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Thorn Creek Kennel - Utah Wirehaired Pointing Griffon Breeders

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About Thorn Creek Kennel

Wire Haired Pointing Griffons.  Spring Breeding for Fall Pups.  Proven CDX Sire, AKC/CKC/NAVHDA lineage and a proven worker in the field.  Dam is of proven AKC/NAVHDA lineage and a proven worker in the field.  Both have PENN Hip scores.  Both have great instinctual game and water drive. 

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Hunting Dog Breeds Raised
Wirehaired Pointing Griffon
Additional Services
Stud Services, Boarding
Breeder Contact Info
Duffy McCabe
500 S Center St
Kamas, Utah 84036
Breeding quality gun dogs for over 8 years.
435-640-9638
435-783-2364
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Testimonials (24) You are viewing the 10 most recent - Click here for more reviews
Submitted by: Scott Whittekiend on Feb 27, 2014
I am very happy to provide my recommendation for Duffy McCabe and Thorn Creek Kennel. Duffy was great in every aspect of integrating our female Wirehaired Pointing Griffon puppy into our family.

Duffy’s entire process is impressive. We had several discussions about my housing and family, as well as in-depth discussions about my hunting style (how/what/where/when/why I hunt). He really got to know me well, even before the litter was born.

When the litter was born in April 2013, Duffy then took what he knew of us and looked for a puppy that best matched our style. 10 months later, it is now apparent that he has a keen eye for placing puppies with the appropriate families – our Gillie is a perfect fit! She hunts just like us, and is the perfect family companion in the home.

I can’t imagine a better dog for us than our girl Gillie. She has been very easy to train, and has natural instincts that make it easy for a do-it-yourself trainer like me. She is a natural in the field - at 10 months old she is already steady on point and retrieves to hand. And her nose is simply amazing!

I look forward to the day when I get to meet my 2nd WPG from Duffy. I am sold for life on this breed, and on Thorn Creek Kennel.
Submitted by: Rebecca Hennigan on Jan 10, 2014
We had a wonderful experience with Duffy! We learned about Thorncreek when my husband saw a lady walking a Griff one day...she couldn't say enough good about Duffy and we had the same experience. We wanted a Griff as a hunting partner for my husband and a running partner for me. Duffy spent A LOT of time conversing with us over the phone before the pups were even born to help us get ready. Once they were born, he sent us pictures and updates and answered my MANY questions. When it was time to pick up our puppy, Duffy recommended a great B & B to stay at and spent a few hours with us while we got to know Panzer:) He picked out a wonderful, mellow puppy for us and we were, and are, completely in love. Out in the field Panzer is eager and focused. He doesn't take off and run away but roams out front and checks in with my husband frequently. He LOVES birds; even on our walks he is pointing and flushing. He's not running with me yet as he is too young, but he loves to run when we let him loose and he has great energy and stamina. He is the sweetest dog and does well with kids. My best friend's baby is in love with him and Panzer instinctively knows that he needs to be careful with the baby. He has been so easy to train and has become a constant companion for us. He gets along really well with other dogs too!
Submitted by: Don H. on Dec 20, 2013
It's almost like these dogs are born pre programmed to do anything and everything that is asked of them. We were lucky enough to have Kami choose us to be her family in July 2012. We brought her home to Washoe Valley Nevada in late September 2012, had her housebroke in 2-3 days and had her out in the field to expose her to hunting wild birds opening of season in October 2012. Even though she was so young, I could not believe her seriousness and drive to keep up with the older experienced dogs. After that initial primer we started her training on chukar and then pheasant that we had raised for her training. I was amazed! she went from sight pointing to scent pointing in 3 sessions, was retrieving to hand coming out of the gate and was giving "the look" when a shot was missed. It took more time for me to explain to my daughter (who was also a first year hunter) that we had to occasionally miss on purpose to teach Kami to not pursue the bird unless hit than it did for Kami to realize that chasing after a non kill was not only a waste of time but might lead to flushing birds out of shot range. These dogs out of Duffy's line(s) are some of the most intense bird dogs I've ever seen and their character, stamina, durability and desire to learn is only exceeded by their drive/instinct to hunt. We have hunted over Kami 40+ days this season (2013) and I continue to be surprised by her continued skills development(these dogs are truly versatile), it's like she has game bird radar, and knock on wood we have not lost a bird or given up on finding a downed bird. She does have us a bit perplexed though, she is the only bird dog we have had that doesn't play fetch even though she retrieves every bird to hand but throw a dead bird, a ball, a stick, a toy or whatever and she looks at you like she may be to good for that....but leave any one of these things laying around inside or outside and she picks it up, flings it, goes and gets it then brings it back and drops it in the exact spot she found it in....Thanks Duffy for your commitment to developing such a wonderful line, keep up the good work! Don H. and familye
Submitted by: David Morgan on Nov 19, 2013
My wife and I fell in love with griffons after her father got one several years ago. We researched breeders all over the west and were most impressed with the one who happened to be in our own back yard. The care and planning that Duffy puts into the breeding process is amazing. He has such a passion for the well being of his dogs and for the breed. Once our puppy was old enough, we spent countless hours at Thorn Creek with our kids. The environment where they are raised is a puppy paradise with graded exposure to new experiences. The puppies are extraordinarily well-adjusted and socialized. Duffy has a wonderful intuitive sense about the dogs and carefully selects each one based on the dogs characteristics and the owners needs. Eddy is now a year and a half old and the greatest dog I have ever had. He is focused, attentive and extremely energetic in the field. At home he is sweet, playful and gentle with the kids. We couldn't be happier.
Ned and Annie Morgan
Park City, UT
Submitted by: Grant Glasser on Nov 18, 2013
I was fortunate enough to receive a griffon pup from Thorn Creek Kennel this year. Duffy McCabe is a true professional, his kennel was outstanding and his dogs are beautiful. I enjoyed talking with him, his knowledge of the breed and passion for producing the highest quality griffs was very evident. My dog is amazing, smart, loyal, and hard working. His drive to hunt at just 5 months is remarkable. He is eager to learn and always wanting to please. I cant say enough about Duffy and his Griffons they are truly amazing, sign me up for another!
Submitted by: dean mikel on Nov 08, 2013
My griff from Thorn Creek has been one of the best things that has happened to me and our family in quite a while. It's hard to describe this pup. He is everything I was hoping for in this breed and more. At 6 months, he's already a great hunting partner, he is very attentive and learns so quick. He's got a great energy range, from full throttle in the field to settling down by the fire at night. I've received many compliments on his good looks, and desire and ability to hunt. Looking forward to many years together with Brownlee. Thanks Duffy!
Submitted by: James G Hunt on Oct 31, 2013
Duffy McCabe has made getting a dog from him a sensational experience. My wife found him for me off of this site while I was deployed in Afghanistan and from the get go he was professional, excited about his dogs, and obviously breeding for the Dogs. I got a pup out of a litter from Zonker and Mia and he is hands down the best dog I have ever owned. I have been hunting w/labs since I was 11(15 years ago) so choosing a different breed was huge for me. So far my pup is six months old, performed amazingly well through dove season, has been growing in ability by leaps and bounds through quail hunting, and has even been doing duck retrieves off of boats and blinds. All in all the Griff has really impressed me with its multi-functionality and as an added bonus our pup has an amazing personality that fits right in with kids, other dogs, and a diverse family life. I want to say thank you to Duffy for breeding an amazing animal, and for being the best breeder I have ever had the pleasure of working with and buying dogs from.

James and Monica Hunt
California
Submitted by: Roy Weeaks on Oct 28, 2013
Sharon, my main squeeze, suggested we contact Mr. McCabe to see if he might have a male to sell. We bought Trey, a wonderful male puppy who, as Duffy says, "he's full of himself" which to me is a great compliment. We have owned dogs for over 50+ years and Trey is the most cooperative, easy to train, than any canine we have ever owned. Trey learned his name in just a few hours and was trained to "come" in one day. It's going to be great hunting with this little sweetheart. Oh, and housebroken in three days! None better.
Submitted by: Sam on Oct 27, 2013
Our experience with Thorn Creek Kennel and Duffy Mccabe was amazing from start to finish. After losing our German Shorthair at 16 years old, we were so sad we thought we would never get another dog again. But after 6 month I really missed having a big dog around the house and my husband missed having a good hunting companion. We started doing a LOT of research trying to find the best dog for our family. We looked at Labs, Golden Retrievers, German Shorthairs, Wirehairs, Vizslas and Brittany’s but none had everything we were looking for. We wanted a dog that was family oriented (we have 2 small children), without lots of health issues in the breed, a dog that would be calmer in the house than our Shorthair, and with lots of natural ability that could point game birds plus retrieve birds from the water. We came across a dog that we had never heard about called a Wirehaired Pointing Griffon. We thought the dog sounded great so I contacted a couple breeders and was not real impressed with them. Then I found Duffy and Thorn Creek Kennels here on gun dog breeders. When we talked to him we knew he was the one we should get our puppy from. He is passionate about the breed and really loves his dogs. He said that he had a waiting list for his puppies that would be born in April. When April rolled around Duffy called and told us that we could have one of his puppies. We went to see the puppies and parents several times and were always pleased to see the puppies and adults dogs were healthy and well cared. Duffy picked out the perfect puppy for us (one that he thought was more mellow and sweet) who we named "Sebastian". Sebastian is now 6 months old and is already such an amazing dog. He loves us and our kids, is super smart and picks up new commands easily, is the most well behaved puppy at puppy class, was easy to potty train, and points and retrieves like a champ. When people ask about his personality I tell them he is like Golden Retriever with a wiry coat. At home he is fun, happy ,loving and obedient but when he gets in the field he is all business and ready to hunt. He likes to stay close when hunting and is constantly checking in with my husband. He really is the ideal dog for us and we couldn’t be more pleased with him. My husband says he will never have another breed of dogs. We highly recommend Duffy and his Griffons!
Submitted by: joe mccormack on Mar 25, 2013
I have two Griffs. One from Thorn Creek (Gromit on Duffy's website) and another from a different breeder. And I have to say it's pretty obvious which is the superior dog--in terms of intelligence, temperament and performance in the field. I know Duffy does his best to produce quality dogs and my Thorn Creek Griff is a special one, with all the qualities you hope for in a Griff. Often wish I'd held out and waited for a second Thorn Creek dog but I guess you live and learn.

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