For over forty five years, Briar Ridge Kennels has been raising Drahthaars. We have developed what we believe to be the finest line of gun dogs for the foot hunter in the United States. We sell Drahthaars all over North and Central America for quail, grouse, pheasant, ducks,dove and woodcocks.
While our emphasis is on hunting ability and coat, our Dornenberg Drahthaars have looks you can be proud of. Most all of the pups have roan coloring with liver head and markings. The males usually run in the 70 to 85 lb. class while the females are generally within the 50 to 60 lb. class. We raise only hunting Drahthaars, no field trial or "show" type dogs.
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Submitted by: Bob Kelly on Jun 27, 2017
I first found Bill V a couple years ago by searching Deutsche Drahthaars. I had a friend in Rock Hill call him. He told me Bill is the "real deal." So I called Bill and he told me the terms and kept his word the whole way. I now have the most beautiful DD pup on earth. At 3 months she is a ball of fire and wants to hunt every day. I love her! I would highly recommend Bill V to anyone. His word is his bond!
Submitted by: Cameron Scott on Mar 13, 2017
I purchased a puppy last summer not knowing what to expect just knowing this was the breed for me and off of bills word over a few conversations. Now don't get me wrong we've had our growing pains but the desire to please and the drive is there. At 9 weeks was gun broke and pointing wings, at 16 was retrieving dove and geese (keep in mind it was bigger than her but she bit on the head and drug it best she could), and from that point forward it's been a blast. We've hunted quail, pheasant, geese,duck, dove, squirrel, and she even tracked 2 bow kills in the fall. Needless to say I'm very pleased with my dog and will definitely be a repeat buyer
Submitted by: Scott Ferguson on Jan 27, 2017
Bought "Dax" last spring from Mr. Bill. At 5 months old he retreived over thirty doves on his first hunt. By 7 mos.was water retreiving geess. Also trailed and helped retreve 5 deer with that wonderful nose. Some of which was shot poorly with no blood trail. Best hunting dog I ever had. I can't say enough about his drive to hunt. Stolen on 1/6/2017. I will be buying another dog from Brair Ridge. Thanks again Mr Bill for the best hunting dog I've ever had.
Submitted by: Mitch Rykard on Jan 20, 2017
I picked Pastor up on Christmas Eve. I drove for over 4 hours back home and he didn't even wimper. The first 2 nights he slept with my daughter, On the third night he spent the night in his crate and I expected him to cry all night like my previous pups. To my surprise he slept all night and did't even soil his crate. He is already fitting in with my other dogs and doing great. Took him for his first vet visit and got a clean bill of health. At 8 weeks he retrieved a wood duck in the yard and is pointing pheasant feathers. This is my first pointer so I am excited to work and train him. Hunting next fall should be a lot of fun.
Submitted by: Copeland Haynes on Jan 16, 2017
I came in contact with Bill via this site while doing research on Drahthaar breeders in the SouthEast. Once I found his website and saw dozens of pictures of his beautiful dogs, I knew I didn't need to look any further. From day one Bill has been fast, professional and helpful in communicating and getting me on my way to taking home a pup. I've had my female for 8 months now. She's got the drive and energy to run, hunt and retrieve as long as I can go, and at the end of the day she has no problem calming down and finding a nice cool spot on the floor.
Bill has a lifetime of experience with this breed and I would recommend Briar Ridge Kennels to anyone who is interested in the Drahthaar.
Submitted by: Hans Ramm on Jan 05, 2017
After meeting Bill and his dogs in early 2015 I knew my next dog was coming from Briar Ridge and it was certainly worth the wait. I've had Addie for 9 1/2 months now and she is the best hunting dog I've ever had. She not only is great in the field, but great at home too. Thanks Bill!
Submitted by: Dan Jergens on Dec 22, 2016
I called Bill 10 years ago and told him what I wanted in a dog.He sent me Klaus! He was spot on with what I got! This dog had more hunt, drive, prey instinct than any other pup that I had seen! He is better than I can train him for, he loves to retrieve more than the four Labs that I have owned!No kidding! He loves his training dummy! Have gotten many compliments on him.All the family loves him and he sleeps with me and my wife everyday, just Love him.Great all-around Dog!
Submitted by: Jason Bennett on Oct 20, 2016
Bill is great to work with, and our pup, Fritzie, has been an absolute joy. We introduced her to a grouse wing (tied to the end of a fishing pole) at 7 weeks and she immediately went on point! I can't wait for her to grow up a little and take her out into the field for some hunting.
Submitted by: Jeff Smith on Sep 19, 2016
I am an avid bow hunter and wanted a good all around dog for both bird hunting and for dear retrieval. After researching types of dogs that show to be good all around hunters, I decided on a drahthaar. I received my pup Moor 8 weeks ago. I could not be more happy with his demeanor. He is simply awesome! His hunting instincts are amazing. He points any bird/insect/cat that happens across the property and he has been in the water since the day I got him. He retrieves both land and water, looking forward to the next throw or game of "hide and go seek"..... But what he does best is track. I've had him on trails as long as 2 miles and he pulls me all the way to the end of the track. I drag a 8"X8" dear hide along with a dear liver that is in a zip lock bag that has small punctured holes. Make the drag with my ATV, wait 30 minutes and put him on it. Started with a 30 yard drag and then worked up from there... Bill had told me that following a scent trail would be the easiest thing for the dog to do - and he was right on! Moor stays in the house with us in the evenings and night, loves people but doesn't get over excited with them. When he is retrieving or on a trail, he could care less about anyone else that is around. Very focused and easily trainable pup. Bill has been great from day 1. I would and have recommended him to several of my hunting buddies.
Thanks you Bill - for a great dog and for all the help along the way!
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Submitted by: Hane Edwards on Jun 15, 2016
As a professional hunter and wildlife biologist, I'm constantly in the woods. I have worked with setters, pointers,brittanys, walkers, beagles, labs and goldens. Wanting to try a different breed this time for specific task of upland game, wetland game, and tracking clients wounded deer, I decided on this breed and this is how I found Bill. A very informed person in his field. I was very skeptical about his claims on the dogs as most breeders tend to greatly exaggerate their dogs capibilities. however, after visiting the kennels, he had my deposit. Upon seeing my puppy the first time, I knew I had a great dog and worth the long wait. The demeanor is perfect for both the field and the house with my family. He trains easily and the hunting instinct is one of the strongest I've seen. At 6 weeks, he was pointing at the daughters cats and stalking them. I feel this to be one of the best dogs I will work with and eagerly look forward to the future with him. Thanks Bill