. of. uninterrupted. peace. before the gremlins mark me with muddy paws and doggie slobber. My oldest girl (Friday) is almost 13 and my heart still melts every time I look at her. – Kim, California
My Weimaraners haven’t owned me quite as long as Kim’s have owned her but I’m quite sure they are constantly planning their next coup against mom. After raising four kids of my own, I replaced each of my children, as they left, with a four legged furry child. I love life with my dogs and can’t imagine living without them. They are my everything. If I’m not with my dogs (consciously), it means I’m sleeping which means most definitely at least two dogs are also sleeping on top of me. – Stacy, Arizona
Barrett puppies are socialized and acclimated to life experiences from the get-go. At three days of age, our puppies go through early neurological stimulation, and from there, we socialize the bejeezus out of them. Really. Everyone is sleeping in crates by five weeks, walking on a loose leash by six weeks, learning about recall by seven weeks, and reliably potty-trained by eight weeks. Before the kiddos go home, they will also have been on car rides, play-dates with kids, play-dates with other dogs, explored unfamiliar places, seen live birds, dipped their toes in the sand, and splashed around in some water.
Barrett puppies are thoroughly evaluated and assessed. Every puppy is the product of a master breeding program and breeding philosophy and is therefore evaluated for health, temperament, ability, livability, character, and structure before they are eight weeks old. Those that aren’t selected as candidates for our next generation are earmarked by Barrett Weimaraners for placement in companion/pet families.
From the fourth paragraph of the Weimaraner Breed Standard: The back should be moderate in length, set in a straight line, strong, and should slope slightly from the withers. The chest should be well developed and deep with shoulders well laid back. Ribs well sprung and long. Abdomen firmly held; moderately tucked up flank. The brisket should extend to the elbow.
(Above photo: Jynni from the 2019 Swede x LadyBug litter during her week seven structure evaluation. She aced it. !!!)
All puppies are placed under contract. Purchase Agreements protect all parties, documents expectations, includes a health warranty, and outlines vaccination schedules and protocols. Please contact us if you’d like to review a sample agreement.
Companion/pet dogs may not be bred. Breeding is a lot more involved than just making puppies. If you think you might want to breed your dog someday, let’s talk about it. In the event we mutually agree that your dog is a good breeding candidate, let’s make that happen together with proper guidance, mentorship, and support. Until then, the signed Purchase Agreement will require you to agree that your dog will not be used for breeding.
The well-being of Barrett dogs must always be prioritized. Life happens. Despite our best efforts, a Barrett puppy owner may find themselves unable to take care of their dog. (Common circumstances include divorce, job loss, and relocation.) The Purchase Agreement for your dog will stipulate that the dog must either go to a qualified friend or family member, or come back to us, the breeders. The purpose of this condition is to ensure that your dog is properly cared for (physically and emotionally) for his or her entire lifetime, and also to make certain that the dogs we produce stay out of the system. In four generations of breeding, not a single Barrett dog has been surrendered to a shelter, pound, humane society, or rescue.
Barrett puppies are not inexpensive. More about that, here. In summary, blood, sweat, and tears go into every litter produced, and there are real costs (monetary and otherwise) that come with breeding. However, getting a Barrett pup means you are supporting our ethics, values, and contribution to the Weimaraner breed, and owning one gets you a lifetime membership into the Barrett family. Perks include unlimited support, guidance, and friendship. 🙂
Deposits are 100% refundable. A 50% deposit is due at birth. The remaining 50% is due at time of pickup. Terms are flexible based on individual family needs, and deposits are always 100% refundable should you decide you’re not able to get a Barrett puppy after all, for any reason. (While we’re on this subject, please please please do NOT purchase a puppy from a breeder who 1) collects deposits before their dogs are bred, and 2) doesn’t provide 100% refundable deposits.)
Extended Barrett Family Photo – Taken in Phoenix, AZ at a dog show!
Vita (left), Kim Urbani (middle) and Kim Burnell (right) at Woofstock (a four-day dog show circuit) in Northern California in June 2018.
We realize we have a of conditions, stipulations, etc. We might even come across as a tad invasive. We’re really not freaks. We do it because we take breeding seriously, and just like you want the comfort of knowing you’re buying from a reputable breeder, we need the comfort of knowing our little squirts are going to live their best lives. Many of those who purchase puppies from us have turned into lifelong friends; and we’ve been doing it long enough now that families are coming back to us for their second-generation Weimaraners.
If the above doesn’t work for you, it’s okay. We’re not offended. 🙂 Please allow us to refer you to other local breeders who may be able to help you. In the meantime, we’re 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 ultimately choose and the puppy that you bring home.
So you think you might still want a Barrett puppy?!
Pax x Luna Litter. Luna (2015 Bo x Mika) is our keeper from the only litter we bred in 2015. Six years later, Luna has proven to be a hunting fool in the California desert and an affectionate cuddle bug at home. Puppies out of her litter (Zara, for example) last year are currently off to a fantastic start. This year, we are planning another litter of high caliber hunting dogs to represent the next generation of Barrett Weimaraners. Hunting and active companion homes may learn more about this breeding here. Puppies are expected in September 2021 in Southern CA.
TBD x Stevie Nicks Litter. Stevie Nicks (2019 Blaise Pascal x Elleven) is a beautiful, sweet girl. Out and about, Stevie is friendly and inquisitive. At home, she’s sweet and snuggly. And perhaps a tad mischievious. A stunning speciman of the Weimaraner breed, Stevie quickly earned her Show Championship with handler Kristina Rihela in just a handful of showings. Additional details will be shared as they become available. First-time Weimaraner companion homes are welcome. Up next: health testing and motherhood. Puppies are expected in November 2021 in Phoenix, Arizona.
TBD x Jynni Litter. Jynni (2018 Swede x LadyBug) is our COVID kiddo. Her show career was put on indefinite hold just three days before she was set to debut. Fortunately, we had other things to keep us busy, like hiking, road tripping, and all-around social distancing. Jynni will be bred to a versatile dog this Autumn. Additional details will be shared as they become available. In the meantime, folks can learn more about Jynni here. First-time Weimaraner companion homes are welcome. Puppies are expected in December 2021 in Southern CA.
To be considered for a puppy (either out of a specific litter or in general for puppies which may become available), please complete and submit a Prospective Owner Questionnaire. The purpose of this long questionnaire is for us to get some basic information before we start a dialogue; we’d love to get to know you.
We’ll reach out once we’ve had a chance to review your questionnaire. In the meantime, please feel free to check out some next steps.
We respond to every questionnaire. If you don’t hear from us within a week of submission, please ping us directly; it’s possible that your questionnaire got lost in outer space, or we’ve just had a busy week at work and been slow to reply.
- California – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Arizona and elsewhere – email@example.com
Got extra time on your hands?!
Feel free to hit up the resources section of this website. There’s a lot of topic-specific information you may find useful in your puppy research.
Cheers! – Kim and Stacy
Last updated: July 2021