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Dark Horse Gundogs - North Carolina German Shorthaired Pointer Breeders

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About Dark Horse Gundogs
●●● No litters are planned for 2016●●● 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 & conformation 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.
Currently we do not train outside dogs. We are amateur hobbyists that live for training/working our beautiful & talented dogs. It's a true obsession.
Dark Horse Gundogs will be avidly participating in AKC & NAVHDA hunt tests this season & next. ****☆☆☆ The best way to reach us is by email due to our extremely busy schedule.Call after 3pm. We will respond to emails ( )or calls asap. Thank you. ☆☆☆****

Hunting Dog Breeds Raised
German Shorthaired Pointer
Breeder Contact Info
Dave & Vanessa
Erwin, North Carolina 28339
Breeding quality gun dogs for over 5 years.
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Testimonials (11) You are viewing the 10 most recent - Click here for more reviews
Submitted by: Trey Adams on Apr 23, 2016
My family and I welcomed the new member Shannon to our family on 04/17/2016. Shannon is a beautiful 10 month old GSP with the sweetest most outgoing personality you could ever ask for. I saw a posting on Gun Dog Breeders for Shannon and contacted David and Vanessa with absolutely what seemed like a hundred questions about her. (We currently have a 6 year old GSP that we rescued a year ago and was looking for an additional member since we fell in love with the breed.) Vanessa and David contacted me back and answered every question without reserve. They were great. I drove down and met Dark Horse Gundogs and was amazed at the time they took with me. Paperwork was up to date and every question was answered with them making sure I was satisfied before I left. Since we have texted pictures back and have been worry free. I would recommend Dark Horse Gundogs to everyone that is interested in a GSP. Shannon is super intelligent and very loving with everyone. Thank you David and Vanessa for everything and will send everyone looking for the perfect GSP your way.
Submitted by: Mike and Kim Bell on Mar 27, 2016
It has been a great experience buying a puppy from the Panaways. They sent us weekly updates and pictures about our puppy Indi. Seem to be very caring breeders. We are throughly enjoying our new puppy!
Submitted by: Brison B. on Jan 23, 2016
Just a little update: Our puppy is doing great! She is holding point and retrieving consistently. She is a good in our home and was easy to housebreak. We truly enjoy her. Thanks again!
Submitted by: Rachel on Jan 23, 2016
We recently got a puppy from Vanessa and David and it was a great experience. Working with them to pick out our perfect puppy was awesome. We received updates and pictures every week. They are very knowledgeable and super nice. Our puppy Chance has a great personality and is very loving.
Submitted by: Joy on Aug 30, 2015
We love our puppy Shannon. Vanessa and Dave kept us well informed about our puppy. We especially appreciated the photos and weekly updates. We highly recommend Dark Horse for their fine quality German Short Hair Pointers. We're looking forward to participating in future hunt tests and shows. Thank you, Dark Horse, for everything!
Submitted by: Laura Bardin on Jun 11, 2015
Saying 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, 2015
We 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, 2014
Thank 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, 2014
Greetings 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, 2013
I 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!

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