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 awhile 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 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. I lost my oldest girl (Friday) this year and think of her everyday. While no one will ever replace her, my heart is happy knowing that she lives on through her kids, grandkids, and now, great grandkids. – Kim, California
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.
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 between pregnancy confirmation and 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 (middle) and Kim (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 guys are going to live their best lives. Many of those who have purchased 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 Sookie Litter. The purpose of this breeding is to produce another generation of Weimaraners with natural athleticism and hunting ability. We expect that some puppies will become field trial prospect dogs, and others will become excellent family companions. Puppies arrived on December 27th in Southern CA. Prospective owner questionnaires for both performance and companion puppies are welcome.
TBD x Stevie Nicks Litter. Stevie Nicks (2019 Blaise x Elleven) is a third-generation Barrett dog. The purpose of her upcoming litter is to produce another generation of beautiful, moderate Weimaraners with correct structure and natural hunting ability. The best puppies out of this litter are expected to do very well as show dogs and personal hunting dogs. Companion dogs are expected to be extremely loyal, incredibly affectionate, and full of personality. Inquiries from both show-prospect and companion families are welcome. Puppies are due in Spring 2023 in Phoenix AZ.
We also have two older dogs available to the right home. Please read more about them, here.
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.
Got extra time on your hands?!
Feel free to check out the resources section of this website. There’s a lot of topic-specific information you may find useful in your puppy research.
Last updated: January 2023