Dark Horse Gun Dogs - Virginia German Shorthaired Pointer Breeders

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About Dark Horse Gun Dogs
☆☆☆ Thank you for your interest in Dark Horse German Shorthaired Pointers. We are a small family run kennel dedicated to the German Shorthaired Pointer. Our GSPs participate in AKC Hunt Tests & conformation as well as upland hunting when time allows. Dark Horse is a very special family hobby. We are also members of GSPCA.

We occasionally have puppies for sale . Quality NOT Quantity! Our goal is to produce versatile hunting dogs with high desire, bird finding ability, trainability, style, as well as being fantastic family dogs. The primary focus is to improve the breed by providing a trainable hunting dog that can participate successfully in multiple venues.
Currently we do not train outside dogs. We are amateur hobbyists that live for training/working our beautiful & talented dogs. It's a true obsession.
Dark Horse will be avidly participating in AKC hunt tests this season & next. ****☆☆☆ The best way to reach us is by email due to our extremely busy schedule.Call after 5pm. We will respond to calls asap. Thank you. ☆☆☆****

Hunting Dog Breeds Raised
German Shorthaired Pointer
Breeder Contact Info
Vanessa Panaway
Winchester, Virginia 22602
Breeding quality gun dogs for over 9 years.
Our Pedigrees

Testimonials (14) You are viewing the 10 most recent - View all reviews for Dark Horse Gun Dogs
Submitted by: John M on Aug 12, 2019
What a great experience! The Panaways (Dark Horse) treat their pups like family members and it shows. They immediately responded to my initial inquiry, allowed a meet and greet within two days, and gave us plenty of time to meet and select our new family member. They answered a million questions and provided lots of advice, as this is our first GSP. Our black roan boy is absolutely beautiful. He is REALLY smart and joined our family immediately with no issues at all. Our little girls love him and he loves them right back. He's already pointing and he's just two months old-great bloodline! We HIGHLY recommend Dark Horse, and passed on their information to several friends and family members.
Submitted by: Thomas Bardin on Sep 25, 2017
My little sister Laura got her first dog a GSP named Karma from the Panaways, before meeting Karma I knew nothing about German Short Hairs.. I had never even heard of them. My little sister went on and on about the Panaways and how great they had been to her.. fast forward a couple of years and this past March my family as well as Karma are in the car on the way to pick up my first puppy, a GSP named Henry...from the Panaways. Before I picked up Henry, Dave and Vanessa would send me updates and photos of him.. they also were incredibly patient with answering every single question I had, and believe me I had some dumb ones. They were just as pleasant and helpful in person as they were over the phone and email. I really liked seeing how their children were right there playing with Henry and a few other dogs when we arrived, they took time to talk to my family and I and they took time to love on Karma as well. After getting Henry home they would check in and see how he was and continue to answer all of my questions. The Panaways are passionate and very knowledgeable about this breed, if you are looking for a GSP.. to hunt or just to be a companion, look no further!! Henry is very smart, handsome, very sweet and friendly, he's strong, fast, and after he finishes his training I am confident he will be a great hunter. Down the road I plan on adding another GSP to my family, and when I do Dark Horse Gun Dogs will be the first place I go. My experience with the Panaways has been nothing but exceptional..Again, if you are looking for the right breeder to get your GSP.. look no further!!!
Submitted by: christina evans on Jul 18, 2017
After losing our GSP at almost 13 years old, my husband found Dark Horse and the Panaways on the Gundog Breeders site. We are so happy he found them. Ruger joined our family in Feb. 2017 and has been another wonderful GSP addition to our family. We will have him mainly as a companion but his personality shows he will be a great agility dog. He is a beautiful puppy that is sure to turn into a handsome guy. I can't say enough about the Panaways and their welcoming personalities. We have done a lot of research in finding breeders and the Panaways are the type you want to look for to have a healthy, well rounded GSP. I have absolutely no apprehension in recommending them to anyone looking for a hunting or companion dog, I guarantee you won't be disappointed.
Submitted by: Trey Adams on Apr 23, 2016
My family and I welcomed the new member Shannon to our family on 04/17/2016. Shannon is a beautiful 10 month old GSP with the sweetest most outgoing personality you could ever ask for. I saw a posting on Gun Dog Breeders for Shannon and contacted David and Vanessa with absolutely what seemed like a hundred questions about her. (We currently have a 6 year old GSP that we rescued a year ago and was looking for an additional member since we fell in love with the breed.) Vanessa and David contacted me back and answered every question without reserve. They were great. I drove down and met Dark Horse Gundogs and was amazed at the time they took with me. Paperwork was up to date and every question was answered with them making sure I was satisfied before I left. Since we have texted pictures back and have been worry free. I would recommend Dark Horse Gundogs to everyone that is interested in a GSP. Shannon is super intelligent and very loving with everyone. Thank you David and Vanessa for everything and will send everyone looking for the perfect GSP your way.
Submitted by: Mike and Kim Bell on Mar 27, 2016
It has been a great experience buying a puppy from the Panaways. They sent us weekly updates and pictures about our puppy Indi. Seem to be very caring breeders. We are throughly enjoying our new puppy!
Submitted by: Brison B. on Jan 23, 2016
Just a little update: Our puppy is doing great! She is holding point and retrieving consistently. She is a good in our home and was easy to housebreak. We truly enjoy her. Thanks again!
Submitted by: Rachel on Jan 23, 2016
We recently got a puppy from Vanessa and David and it was a great experience. Working with them to pick out our perfect puppy was awesome. We received updates and pictures every week. They are very knowledgeable and super nice. Our puppy Chance has a great personality and is very loving.
Submitted by: Joy on Aug 30, 2015
We love our puppy Shannon. Vanessa and Dave kept us well informed about our puppy. We especially appreciated the photos and weekly updates. We highly recommend Dark Horse for their fine quality German Short Hair Pointers. We're looking forward to participating in future hunt tests and shows. Thank you, Dark Horse, for everything!
Submitted by: Laura Bardin on Jun 11, 2015
Saying that Dark Horse Gundogs are wonderful would be an understatement. The Panaways love for their dogs is obvious, as is their abundant knowledge about each individual animal and it's health, personality, tendencies, and potential. I've been blessed by the dog I got from them, Karma, and eagerly await all the times we will have together.
The Panaways went above and beyond in answering my questions, providing me with the tools and resources I needed to get started with Karma, and helping educate me on the best ways to keep her both happy and healthy. Their kennels are clean and well-kept, and the dogs are incredible. Karma is one of the smartest dogs I've ever seen, as well as one of the most loving. She starts pointing even on walks when I don't see any birds around, and sure enough, a bird will appear!She's also a great cuddler,and an amazing athlete.
I could go on and on about how much Karma and the Panaways mean to me, but will suffice it say that I would recommend Dark Horse Gundogs above anyone and everything. Please feel free to contact me if I can tell you more about why Dark Horse Gundogs is the family you're looking for and didn't imagine you could find!
Submitted by: Gary Brown on Jan 12, 2015
We have had our GSP "Lola" for nearly 2 years now. Our experience with David & Vanessa was excellent, they were highly recommended to us and they exceeded all of our expectations. They were extremely thorough & answered any questions that I had about my new GSP puppy. She is a happy, healthy & very smart. Lola is a wonderful member of my family.
My family & I highly recommend Dark Horse Gundogs!
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