Touchstone Weimaraner puppies are home raised, socialized, started on crate training and potty training, and exposed to birds. Tails are docked, dewclaws are removed, and they also come de-wormed and with their first shots. Pups are also evaluated for structure and character. They are also formally temperament and field tested and vet checked before they are placed.
I am making tentative plans for 2021. If you would like to be considered for a future Touchstone puppy, please read on…
I ask that you take some time to research the breed before inquiring about puppies. Weimaraners are not for everyone, and I need to stress that my dogs are bred to work. This doesn’t mean that my dogs are more active or rambunctious than others. (And they are definitely not "hyper," which is a serious temperament flaw that makes for poor workers.)
That said, an understanding of what my dogs were bred for and how these traits manifest themselves in day to day living will save everyone a lot of grief. In general, a Weimaraner (from anyone’s breeding) will be much happier and better behaved if they get field time and a chance to work. At a minimum, they must be adequately exercised both physically and mentally.
For those interested in a hunting companion or competition prospect, please understand that most Weimaraners are slow to mature and are much softer than other pointing breeds. They tend to be more difficult to train for these reasons.
I do occasionally breed Blue Weimaraners, but they are disqualified in the breed standard. They are AKC and NAVHDA registerable and can participate in performance events such as field trials and NAVHDA testing, but they cannot be shown. There may be some prejudice against the color among other Weimaraner enthusiasts.
Still interested in a Touchstone puppy? Here are a few things you should know about purchasing a puppy from me:
The Process of Getting a Touchstone Weimaraner Puppy
FIRST THINGS FIRST (A few things to know before we get started):
- Please read about me, my dogs and my breeding philosophy to learn what my breeding program is about.
- You do not get on a puppy list based on a “first come, first serve” basis. Puppies are placed on a "best match" basis. I want to get to you know you and why you are looking for a new addition to your family. And I hope that you will want to get to know what to expect with a Touchstone puppy.
- There is no such thing as “first pick,” “second pick,” etc. (See bullet point above.) Every litter is different, and each puppy has his or her own personality and talents. I won’t know about these specific traits until the puppies are born, raised and evaluated. The perfect puppy for me may not be at all desirable for you.
- You won’t know if I have a puppy for you until some time between six and eight weeks old. This is so that I get a chance to fully evaluate the litter (See bullet point above). In addition to closely observing the litter, puppies are formally temperament and field tested. I usually ask another experienced breeder to give me his or her objective opinion about each puppy as well.
- You may not choose your own puppy from the litter. I am intimately familiar with the dogs in your puppy’s pedigree, and more often than not, I have even lived with several generations of the litter’s family. I’ve also lived with the litter for eight weeks or more, and test and evaluate the pups as they grow. Puppies are not sold to just anyone, (Again, see bullet points above 😉) and we should have had a dialogue by the time puppies are ready to go home. We must both feel comfortable that my judgement and skill at evaluating the litter is in everyone's best interest.
- I sell puppies on a contract. You may request a copy at any time. Some things you may wish to know now are:
– I usually do not sell breeding prospects, but do talk to me about breeding if it’s something you might be interested in.
– I usually require that puppies be NAVHDA Natural Ability tested.
– If you cannot keep your dog for any reason, he or she needs to come back to me. You may not rehome your dog.
IF ALL OF THE ABOVE POINTS FEEL RIGHT TO YOU:
- Please complete a full interest form/application. This form will allow me to get some basic information from you so that we can both decide if a Touchstone Weimaraner is right for you. Please be honest! There are no right or wrong answers; the purpose of the interest form is to find a puppy most suitable for your home.
- At any given time, I usually have a full general list of prospective homes, but I will always take applications. The application helps me get you on a specific future litter list, and it will also allow me to refer you to another breeder's litter with confidence.
- I respond to everyone who submits an interest form. If you don’t hear from me, please contact me to be sure I received it.
- Please talk with other breeders to inquire about their puppies and dogs. You should work with a breeder that you are 100% comfortable with. I do ask that you let me know if you have found another Weimaraner so that I can remove your application from my list.
IF THERE'S A GOOD MATCH:
- After puppies are born, I may request a modest deposit after we both feel comfortable with each other, the contract is reviewed, and expectations are understood by both parties.
- Your deposit is fully refundable, and you may change your mind at any time if you decide you do not want a puppy for any reason. On the other hand, placing a deposit does not guarantee that you will get a puppy. I do not take more deposits than puppies available, but if the puppies do not test out as expected, then I will refer you to a different litter or even a different breeder. I would rather not sell a puppy than sell a puppy that is inappropriate for your home. Your deposit will be refunded in full.
- Puppies are ready to go home no earlier than eight weeks old.
- I will request full payment when you pick up your puppy.
- You can expect your puppy to be started on crate training, potty training, bird exposure and socialization.
YOUR PUPPY COMES WITH:
- A purchase agreement/contract (signed by both parties), and copies of AKC registration. (I pay for and submit the originals.)
- Weimaraner Club of America sponsorship and futurity forms, if applicable.
- A health record (vaccinations and wormings) and a vaccination protocol.
- A veterinarian's statement on your puppy's health.
- A microchip implanted.
- A copy of the ebook Your Weimaraner Puppy: How to Survive the First Six Months written by yours truly and Meredith Wadsworth of Southpaw Weimaraners. This ebook evolved from the pages of information that we used to send home with our puppies, and it covers most of the questions that we encounter during the first six months of puppyhood.
- Me! I am always an email or phone call away!