Welcome to Holbrook Kennels. I run a small operation located in central Kentucky. I grew up hunting quail and grouse in the foothills of Eastern Kentucky. This being said all of my dogs are out of proven hunting stock, yet their pedigrees will speak for themselves with NFC, AFC, FC, and Dc field trial titles. Names such as Nolan's Last Bullet, Tuminski's Crib, FC AFC Cunningham Roustabout Rowdy, FC Wrenegade's Strike Three, NFC FC Uodibar's Koonas, FC Rawhide's Lexington Jake and NFC Heide's Mighty City Slicker are present throughout my breeding. I believe in careful and selective breeding of only the best bloodlines and only proven hunting dogs to ensure my pups have all the traits and characteristics needed to become great hunters.
All my pups are socialized with adults and young children starting at 5 days old. They are handled and played with on a daily basis from then on. I personally do not like a timid, agressive or overly hyper dog so I have carefully bred my dogs not to have these traits. I usually have one or two litters a year of each breed alternating between sires and dams. My dogs are registered with the American Kennel Club of North America.
I only train and work dogs in the spring and summer months leaving the fall months to do what I love best watching my dogs working in the woods. I limit myself to training only 10 dogs a year to ensure I get to spend enough time with each dog to get it where it needs to be. If I happen to be booked up I have proven trainers that I am comfortable with that I can refer you too.
I look forward to introducing you to your next bird dog. Feel free to email or phone me with questions about upcoming litters or training questions. A great bird dog is a pleasure to have in the field and at home. Thanks and Happy Hunting!
Submitted by: Will on Jul 17, 2017
We bought a gsp male a few weeks ago and could not be any happier. This pup is strong and healthy and growing like a weed. Everything Chris said has been spot on. This pup's temperament and eagerness to please is like none other I've had. Can't wait to start working birds. Awesome pup, thanks Chris Holbrook
Submitted by: Kristy Jahn on Jan 04, 2017
First of all I just got to say what a great guy Chris is. We got our puppy from Chris in July 2016, and Rosco is now 8 months old. We had a pointer who passed away last year(who we did not get from Chris) so we knew what we were getting into:)
I just got to say in comparison to our other pointer, Rosco is definitely a lot more laid back. He still has the great personality & friendliness that we love, but he is just ALOT calmer. Everyone always comments on what a great looking pointer he is, and I have to agree, he is as beautiful as they come. We were so impressed with Chris and the extra steps he took. Everything was over the top clean and well organized. Our vet commented on "How well put together he was:) She just said he was a very very healthy puppy. We could not possibly recommend Holbrook Kennels more! If you are thinking of getting a pointer definitely check them out!!!
Submitted by: Teddy and Laura Sisler on Dec 17, 2016
Me and my husband got our gsp from Holbrook kennels and we couldn't be satisfied! Chris really took the time while our baby was being weened and waiting to come home to take pictures and videos and update us on how he was doing.. He is now a 1 year old beautiful boy.. everywhere we go people ask where we got him. Can't wait to get a female in the spring!
Submitted by: John Reams on Oct 07, 2016
I found Chris and Holbrook Kennels through an internet search. Contacted him on Facebook and decided to get in line for a pup. We wanted a female and had to wait for a subsequent litter. Maisy was born on 7/3/16 and we got to take her home Labor day weekend.
This is my second GSP and thought if I could find one that was half of what my old girl was, I'd be happy. This one is going to be a keeper for sure. At 13 weeks she's already swimming and running the field with my friends 1 y/o GSP like a champ. And is pure GSP Velcro dog..... Can't wait to get her on some birds.
If you are thinking about a GSP or Brittany Puppy, I highly recommend Holbrook Kennels. Chris was in constant communication throughout the process. Once we picked our pup, he sent pics and updates regularly. The kennel facilities were outstanding as well and very clean.
I can't thank Chris and his family enough for allowing us to bring Maisy into our home and become part of our family. I will definitely be back for another pup some day.
John B. Reams III
Submitted by: Tim Bandy on Aug 15, 2016
We picked up our male GSP pup on July 3 of this year, at 8 weeks old. My wife swears he tried to point and then catch a mourning dove that was flying low that week following! Very smart little guy, he was retrieving within the first week. We visited with Chris before the pups were whelped, and he was very good to keep in touch with us and let us know what was happening. We are sure we have a great dog in the making. We are extremely pleased with our Cracker Jack!
Submitted by: Erik Beckman on Jul 08, 2016
Buying my first GSP has been a trying experience. The first breeder I tried told me after paying half the cost up front in February, that his dog would be going into heat in March/April. As of late May she still had not and he has held my deposit hostage. By the time Chris called me to tell me I had a spot on the waiting list (I'd signed up when I first started looking for a GSP and had actually forgotten) for his latest litter, I'll admit I'd thought of abandoning the whole idea. But right off it was evident what a wonderful and efficient kennel Chris ran. From the minute I expressed interest in holding my spot on the waiting list Chris kept me in the loop. From weekly pics of the pups to regular videos of them doing "puppy things", I never felt like there would be any surprises. Keep in mind this was before I'd even paid him a dime as a down payment. That's how total his commitment to his buyers is. He wants you to feel comfortable with your purchase but he also isn't just about making a buck. When I finally did go to his kennel to pick my puppy and pay the downpayment, he answered every question I had (as he'd done for different questions or concerns throughout) and I never felt rushed to hurry up and pick because he had stuff to do. It's very evident when you see all the little nuances of Chris's setup that there is one priority and that is the safety and health of the dogs and pups. The kennels are very clean and all of the dogs look very healthy and happy. Little Koufax has been at home with me in Lexington for about a week now. When I had questions about some of the vaccinations while going to the vet, even though I'd already paid Chris in full and he had no continued obligation to me, he responded to my text within 10 minutes and told me to call him any time with any questions I might have. I've already recommended Holbrook Kennels to at least 2 friends and will continue to do so. Thanks Chris for being such a standup guy in what can and often is a not so honorable business and where the line between breeder and puppy mill gets blurred. You sir have a wonderful operation and if I ever decide to get another GSP or know someone looking for a great gun dog or even a good family pet, you can bet I'll be sending them your way.
Owner of GSP Koufax
May '16 Litter
Submitted by: Courtney Woomer on Jul 01, 2016
I would highly recommend Chris Holbrook to anyone interested in a German Shorthaired Pointer. He's very knowledgeable, patient and kind. My husband and I were eager and very excited and he always responded to me quickly and would send me pictures whenever I asked. We are so in love with our new puppy, Shelby. She is beautiful and has a playful, energetic personality. We could not be more pleased.
Thank you so much, Chris!!
Submitted by: Angie on Apr 01, 2016
We are so thrilled with our GSP. She is a great addition to our family and more fun than we could imagine. She is about 6 months old now. We had a great experience with our breeder as well. Chris would answer questions and send pictures at any time I had reached out to him. It was helpful to have this connection because we had a 1 1/2 hour drive. He even kept our puppy and additional week to accommodate our travel plans. It was wonderful to meet our puppies parents' and see how sweet the mother is and how caring the father is. I receive constant compliments on what a beautiful dog we have. We have talked about getting another. We have also met other GSP's that came from Holbrook that live near us. I can't wait until the time is right! We will be back!!
Submitted by: Robert Merrell on Feb 19, 2016
I've been very satisfied with Holbrook and with the puppy I got from him. Female GSP, name is Oreo, age now just under 5 months. Smart pup, learns quickly, figures stuff out for herself. Knows on her own what a door handle (knob) is for, but hasn't been able yet to open one.
Quick to pick up yard training (sit, stay, come, heel, whoa. Doing great on finding and pointing wings. Conditioned easily to a starter pistol.
Put her on live quail two days ago with a dozen birds out. She found them all, made some nice points, we shot 10, recovered 8, some buried up in cover. Paid no attention to the gunfire. Still in the raw but really nice progress during the hunt. We have the makings of a great little gundog here.
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Submitted by: Levi everhart on Dec 30, 2015
Couldn't ask for a better dog, chris was great to work with he will be seeing us again in the future.