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Dark Horse Gundogs - North Carolina German Shorthaired Pointer Breeders
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About Dark Horse Gundogs
Thank you for your interest in Dark Horse Gundogs. We are a small family run kennel dedicated to the German Shorthaired Pointer. Our GSPs participate in NAVHDA & AKC Hunt Tests as well as upland hunting when time allows. Dark Horse is a very special family hobby. We are also members of GSPCA & NAVHDA.
We occasionally have puppies for sale . Quality NOT Quantity! Our goal is to produce versatile hunting dogs with high desire, bird finding ability, trainability, style, as well as being fantastic family dogs. The primary focus is to improve the breed by providing a trainable hunting dog that can participate successfully in multiple venues.
Hunting Dog Breeds Raised
German Shorthaired Pointer
Breeder Contact Info
Dave & Vanessa
Erwin, North Carolina 28339
Breeding quality gun dogs for over 5 years.
740-336-2991Send Email to Dark Horse Gundogs
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Submitted by: Laura Bardin on Jun 11, 2015Saying that Dark Horse Gundogs are wonderful would be an understatement. The Panaways love for their dogs is obvious, as is their abundant knowledge about each individual animal and it's health, personality, tendencies, and potential. I've been blessed by the dog I got from them, Karma, and eagerly await all the times we will have together.
The Panaways went above and beyond in answering my questions, providing me with the tools and resources I needed to get started with Karma, and helping educate me on the best ways to keep her both happy and healthy. Their kennels are clean and well-kept, and the dogs are incredible. Karma is one of the smartest dogs I've ever seen, as well as one of the most loving. She starts pointing even on walks when I don't see any birds around, and sure enough, a bird will appear!She's also a great cuddler,and an amazing athlete.
I could go on and on about how much Karma and the Panaways mean to me, but will suffice it say that I would recommend Dark Horse Gundogs above anyone and everything. Please feel free to contact me if I can tell you more about why Dark Horse Gundogs is the family you're looking for and didn't imagine you could find!
Submitted by: Gary Brown on Jan 12, 2015We have had our GSP "Lola" for nearly 2 years now. Our experience with David & Vanessa was excellent, they were highly recommended to us and they exceeded all of our expectations. They were extremely thorough & answered any questions that I had about my new GSP puppy. She is a happy, healthy & very smart. Lola is a wonderful member of my family.
My family & I highly recommend Dark Horse Gundogs!
Submitted by: Brison B. on Dec 30, 2014Thank you Vanessa and Dave for such a wonderful GSP. We absolutely love her! Not only is she a top rate bird dog, she is a loving family companion as well. She is obedient and sweet. We highly recommend Dark Horse to anyone who wants a high quality and intelligent GSP.
Submitted by: Lynn McBride on Aug 23, 2014Greetings from two who adore their German Short-Haired "puppies" (now one year old)! Our Scout and Radar are two of the most outstanding dogs we have ever owned, and we have owned dogs for at least forty years. They are gorgeous, super intelligent, and were actually pointing birds at eight-weeks-old! We couldn't believe our eyes, but there is nothing more adorable or fascinating than to watch their bird-hunting instincts kick in at such an early age. We are awed by their skill, agility, and patience. We have watched these two point birds with incredible composure, and I think they would stay on point for hours if we let them. My husband has worked with them in training and calls them "his bird dogs." I call them "my babies," and, yes, I love them so much that I have been guilty of rubbing them to sleep at night. Despite what some bird hunters may say, this does not impede the dogs' hunting skills.
We purchased Scout and Ray from Vanessa and David Panaway and were most impressed by them since our very first visit to see the puppies at two-weeks-old. The setting was extremely clean and professional, and we were thrilled to learn that David is a veterinary medic in the Army. Vanessa was extremely diligent and thoughtful of their care as well. The puppies could not have received a better start in life. We communicated about the puppies for weeks before they were even born and continue swapping our puppy stories now. You will not find any better or careful breeders in the United States! They come highly recommended, and I also knew the minute I met the puppies' mother, Sasha, that this would be the origin of our new bird dogs. I wish you the best with Dark Horse Gundogs. I can assure you that you will not be disappointed!
Submitted by: Sarah Parker on Oct 15, 2013I purchased my German Shorthaired Pointer pup (Mia) from David and Vanessa of Dark Horse GunDog Kennels in September 2013. They both take pride in their breeding and have a very good working knowledge of the breed and bloodlines. I was very impressed with the level of professionalism that I dealt with when selecting and purchasing my pup. They focus on quality litters as they only breed every few years. You will be hard pressed to find a dog with the hunt drive and desire to please that these dogs have. Our female pup was very well socialized when we received her. Our pup is not only gorgeous, she is incredibly intelligent. She has a natural hunting instinct. I would definitely recommend Dark Horse GunDogs to anyone!
Submitted by: Steve T on Jul 07, 2013I got my GSP, Doc, from Dark Horse Gundogs in March, 2012, and have had a truly great experience, both with him and Dark Horse.
Doc is a treat to hunt with, though I need to work with him more. He's a great addition around the house, where he seems to do it all: sociable, trainable and effective as an early warning system. Unlike my neighbor's dogs, if he barks, I know that I need to pay attention! He is smart and trains quickly, so long as I'm patient and persistent with whatever task.
As a result of acquiring Doc from Dark Horse, who started him very well as a gundog, I have gotten to be friends with David and Vanessa, as well. I'm looking forward to some grouse hunting with David this fall, where I hope we'll both be taking a dog, and some birds!
Thanks again, Dark Horse Gundogs!