May 1st. Day 22. Eyes are open! Ears are open! And everyone’s trying to make an escape move out of the box.
April 20th. Day 11. The textbooks say that conducting early neurological stimulation on puppies makes them better dogs. Do we know for sure it works? Meh. Have we done our own research to confirm the same findings? No…
But – It’s easy to do, doesn’t cost anything, and provides an excellent excuse to hang out with the kiddos.
Nap time after completion of bio-sensing activities for the day.
April 13th. Day 4. A few times a year, we get inquiries from well-meaning folks who want to know if we could please leave their puppy’s tail and dewclaws intact. Some feel so strongly about this subject that they’ve offered to pre-pay for their puppy.
We’ve declined every single one of those requests.
Decades upon decades of really hard work by a lot of really passionate people have gone into developing and then preserving the Weimaraner as we know it today. Our roles as modern breeders is simply to carry the torch.
If you close your eyes and have someone read for you the current (American) Weimaraner breed standard, a very clear picture will form in your head. Primarily, it will be of a medium-sized gray dog with fine aristocratic features. His coat will be short, smooth and sleek. In his silhouette you’ll see a moderately long neck, well developed chest, straight strong back, firmly held abdomen, well-angulated stifles, and finally:
A docked tail.
To put it plainly, the docked tail is a big part of our breed’s type, and to change that signature silhouette, to un-do all that work, now, just seems a little… rogue.
So… this is being done later today.
April 11th. Day 2. Puppies are growing by the minute! Below are a few photos from the day.
April 9th. Day 0. Soba and Luna are the proud parents of four boys and two girls!!!! Puppies were delivered in a textbook delivery in Southern CA. All four puppies are alert, active, and voracious little eaters. In less than 24 hours we’ve already observed them moving quickly throughout the whelping box. Puppies are identified as follows: Pink Collar Girl, Purple Collar Girl, Orange Boy, Yellow Boy, Green Blue, and Blue Boy.
Barrett Weimaraners is pleased to announce a planned litter in Spring 2022 between Soba and Luna.
The purpose of this out-breeding (COI over ten generations is low at 5.04%) is to produce another generation of Weimaraners with natural athleticism and hunting ability. The best puppies out of this litter will become show prospect dogs and field trial prospect dogs, and the others will be placed in casual hunting homes. Active and/or Weimaraner-experienced companion homes will also be considered pending aptitude testing at seven weeks of age.
Puppies are due in April and will go home to their new families in June.
Please submit a prospective owner questionnaire to be considered for a hunting or companion dog out of this litter. Additional details will be provided as they are available. Thank you!
MORE INFORMATION ABOUT SOBA AND LUNA
Luna (our keeper from the 2015 Bo x Mika litter) is on the smaller end of the breed standard. From a hunting perspective, Luna is a dark colored medium range gun dog with good ground speed, an excellent nose, and reliable retrieve. Luna is also a natural water dog and will happily swim anywhere she’s sent. At home, Luna is an easy keeper. She’s not much of a barker, quiet in her crate, and gets along with everyone in the pack. Luna is also happy to provide pawtographs to anyone who wants them; After being hired by Hollywood bigwigs to appear in a television miniseries with Cuba Gooding Jr., Luna now thinks she’s hot stuff. LOL.
Health clearances for Luna: Hips: OFA EXCELLENT, Elbows: OFA NORMAL, Thyroid: OFA NORMAL, Eyes: OFA NORMAL, HUU: N/HU, HYM: N/N, SD: N/N, Not a Longhair Carrier
Soba was bred by Trax Weimaraners and is on the taller end of the breed standard. Not to be outdone by Luna, Soba and his littermate Sterling have also appeared on television (anyone remember the Volkswagen commercial from a couple of years ago?!). In the field, Soba is a hunting fool with an excellent nose and good ground speed. At home, Soba is a couch potato and lives to be his people’s # 1 buddy.
Health clearances for Soba: Hips: OFA GOOD , Thyroid: OFA NORMAL, HUU N/N, HYM N/N, SD N/N, Longhair Carrier
Soba enjoying a day in the flower fields
Soba (left) with his mom and littermate sister
Soba as a hunting dog
Soba as a puppy
Now, onto Luna… Luna’s puppies from last year are now making their way through the show circuit – at left is Tatum and at right is Zara
Zara (2020 King x Luna) on the move
Zara as a puppy
Puppies from Luna’s 2020 litter arrived on the afternoon of August 6th
As a litter, they tested out very well on birds
This is me with baby Luna around February 2017 at a field trial. She was about six months old in this photo.
Every now and then, Barry and I would take one of our dogs with us to dinner in town. This is at a local Italian restaurant. Luna is always well-behaved when we take her out and about.
Luna’s first litter arrived in Summer 2018. This was the first litter we raised in our Cedar City, Utah house.