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ABOUT US

Photo by Amber Jade Aanensen - December 2017
Matt and Kelly with Hunter, Amos, and Pistol - 2017

Currently located in northern Illinois, FoxPoint Gundogs was born when Matt and Kelly found each other through their mutual love of gun dog breeds.

Kelly is a second generation dog fancier, having been involved with conformation shows since childhood beginning with her family's Pugs and branching into sporting dogs as a young adult. She had a successful junior showmanship career followed by working for several professional handlers before finding success as a hobby handler. She has a variety of accolades in the conformation ring including multiple Best in Specialty Show wins, group wins, and top twenty rankings as well as several performance titles in field, rally, obedience, and dock diving events. Matt is a life-long outdoor enthusiast and hunter who has spent many years hunting behind his Labrador Retriever, Hunter. He introduced Kelly and Pistol Annie to hunting, and they've never looked back!

The pair enjoy both upland and waterfowl hunting with their dogs as frequently as life allows. 

Matt and Kelly are members in good standing with the German Wirehaired Pointer Club of America (GWPCA) and the German Wirehaired Pointer Club of Wisconsin. Kelly is also a member in good standing with the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever Club of the United States of America (NSDTRC-USA) and the Pug Dog Club of America (PDCA), as well as an associate member of the Bracco Italiano Club of America (BICA).

South Dakota 2019, Photo Courtesy of Robin Hansen
Matt, Potter, and Kelly during a 2019 South Dakota pheasant hunt

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We strive to own and produce versatile sporting dogs. We do not breed often and endeavor to improve the breed with each of our few litters, aiming to produce puppies sound in body and mind from health-tested parents. We do not ship puppies and all buyers agree to buy under contract. FoxPoint puppies will not be placed with their new homes until they - at minimum - have had their first series of vaccines, are dewormed, and have been microchipped and individually registered with the American Kennel Club. If interested in a FoxPoint puppy, we encourage you to contact us early, as we typically have a waiting list.

Our litters are raised in a home environment with regular interaction and handling. During a critical development window from their third day through their sixteenth day, we utilize early neural stimulation (ENS) protocols with each of our puppies. Based on military canine programs, when conducted in once daily short intervals (3-5 seconds each) during this developmental period, these exercises have been shown to benefit the development of improved cardiovascular performance and adrenal glands as well as greater stress tolerance and disease resistance. Our puppies are exposed to a variety of surfaces, sights, odors, sounds, and people throughout their time with us including a puppy "jungle gym". FoxPoint puppies are introduced to a variety of game birds, usually via wing or frozen training bird to start, beginning at approximately four weeks of age. Additionally, we begin basic obedience training (e.g. sit, down, wait, recall) as well as settling exercises (e.g. go to mat) and crate training. We also litter box train our puppies to help with the housebreaking process as well as beginning adventures outside at around five weeks of age. Our puppies typically join their new families beginning around 8 to 9 weeks of age so that they can acclimate to their new environment within the first critical socialization period which typically ends around 3 months of age.

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  Matt with Hunter & Pistol on a pheasant hunt, Fall 2016 January 2018 - Hunter retrieving a Canadian goose

 Avery & Kelly training for field work Matt & Pistol with an Iowa rooster, December 2017   Kelly & Pistol - Pheasant Hunt, Fall 2016 

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ADDITIONAL LINKS
Check out some of our favorite organizations, clubs, businesses, and fellow breeders!

North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association (NAVHDA) - https://www.navhda.org/
German Wirehaired Pointer Club of America - http://www.gwpca.com/
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever Club of the USA (NSDTRC-USA) - https://www.nsdtrc-usa.org/
Bracco Italiano Club of America (BICA) - https://www.thebraccoclub.org/
Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) - https://www.ofa.org/
Brenich Pugs (Illinois) - http://www.brenichpugs.com/
Two Paws Up Dog Training (Lake Bluff, IL) - https://www.twopaws-up.com/
Stoic Gun Dogs [Curly-Coated Retrievers, GSPs, Upland Guide] (Wisconsin) - https://www.facebook.com/StoicGunDogs/
Foxvale Tollers (Michigan/North Carolina) - http://foxvaletollers.com/
Claddagh Kennel [GWPs] (Montana) - http://claddaghkennel.com/
Dual Shot GWPs (Oregon) - http://www.dualshotgwp.com/ 
Wireswest GWPs (Oregon) - http://www.wireswestgwp.com/
Lakota Retrievers (Louisiana) - https://www.lakotaretrievers.com/ 
Manners Matter Dog Training & Daycare (Nicholasville, KY) - https://www.mannersmatterky.com/
Mountain Dog Cookie Company - https://www.facebook.com/MountainDogCookieCo/

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