Our New Puppy – Choosing to Buy A Weimaraner Dog From A Breeder

My husband and I made the commitment to buy a weimaraner puppy.

The puppy is not even born yet, which gives us a couple of months to prepare.

If all goes well, we will bring a puppy home in mid-April just in time for my 33rd birthday.

This has been a very careful decision.

I’ve been working with this breeder since May, emailing back and forth. We’ve been on a waiting list since then, and she screens her buyers closely. I had to show her I’m truly an active person and will be active with the dog (we live in a 2nd-floor, 2-bedroom apartment).

We considered adopting a dog through a local rescue. We looked at other breeders and also seriously considered buying a Belgian malinois from an old friend.

None of these other options felt quite right, although we were very open to all possibilities.

We kept coming back to these weims.

Adding another dog to our family is a very important decision, one I’ve spent hours and hours (years) thinking about.

Buying a weimaraner puppy

There will be some challenges. Trying to potty train a puppy on a 2nd floor apartment will be one. Caring for two dogs a decade apart in age will be another. Both dogs will need me very much in the coming months, for different reasons. My patience and stress levels will be tested greatly.

But the decision feels right.

I know the question will come up, why didn’t you ‘rescue’?

Why buy when there are so many dogs in need?

I expected I might feel guilty for our decision, but I don’t.

I am very proud of the work I do with rescue dogs, and I will continue that work.

What it comes down to is we are getting the dog we want – an athletic dog to be my running, hiking and agility buddy. This puppy will be raised while Ace is hopefully still around, which is important to me. We are getting our dog responsibly and will provide a good home.

This does not mean a shelter dog would’ve been a poor choice. All three of my current pets are “hand me downs” and there are thousands of shelter and rescue dogs that might be a good fit for our little family. This puppy is also a good fit.

I will continue to work with good breeders and good rescues throughout my life with dogs.

It feels good to have made our decision and to have some time to plan and prepare.

We’re in for a wild ride.

Do any of you have plans to add a new pet to your family this year?

buying a puppy from a breeder

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32 thoughts on “Our New Puppy – Choosing to Buy A Weimaraner Dog From A Breeder”

  1. Congratulations! That is so exciting. 🙂

    Right now, I’m down to just the one pup in the assistance dog program, so my hope is not to add a pet in the next year, because that would mean he doesn’t advance to become a service dog for someone! Of course, I may wind up bringing in a new puppy in the same program, if my work circumstances & projections would allow for it in the next year.

    As for those comments you know you can anticipate about getting a puppy from a responsible breeder instead of a rescue/shelter…sigh…at least you’re prepared for it. You know what’s right for you, and you don’t have to justify your decision to anyone. I appreciate that you’re serving as a good role model for putting out why this can be the right choice for some people sometimes.

    My own two cents is that people should do the math on how much time and energy (& even money) you can devote to helping dogs in shelters or rescues (or the non-profits serving them) when your own family pets fit nicely into your lifestyle vs. what you wouldn’t be able to do if you adopt 1 dog that is not the right fit. Anyone who has lived with a dog with behavioral challenges or that is a poor match should be able to understand this!

  2. Congratulations! I can’t wait for the pictures when those little paws finally hit the ground 🙂

    We’re not adding any dogs to our family in the foreseeable future. We bought a new house for our first dog (we wanted a larger yard ;)), and got a new car for the second dog (so we could put the seats down and give both dogs room to stretch). I don’t even want to think about what we’d buy for number three! 🙂

  3. Congratulations Lindsay! Weims are one of the breeds I am in love with but I don’t know if I could handle one! I am quite confident in you that you would be an amazing owner to a Weim though! Oh enjoy the puppy faze! As manic and frustrating as it can be, its such a short time that they are puppies! Hope Ace (and Scout and Beamer) are good role models to the new one! Cant wait for photos!

  4. I have no issues with buying a puppy from a reputable breeder. None at all. In my mind, a dog making into a happy, safe, loving home is a win for everyone. Congratulations! I’m excited for you and can’t wait to “meet” the new family member.

  5. We bought Bella from a breeder and I have no regrets about it. My first Maremma was a private rescue (a friend connected me to a neighbour who could no longer manage the dog, due to a divorce). After learning so much about this breed that’s very rare to North America and after falling so deeply in love with Shep, I knew that I was connected to this breed forever. I had no choice but to look for a breeder when it was time to get a puppy. There is a rescue network but rescues are as rare as good breeders. That doesn’t mean I won’t rule out adding to the family with a rescue. In fact, when we win the Powerball, I want to buy a farm and make it an LGD rescue and retirement home.

  6. That is great! We are all for adopting from a good breeder! Mom says your biggest challenge will be the age difference and having to do everything twice because Ace won’t be able to keep up eventually, but she sees it as more exercise for the human. She has also trained a puppy from a second floor apt. and it was just fine. Can’t wait to hear more when the pups are born.

  7. Congratulations, Lindsay! I also cannot wait to “meet” your puppy. Did you decide on a girl? How about a name?
    Ace is going to be a good role model. 🙂

  8. It’s very exciting! I am happy you feel so comfortable with your decision, and it is a big decision. There are going to be more than a few challenges for sure, but if anyone can handle them, it’s you guys. Can’t wait to hear more!

  9. Congratulations, Lindsay! How exiting for you! I can’t wait to see puppy posts. We’ve always been on the ground floor when raising our puppies, but we get a lot of questions about potty training on the second floor. Good luck and Linus told me to tell Ace that the new pups aren’t so bad…Stetson thinks otherwise…

    1. Lindsay Stordahl

      Thanks. I’m worried about the potty training but we will figure it out! The “potty area” is a bit of a walk – down the hall, down the stairs, across the parking lot. We will be carrying him out. What have we gotten ourselves into? Ha!

  10. Congratulations! As you know, we got Allie from a breeder. Nami is a rescue baby and they’re the best of friends. Nobody has given us grief about our decision with Allie but I sometimes feel I need to explain why we have her. I need to get over that.

    1. Lindsay Stordahl

      Yes, that’s right! I love both your girls! You’re right, there’s no need to feel like we should “defend” our decisions.

  11. Not anytime soon 😉 But a beautiful Weimaraner might be part of my life at some point. I love that breed.

    If anyone can raise a puppy, it’s you – apartment living or not. We lived on the 3rd floor at an apartment complex when I raised Missy & Buzz. Yes, there were countless trips up & down the stairs for potty time & walks. Yes, I set my alarm for every 2-3 hours throughout the night during the first few months because I was on a serious potty-training mission. Yes, I had bags under my eyes. BUT it was so worth it and I’d do it again in a heartbeat.

    I’m sure you have weighed the pros & cons of your decision carefully. If it wasn’t for responsible breeders, the breeds we all love would cease to exist. One huge pro of getting a puppy from a good breeder is certainly that the pup should “come” with less health issues than one from a backyard breeder who has no clue what they’re doing.

    I’m excited for your puppy posts!!

  12. Sandy Weinstein

    congrats. i did not rescue my 3 girls. although the oldest i sort of did, i was her 3rd owner by the time she was 6 wks old. the 2 younger girls came from a breeder. if i had the money and resources i would rescue, however, i was thinking abt showing.

  13. Aw, I’m so happy for you! I know you talked about Weimaraners a while ago and it seems like a great choice for your active lifestyle. I can’t wait to meet the new puppy in April. Very exciting!!

  14. Good for you! I have one rescued border collie mix and a papered border collie. I don’t feel guilty for buying one of my dogs. They happened to be the right fit and thats all that matters. I just happen to love those “gray ghosts” also and know that some day I need one. I can’t wait to be jealous while looking at the pics in a few months.

  15. I really don’t think anymore dogs, no matter if it’s a rescue or breeder is right. You live in an apartment for gods sake!

  16. I’m so glad to hear the research that has gone into this! I went through a breeder for my bulldogs back in 2003. We developed such a relationship with the breeder she often dogsat for us when needed!!!

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