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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 (27) You are viewing the 10 most recent - Click here for more reviews
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 Drahthaar’s 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 Keeper’s 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 it’s 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 couldn’t 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 can’t go wrong with a Drahthaar and you can’t 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.
Submitted by: Philip Elder on Jan 19, 2013
We purchased a male pup from Briar Ridge about 18 months ago. He has been the most responsive dog overall I have ever had. Responds well to correction, learns very quickly, great with not only kids, but with other dogs as well. I will be a return customer.
Submitted by: Bobby Minyard on Jan 18, 2013
I discovered briar ridge kennels website in a search for wire hairs...the site was basic...but immediately told me what I wanted to know...visited with bill by phone..then visited the kennel...was pleasantly surprised by both bill and his kennels and the presentation of his studs and bitches....only to be sadden that I could not have immediate dog to take home THEN....days passed and I received a phone call that a party could not take their male....lucky me....bill called six weeks later....I will bring him or u come get him now....I was gone...spent the next two months sleeping with an caring for a fabulous animal....talented...bright...hung..great looking...he'll of a nose...atten months he has been in the field and water eight of the doing well....can hear better than most...he just ate my $$$$900.00 earring aids...but my fault for leaving them out..Hans is no only a great hunter...but a very loving friend and terrible funny....hope u all enjoy I have Hans....b

Submitted by: Jeff Browning on Jan 18, 2013
I purchased a pup from Briar Ridge kennels Jan2012. now first year in field, doing outstanding! he points, steady to wing, big heart and drive to hunt.. Pleased to have purchased this dog.
Submitted by: Glenn W Wheeler on Sep 01, 2012
1 year old German Wirehaired Pointer (Deutsch Drahthaar)

We purchased our pup from Bill last September. She had been born in August (in fact on our then 9 year old son’s birthday) and we picked her up six weeks later. We actually flew to Rock Hill and went to Briar Ridge Kennels to pick her up.

What we found was a well-kept and obviously established kennel ran by a man that cares about the dogs he raises. Bill gave us a quick tour and showed us the parents of our pup and the other dogs around his place. Then we got to meet our pup.

There were two left, both females as we had requested. Both greeted us merrily and were obviously happy, healthy puppies. But Quilla (later re-named Daisy by the above-mentioned 9 year old son) stood out to both my wife and I. While both were energetic and friendly, Daisy took to us and we took to her.

She slept during the entire flight home then took right to our kids and our home. Within a couple of weeks (at about 8 weeks old), Daisy was consistently retrieving thrown dummies and by 10 weeks she had mastered “sit” and was catching on to “stay.” I’m no real trainer, and she is the first dog I have taken from pup all the way to actually hunting with her with no other trainer.

She continued to learn very well and is extremely intelligent, driven and passionate about hunting, retrieving and pleasing us in general. Not to mention she is a wonderful family dog and travel companion.

She is now just over a year old and on her first attempt on live, planted pigeons made two beautiful points and held until the birds were flushed. I now take her to a professional trainer once a week just to make sure I am doing things right. He is highly impressed with her and says she is much farther along than he would expect with a dog her age. He also says she is very easy to train and catches on right away. He says she simply “has it” and that her breeding is obviously very good.

She is now consistently pointing planted birds, doing beautiful water retrieves, double retrieves and blind retrieves. Her basic obedience is outstanding and her style and confirmation are absolutely stunning! Today was our dove opener and she got her first taste of that style of retrieving. She performed wonderfully and with another hunt or two should be very solid on them. As I type this, she is sleeping at my feet. She is truly a great working dog and a wonderful part of our family.

Bottom line is that if our dog is any indication of the quality of dogs Bill produces, (and I believe she is) he has gotten it right. I would not hesitate for a moment to buy another dog from him or to send a friend looking for a good, versatile dog his way. As a professional outdoor writer and photographer, I get the privilege of hunting all over the country and with some truly outstanding dogs. I have no doubts that, if I do what I should with Daisy, with some experience she will be a very special dog. If she doesn’t turn out to be just that, it will be my fault not hers.
Glenn Wheeler, Harrison, Arkansas.

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