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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 (41) You are viewing the 10 most recent - Click here for more reviews
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 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: 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!
Submitted by: John Powers on Oct 28, 2015
Bill goes the extra mile to ensure the pup and owner are a good fit. He knew I was going to choose my pup, Hook weeks before I ever showed up. I am overwhelmed with the pup and the direction prior to and after taking Hook home. Bill has helped guide me to basic do's and don'ts of my training. I cannot thank him enough. Proof is in the finished product and he sure does provide that. Thanks
Submitted by: Jason Birrer on Apr 03, 2015
Ok...this is a review I've been meaning to do for a long long time. I had purchased two males from Briar Ridge kennels and both dogs have been phenomenal. The noses on these dogs are exceptional in the field and for service use. My first male (Thor) at one year was dialed in and a beast of a hunter. Unfortunately, he passed away a few months after his first birthday due to freak accident. But that's another story. A couple of years later I had gotten my second male from Bill. Drake to this day has hunted everything from Ducks, pheasants, quail, chucker, deer, hogs and missing dogs. Yes I did say missing dogs. Drakes tracked run away dogs up to 5 miles away with success. He's now 10 years old and still hasn't slowed down. He is one loyal dude and his mission is to hunt. Can't thank Bill enough for the two dogs I've gotten from him.
Submitted by: Clyde Holt on Mar 31, 2015
My first Briar Ridge pup, (Madeline) purchased in 2005, got hold of some poisoned Coyote bait while hunting grouse in Idaho last fall. She had proven to be an excellent athlete and the best big water swimmer (Albemarle and Currituck Sounds) that I had ever seen. Most of all though I will remember her as my most affectionate and loyal companion ever (don't tell my wife I said that.) My second Briar Ridge pup (Greta) picked up last week looks to be the same!
Submitted by: Charlie Moore on Feb 10, 2015
I unqualifiedly recommend Briar Ridge Kennels for both the exceptional dogs and for the breeder himself. I can not imagine having a better experience than what I have enjoyed at Briar Ridge.

Years ago I acquired from Briar Ridge "Belle,"a female Wirehair, who was, by far, the best companion I've ever had in the field and at home. I say "was" because Belle has moved on to where great dogs go when their time here is done. Belle had it the field and in the living room. That dog was attuned to my every mood. She was uncanny in her ability to connect with me no matter the situation..

Subsequent to Belle's passing I called Bill to reserve another dog. I had absolutely no thought of seeking a dog elsewhere. I sent in my deposit and then experienced health issues which prevented me from taking a dog from the first available litter. Bill has been most accommodating in the matter. I appreciate his attitude toward his dogs and his people. You can't go wrong at Briar Ridge.
Submitted by: John Wirtz on Feb 02, 2015
We got Gus (Seig) three year ago this New Year. I had never had a pointer before and was a little nervous about my ability to successful train and hunt with a new puppy. Bill and I spoke about my concerns over the phone. He assured me that if I put the time into the dog everything would be fine. As it turned out Bill was right. By 3 months old, it was clear Gus naturally knew more about hunting than I ever would. I have had a blast training and hunting with Gus over the last three years. This year Gus really put it all together he points, retrieves, and listen to commands very well. Further Gus has been great in our home, with children and with our other male dog. He also couldn't be more handsome & receives compliments every where we go!! I couldn't be happier with him. We look forward to many more rewarding years with him.

Thanks again Bill

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