|Who is your breeder and why is the below information
Below are some bullet points to help identify RED FLAGS when interviewing potential breeders you want to
*Someone who represents themself in one location or city but clearly lives in another (this could be a sign of
someone who is brokering dogs from another kennel).
*When dealing with a breeder, make sure your point of contact is the actual breeder/owner of your dog's
dam and the puppies reside in their home (this is a referred to as "bait & switch" tactic I've heard about). I
was recently told by a family that they thought they were building a relationship with their breeder and later
found out it was a totally different person from another kennel and a different litter of pups.
*Ask about their dogs longevity- this is a tricky one. There has been a slew of "reputable breeders" pop up in
the last 3-5 years claiming to have sound animals but in all honesty with the limited experience with
breeding their dogs they aren't going to be able to answer this question fully as they truly don't know how
long their dogs are living because in all reality their litters haven't matured enough to be able to see what
health issues could be a "recessive trait" in their lineage.
*Make sure all pups are of the breed standards (i.e. tail docked to the appropriate length and dew claws
*Make sure you are dealing with someone who DOESN'T breed several breeds of dogs (in my own opinion-
how can someone preserve and protect one breed while focusing on another).
*Communication is key- anyone not willing to talk on the phone is a HUGE red flag- people who only
communicate through text or email is not ideal. You want to be able to connect with someone and talk as
much as possible about the breed (there are Craigslist scams going on where people are wiring money to
people they think are breeders and have been taken for thousands of $$$).
*Ask about documentation for your review that outlines sales terms and a health contract. PLEASE PLEASE
PLEASE do not let someone convince you otherwise that AKC is not important (registration paperwork is just
one of many things that can help you immediately weed out the back yard breeders).
*Watch for breeders who talk badly about other breeders or are condescending towards you (this suggests
they are eager and rushed to sale you a puppy while discouraging you from contacting other breeders). I
encourage you to contact as many breeders as possible to see who you connect with because this will be a
life long relationship.
*Watch for breeders who have less than 7-10 years experience raising a litter (this is really of no benefit to
you getting a puppy from an experimental litter with no known genetic compatibility). While this one may
not seem important to you- I feel a weimaraner puppy is your new family member and I could not fathom
the idea of acquiring a pup and all of a sudden his life expectancy is cut short due to some genetic issue.
*Ask about health testing- if the breeder you are dealing with can't provide specifics about their genetic tests
or do not know what tests are reccomended by the WCA then this would also be a red flag.
*Ask for their contact information and the address of where you will be meeting the litter and seeing their
home (this one is super important- for one, you want to know where & how these pups are raised). I would
personally steer clear of pups that are not raised in the home. I see too many "kennels" or commercial
facilities where these poor pups are raised outdoors in trailers, cages, dirt, etc... This is just sad =(
While all this information may seem extreme this will atleast provide a baseline and help narrow down your
search. If you would like more information about my practices or if you would like more information about
the breed please call me 909-985-6479 ~ Beth