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Briar Ridge Kennels - South Carolina Deutsch Drahthaar, German Wirehaired Pointer Breeders

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About Briar Ridge Kennels
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.

There are many more photos on the web site as well as additional information.

Hunting Dog Breeds Raised
Deutsch Drahthaar, German Wirehaired Pointer
Breeder Contact Info
Bill Vannordstrand
1530 Meadowdale Road
Rock Hill, South Carolina 29732
Breeding quality gun dogs for over 44 years.
803-366-5706
803-366-5706
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Testimonials (46) You are viewing the 10 most recent - Click here for more reviews
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!
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
Submitted by: Steve myer on Mar 25, 2016
I got my my dog glock from Bill going on 9 years ago. I couldn't have asked for a better hunting companion. He is very prey driven and has retrieved everything from grouse to geese. I highly recommend briar ridge.
Submitted by: Allen Harper on Mar 14, 2016
I grew up hunting wild quail in South-side Virginia, owning and self-training (English) Setters and Pointers for the job. But work, the decline in wild quail and other factors later in life got me out of keeping a dog for about 6 years. When things changed so I could get back in, I decided to try something different and contacted Bill at Briar Ridge Kennel about his Drahthaars. I am definitely glad I did. My male Burr, now just under 2 years of age, is handling quail well, hunts dead like a vacuum cleaner, and has produced solid retrieves on land and water. He has a super hunt drive, a fine nose and a general desire to please during training sessions and hunts. In addition Burr has a pleasing personality that my wife and neighbors appreciate, and spends his evenings and nights indoors with us. Like any properly cared for gun dog, I have given Burr a lot of attention, be he definitely has shown the breeding behind him to respond well to that attention. So, count me in as a very satisfied Brian Ridge Kennel customer, and glad to have a gun dog hunt companion again. Allen Harper, Franklin, VA
Submitted by: Laurie Billeck on Feb 01, 2016
Couldn't be more proud or happier to be apart of the best gun dog kennel (Blair Ridge Kennels} WOW!! If I had to say one word it would be WOW! Thanks to Bill I have he best 9week old puppy ever on he west cost... from the first time we laid eyes on "Tika" she has blessed this family..She is so sound already, at 6 weeks she pointed at wings on the ground. From day one I have bin shooting over her head with homemade cannon spud gun she never once flinched ...WOW! WOW! WOW! she now at 9week has moved up to 22 hand gun on walks and same results WOW! Thanks to Bill ( GO Hawks )
Submitted by: Jason Wallace on Feb 01, 2016
I have owned labs all of my life but have always wanted a German WireHair. I began searching for breeders within driving distance and found Mr. Bill on this site. I sent in my deposit and waited...the call finally came and the family loaded up to go get Ranger. Ranger is 9 mos old and has been, and is everything we ever wanted in a German Wirehair. His demeanor is outstanding and learns commands with ease. Ranger has been to Nebraska, Kansas and Oklahoma with me this year chasing ducks and pheasant. He is still a kid at heart but a hunter by soul. He is my buddy, sleeps in the bed beside me and goes everywhere with me. Ranger's ability to hunt far out weighs my ability to train him. His only shortcomings at this point are my lack of training faults only.
I'm certain that by the time I get in the truck for the next duck trip he will be more than ready.
Ranger is a beautiful dog and people love him everywhere we go. He is a good hearted dog and loves to play. Loves my kids and loves life!
Mr. Bill has been great from the very beginning.I would highly recommend that if your are looking for a quality GWR from a respected professional breeder...call Mr. Bill.
Submitted by: Hollis Land on Jan 23, 2016
After doing research for a versatile gun dog and settling on a Drathaar I contacted Bill at Briar Ridge Kennels to discuss his dogs and arranged a visit to his kennel. I put a deposit on the next available bitch puppy and Bill called me 6 months later to inform me that my pup had arrived! My wife and I went to get Lucy 6 weeks later and raised her with our Cavaliers. At 5 months she pointed the first bird wing that she had seen! She is now 9 months of age and has had 32 quail taken over her that she pointed and has begun retrieving to hand. Lucy is a NATURAL pointing dog, has a superb noise and is very accurate. I'm very pleased with her natural ability and highly recommend Bill if you are looking for a quality gun dog.
Submitted by: Hollis Land on Jan 21, 2016
After doing some research for a versatile gun dog and settling on a drahthaar, I began the search for a breeder which lead me to Briar Ridge Kennels and Bill. After discussing his dogs I arranged a visit to his kennels and placed a deposit for a female puppy. Bill called me 6 months later to inform me that my puppy had arrived and 6 weeks later we went to pick her up! We brought her home and she pointed the first bird wing that she saw at 5 months. She is now 9 months old and we are shooting quail over her! She has a tremendous nose and is very accurate. This past weekend we shot 17 quail over her, 14 released and 3 wild birds! She even returned the final 5-6 to hand! She is the most NATURAL pointing dog, she's had 32 quail shot over her at 9 months of age! I highly recommend Bill if you are interested in a quality gun dog.
Submitted by: Ragnar Gunnarsson on Jan 18, 2016
I got Ekel or Loki as I named him as my second dog from Bill's Briar Ridge Kennels last spring. Loki is now one year old and still in training, but was already pointing quail and chasing deer and rabbits before reaching his first birthday. Fang or Freyja as I named her, also from Bill's Briar Ridge Kennels, has been my hunting companion for the last 9 years here in Virginia and she has been everything I hoped for. Bill's Wirehairs are eager to please and easy to train. They are true universal talents that will point, retrieve and find game for you all day long. I fell in love with this breed while hunting in Europe and Bill's bloodline is on par with the best I observed over there. Thank you Bill for another great dog.
Submitted by: Anna and Matthew McCain on Nov 16, 2015
When looking for the right kennel, it was very important to us to find someone who not only focused on the dog's hunting ability, but also their ability to fit in as a part of our family. After speaking with Mr. Bill, that is exactly what we found at Briar Ridge Kennels. We picked up our pup, Donner, just a little over a year ago and he is a true joy. He is incredibly smart, loyal and a terrific hunting companion. He truly inspires to please and gives 100% during training. At a year old he is doing great on single and multiple retrieves and responds well to hand signals, but the most impressive thing is his natural ability. It is truly an incredible sight to see him work. There are two things Donner lives for: the hunt and his family. He is just an overall great dog and I believe that has much to do with Mr. Bill's commitment to producing a well rounded, quality gun dog. Thank you for this great addition to our family!

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