Kennel breeding regulations vs Private owner breeding of Weimaraners
Whether you are a Weimaraner owner or not, this dog breed is fascinating and worth anybody's attention if you happen to want to breed them. Weimaraners are not just large, they are also sleek dogs with long heads, hanging ears, and strong muzzles. They are mostly grey-colored and stand on long legs. These hounds have long been used as hunting dogs in the US and parts of Europe. No wonder their existence of breeding kennels is dedicated to the production of these dogs. But that doesn't end there since there are many private owners who engage in Weimaraner breeding in order to fuel a growing fan market. In this write-up, we intend to primarily focus on the following:
The main difference between the breeding guidelines for kennels and those for the private Weimaraner owners clearly depends on how strict each happens to be. Given their line of work kennel breeders are usualy registered as members of the Weimaraner Club of America (WCA). Private dog owners usually aren't but they might be members of a breeding club if they like to show their dog or enter it in competitions. To ensure that their members breed their dogs to the required standards, the WCA has established a strict code of conduct. It's aimed at maintaining the highest breeding standards to level the playing field at tracking tests, obedience trials, agility trials, field trials, and dog shows.
Unlike private dog owners, kennel breeders are required to only aim at breed improvement and setting up the puppies in suitable homes. In this, only healthy parents in terms of qualities and temperament should be used The parents should, of necessity, be tested for signs of dysplasia, a hip-joint deformity.
Be careful the dogs you pair up to produce progeny. If a pair of parents has consistently produced defective progeny, then you should make necessary changes. But you cannot just randomly pick a bitch to use. The bitches you use should not only be mature but also receive the best care before and after giving birth. The puppies should be raised with utmost care. If a female looks inferior temperamentally, mentally or physically, you shouldn't breed a stud to it. Doing so would mean sharing responsibility for the resultant inferior dogs. As such, kennel breeders carry the ultimate responsibility when it comes to the dogs they breed in terms of proper placement. If the dog can't find a home, it should be taken back to the kennel.
As for private dog owners, the Weimaraner breeding guidelines aren't as stringent. Some of these dog owners have even been accused of mixing up the breed by mixing up with black or blue varieties. Doing so dilutes the power inherent in the grey-colored dogs. According to the kennel breeding guidelines, mixing up the colors is not helpful when it comes to maintaining the quality of the breed.
Again, private dog owners rarely take into account the possible perpetuation of hip dysplasia, since they breed parents with no certification. Buyers should be wary when buying Weimaraners from pet shops and breeders who neglect the set guidelines. If you are buying from a kennel breeder, you can be sure of getting a quality dog.