Planned litters vs detached litters of Weimaraners
Planned litters are based on when a breeder sees certain traits in a Weimaraner and they decide that the dog is well suited to become a breeder. You do not strive to look for better quality puppies that you will breed with and thus create a better generation with your next litter.
The first rule of breeding is to try your level best to make sure that you make the next generation better than the one you have at the moment. This objective may be achieved in different ways by other breeders. But the most common way of achieving this is by keeping the best puppies for yourself as a breeder. This puppies will be used to further your breeding program. The other puppies are then made available for sale to homeowners that the puppies would do well in.
Breeders will usually evaluate litters that they have very carefully for the first two to three months of the puppy's life. They are usually looking to see which puppies have the best features those they would like to see other future generations having. So the one that the breeder likes most will top their list. The puppies at the top of the list are usually left behind, they become part of the breeding program. They are used to create more generations of outstanding Weimaraners. Breeders believe that they would be doing themselves a great disservice if they offered all their puppies to prospective buyers. There are a number of tests that Weimaraners need to go through to get a health clearance.
1. Hip Dysplasia- This a genetic disease that causes dogs to have abnormal hip joint structure. The disease will usually cause arthritis and pain. You can have a PennHIP evaluation done by a veterinarian and submitted for evaluation to rate your dog's hips. The test or evaluation is also performed by the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals. The test will costs around fifty dollars for the veterinarian to do the test, it will cost about one hundred dollars to do an X-ray and about twenty-five dollars for film submission. The whole process should cost roughly two hundred dollars. For the PennHIP anesthesia is required for this test.
2. Eye Clearance - This is an eye examination that is carried out by a board of certified Ophthalmologists. The examination is carried out for a Canina Eye Registry Foundation (CERF) clearance. The examination will usually cost fifty dollars. You will pay twelve dollars to submit to CERF.
3. Autoimmunee Thyroiditis — This ailment is caused by a hormonal deficiency which results in a number of symptoms. The test is carried out by drawing blood and then the results are submitted to the OFA. The test will usually cost about fifty dollars for the veterinarian and fifty dollars for the lab tests. It will cost you fifteen dollars to submit the results to OFA. You will spend one hundred and fifteen dollars in total.
These are some of the tests that you would need to run on your Weimaraners to ensure that they are well taken care of and that they do not have any ailments that they could pass down to future generations. The point is to ensure that you get the best possible dogs for your breeding program and that the Weimanaraners that you sell are of the best quality possible and that is why you do planned litters.