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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.
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Testimonials (31) You are viewing the 10 most recent - Click here for more reviews
Submitted by: Ryan Munn on Dec 23, 2014
I found Briar Ridge through this website. So I decided to call Bill just to talk. Well by the end of the conversation I had already decided to send a deposit. So patiently I waited for the call. The day I went to pick up my pup I found an exceptional kennel and very well trained dogs. My pup Dell Vom Dornenberg (Mule) is at 4 months and is already picking up birds and bumpers on land and water. He is a great companion and has drive that I could have only hoped for. I am very pleased to say that I own one of Bills dogs and will be a repeat customer.
Ryan Munn
Camden SC
Submitted by: Rick Simis on Dec 15, 2014
I got Max from Briar Ridge 3 years ago this month and couldn't be more pleased. Max is amazing in the field. From the first time hunting, he demonstrated his innate hunting instincts, incredible drive and talent for finding, then retrieving birds. He is an excellent companion and exceptional hunter. I would recommend Bill's kennel to anyone interested in getting a fabulous hunting dog and a great companion.
Submitted by: Charles Smith on Nov 24, 2014
I bought a male Drathaar from Bill in spring of 2003 when I was in college. Drake (Plato von Dornenburg) from the get go was an energetic, loving, social, and tireless hunting dog. He was a smooth coated liver and roan styled fella and traveled with me across the country hunting ducks, geese, and upland birds. I would say he was a "jack of all trades master of none" kind of dog. I believe that is how Bill bred his hunting line to be.
Bill ,throughout Drake's life, would answer any questions I might have in his very matter of fact type way. I had Drake for 11.5 years and plan on getting another dog from Bill in the near future. I highly recommend Bill's dogs for their hunting ability/ companionship and if you are willing to do your part with the training his dogs will hold up their end of the bargain.
Submitted by: Reid Tatum on Sep 11, 2014
Our wirehair Burke vom Dornenberg (aka. Martie) is now 4 months old. She is pointing, retrieving and comes when called. She has a wonderful disposition and has become a member of the family.
I have had many bird dogs in my life and she is the quickest learner of them all. In my opinion your bloodline is second to none.
Reid and Londa Tatum
Submitted by: David and Dawn Hill on Jun 05, 2014
I don't know where to begin to tell you about our girl "Josie". From the first day we met her she has had our hearts.Josie has been consistently following commands since she was two months old! Now at just six months old, she is retrieving on land and water.She jumps from the dock and swims to shore. She returns to my side and sits and waits for her command. We test her by throwing sticks into the woods. I command her to hunt it, she watches me for hand signals, and she brings back the exact stick that was thrown. She even follows the commands of our five year old grandson!We love to watch him work with her. I've never bird hunted much and haven't received any type of dog training but she made it easy. She knew what to do and basically taught us!She is our only dog and a huge part of our family. We are looking forward to making memories with her and our four grandsons. We must say... Mr. Bill did NOT exaggerate about his dogs and bloodlines. So wonderful to find an honest breeder!
Submitted by: dale hartis on Apr 02, 2014
I have had German dogs for years. When my Weim Charlotte died several years ago I decided to not replace her thinking a could never get another special companion that would do anything I asked.

I finally decided that I did not want to give up bird hunting and started looking for another dog. After much research I decided a DD/GWP was the breed I wanted.

My wife actually discovered Bill's kennels and initiated a conversation about a puppy. Bill called me a we talked for a long time regarding what I was looking for both in hunting style and looks. It turned out that he and I knew some of the same folks from the hunting scene years ago.

I told Bill I knew his dogs would hunt but I also wanted a large male dog (personal preference) with a good coat.

After much discussion I gave the deposit and went on the wait list. Due to some unexpected problems it took a while but Bill let me know when the litter was born and he set aside a large male for me.

When you buy a dog from Bill or visit his kennel you will be very impressed. Every thing is clean, neat, no smells, and his dogs are really loved.

Today my pup is 10 months old pushing 70 pounds. He love water, retrieves like crazy, and is started pointing. He is still growing.

A great dog and also a great truck riding, errand running,crate and house trained, and loved companion.

Submitted by: Kell Fitts on Mar 03, 2014
I envited Bill On a quail hunt and he brought a young dog just back from training. The dog preformed flawlessly pointing, steady to wing and shot and retrieving. I was very impressed. I would recommend Bills dogs to anyone that is looking for a close working dog that can handle heavy cover. Kell Fitts
Submitted by: William Thompson on Feb 24, 2014
When I started researching breeders for Drahthaarís I would email them to request information about their kennels and when their next litter would be. Only one breeder took the time to call me and that was Bill. We talked on the phone for about 15 minutes and we scheduled an appointment so I could visit his home and kennel. When I arrived he met me outside his garage with Keeper (one of his dogs) and gave me a demonstration of Keeperís skills and abilities. That impressed me and it was visible that he had at least one good dog, but he offered to take me to his kennel and to show all his dogs and to let another dog play for a while. While walking past his garage what I saw next was enough to ensure that he was the man I was going to buy my dog (Walker) from. For most people itís enough to see the conditions of a kennel to know you want to buy from that person, but before I could make it to the kennel I saw how well he treated his dogs/friends that have passed on to doggie Heaven. He has a burial ground with marble tomb stones commemorating his long passed buddies. After mustering the strength to move on to the kennel and to have another dog impress me I left Bill with a deposit and a desire to hurry and get my dog.
We impatiently waited until I finally received the call from Bill that I could come and get my new best friend Walker. My wife and I couldnít be happier with how smart, loving, and energetic Walker is and how easily he learns new tasks. If you are looking for a proven dog you canít go wrong with a Drahthaar and you canít find a better kennel than Briar Ridge Kennels.

Submitted by: Sam on Sep 19, 2013
Outstanding comes to mind when I think about Briar Ridge. I was unsure of buying a GWP at first because labs are all I have ever owned. I called Mr. Bill up one evening and we talked about just what it was I wanted out of a hunting dog. He assured me that this was dog for me. After receiving my pup we went to work right away. I am amazed at how determined my GWP is. His main objectives are to hunt and please. I could go on all day but we don't have time for that. Let me just say if you are looking a versatile hunting dog don't pass your chance to get one from Briar Ridge.
Submitted by: Dennis Coxwell on Jan 21, 2013
In response to your email I have attached three pictures of Bubba pointing. The fall was hot and especially dry here. He was slow to show any interest in pointing early and it concerned me at first but once he starting showing interest he has developed solid and no problem at all now. I didn't make it to Kansas this year. Dry and no birds. I thought about going to South Dakota but I didn't feel like Bubba was ready this fall to go that far at his age (9 months) and development.

Overall, I could not be more pleased. He is my fourth GWP and he has an unbelievable desire to hunt and the best nose of any dog I have ever owned and once he started showing interest in pointing he has nailed it. I used a 30' check cord only twice. He has a great personality and is a joy to be around. My friend are alway asking me what my lastest Bubba story is.

Out of the thousands of retrieves he has made during training, even as a young puppy, he has only failed to find one dummy. I have tossed dummies in every situation and cover I could find, even at night. He has never failed if scent was applied. He will not give up. The one he failed to find was in very thick cover and we had a couple of hard frost and when I went to get the dummy I could smell the sour grass. It was too overpowering but he hadn't given up and was still hunting when I found the dummy. I threw one dummy in some dead bulrush that had laid down on the water and I could tell from my position that it disappeared under the bulrush. He went straight to the area and hunted for about 10 minutes. He kept going back to the exact spot the dummy went under the bulrush and acted like he was scenting it. After three attempt of putting his head under water he came out with the dummy. I've been around a lot of retrievers in hunting situations and some field trials and I have never seen a dog that just would not give up. Bubba will not give up.

Thanks for all your help and a great dog.
Dennis Coxwell
Warrenton, GA.

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