I am interested in breeding Weimaraners and would like to know where can obtain a quality breeding pair. My stepmother went as far as Belguim to get her Cotons, and they were so well worth the time, money and patience. I know that just putting this on a forum is quite unorthodox, but where can I get my start? Any information would be appreciated . Thanks
I'm not a breeder, and I don't own a weimaraner, but I'm full of free advice. I think you need to ask yourself why you like the breed. Is it because of the way they look? Find a local dog show, and talk to the people showing the breed. Do you like the way they hunt? Track down some hunters that use weims, and talk to them. Do you like field trials? Find a competition and talk to the people there. Before you know what a "quality" weim is, you need to know what the standards for judging one is. Those standards vary with the purpose of the dog. Conformance? Field trials? Hunting? Other? Seek out the places where people have the best weims (whatever purpose you think that is) and you'll be on your way.
Weimaraners are a tough one. Unless someone has a good deal of experience with them and I don't mean just one, I mean dealing with multiple in a household I would suggest going into it with great caution. They are a very high maintence breed that also tend to have quite a few health issue's that are hard to deal with. I used to raise weims but got out largely because of the health issue's, they were too much for my emotions.
Health issue #1, Hypertrophic Osteodystrophy (HODD), in Weims it is immune mediated and triggered by being vaccinated usually on the second or third vaccination. YOu vaccinate and the next morning a pup or two acts paralyzed and can hardly move. They can't get up to eliminate and have to be cleaned up after until it subsides. This also affects their growth plates generally causes rickettes. They usually get over the semi paralasys state but the rickettes will be with them for life and mild cases they appear bow legged. There is NO genetic test for this disease you only know its in your lines when you actually produce one. I made sure the pups had at least two vaccines before they left so it would happen on "my time" but sent out info on what to do if they were boostered and this happened incase it ever did.
Health issue #2, Hip Dysplasia of course. From a family line of Good and passing hip scores, it still cropped up. I had to put a 6 week old puppy to sleep once because its hips were so bad. Maybe that was an isolated incident but I know others who'd had hip issue's from otherwise clean testing lines.
Health Issue #3, vWD. Not as bad as it used to be thanks to testing but still something you have to watch for.
Health issue #4, auto-immune disorders. This is a whole basket of problems I'd dealt with.
Health issue #5 Sensitive skin. Easily suseptible to skin related pathogens and irritations from various sources. Such as with surgeries, I found that the suture sites were always reacting to the sutures.
As with any breed, approach breeding with great caution. Some however need extra special attention and patience. Health issue's will take a lot of patience. The breed needs dedicated breeders to work through them.