Barr Kennels - Texas English Pointer, English Setter, Labrador Retriever Breeders

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About Barr Kennels

Breeding stylish, tough, bird finding dogs that will suit all styles of hunting and companion needs.

Our setters have done extremely well in NSTRA and have proven themselves again and again in the field as true guide dogs and hunting companions.

Tomoka's Smokin Mike, Tomoka's Smokin Blu, Bozeann's Whiskey River, Tomoka's Smokin J.R. or current bloodlines we have in our kennels. 

From Finished ready to hunt, to started dogs ready to finish for NSTRA or take to the field, to puppies highly socialized to go home with you available at our kennel now.

We offer guided quail, deer, and turkey hunts as well.  This is our passion.  Putting customers in a situation to harvest quality animals in a quality environment.

Barr Kennels is ultra modern and clean outdoor facility.  We board long and short term.  We also have a training field and birds on hand to work your dogs..  Visitors by appointments always welcome.

We will be offering Kennel memberships soon to allow you access to our ground and training facilities and experts.  Contacts us for more information



Hunting Dog Breeds Raised
English Pointer, English Setter, Labrador Retriever
Additional Services
Hunting, Training, Stud Services, Boarding, Birds for sale
Breeder Contact Info
Wes Barr
12133 CR 100
Abilene,, Texas 79601
Breeding quality gun dogs for over 28 years.
Our Pedigrees

Testimonials (17) You are viewing the 10 most recent - View all reviews for Barr Kennels
Submitted by: Steve Brooks on Nov 08, 2012
I have a nearly 3 y/o setter who was sired by JR. He is an absolute joy in the field and in the home.

I would recommend contacting Wes if you're looking for a hard hunting setter and a quality family pet.
Submitted by: Jamisen Hancock on Feb 20, 2011
From hunting and guiding in West Texas, to field trialing throughout the country, I need dogs that are classy bird finders, tough, and versatile. Barr Kennels has proven to be committed to researching the very best genetics, producing the finest hunting and field trial dogs around. Their dedication in producing top quality dogs, with a high-standard training program, has proven Barr Kennels to be a top-notch kennel. Wes and Brenda have always treated me fairly and their business ethics are second to none. I sincerely recommend Barr Kennels.
Submitted by: John Oudt on Jul 06, 2010
I have been hunting with Wes for so long that I forgot when we first met. I have hunted with him on my ranch, my leases, his leases and on friend's places. He has first class dogs and has a passion for hunting wild birds. He is a hard worker and will hunt any schedule you like. Many of the greatest times I have had in many years of bird hunting have been with Wes. Wes is a real professional in the field and if you're thinking about boarding a dog at his kennels, your dog is in for a treat. That's because Brenda, his wife, treats all the dogs like they were royalty. Barr Kennels is first class!
Submitted by: Harry Ware on Jun 28, 2010
It was love at first sight when I saw Jim McVey's new setter pup, Abi. Two weeks later Sophie! arrived in Virginia from Abilene. While Sophie is only the second setter I've owned/trained I have hunted over them for 45 years and have never had a better time with a smarter, more energetic and birdie bitch than this little black and white pup. She practically trained herself, makes me look much more skillful than I am, does land and water retrieves like a labrador, and thinks she's a lapdog when she's inside. Killed over 100 birds over her, both wild and preserve, this year before she was 1 year old and could not be more pleased.
Submitted by: Kelly Thompson on Jun 15, 2010
Wes Barr is equally both a high quality bird dog trainer/breeder, and a high quality individual. The facilities are top notch. The care for the dogs is unsurpassed due to the dedication and efforts of his wife, Brenda. I have both acquired and kenneled dogs with Wes and Brenda since 1996, and have hunted with Wes over his guide dogs each year. I could not be more pleased with all aspects.

Kelly Thompson
Submitted by: jim McVey on Jun 13, 2010
I met Wes through a mutual friend and purchased one of his setters pups last year. She was standing birds steady at 11 months. Abi from Abilene is a true gift from Texas for me up here in Virginia.
Submitted by: Ronnie Burnett on Jun 11, 2010
Our first puppy to get from this kennel was out of Tomoka's Smokin J.R. and Barr's Smokin MacKenzie. This was the first time to purchase a puppy site unseen, but we were not worried in the least bit. Knew exaclty what kind of a bird dog she would make coming from this match. We picked her up there at the kennel and was so impressed with the whole operation-I told my wife this place is top notch. Great guy to do business with --and the puppy, well she will be as good if not better in the field as the other pups J.R. has thrown.
Submitted by: Chad Inderman on Jun 10, 2010
I have competed against the Barr dogs in both regional and national NSTRA competitions. You can always expect the Barr dogs to be super talented and well trained bird dogs.

I absolutely recommend Wes Barr to anyone looking for a good hunting dog or trial dog.
Submitted by: Dave Morgan on Jun 10, 2010
I have two English setters from Barr Kennels, both of which we got as pups and are out of Tamokas Smokin' JR. Seeing JR run in NSTRA trials and experiencing his loving personality made me know that I wanted one of his pups for my own. Actually, we ended up with two of his pups, both females. Kate is three now, and is the sweetest natured and most biddable dog I have ever owned. Although loving and gentle, she is very serious about her bird work. Annie is a little over one year old and lives to hunt. Her enthusiasm and energy are boundless. She is also gentle and loves attention. Both dogs are equally at home in their outdoor kennels and in the house. They are well mannered and calm indoors, but love to hit the fields and go hunting.

I have known Wes for over 15 years and can vouch for his honesty, extensive knowledge and experience with hunting dogs. I have no reservations in recommending a dog from his kennels to my friends and family.
Submitted by: Andy Spencer on Jun 10, 2010
Wes Barr and Barr Kennels puts on a truly "pure" wild quail hunt. The birds are there for the hunting. The dogs do great work and then it us up to the hunters to "hit em". Wes is a man how is truly doing what he is passionate about. You get a good quail hunt and a great perspective on life that is getting harder and harder to find. If you book a hunt with Wes...bring along some orange surveyors tape and get ready for a great story!
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