The VanDenDriessche Family- 2017

The VanDenDriessche Family- 2017

We are located in Northwest Oklahoma where we raise cattle, horses and Weimaraners.  We have four daughters who are as different in personality and interests as they can be but they all share a love for sports and the outdoors.  "Do what you love and you'll never work a day in your life"  That is my motto and we are very fortunate to be able to raise our girls on the ranch doing what we love.  Sophie is the oldest and would rather be horseback, working cattle or working with the cow dogs.  She helps out with the dogs when I need her but she stays pretty busy helping dad with the cattle and horses.  Neely is involved in every aspect of the kennel.  She knows each dog and their personality, our breeding plans, feeding schedule, health, genetics, etc.  She also helps care for the pigeons and quail that we use in our training.  Ruby enjoys working with the younger dogs on basic manners and obedience as well as introducing them to birds.  She also helps take care of dad’s cow dogs. Ruby loves to cook and she is great at helping me keep the house in order. We joke that the kitchen is hers and she has actually gotten onto me for not picking up my things in the house after she has cleaned! Allie(Gator) is the youngest and she is getting more involved with the kennel each day.  She has really taken an interest in the birds and she likes going with me to run the dogs.  Her dog is Dottie and she likes to show her off when we have visitors to the kennel.  

Our Story-

We started raising Weimaraners in 2013 after I sold my business in town and came back to the ranch full time. Our first family Weim was Dottie and I wanted to breed her once before I had her fixed. She was my shop dog and went to work with me every day and everyone loved her. I didn’t know anything about hip testing or DNA or specific bloodlines, I just knew she was a good dog. After raising that first litter I decided to breed her again but I wanted to find a nice stud dog and that search led to where we are today. I was very fortunate that a long-time breeder of hunting weimaraners took the time to educate me and guide me in responsible breeding. She is still my mentor and a great source of support and encouragement.

Our Mission-

Although we do sell puppies at 8-10 weeks old we prefer to place started puppies that are crate, leash and potty trained that also have basic manners and obedience. The main struggle for new puppy owners is the first few weeks and getting a solid foundation in their training. No matter how well bred a puppy is and how many show or hunt titles their parents have, early and consistent training is key. Therefore, our program is based on breeding a good minded, structurally sound and correct, versatile dog that can come in at night and sleep at the foot of the bed.  We pay close attention to temperament when choosing dogs to keep in our breeding program and we want to make sure that our owners get a puppy that fits their lifestyle and personality as well.   Just like our girls, each of our dogs have their own uniqueness and it is very important to me to place our Rafter V dogs in the right home.

We are members of the Weimaraner Club of America (WCA), the Blue Weimaraner Club of America (BWCOA), North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association (NAVHDA) and International All Breed Canine Association (IABCA).  We hip test our dogs as well as DNA to screen for SD, HYPM and HUU.