Historically speaking, hunting with horses and hunting dogs was a noble past time. After all, other classes wouldn’t have been able to afford horses and hunting dogs, which is assuming that they would have even been allowed to hunt in such a manner. Something that was by no means guaranteed considering its status as a noble past time. As such, it should come as no surprise to learn that a lot of hunting dogs can trace their roots to nobles in one way or another. To name an example, look no further than the Weimaraner. For those who are curious, the Weimaraner is an all-purpose gun dog that is associated with a man named Karl August. He was the Duke of both Saxe-Weimar and Saxe-Eisenach, which were in a personal union. Later, he became the Duke and then the Grand Duke of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach, which was made possible by the two duchies coming together in a political union. Karl August took an interest in both the arts and the sciences, as shown by his invitation to Johann Wolfgang von Goethe because of The Sorrows of Young Werther. However, he took an interest in hunting as well, thus resulting in the creation of a new hunting dog by him and his court. As for why this dog breed was called the Weimaraner, well, one can imagine a couple of things that came up. First, Karl August’s court was situated in the city of Weimar. Second, it is hard to imagine anyone wanting to work Saxe-Weimar-Esenach into a name. Never mind using it. Regardless, the Weimaraner is believed to have had a number of ancestors, which included the Leithund, the Chien-gris, and the St. Hubert Hound. Thanks to that, it is related to a number of other dog breeds that can be found in the present time, seeing as how those ancestors had other descendants. Originally, the Weimaraner was meant for hunting bears, wolves, and other kinds of dangerous big-game. However, when those species became rarer and rarer, these animals were re-purposed for hunting smaller targets. Nowadays, the Weimaraner sees other uses as well, which makes it similar to a lot of other hunting dogs that have managed to make it into the present time. In any case, a Weimaraner has a lot of upsides. On the whole, these animals are loyal, affectionate, easy to groom, easy to train, and just eager in general. The Weimaraner does have a couple of issues though. One, these animals are very energetic, meaning that interested individuals need to provide them with plenty of exercise as well as mental stimulation. Two, they possess a strong set of hunting instincts, so much so that they should never be left alone with cats. Still, these things can be managed, so it isn’t hard to see why someone would want a Weimaraner of their very own.
What Can You Expect to Pay for a Weimaraner?
Apparently, a Weimaraner is on the less expensive side of things when it comes to purebred dogs. However, purebred dogs are still purebred dogs, meaning that interested individuals should remember that less expensive isn’t the same as inexpensive. The normal range of prices for a Weimaraner is said to go from about $500 to about $1,200, with the average price being about $700. It is possible to get one of these dogs for a much lower price than these. Similarly, it is possible that get one of these dogs for a much higher price than these. Still, these prices should cover most cases. Of course, every single option has both pros and cons. As such, interested individuals should pay close attention to why each option available to them has the price that it does.
For starters, buying a Weimaraner puppy from a dog breeder at a strangely-low price tends to be a bad idea. This is because dog breeders are running businesses. Yes, it is possible for some businesses to sell some of their products at below cost so that they can attract customers who will more than make up for the loss by buying other products. However, dog breeders are not supermarkets. Instead, if they are offering strangely-low prices for their puppies, the likelier explanation is that they are selling those puppies at a higher price than what they have spent to produce them. Now, dog breeders are like other businesses in that they have a wide range of potential ways to reduce their costs, thus enabling them to pass some of that benefit on to their customers in the form of a reduced price. Unfortunately, dog breeders are also like other businesses in that there are limits to what they can and can’t do without making compromises when it comes to the quality of their product. When a product happens to be living beings, the results can be very ugly to say the least. For example, unscrupulous dog breeders might breed dogs with either no or next-to-no concern for potential health issues, thus increasing the chances of their puppies inheriting various medical problems. Something that is already extremely problematic for a lot of dog breeds out there. Similarly, there are all sorts of practices that can cause behavioral issues in puppies, with examples ranging from rearing them in cramped, closed-in confines to tearing them away from their mothers when they are still too young. Neither kind of issue would be very good for Weimaraners to say the least. For that matter, they can mean a lot of extra costs for Weimaraner owners in the long run.
Fortunately, if people want to get one of these dogs at a much lower price, they have better options than buying from a not so reliable dog breeder. In particular, they should look into either adopting or rescuing one of these dogs from animal shelters and animal rescues. Weimaraners aren’t the most common dog breed that can be found out there, so there is no guarantee that interested individuals will be able to find one when they go looking. However, they should know that there are organizations as well as other resources that exist specifically for the purpose of helping people find suitable dogs for either adoption or rescue that are situated further away from them. Other than this, even if they find a Weimaraner, it is possible that it will have some kind of issue. Something that might explain why it was sent to an animal shelter or animal rescue in the first place. Still, there are a lot of upsides as well. For instance, animal shelters and animal rescues tend to be very open about any issues on their charges’ part, meaning that interested individuals won’t be caught by surprise. Furthermore, adopting or rescuing a dog means that the resources used to take care of that dog can be used to take care of other animals. Thanks to that, interested individuals will be helping more than just the dog when they choose this course of action. Of course, the single biggest draw would still be the much reduced cost of getting a Weimaraner. It is possible that interested individuals will still have to pay a fair amount of money. If they do, they can count on that cost to be reflected in the healthcare as well as other necessities provided to their dog. Other than adopting or rescuing a dog, interested individuals might be able to find someone either giving away or effectively giving away puppies. This kind of thing can happen when a dog owner winds up with unexpected puppies on their hands, meaning that they will need to scramble to find suitable homes for the latter. There is no guarantee that such an opportunity will be available when interested individuals go looking. Furthermore, said puppies probably won’t have been screened as thoroughly as those from a reputable dog breeder. Even so, it can be worthwhile for those who stumble upon it.
What Are Some Factors that Can Influence the Price of a Weimaraner?
As always, there are various factors that can influence the price of a dog. To name an example, the availability of a particular dog breed in a particular area has a huge impact. After all, if there is just one dog breeder or a small number of dog breeders in the area, interested individuals are going to have to pay their price. In contrast, if there is a wide range of dog breeders offering a wide range of prices, their chances of getting a dog that they want at a price that they like will shoot up. If people are short on choices, they do have one option in this regard, which would be contacting dog breeders who are situated further away. They will have a much harder time checking how those dog breeder’s operations are run, meaning that they will have less assurance about the truth of those dog breeders’ claims. Furthermore, shipping costs are costs as well. Still, being willing to get a dog from dog breeders who are situated further away does open up additional options for them.
Moving on, it should be mentioned that the strictness of the standards for what is and isn’t a purebred dog means that interested individuals can get a dog that is effectively a Weimaraner but isn’t from the perspective of the kennel clubs. For starters, these dogs can come with a wide range of coat colors. However, not all of those coat colors are accepted by the kennel clubs. For the United Kennel Club, a black-coated Weimaraner isn’t considered to be a Weimaraner at all. Similarly, the American Kennel Club considers blue-coated Weimaraners to be Weimaraners, though it won’t go as far as to allow them to actually compete in shows and the like. It is also somewhat unusual in its treatment of long-haired Weimaraners. Nowadays, most kennel clubs apparently recognize these dogs are being purebred Weimaraners. However, the American Kennel Club has held out in this regard, meaning that it sees them as being otherwise. Due to these things, if people don’t care about either the coat color of their dog or the ability of their dog to participate in shows, they might be able to get one at a much lower price than otherwise possible by looking for an out-of-favor coat color. A dog’s bloodline can have a huge impact on its price as well. Essentially, there are claims that puppies with a prestigious pedigree can hit $2,500 in price or even higher. Something that makes a fair amount of sense considering the competition that can happen for them. Still, if people just want a happy, healthy Weimaraner puppy, there is no need for them to go to that extent.
What Other Costs of Dog Ownership Should You Keep in Mind?
The price of the dog won’t be the end of things. Instead, interested individuals should expect to pay a fair amount of money on an annual basis for the dog’s maintenance. The first year will see the highest cost at about $215 to $855 for supplies depending on the exact options that are available to them. In considerable part, this is because they are going to need to buy a food bowl, a water bowl, a leash, a first-aid kit, and other things that won’t need to be repurchased, which are in addition to the cost of food and other necessities. Speaking of which, subsequent years should cost about $95 to $385 for supplies, which is a much lower range of costs. However, there are other costs that might be relevant as well. For example, some people might want to get professional training for their Weimaraner. If so, they should expect to pay hundreds of dollars at the very least. Similarly, they can expect health costs to be very expensive. As in, interested individuals will be paying hundreds of dollars for just preventative healthcare, which is actually the less expensive option because any serious medical problem will take hundreds of dollars if not thousands of dollars to treat.