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: Nolan Thompson on Jan 30, 2018
I found Bill about 2 years ago and talked to him about his kennels and was impressed with everything he told me, and they whole time I was waiting on my pup he stayed in touch with me and kept me updated. Now I have a year and a half old DD that I canít say one bad thing about, his name is Abel(Nix) and he is full of energy and always wants to hunt and his instincts impress me more than anything. I have nothing but good things to say about Brair Ridge and plan on buying another DD from Bill in the future.
Submitted by: Michel Whitaker on Jan 30, 2018
I can't remember how I found Briar Ridge...I think I searched for German Wirehaired Pointers and found them. I checked them out and decided they were the breeder I wanted. It took a while because a female didn't show up in the next batch but it was well worth it. We've had Ellie for a year and a half and she is wonderful. Very nice as a pet and strong hunting instinct. She went to school this past fall and is now pointing well, steady (enough) at the rise honoring points and retrieving. She went to her first late season dove shoot. Not many birds but after only one incident of chasing a missed bird, she stayed steady with me the rest of the shoot. Way beyond my expectations. She's been to two different quail preserves and the guides love her. She's retrieving squirrels and I'm looking forward to finding other things for her to do! Ducks are next on the list.
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!
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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.