"DURCH LEISTUNG ZUM TYP"

"DURCH LEISTUNG ZUM TYP" - W.A.H.W.


("Form follows Function")



MISSION


The World Alliance of Hunting Weimaraners is an alliance of dedicated hunters working together to improve and promote the Weimaraner as a versatile hunting dog.

GOALS:

  • To facilitate the open exchange of information and expertise among hunters, breeders, field trialers, judges and other supporters of the hunting Weimaraner.
  • To facilitate collaborative breeding efforts aimed at widening regional gene pools.
  • The establishment of a data bank containing relevant information about outstanding individuals and lines.
  • To assist hunters seeking a hunting Weimaraner from proven stock.
  • To facilitate the exchange of breeding stock among member breeders and to assist them with the placement of puppies in hunting homes. - To promote the Weimaraner as a versatile hunting dog


BACKGROUND
In its native Germany, the Weimaraner has always been bred exclusively by hunters, for hunters. Unfortunately in much of the rest of the world today, that majority of Weimaraner breeders are non-hunters breeding dogs from unproven lines for a growing companion animal market. As a result, hunting abilities in the breed have declined overall and the Weimaraner’s reputation among hunters has fallen to an all-time low. Fortunately, there have always been breeders and groups of hunters also outside of Germany that remained true to the Weimaraner as an excellent all-round hunting companion. While relatively few in number, these dedicated individuals adhere to the principle of “form follows function” and select their breeding stock based on natural hunting abilities and proven performance in field trials and hunting tests. Until very recently however, they had no choice but to work in the shadow of the vocal majority of non-hunting breeders that dominate most Weimaraner breed clubs. But thanks to the Internet, they now have the means to combine their efforts, easily exchange information and advance their breeding programs. In 2007 discussions on a private field-oriented forum in North America eventually led to the formationof the Hunting Weimaraner Alliance in 2010.


In 2011, the Alliance concept was extended to Europe and the World Alliance of Hunting Weimaraners was founded. The Alliance isn't really a "club"; rather, as the name implies, it is a group of people joined together by a common cause and shared dedication to what they believe the Weimaraner should be : a versatile HUNTING dog!



GUIDELINES

I. General

All WAHW members agree to:
a) Be honest, fair and, using their knowledge, skills and experience, work constructively with other members for the benefit of the breed.
b) Favor the interests of the breed beyond any personal interest.
c) Work to improve the level of performance and reputation of the Weimaraner as  an excellent versatile pointing dog in hunting events and field trials.
d) Support local Weimaraner clubs in the improvement and promotion of the working weimaraner.
e) Share full and truthful information about their dogs and their breeding program.
f) Strive to ensure the health of animals, the security of people involved in WAHW events and protect the environment
g) Express their views and opinions with respect and objectivity, avoiding conflicts of interests at all time. Any objections or disagreement between the members must be addressed openly to the Board of Directors.


II. Breeding

All WAHW members agree to:
a) Do their utmost to ensure the improvement of their breeding stock through rigorous selection, participation in field trials and/or hunting test and hunting activities.
b) Use only breeding stock that:
   1) excellent hunting skills, good temperament and a non-aggressive character
   2) has correct conformation according to the FCI/AKC/KC breed standards and
   3) has an adult hip score of A or B (or the equivalent Penn Hip, OFC or BVC rating).
c) Avoid breeding an dog with known congenital or hereditary faults
d) Avoid matings that will lead to a high inbreeding coefficient.
e) Breed only mature bitches, after their second heat, and guarantee proper veterinary and maternity support during pregnancy, whelping, nursing and initial socialization of the pups.
f) Refrain from breeding a bitch older than 8 years. Veterinary approval for breeding bitches older than seven years is recommended.
g) Guarantee veterinary care and assistance for the life of all their stock, including an appropriate vaccination schedule.
h) Aim to produce litters of pups that will meet or exceed the WAHW minimum breeding requirements.
i) Use only weimaraners that can reproduce in a naturally. Artificial insemination for should be avoided for subjects not capable of reproducing naturally.
l) Inform the WHAW of any planned litter in order to receive an expert opinion and feedback.
m) The WAHW undertakes to keep a Working Weimaraners Stud Book permanently updated and available to all members of the WAHW. The Stud Book will contain all relevant data about breeders, dogs and merits or awards.
n) The members of the WAHW undertake to provide any data that they could be required for the continuous updating of the Working Weimaraners Book.


Any complaint must be made in writting and sent via e-mail to the World Board of Ambasadors and the Country Ambassador. Non-compliance with the guidelines may give rise to disciplinary measures or the loss of the rights and privileges as a member of the WAHW.

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WAHW LITTER LISTINGS
Well-bred Weimaraner pups from proven hunting lines are available in many parts of the world, but they are not always easy to find. The Hunting Weimaraner Alliance hopes to improve the situation by listing litters that stringent breeding guidelines. Note: The WAHA guidelines are designed to identify matings that are most likely to produce pups with above average hunting abilities. However there is no substitute for actually seeing the parents perform in the field. It is extremely important that anyone seeking a hunting dog should see — and hunt over if possible — any dog from which they are interested in getting a puppy. Many things go into a well-planned breeding, such as overall health, temperament, trainability, geographic location, how a dog is built to withstand conditions in the field, as well as the different needs a hunter may have. The general feeling and rapport you develop with a breeder is also of utmost importance, as they will be your guide for the lifetime of your hunting buddy.


CERTIFIED  LITTERS
To have an eligible breeding be considered as an “WAHW Certified Litter” , the parents of the litter must meet the following requirements:


A) At least one parent must be evaluated in a  higher-level versatile dog test which includes work before and after the  shot, on land and in water. Approved evaluations and minimum  performances include the following:

USA/CANADA
AKC or CKC: FC or AFC or MH/FDX or SH/FD  – an RD or RDX from a Weimaraner Club would be required as evidence of versatility
WCA: National Championships (NFC, NAFC)  or SDX, SD – + RD or RDX  from a Weimaraner Club would be required as evidence of versatility
NSTRA: CH + RD or RDX  from a Weimaraner Club would be required as evidence of versatility FDSB/AF: AFC + RD or RDX  from a Weimaraner Club would be required as evidence of versatility
NAVHDA: VC (Versatile Champion), UT (Utility) or UTP (UT Prep), VHDF: PE (Performance Evaluation) or AHAE (Advanced Hunting Aptitude Evaluation),
JGHV: VGP or HZP (or European equivalents)


ITALY PAR with a minimum of 182 points (which is 85% of the highest score :214 ) + at least 2 EXc in ENCI Official FT non-shot wild game DOC Zone and 2 Exc in ENCI official Hunting Test (shot game) or in ENCI FT non shot game (non DOC zone). ALLIANCE PAR: 1st or 2nd prize B) Requirement ‘A’ above may also be fulfilled under certain circumstances by the utilization of a dog that is proven to be an outstanding performer in a non-versatile, all breed field trial competition, or is  proven to be a consistent performer over time in a non-versatile, all-breed hunt test or shooting ratings. In these circumstances the dog is required to have passed a water test to demonstrate its versatility.  Approved evaluations and minimum performances include the following: FCI CHIT  (Interanational Working Champion Field Trial or VGP level test) , CH "national" T  (National Working Champion)  / + Water Work  Certificate (either form the national Kennel Club or from the Alliance).


FRANCE Prize 1 or 2 in BICP  + French Autumn Field Trial Champion + French Spring Field Trial Champion B) Requirement ‘A’ above may also be fulfilled under  certain circumstances by the utilization of a dog that is proven to be  an outstanding performer in a non-versatile, all breed field trial  competition, or is  proven to be a consistent performer over time in a  non-versatile, all-breed hunt test or shooting ratings. In these  circumstances the dog is required to have passed a water test to  demonstrate its versatility.  Approved evaluations and minimum  performances include the following: FCI CHIT  (Interanational Working Champion Field Trial or VGP level test) , CH "national" T (National Working Champion) + Water Work  Certificate (either form  the national Kennel Club or from the Alliance) If the parents of the litter meet these requirements, the breeding would be considered ‘Approved’ under the WAHW guidelines and eligible to be posted under the “Certified Litters” section of the HWA website, through preferably both parents would meet the criteria of requirement A or B, and have the recommended health testing for Weimaraners (Hips, Elbows, Thyroid, & Eyes.)

HOLLAND: Since Holland is more hunting-test orientated than field trial orientated, we also include the German HZP or VGP tests in our requirememnts with a minimum of 10 points for the search (suche). German bloodtracking trials with a first prize are also sufficient as long as they are at least overnight tracks. For the Dutch field trials we require at least 2 qualifications earned in open class trials. The qualifications have to be earned in both a spring and autumn trials and one of the results has to be at least "excellent". For the Dutch bloodtracking trials we require at least 2 "excellents". For the retrieving fieldtrials (apporteerwedstrijd) a dog needs at least one "excellent". The dogs that are able to pass these requirements are the top level performers we are looking for for our breeding programm. We would also want to see some proof of water skills from these dogs too so at least a KNJV-C diploma or passed NOJG-test is required.


SPAIN Prize 1 or 2 in BICP  + at least 2 Exc in Autumn FT + at least 2 VG in Spring FT B) Requirement ‘A’ above may also be fulfilled under  certain circumstances by the utilization of a dog that is proven to be  an outstanding performer in a non-versatile, all breed field trial  competition, or is  proven to be a consistent performer over time in a  non-versatile, all-breed hunt test or shooting ratings. In these  circumstances the dog is required to have passed a water test to  demonstrate its versatility.  Approved evaluations and minimum  performances include the following: FCI CHIT  (Interanational Working Champion Field Trial or VGP level test) , CH "national" T (National Working Champion) + Water Work  Certificate (either form  the national Kennel Club or from the Alliance) If the parents of the litter meet these requirements, the breeding would be considered ‘Approved’ under the WAHW guidelines and eligible to be posted under the “Certified Litters” section of the HWA website, through preferably both parents would meet the criteria of requirement A or B, and have the recommended health testing for Weimaraners (Hips, Elbows, Thyroid, & Eyes.)


B) The other parent must be evaluated at least at a minimal level versatile dog test which includes evaluation for searching land,  pointing, tracking, water entry, nose, desire, and cooperation. Approved  evaluations and minimum performances include: NAVHDA NA prize II level  work in all subjects, VHDF HAE GOOD level work in all subjects, and JGHV  VJP GOOD level work in all subjects (or European equivalents.)
C) Both parents must be certified to be free of hip dysplasia
D) Both parents must be free of any temperament disorders
E) Both parents must be correct in conformation (for FCI countries at  least a VG in an Itnernational FCI dog Show or conformation Certificate  from  the National KEnnel Club or from the Alliance).


APPROVED STUD
Studs meeting  A+B+D+E will be added to an "Approved Stud" list in order to facilitate owners of bitches to find an outstanding male for their litters.


SUPPORTED LITTERS
Since the above requirements do not take into account the dog who has nearly finished his/her Field Championship, or who has half of his/her Hunting tests, or who has been hunted over in every condition for the past  years and can pin a pheasant like a pro. A breeding that falls into these circumstances will be eligible under the "Recommended Litters" section. Puppies that are the product of a WAHW approved breeding should be tested in a NAVHDA Natural Ability Test or the equivalent (VDHF or European system). These tests are held around the country year-round and must be done before the dog is sixteen months old.The Board of Ambassadors  of the WAHW reserve the right to approve or deny breeding recommendation based on personal assessment of the dog or dogs in question.