Thanks for contacting in regard to our OwyheeStar Weimaraner. We are getting a record number of inquiries–it has recently slowed down a bit. COVID-19 is puppies on steroids–we have had more than 300 inquiries since January. Answering everyone and their multitude of understandable questions is a daunting situation. I created a pre-scripted reply that talked about the situation. Here is some of what I have been telling people this year:
We are happy to accept applications for a future puppy. The expected wait should be somewhere between four months and as long as a year–there are many unknowns as well as variables. First, it is going to depend upon your specifications. The more flexible you can be, the quicker the process will go. So, if we have ten families who all want a Blue Female–then the wait for a Blue Female is going to be longer, etc.
Please keep in mind breeding females come into season every six to eight months (typically we don’t mate each time)–a mating doesn’t ensure pups. So, there are no guarantees. And keep in mind, once mated, if they carry to term, it will be about four months until the puppy joins their ‘forever family.’
No one can guess the number of pups, the sex of the pups in the litter, and in some instances, you cannot predict the coat color or the coat length. For the litter with the potential to produce both Longhairs and the traditional smooth coats, typically, we send off DNA to be tested. So–it gets involved. Yes, we realize you can use the ultrasound as well as X-ray, but we hear from people all the time that were waiting months for a Weimaraner pup from someone else, and the pups disappeared–this can happen for a number of reasons.
We have been breeding for more than fifty years and the Weimaraner exclusively for about twenty-five years. If you are interested in getting one of our pups, you should expect to complete the application and, once approved, to give us a non-refundable deposit. Then plan to wait–and we understand it requires a lot of patience and trust, but that is how it typically works.
To save time and help expedite the process, we ask you to put all the details on the application. That way, we do not need to write things out more than once–if everything is on your application, it’s perfect. Plus, I return to the application to review details during the process–you can see this application is essential to our process, and the information on it is invaluable. A scanty application or one that doesn’t have all the details can lead to a misunderstanding–it makes it more challenging to keep the facts straight.
So, if you can wait and are sold on getting a puppy from us–we need your name (first and last, please) and the email you want to use. If you are in a desperate hurry, you might be searching everywhere. Your rush means you will most likely not follow through with us quickly. The delay means that other people are probably making application and being added to the Waitlist–making your wait longer.
We hope this helps you understand our application process, and we want you to know we appreciate your inquiry and the interest in our OwyheeStar Weimaraner. Here is where we want to give our loyal fans a shout-out; we do appreciate you so much. –Shela and Cliff