Minstergate Weimaraners

 
 

I have been involved with Weimaraners since 1987 having previously owned and shown the Willowsett English Setters with my parents, David & Joan Hobson.

I started to work for Gil Simpson, just at weekends but this soon progressed to a more full time roll when I left school. I was given a Weimaraner bitch to show myself, Sireva Sideshow, (Mabel) whom I did very well with. She was Top Weimaraner Puppy in 1989 and she won 1 Challenge Certificate and 9 Reserve Challenge Certificates. Mabel also won Best in Show at the Weimaraner Club of Great Britain Open Show.



 

Welcome to my World!


I am Claire Rodgers and I own and breed Weimaraners.


My dogs are primarily pets which like to lounge in front of the fire or by my feet, are shown with success and are worked regularly throughout the shooting season on various shoots, proving that the Weimaraner is a truly versatile breed!

Since being involved with the Weimaraner, I have shown many to their Show Champion titles and 3 to their full Champion title as well as breeding a full Champion. I believe that a Weimaraner should be able to do the job it was bred for and I try to adhere to this when breeding.


I believe the Weimaraner remains a dual purpose Gundog unlike setters, spaniels or Labrador Retrievers which has split into show and working types. There are people who choose to work or show their Weimaraner but this does not mean it is not capable of doing another discipline. Every Weimaraner, in my opinion will work given the opportunity and experience therefore there is no such thing as working or show lines within the breed.


Throughout the game season, my dogs are regularly shot over, attend a few shoots as picking-up dogs and occasionally are part of the beating line.


When breeding puppies, my vet will dock the tails as long as the Law allows. Each puppy will have a docking certificate to state it has been legally docked and also microchipped. As my bitches are worked this enables me to have the puppies tails docked.


I will only breed from stock which is of sound mind and body and capable of doing the job it was bred for. I am a member of all 4 Weimaraner clubs in the UK  and most HPR clubs as well as the English Setter Association and Northern English Setter Society. I am also a member of the Kennel Club.

I am currently the Secretary for the North of England Weimaraner Society (N.E.W.S.) having served as Membership Secretary before that.


I am on the Weimaraner A3 (Breed Specialist) Judges List for each club and also the C List (Non Breed Specialist) for English Setters.


My husband Ian, is involved in game shooting and takes Quba on shoots as his peg dog. Ian has become a member, once again, of the Derwent Valley Gun Club for which he was a founder member.

Ian is also a Member of the Kennel Club. He is the chief dog walker from February - September, then I take over for the winter months for the game shooting season.



Photo by Dave Williams