Update March 2021

Over the last year, I have had numerous calls and emails asking me if I know of any litters. I am not alone. I know that the secretaries of all the other breed clubs have experienced the same, as have breeders. In fact, there has been a huge demand for dogs of all breeds. And on the back of this demand, the price has skyrocketed, with some greedy breeders asking £3000 + or more. sometimes for an unregistered puppy. This has led to the frightening escalation of dog thefts, with reports of dog nappers hanging around parks with the intention of grabbing the much-loved family pet. Now I read that owners are buying reinforced leads and collars, personal alarms, and sprays to arm themselves when they take their pet for a walk. This is a result of the greeders and the idiots who pay the inflated prices

 So my first point - at the moment there is an inverse relationship between the price and quality of puppy, the higher the price the less likely it is that you are buying a puppy from a reputable breeder who has done all the necessary health checks and put a lot of effort into producing a quality puppy

The second point - there are not many Weimaraner litters around- 2019 just 1095 registered puppies were born - compare that to 45,000 +.labs and retrievers. So finding a Weimaraner puppy from a registered breeder was always difficult and a 2-3 year wait was not unusual. It's no easier at the moment because it takes time for the numbers to increase because the breeding stock is just not there.. The only way for the less reputable breeders to get more litters out there quickly is to breed from under-aged bitches, from back-to-back litters- something that goes against the code of Weimaraner clubs or buy entire bitches from pet homes with the intention of breeding from them next season. Do you want to encourage that type of breeding?

Many breeders who were planning a 2020 litter postponed their plans.  The current lockdown means once again plans have been thwarted. The result is that there are very few litters around and the chances of finding a puppy at the moment very thin.

The lockdown rules prevent people from visiting the breeder and going into their homes, so you cannot do the usual checks. You are reliant on the breeder sending you a video. Please be aware that there are a lot of scams. The reason people can operate these scams with ease is because people may not visit to look at the puppies. Equally, breeders cannot meet the buyers so have to rely on other assessments.- have they had the breed before, have they been members of one of the four Weimaraner clubs, do they want to show or work their  Weimaraner, have they owned other HPRs etc.

Here are some of the reasons why I think now is not a good time to get a puppy.

1 You cannot go into the home of the breeder and check how they are being raised or even see them in the garden.

2 Many breeders have tripled their prices to take advantage of the shortfall of puppies - it's all about gree, not the welfare of the puppy or dam

3 Puppy socialization is essential, especially for a Weimaraner. At the moment there are no puppy classes or training classes. Opportunities to socialize your puppies are limited. You cannot go into other homes, let your puppy meet lots of other dogs, go on trains, meet children and elderly people, etc.

4 Much of the demand is because people are working from home.

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This situation is likely to last for much of the summer as few bitches come into season during the summer, the peak time being spring and autumn. A bitch is pregnant for 9weeks, so don't expect an upturn in the number of puppies until autumn, and then it is likely that there will be a flurry of litters and plenty of choice. So please wait a few months.,

The lockdown rules prevent people from visiting the breeders and going into their homes. so you cannot do the usual checks. You are reliant on the breeder sending you a video. Please be aware that there are lots of scams. Several people have contacted me about a scam that involves the Isle of Man. Some websites appear to be 100% scams. The reason people can operate these scams with ease is because people may not visit to look at the puppies.

Here are some of the reasons why I think now is a bad time.to get a puppy

1 You cannot go into the home of the breeder and check how they are being raised, you can only view them in the garden

2 Many breeders have doubled their prices to take advantage of the shortfall in puppies- it's all about greed, not the welfare of the puppy.

3 Puppy socialization is so essential, especially for a Weimaraner. At the moment there are no puppy classes or training classes. Opportunities to socialize your puppy are limited. You cannot go into other homes, let your puppy meet lots of other dogs, go on trains, meet children and elderly people, etc.

4 Much of the demand is because people want something to do over the summer and think getting a puppy will occupy the children. The puppy will be with the family 24/7 which is not good. The Weimaraner as can any breed suffer from Separation Anxiety and lockdown is not making it any better. A puppy needs to be trained to be left. When you go back to work/school what will happen to the puppy? You can't leave the puppy on its own all, day. Are there any doggie day care facilities locally or dog walkers? Do they have places available once their regular customers go back to work

5 Lockdown affects dogs just as much as people. Dogs thrive on being able to go out and meet lots of other dogs, experience different places/smells. This is not happening. We are hearing of owners that their dogs are behaving differently. They are barking at doors and windows at passing people. Some owners report their dog is more protective of the family and growling at people. Dogs are getting stressed. ^ We suspect that more dogs will come into rescue as life gets back to normal and the puppy is no longer required. Some people will give up on the unruly puppy. Some people will lose their jobs/homes and can't afford to keep their dog anymore. 

So please be patient There will be more litters later in the year. If you have been planning for a puppy for a while, then a few months should not make that much difference. If you can't wait that long, then maybe you are looking for a puppy for all the wrong reasons.

And finally - last year I said to use the time to contact reliable breeders who follow a strict code of conduct and who are members of one of the Weimaraner clubs and get on their waiting lists. Well people have been doing that in droves and many breeders that I speak to now have long waiting lists, in some cases 200+ so the chance of getting a puppy from them in short term is probably non -existent, especially if you have no experience of owning the breed.

Dog shows are starting up from June and Crufts is taking place in July, so my recommendation is to .go to Crufts on gundog day 17th July (at NEC)  Many breeders will be at Crufts and a face to face meeting is more likely to put you higher up in the waiting list.

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Sally Morgan