Phoenix went over the Rainbow Bridge on June 12, 2007. Molly went over the Rainbow Bridge July 17, 2012. We still miss them so
much. Greta is doing well, she is just retired from having puppies and now hang out in the house with us. Our new generation of
shorthairs are Fritz, Madison, Dutchess,Ali, Rana and Harley (A Dutchess and Fritz 2011 puppy). They too are so much fun and bring
tons of laughter to our lives. We have taken a different approach to our current dogs. We wanted direct sons / daughters of proven
field trial, hunt test, or show lines. We have carefully built upon the foundation Greta and Phoenix have set, and have produced
some dandy pups that families and hunters all over the nation are smiling about.
Our puppies are available on a first-come, first reserved basis. We also maintain a waiting list as most pups are sold before they
are born. All of our German Shorthaired Pointer adult dogs have had OFA and CERF completed. We have been producing happy
well adjusted German Shorthaired pups for the last 11 years. Before that I bred labs for 15 years.
At Idaho Hunting Dogs, we pride ourselves on having a very conscientious breeding program.
Our goal is to breed very conformationally correct GSP's that are also very birdy, and with loving personalities. Pups have TONS of
natural instinct. We take great pride in producing healthy happy puppies. All of our puppies are born in the house and raised in the
house to get them used to a home's general sights, sounds and chaos plus of course, lots of hugs and kisses. They are handled from
the time they are born until they go to their new forever homes at 8 weeks. They are exposed to lots of different sounds, textures,
and environments. We take them outside as appropriate to run them around the yard when they are ready. All puppies are vet
checked, current on shots, tails, dewclaws & worming done and pre-registered with AKC. We offer a written guarantee and micro-
chipped for $25.00 with PRO-ID Microchips. Pups should have excellent noses and natural instinct.
Our females are only permitted to have 1 litter per calendar year. Our dogs and puppies are raised in a family environment as part
of our family!! Our "KENNEL" is our home with several "dog yards" the first one being 145' x 85', so our dogs have plenty of room to
run. We don’t raise “kennel” dogs here!! All of our Idaho Hunting Dogs puppies are born and raised in our home to get them used
to a home's general sights, sounds and chaos plus of course, lots of hugs and kisses. These are definitely family dogs for the home
that "turn on" in the field for an incredible hunting partner; however, we encourage some form of puppy social /obedience class for
new puppies and their families. Our goal is to breed conformationally correct GSP's that are manageable, stylish, and even
tempered with a strong desire to hunt, point and retrieve.
We have 6 GSP's and they all live in the house with us. They are like our children. Some people have lots of kids, we have 4-
legged kids to bring enjoyment to our lives :) All of our dogs are great in the field as well as outstanding family members.
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Mark and Cheryl
We are Mark and Cheryl Matthiesen of Idaho Hunting Dogs. We
are a quality, family owned, kennel offering German Shorthaired
Pointers out of clean, quality bloodlines. In 1997 I, Cheryl, met
Mark and he owned a GSP named Heidi . As I spent time with
Heidi in the field and home, I knew this was the breed for me. I
fell in love. Mark was in the middle of some marriage issues and
gave her to a friend of his in New Mexico that had 2 small boys.
Cory, Heidi's new owner, said when you get your life back on
track you can have her back. Well, almost 2 years went by before
we got together. Mark couldn't take Heidi away from Cory and his
family and she loved them now and they loved her. For Mark's
birthday in 1998, I went to Colby, Kansas and bought him a puppy
named Greta. When she turned two years old, I wanted to have
one litter of puppies then have her spayed. I used to breed and
train labs and knew the work that goes into breeding right off the
bat. I felt we could breed her once and get a quality litter. But
when Greta came into her heat cycle after she turned two, I had a
friend who had a male GSP. I asked if I could use Phoenix to stud
one litter. He said "why don't you just buy him." I said "no I only
want one dog". So I borrowed him for a week. When I called
Jerry, Phoenix's owner, and said I was going to bring Phoenix
home, Jerry said why don't you just keep him as he would have a
better home with you than with us. So I kept him. The litter was
a success, and we got such satisfaction out of breeding and the
feedback we were receiving from clients. We had Greta and
Phoenix' hips certified by OFA since I now didn't want to spay her.
They were both "Good". They were a match made in heaven.
We then found our Molly, we enjoyed the breed so tremendously
we wanted another member to the family. The rest is history...
|Molly, Greta, and Phoenix...
|Madison and Fritz have one pinned...
"Where Great Hunting Dogs Don't Happen By Accident"