Kind words from folks who love our puppies as much as we do
“We received our first German shorthair from Fogelhund Kennel in the year 2000. Carson was everything that one could want in a hunting dog and companion. He had a ton of natural talent and was pointing every bird in sight as a young puppy. He is 12 yrs old in this photo with me and one of my hawks – and was still hunting.
We currently have two Fogelhund shorthairs, Georgia, who is 4 1/2 now, and Logan, her younger brother, who is 2 1/2.
I can’t say enough about Susan and Mike and their dogs. In my opinion, you’ll search long and hard to find a more conscientious breeder than Susan, or to find finer German shorthairs than hers! And I must add that Susan is very discriminating about who gets one of her dogs!!
I didn’t think I could be more impressed with a dog than I was with old Carson, but Georgia is the most wonderful dog I’ve ever owned!! She handles beautifully and is so biddable that she is an absolute joy to work with. Her ‘little’ brother responds to voice and whistle commands as well as she does now.
There’s an old saying amongst ‘dog men’ that ‘form should follow function.’ Which simply means that a dog should be built to do what it was intended to do. In the case of a sporting breed like a GSP, that means being built to be strong, have stamina, great cardiovascular capacity, and have a great temperament. Susan’s dogs possess all those traits and more!! Aside from hunting over the dogs with my hawks and falcons, I also do some goose control work with Georgia and Logan. At only a year and a half, Georgia would hit the water and swim for an hour straight if you let her!! I’ve seen some other shorthairs out there that have no chest on them and can’t run for more than about 15 minutes and then they’re out of gas. When I look at any of Susan’s dogs, the first thing that hits me is the big deep chests on them. These dogs have a cardiovascular capacity like I’ve never seen before. They will hunt all day and ask for more!!
If you’re looking for a shorthair for the field, or for a jogging companion, or just a smart, loyal and loving family pet, I don’t think you could go wrong with a German shorthair from Fogelhund Kennel.They will hunt, run or swim all day with you – and then do it over again the next day!!
“Our family purchased a pup from Susan and Mike in 2010. We became interested in the breed after we had my brother’s dog stay with us for eight months. Two of my brothers had purchased pups from Fogelhund, so we were well aware of the quality of pup we would be getting, and the qualities they possess. What we didn’t know was that we would also be meeting quality people. They have always been available for questions, opinions and advice.
Susan and Mike raise this breed because they LOVE them, and that shines through in the pups they raise. On top of that, their experience allows them to match an individual pup’s personality to the appropriate family situation, whether that be a family pet or a working hunting dog. We have recommended Fogelhund Kennels without reservation to many friends and family who were looking for a quality dog from a quality breeder. For our family, there will be no other breed or breeder than Fogelhund GSPs.”
Todd and Shannon Pulsifer
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
“I came across Fogelhund Kennel in June of 2015. We had just lost our GSP of 12 years, and our family was looking for a GSP pup to help fill the void that our old boy had left us with. I had contacted a half a dozen or so other kennels before I spoke with Susan at Fogelhund, and I was immediately impressed with her knowledge and love of GSPs.
When I initially contacted Susan our plan was to try and get a puppy within a few months, but unfortunately Susan advised us that she wasn’t planning a litter in 2015. She explained to me that she didn’t feel like she could provide the required time and attention that the puppies needed, and that she was only planning a 2016 litter. I immediately got a sense of how much she cared about the well being of her puppies, and that her kennel had solid ethics behind it. Needless to say I was very impressed.
Unfortunately, I told her that we couldn’t wait that long for a puppy, and that we would be looking to purchase a puppy from another kennel. To my amazement Susan spent the next hour on the phone with me, giving me pointers on what to look for in a reputable breeder, and more importantly, the proper traits and behaviours of a well-raised GSP puppy. I was truly blown away by how knowledgeable she was, and how much she cared that our family got a good fit with the right puppy. When I got off the phone with Susan I was very disappointed that she was not having a 2015 litter, because I had such a good feeling about her and really want to add our next family member from her kennel. I immediately called my wife and told her that I found a wonderful breeder who really stood for everything we were looking for in a breeder. Within an hour I found myself calling Susan back to let her know that we decided as a family to wait the year and get a puppy from her and her family. We received a Fogelhund information package within a week, completed the puppy questionnaire and shortly after made our way up to visit Susan and her dogs.
We ended up having to wait almost a year and a half for Cooper, but the wait has been so worth it. Cooper is an extremely smart, loving, well-balanced puppy with an amazing temperament, he absolutely loves other dogs and people. He just finished his basic obedience training, he’s a very quick learner, extremely bright and was crate- and house-trained within days. Cooper is full of energy, he loves to play and run, but he’s just as happy to snuggle up beside you on the floor and basically sleep on top of you for hours.
Since we have brought Cooper home, Susan has made herself available countless times answering our questions, and not once did she make me feel like I was a burden to her. I highly recommend Fogelhund Kennel to anyone looking for a top quality GSP. I know we are already looking forward to getting another one.
“We have not put Cooper in any obedience training, but will do so now. Twice a week we have been taking him to a puppy socialization group. … The woman running the group loves his temperament. Says he is a one-in-a-million dog, the way he handles himself around other dogs and people of all temperaments. She wants us to bring him even after he is fully grown as she feels he will be an excellent adult dog to introduce puppies to. He has been easy to train. Sit, lie down, stay. Fetch/retrieving, singles, pairs and blind. He does it all. Also working on casting. I can’t wait to get him working on birds.
On a side note. I was at the dentist this morning. Got talking about dogs. Her daughter has a GSP named Shadow that came from your kennel. She is about 9 years old. She told me about a vet picking it up at the end of their lane and they eventually returned it to you. She said you were at the cottage and came home to identify the dog and returned it to her daughter and husband. Small world.”
“Willow has been such a great addition to our family. She is doing amazingly well – crate trained at night, house broken without issue, and is coming along nicely with her training. We are actually in the same puppy class as Finn her brother! Attached is a photo to show how beautiful she is and another to show how cuddly she is.”
-Barry and Emma McCann and family
“I thought I’d drop a line with some pictures of Terra so you could see how well she is growing. She’s a great puppy and remarkably well-behaved. She was very quick to house break and is presently working on retrieving sticks or balls…She’s been very sociable with people as well as other dogs, so classes should be fun for her. She flushed up a partridge last week while we were out for her afternoon walk.”
“Just a short note to bring you up to date regarding our new pointer. … I took him hunting in October and he just loves it. He was never afraid of gunshots in the least. … I have had some great dogs in my lifetime, it’s quite evident this is going to be another.”
“What a lovely puppy!”
“As promised, here is a most recent picture of Sally with her first grouse of the season, and looking very proud of herself, also. So far she has assisted us in bagging well over 40 grouse this season, not bad for her first real year hunting. She was also a real companion for me during my rehab after back surgery, her abundance of energy and enthusiasm when seeing the shotgun and hunting gear being packed into the truck for a day hunt was addictive and I knew I had to get better soon or else I would miss out on the fun. She made it all so easy for me, with that look, as if to say: “I’ll find them , you pull the trigger and I’ll fetch them for you. It’s as simple as that, so let’s get at ‘er!” We love her dearly, and know that we made the right choice.”
Renate and John Sullivan