Gun Dog Breeder Reviews for Ariels Kennels
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Submitted by: Susanne Johnson on Apr 22, 2016
HI Melissa - Just touching base to let you know that Max and Maisie are still happy and healthy. We had one of their off spring stop by today and he is just as happy and healthy as his parents. Thanks again for breeding such lovely dogs. Take care and come visit us in Canada. Our door is always open. Susie and Magill
Submitted by: Katherine Dixon on May 11, 2014
I purchased my GSP, Ace (from Mandy x Rebel) from Melissa the first week of December 2013. I had recently moved to Texas from South Carolina and had been in search of a GSP for over a year. Melissa, by far, was the most professional and helpful breeder I talked too and had more knowledge of the breed than all the other breeders combined. Everywhere I take Ace people stop and ask me where I got him and what a great looking dog he is, his temperament and hunting instincts are even better than his looks. I owe a big thank you to Melissa and will never get a GSP from anyone else as long as she is still breeding.
Submitted by: Tom Benedetto on May 06, 2014
Ariels Kennels are the best! We had a great experience in purchasing Dakota. The arrangements for shipping Dakota from TX to MD were top of the line. We couldn't be happier with Dakota and she has been a great addition to the family!
Submitted by: iva leavitt on May 06, 2014
"love this breeder , could not ask for a more better smart healthy beautiful great family dog we will ever have own and planning to purchase agin as soon sa we can, (we love our 4 legged child.
Submitted by: Cory on May 06, 2014
I purchased "Ariel's Kimber" at 6 months old in November of 2012, she turnes 2 next week. She's liver and roan, patched and ticked, although she looks mostly liver. She was a little shy at first but it didn't take her long to warm up to the family. She is still timid around strangers, but give her a treat or throw a tennis ball to her and she will be your best friend. She is great around other dogs, she is the fastest most energetic dog I have ever seen in my life! All she wants to do is play/work. Melissa, owner of Ariel's kennels is also fabulous, she has a gift for the GSP breed, any question or concern day or night she will answer the phone, I've never met some one who loves and cares for dogs like her. They are like family not pets. I would highly recommend her and plan to purchase another.
Submitted by: Dale Johnson on May 06, 2014
I left a testimonial in Nov. 2012 for our experience with Browning. In Dec. 2012 we added a second GSP, Chester, from Ariels Kennels. He was for the sole purpose of being a companion for Browning because no matter what we did, runs, chase, swim, etc. we couldn't wear Browning out. After a few conversations with Melissa at Ariels Kennels, she recommended Chester as the perfect companion. Was she ever right. We still do all the things we did now with both dogs, but when our tongues are hanging to the ground, they take up with each other and continue their play time. They never fight, are not destructive except for a little digging now and then, and are the best of friends. I totally credit Melissa at Ariels Kennels for knowing the dogs she raises. If I was going to get another (I'm not because I don't want to sleep in the dog house with them) Ariels Kennels would be the first and only choice for me.
Submitted by: Chad Loker on May 06, 2014
I researched a lot of the GSP breeders when I was looking for a new companion/family memeber and made the choice of contacting Ariels Kennels. After speaking with Melissa I was convinced that was where I would purchase a GSP from and was extremely satisfied with the purchase of Ariels Sunny Boy. From my experience Ariels Kennels is one of the best and they are very knowledgable and helpful. Any time there was any question Melissa was always just a phone call or text message away and very helpful in getting any issues resolved. I highly recommend Ariels Kennels if you are looking for a GSP that is healthy, well taken care of and that you can do anything with.
Submitted by: Dale Johnson on Nov 06, 2012
We got Browning when he was 5 months old in March 2012. Melissa was great in the information she provided before we got Browning. He's tested our patience a time or two and Melissa was and has always been helpful in offering suggestions which have all worked great. I would highly recommend Ariels Kennels for anyone looking for a GSP.
Submitted by: Brent Cantalope on Sep 06, 2012
I want to thank Melissa and Ariels Kennels for being a responsible breeder of GSP's. Their dedication to the breed and their passion is very evident in the great dogs they put out. I have been fortunate to have a male (Harvey) from them.
From the day I picked him up his natural field abilities have been evident, he was retrieving and pointing right away. I grew up in the greatest upland bird state in the US-South Dakota and have been fortunate to hunt behind several labs and English Setters. Harvey was no slouch on his first trip to the fields of South Dakota. After getting his first Jackrabbit "chase" out him, he was a natural, quartering 20-30 in front of me, got on scents and made a retrieve on his first day. Things progressed very rapidly over the week, and he was like a seasoned vet by the end. This was mostly due to Melissa and Ariels Kennels working with him while he was there. They take great pride in their dogs, and it definitely shows. Everyone I take Harvey I receive comments about how beautiful, graceful and fast he is. Not to mention his great disposition around others. Harvey is an excellent house dog too, and that is a huge factor in calling him a great dog, as he spends 90% of his time as a house/family dog. Very loyal, true, calm around kids and other dogs. Again a tribute to the breeding program at Ariels Kennels! GSP's do however need attention and need to be properly exercised to truly experience the greatness of this breed.
My next GSP will come from Ariels Kennels!

Brent Cantalope
Austin, Texas/Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Submitted by: Mike on Nov 13, 2011
Hi Melissa,

Hanna (formerly "Fancy" from your F litter last March) and I just got back from her first Pheasant Hunt in South Dakota! She did absolutely great, she has such a nice disposition and so much instinct. She was a hit with everyone at our Motel excited to hear about how she did on our 5 day hunt.

A brief roll up, by the end of day one she was quartering, checking in and scent trailing Birds. Day two she made her 1st Point, and honored another dogs point. Day three she pointed and retrieved two Pheasants, and by day four she was marking dead birds where they fell and working dead birds. She was great. My uncle, who has raised and trained bird dogs all of his life, had a great hunt just watching her hit each step on her way to being a great bird dog.

Thanks so much. Great instinct and breeding, she went from a yard worked dog to a good hunter on her first trip out. Would have never limited out without her there!

We are planning another hunt in December. I'll send another pic and an update when we return.

Take care,
Mike Benton
Submitted by: Leeza Chenoweth on Nov 22, 2010
We had a wonderful experience buying our puppy Tucker from Melissa and Jason. My husband picked out our puppy from the website but since he is deployed my 3 yr old and I went to get Tucker. I do not know much about owning a dog so Melissa and Jason both were very patient with me explaining all I needed to know and even went to WalMart with me to show everything that I needed for the pup and things to avoid as well. We brought Tucker home and could not be happier with him; he is such a wonderful and well behaved dog. Melissa could not be more patient with me, she really is a saint, and I call her a few times a day to ask her many questions that come up regarding our dog. She is very knowledgeable about her dogs always willing to help and she is even recommending the trainer for our pup when my husband goes to Kansas. If you or anyone you know is thinking about getting a family dog you will not go wrong with GSP and you cannot ask for a better breeder then Ariel’s Kennels. Incredible experience and a great pup.
Submitted by: Joshua Walton on Oct 10, 2010
The owners of Ariel's Kennels, Melissa & Jason, are very knowledgeable and passionate about what they do. Not only did I purchase a GSP from them, they offered to train my dog at a discount. I also made new friends to hunt with.

I highly recommend them. 5++!
Submitted by: Mike Moncada w/ Bear Creek Kennels *Iowa on Dec 16, 2009

I want to leave a quick note about my GREAT Experience with Ariels Kennels.

I am a breeder from the Midwest and was directed to Melissa with some questions I had as well as interest in puppies she had for sale.

Melissa has been more than accomodating in anwsering my questions. I've even converted my kennel over to her as my Webmaster, and had Melissa design a website for us as well.

We've had a super experience with Ariels Kennels, and would recommend anyone to Melissa for their next pup or started dog, and website!

Thanks again Melissa.

-Mike w/ Bear Creek Kennels *Iowa
Submitted by: Mark Thompson on May 15, 2009
I purchased "Gregor" from Ariels Kennels shortly after he was born. Melissa and Jason kept us well informed during the 8 weeks, prior to picking him up May 10th. Both of them were very informative and very friendly. I would highly recommend them to anyone who is looking for a GSP. Melissa had asked me to keep her informed on the growing process of our pup. And If I had any questions or concerns regarding our pup to freely contact them. I will being sending "Gregor" to them for bird training @ 9 months of age.
Submitted by: Eleanor Hendrickson on Apr 08, 2009
I purchased an eight week old GSP puppy from Melissa Rogers at Ariel's Kennels on 3/29/09. Throughout the weeks prior to the purchase Melissa has been a fountain of information and advice, even today, weeks after the puppy has come to his new home, I know I can come to her with any questions or doubts I may have regarding his care and health.
She has a true understanding of the breed, but most of all she cares deeply for her animals and is selective and careful in her breeding and training.
We are purchasing a second pup from Ariels Kennels as soon as it is weaned.
Submitted by: Anna Andrews on Feb 23, 2009
When I had to find a new home for my five year old GSP, Melissa stepped in to guide me through the whole process. She was a wonderful source of help and information. She worked quickly to help find a GREAT new home for my dog.

Her knowledge about the breed and experience with the dogs was evident through our entire communication. I would highly recommend A.K. to anyone!
Submitted by: MANUEL DE JESUS on Feb 19, 2009
Excellent breeder to work with. I would recomend it to any one..A+

Excellent Dogs, Very cooperative with any questions or concerns....

I'm very thankfull for my dogs that I purchased from the Ariels Kennels..
Submitted by: Charles Graves on Feb 19, 2009
We bought Curtis from Ariels Kennels on February 14, 2009. Curtis is 5 1/2 months old and was "started" when he bought him. Curtis is well behaved and odedient. His hunting pedigre is evident and with additional training, Curtis will be the perfect hunting dog as well as a pet!!
Submitted by: Scott Vowers on Feb 19, 2009
I would like to start out by thanking Ariel's Kennels (Mellisa and Jason) for being so helpful with my Weimaraners. You two are by far the best and friendliest people I have met in the top notch hunting dog world.

I first came to know of Ariel's Kennels when I was looking for a Weimaraner stud for my female "Sable". I was not able to travel from Western Nebraska to Texas, but Mellisa actually traveled all those hundreds of miles. Sable was bred to their "Vito", who has some of the best blood in the Weimaraner breed's history. Vito is a hell of a nice dog. Great conformation, great hunting drive, and was very friendly. To that union seven puppies were born. As I started them on birds before they sold, it was apparent at a very young age that they were going to be great hunters. Of the puppy buyers that contacted me, all were extremely impressed on how well their dogs did.

Soon after I bought a male Weimaraner "Rocket". I have to say that this was the best decision I ever made. Rocket was retrieving the day after I got him home, (thanks for all the hard work in his early days). He loves the water, and acutally beats my lab to the dummy and retrieves it to hand. He is so smart it is scary. His point is immaculate. His first bird at about six months was a sharp tailed grouse. Rocket tracked the scent, pointed, I shot it, he went out and retrieved it right to my hand. He was so proud, but not as proud as his dad! He is a wonderful dog. Very loving, smart, and hunts ducks geese, grouse, and pheasant.

Late in November I had the privlige of Jason coming up to Nebraska and hunting birds. The weather was terrible. Snow, Sleet, and of course 40-60 mile an hour wind gusts. Jason brought Reb and Rebel, two german shorthair pointers. Now I have only hunted with a few shorthairs being more into Weimaraners, but these dogs did awsome. They minded well, tracked the birds, pointed great, and all this after traveling all the way from Texas where it was warm to horrible frigid weather in Nebraska. Their conformation was great, and they looked beautiful searching out birds in the CRP fields.

Once again thank you for all your help. You are always there for me when I need advice or have questions. Anyone that buys a puppy or breeds with your stud dogs is a lucky person in my opinion. Many people in the hunting dog world are rude, know it all jerks with nothing (blood lines) to show for it. Ariel's Kennels (Mellisa and Jason) are by far the best I have encountered, and that is why I will always try to do business with you first.

Submitted by: Steve and Carol Jones on Jun 24, 2007
We purchased two dogs from Ariels Kennels and they have been excellent. Melissa was very helpful. Her dogs are well cared for and well trained. Her feeding and training methods produce very healthy and hard working pointers. We highly recommend.

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