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Submitted by: Ed Osowski on Apr 07, 2015I picked up my first dog from John 16 years ago, she was with us for 14 years. Hunting with me for 12 and grew up with my two boys. Just a wonderful dog in every way. A year after she passed I visited John for another female, we talked about what I wanted and he recommended a perfect dog. She's now 14 months old, hunted her last fall here in Mass and also in Maine. Natural ability was unbelievable, just a beautiful hunting dog, fantastic personality, eager to please and wonderful with my family. Everything you want in a hunting dog.
Submitted by: Chris on Jan 29, 2015I bought a female from John last February. We took Penny out in the field with some birds. She locked up on a dime, held point, John flushed the birds, shot one down and she retrieved to hand. John had already discussed what her capabilities were over the phone and backed them up in person. She did every thing he said she would. Penny has a great personality, eager to please, calm and a hunting machine. We hunted Penny in the UP this October and she was excellent. She is 2 now and she hunts like a 6 year old veteran. Highly recommend John's dogs and he is not to bad a guy either.
Submitted by: eddie woods on Jan 14, 2015I purchased my pup named Jed. That was thirteen weeks now he is 17 weeks old. Day after I bought him he was pointing live quail. Been on pheasant hunts in western KS since he will honor points last Sunday he honored had nine points and three retrieves four guys shot over this pup he goes to the bird. Best investment I have made. Thanks John
Submitted by: Clint Stewart on Jan 14, 2015What can I say about my GSP Jet from John Prince's kennel. I will try to limit the praise so folks wont have to read a novel. Here's a quick rundown of some of my favorite highlights: 1. His pedigree is top notch. It doesn't come any better. From his mother and father right there at Johns kennel all the way through champions like Dixieland Rusty and back into the old Stradivarius line of GSP's, Jets bloodlines are as good as they come. 2. Jet pointed the first quail scent he ever smelled at about 11 weeks old. Tail high, perfect position, and never broke. I haven't taught the dog one thing about pointing. He was born with it. 3. He learned WHOA and HERE in about 2 hrs, in one session, at less then 3 mo old. He is smart, teachable, but is still good and onery and has a go get it attitude. He doesn't cowar at discipline, never even flinched at a gun shot, and he learns fast. He is everything you want in terms of training. 4.Jet had his first pheasant hunt at 5 mo old, and not only did he point and hold, he marked birds by sight-some of them wounded birds that fell hundreds of yds away. He'd sprint straight to them, and retrieve fairly without much training at all(and zero force training). He has a natural soft mouth, doesn't chew birds at all. He was (and is) a natural at marking and finding birds- an uncanny ability to mark birds, even. When my father saw this happen and the puppy was only 5 mo- mind you, my father has been in the dog business some 65 yrs and has seen quite literally everything- he told me I had something special. 5. More on that first hunt: As a 5 mo old puppy, Jet outlasted every adult dog on our hunt. He was born with incredible stamina. Jet will go from daylight to dark, day after day. It's remarkable to see, actually. He is strong, he's athletic- lean and muscled and perfectly proportioned, exactly what you want- and he has great instincts and a great nose. You just can't say enough about the dogs natural gifts. 6. Aside from hunting, Jet is my best buddy. He lives in my house, and has since he was a puppy. He sleeps every night in my room with me. He is obedient, he's never chewed anything in my house, he rides in my truck(front and in the bed) without one bit of worry. I can go to the store with him in the truck bed, leave him there, and when I come out he'll be right there, sitting, staring at the store front door waiting for me to come back out where he last saw me. He has THE most loving and happy personality I've ever witnessed in a dog. I've never even heard him growl. Everyone loves Jet, and Jet loves everyone. He's a great companion. 7. Here's another thing I want to highlight that has nothing to do with Jet's hunting. John Prince has been, since day one and still to this day, a man of integrity, and a man of his word. You can take John's word to the bank. When he says he will do something, you can count on it. That's a rare thing, and certainly so from what I've learned from my father, and through my own experience in the dog business. But Jet was everything John said he would be, and even more impressive to me-John is truly invested in his dogs. He has kept in contact to check up on Jet, make sure the dog is doing well and that his customer is satisfied. He continues to do this today, over 4 yrs after Jet came to my house. It's evidence this is more than just a business to John. This is his life, and his joy, and he knows the value of honesty, integrity, and service. I would recommend John Prince and his kennel to anyone and everyone who's looking for not only the highest quality gundogs, but the best kind of experience with a breeder and trainer. I plan to bring another John Prince GSP into my house asap!! In addition to the list above, I wanted to relay the unique details of a hunting story about Jet that will hopefully shed even more light on this dogs natural gifts. When he was 3 yrs old I decided to take Jet to my duck blind. Quail and pheasant populations were terrible that yr- they'd been on a steady decline, and that yr we didn't even have enough wild birds to make a hunt-so I was duck hunting quite a bit, and it broke my heart to have to see Jet sad when I'd leave before dark without him. He knows when its time to hunt-he'll go into my gear room and watch me pack, bouncing around the room barking and excited beyond himself the whole time. Closing the front door with him long faced behind me, still in the house, and then seeing him up on the front window-paws up on the window pane, barking as I drove away-was just too much. Of course I had no idea how'd he'd react or what he'd do in the blind. He'd never even seen waterfowl, smelled a duck, been around nor in a blind, etc. Jet watched as I waded out and set decoys and came back to shore and got him and everything settled in the blind. We waited for first light together. He was a little confused obviously, having to set still instead of hunt to find birds, but again, the dog knows when it's time to hunt, and you could just tell he knew this was going to be fun. He was attentive, hanging on my every word and movement, and his whole body shook with the adrenaline and excitement. Then before the first light, birds started coming in. We all know that magical sound in the predawn darkness-whistling wings cutting through the cold air, the splash of the landing out over the water, the muted "bleeps" of the group talking amongst themselves. You could just see Jet catching on. He'd look up into the darkness at the sounds, then through the front of the blind when he'd hear the ducks on the water, trying to locate them in the shadow's over the pond. By first light, he was literally looking up, scanning the sky. He'd pick up a group circling high above and follow them without looking away. The first group I got to decoy came in low across the pond, and when I stood, 2 mallards broke to my right, quartering up hard. I dropped them both in as many shots, and they folded and began to tumble. When they hit, I instinctively yelled "FETCH!" not thinking about what Jet would do. He bolted-and let me tell you, when this dog takes off, get out of the way. He's as fast and powerful as any dog I've seen. Unfortunately, Jet took a straight line to the birds instead out the back opening of the blind-crashing through the front of my blind, collapsing half of it in the process. But he hit the water at full speed, swam out to where he marked the first duck, and like he'd done it his whole life, he turned and swam all the way back to the bank with a mallard drake in his mouth. He dropped it on the bank, smelled it for a second, then the second bird-injured but not completely dead-splashed the water back behind him. He spun and located it, hit the water again and swam all the way out to the other mallard. It dove on him, several times, trying to get away. Jet kept after it, locating and losing and relocating it over again-mind you, the dog has literally never even seen a duck nor smelled one at this point, nor of course chased an injured diver. He was back and forth, circling, chasing, until finally he caught it. Again, like he was a trained lab, he swam back to shore, dropped the duck on the bank, shook all the water off and started examining these weird swimming pheasants!! Needless to say, I was stunned. I was also elate-beyond excited and happy, and a proud father. Jet is quite simply, an absolute natural. A born hunter. And the best all around dog I've seen or heard of. Now I just have to teach him how to exit the duck blind properly...
Submitted by: Jeremy Sacker on Dec 12, 2014BUY FROM JOHN. We have had Addie for 2 years now. She has an awesome personality, is always happy, and man can she hunt.
And note that the comments are true. I live in Minnesota and John drove half way to meet me. I believe every testimonial about John because I have met him. Also, if you can, go back a couple of years. You will get the same story about hospitality and honesty repeated over and over.
Unfortunately John is a rare breed. Fortunately for you, you found him.
Submitted by: Jackson Simonich on Jul 12, 2014I found Prince's Quality Gun Dogs after doing some research. After talking to several breeders in Texas where I live and not being real excited about what I heard from them, I called John and immediately felt like I had found the right place to get my pup. Without prompting, John described the traits in his dogs that I had been looking for: trainable, great personalities, drive, versatile, natural abilities, etc. From the time I picked up Otto at 8 weeks he was pointing everything from houseflies to birds in the yard to his training bumper. I knew I had a winner when I took him out with a gun at 5 months. On his first quail he slammed to a statue-like point and held for me to flush the bird...his very first! Otto is a natural retriever. He loves the water and made 30-50 yard retrieves from a very young age. Hunting abilities aside, the other quality that makes John's dogs great is that they are perfect companions. Otto is as great in the house as he promises to be in the field.
I came to pick him up this weekend after 8 weeks of training. (Otto is now 10 months.) Otto covered ground like a horse in full gallop but screeched to a halt as soon as he hit scent and held like a pro. John demonstrated that he could take the pigeon and put it in Otto's face with the wings flapping, and Otto would hold. While quartering, John held his hand up without saying a word and Otto whoa'd to complete stop and waited for his next command. I've never seen a 10-month-old bird dog whoa and take the temptation of a bird its wings in his face. Very impressive.
I imagine that many would be reluctant to drive to SE Kansas to get a dog. However, the quality you'll get from John's dogs will make it worth the effort.
Thanks for your time, attention, and quality breeding and training John! I couldn't be happier with Otto. I look forward to many seasons in the field and evenings with him laying beside me on the couch!
Submitted by: jack miles on Jul 11, 2014I contacted John at the end of the yr in 2013 to inquire about purchasing a dog that would be good for Texas bird hunting. John sent me pics of a pup that I picked out and he said he would raise it and train it for me. He was born on Oct 2,2013 and finished in early July of 2014. I drove 10 hrs to Johns home from Victoria TX. We met John on a Thursday evening, went out to dinner with John and his wife, spent the night at Johns house got up the next morning to watch my new dog in the field. We went to the field turned him loose on birds. He pointed 3 birds that John planted for him with a very high tail (straight up). He handled on command, he would hold a bird til the sun goes down. John even put a bird on his snout and he would not offer to grab the bird but when it came to retrieving he retrieved birds a total of 6 times with one retrieve at about 70 yds. Very soft mouth, would Whoa on command running away to only turn around looking like he was on point everytime John would holler WHOA!!!! My expectations were actually exceeded of what I would be getting. If you want someone that will lead you in the right direction and place you with the right dog for both family and or hunting then I would HIGHLY recommend John and his expertise. He not only treats you like a client but like a friend opening his house to you and not even really knowing you. (WHO DOES THAT)!!!!!!! Thank You John for the opportunity to own such a great hunting companion. Jack Miles
Submitted by: brad swofford on Jul 01, 2014I purchased a female pup out of Prince's Cody of Arms in 2013 sent her to John for training in June of 2014. John had her just over 3 wks and what I had expected had far exceeded my expectations. John called me up at 3 wks to say my dog was done and I wondered whether or not that would be the case when I watched her in the field. When he turned her loose. She looked an experienced dog. She would WHOA on command with a high tail and stand a bird that would walk or that John would literally drop or hold up to her face and not budge a bit. He had her retrieving, handling, loading on command, would call off of a flying bird, retrieve out water etc. I would HIGHLY recommend John to anybody out there looking for a HONEST and RELIABLE trainer. Sincerely Brad Swofford!
Submitted by: Dale Reed on Apr 12, 2014Over the past couple years I had considered buying a GSP. I have hunted English Pointers my entire life and simply wanted something different. I wanted a calmer breed and hoped to find a strong natural retriever. I searched a lot of different GSP breeder websites and liked John's. I have to admit that I am very skeptical by nature and I don't believe everything I read. I contacted John and told him what I was looking for. We talked about his dogs and the different breedings he had planned. John told me that if I bought a pup from him and I wasn't happy that he would make it right. I talked with John a couple more times and planned a trip. I asked him if he would show me his dogs on birds while I was there. He said sure. I went down, met John, and talked about his dogs. He took me out and showed me the ones I wanted to see on birds, and a couple young pups as well. I liked what John had to say and I liked his dogs. I looked at several pups that were on the ground and found one that I liked. Since taking the pup home I have been very pleased. Benelli is now 5 months old. I have kept her inside and she is doing well. She is pretty calm inside the house. I have played with her retrieving and she does well. I do like to train using a "click and treat" method with puppies for the commands "here", "sit", and "kennel". I only do this because I like to see how smart the pup is and I think it is good to stimulate the mind at 6-10 weeks old. My pup progressed quickly. Up until yesterday she was collar conditioned to "here", exposed to birds, retrieved clipped wing pigeons while on check cord, and introduced to the gun. Yesterday I went down and met John to work the pup on birds. Up until this point she had only flash pointed. We set out her first bird and she pointed and bumped the bird. Same on second. Then on the third bird she pointed and held to flush. She repeated that another time or two and we killed three birds over her. We worked with her and she retrieve each of them. All that leads me to this. John is an honest man and has a good line of dogs. I am very pleased with Benelli at 5 months and I have no doubt that she is going to be a fine bird dog. I have high expectations for my dogs and Benelli is showing all the signs of meeting those expectations. John has answered several questions and has always made time for those conversations. I recommend for anyone looking for a GSP to consider John. He has been first class with me. Dale (Kansas City)
Submitted by: Antonio Filipponi on Apr 08, 2014I bought a GSP from John Prince in October of 2012 and he has turned out to be one of the best natural hunters I have ever seen. Cooper not only hunts like a champion, but he is my best friend and companion too. Thank you John.
Submitted by: Becca Powell on Jan 22, 2014Our gsp, Henri, is 10 months old today. We purchased Henri from John Prince in May and could not be happier. We knew we wanted our pup to be part of the family. We live in downtown Austin and take our dog with us everywhere, restaurants, bars, hikes, etc. John helped us pick out our pup and he was right on! Henri is the most well rounded dog I've ever owned. He retrieved and pointed right at 9 weeks old. He has been easy to train. I'm sure he would make a great hunting dog. John Prince took his time in answering all of our questions and really cares about putting his dogs in the right homes and the happiness of everyone. We have considered getting another puppy and when we do, I promise it will be from John Prince. You cannot go wrong!
Submitted by: Ruben Santos on Jan 05, 2014I purchase a male gsp from Mr. prince and he is all he said he would be.i sent my pup at 8 month old to him to trained it when i had it shipped back he told me that he was steady to shot , whoa broke,here and retreive to hand.i took my pup out at a 11 months to his first outing which was a month after his training and he did everything that mr. prince said he would do, he pointed quail and pheasant i have two other gsp a 3yr old and a 2yr old and this pup out did my two dogs.just want to say thanks to Mr. Prince this pup is going to be good one
Submitted by: Paul Frauen on Dec 23, 2013I got my female GSP, Rooke from John almost exactly one year ago to the day. When searching for a puppy I called many different breeders and John by far was the most welcoming and willing to answer my many many questions. When speaking with him he told me how the instincts of his dogs are the best I can find out there, and he did not oversell. Rooke pointed feathers at 5 weeks old the night I took her home. Rooke went with me at 10 months old to South Dakota and all the guides were impressed with her abilities and asking where I got her. John was so accommodating in helping teach me to be a better handler as Rooke is my first hunting dog. If you're like me you've been searching and reading about every breeder on gundogbreeders.com let me save you some time and say, stop searching and go to John for your GSP.
Thanks again John,
Submitted by: Paul Frauen on Dec 18, 2013John,
I cannot thank you enough for the quality of service you provided from start to finish in helping me select and train my GSP, Rooke. When I began searching for the right breeder for my GSP I called multiple breeders in the Kansas and Missouri area, and when I spoke with John on the phone he was more than willing to go into great detail not only answering my questions but providing his professional opinions about different options that I was undecided on. When going to see his dogs for the first time, John took the time to provide a demonstration of his finished dogs in addition to letting me look at all the puppies and see how they reacted around birds/wings for the first time.
I took Rooke home the same day at 5 weeks old. When I took her home she was pointing wings on a rod and string the very same night! When you speak with John he will tell you how instinctual his breeds are, sometimes to the point that it has to seem like overselling. I'm sure I'm not the first customer of John's to say, he is not overselling the quality of his breeds at all! I took Rooke back for training with John and she was finished in time for my trip this year to South Dakota, where the other guides and the owner of the club were all amazed at Rooke's abilities at 11 months old.
What is great about John's service is I feel comfortable calling and getting advice on handling Rooke at any point. John provides top to bottom, start to finish, great customer service. For those looking for a quality dog, Prince's Quality Gun Dogs is the place. I have told John that any prospective buyers that want a customer's view in more detail can get my contact information from him and I'd be more than willing to share my experience and answer any additional questions from the customer's perspective.
Thanks again John,
Paul & Rooke
Submitted by: Jared McJunkin on Dec 18, 2013Recently, I found myself back in the market for a GSP after my 9.5 year-old male passed unexpectedly a week ago. I immediately looked up Prince’s Quality Gun Dogs, having had great luck with one of his dogs in the past. I started the conversation with John about what I was looking for and possible timelines, as I now have a young daughter who has a birthday coming up so I wanted to time it right if I could. After chatting with John via email, I quickly remembered why I bought my first GSP puppy from him. John is an honest businessman and is truly interested in getting his customers the right dog for their needs so they will enjoy a lifetime of memories in the field. After chatting with John and reliving our first encounter, I felt compelled to write a testimonial for anyone looking to buy a GSP. I know John will treat you right and get you a great dog in the process!!
I first met John back in 1994, when I was a teenager looking for a GSP pup. I ended up getting a great male, Dallas, out of one of John’s litters, out of Rawhide’s Clown. He was BAR NONE the greatest dog a person could ever own. I am sure many have heard the old adage “a man only gets one truly special dog in his lifetime;” Dallas was that dog for me. He was a hunter right out of the gate. The first time I had him on birds he was 4 months old and he locked on point between two coveys in a thick CRP field. I remember thinking “There is no way this puppy is on birds; this is the first time he has smelled wild quail.” He held until I got to him and I managed to shoot my first triple out of the exploding coveys. I knew right then that this was a very special dog. He lived to be one month shy of his 16th birthday with no issues. He had a great temperament and was always eager to hit the field, where he was ALL business. He also was a great family dog and good in the house, great with people and kids.
Everything came so natural to Dallas. He covered ground like he had been trained by the best, but he was trained by a kid training his first dog, highlighting the natural ability that John breeds into his litters!!! I truly believe Dallas never missed a bird in his life. He outhunted every dog he ever ran with; always the first to the point and holding the longest. Everyone that hunted over him had a profound respect for his abilities and often told me he was the best dog they ever hunted over. The sympathy I received from friends and hunting partners when he passed might have been the biggest testament to his hunting ability and impacts on others who were able to share the field with him.
If you are looking for a GSP, I strongly suggest you look into Prince’s Quality Gun Dogs. Give John a call and let him know what you are looking for and I am confident he will help you out. I myself hope to be leaving another testimony for John and his kennel in the near future!!
Submitted by: Cole Leiffer on Oct 14, 2013Im just writing this testimonial to say how pleased I am with John with training my GSP (Remi). I did a lot of research and read many testimonies and finally decided to pick John to train my dog and let me say it was a great choice. After 3 weeks we had to drive down and drop off some food and let me say I was blown away on how fast and how much he had taught my dog in such a little time. She would find the birds point them and hold the point till he flushed it. He even taught her to retrieve out of water and load into the dog box. But to top that day off he even made us a HUGE breakfast when we got there. But what was even more great was that 2 weeks later he called me and told me my dog was done with training. I was shocked that he could train my dog in only 5 weeks! After 2 weeks of having her home I took her to a pheasant trial and I was VERY IMPRESSED on how great she performed in the field. So if you are thinking about buying a dog or sending your dog to training I recommend using Mr. Prince it was a pleasant experience. Thank you for everything John. -Cole Leiffer
Submitted by: George and Janet Hilton on Oct 08, 2013Hi, John,
George and I have had the pure joy of our GSP for four years and we want you to know that we appreciate your remarkable skill and love that brings such happiness to so many. We purchased Jenny from you when she was 9 months. She is a liver roan patched and ticked and we are constantly stopped by people who comment on her stunning beauty. Not a day goes by when we do not marvel at her tenacity, intelligence, gentle heart and fierce determination. George says that she is a machine in the woods and fields. George does not always measure up to Jenny's hunting standards and from time to time she will stop in her tracks, turn around and stare at him with an expression that asks clearly "Are you serious?" By breed standards Jenny at 48 lbs is on the small side but she's the biggest little dog we've ever known. As many dogs as he has had in his life, George has never had so many hunters take the time to comment as they do on Jenny's speed, perfect nose and training. One such avid hunter and friend has hunted all over the world and I thought I would share a recent comment he made about Jenny whose performance during a recent hunting trip had left him open mouthed once again. He looked at George's slightly better than average gun and said "That dog does not deserve to be embarrassed by that gun." George laughed all the way to the gun store where he bought a very fine side by side befitting the class act that Jenny truly is. The thought of humiliating one of Prince's phenomenal Gun Dogs was too much to bear. We hope you and your family are well. We think of you more often than you might imagine because our lives have been enhanced by your ability to make a difference. What you do so very well matters in this world. Take good care of yourself and bless your good heart. Janet and George Hilton
Submitted by: Michelle & Joshua Gerety on Sep 24, 2013We got our German Shorthair, Ava, from John Prince at Prince's Quality Gun Dogs 2 years ago. She was born from Gypsy (Dane) and Codey (Stud). She has turned out to be an amazing addition to our family, and a great hunting companion for my husband. She has been to South Dakota to hunt wild birds, and this year she has been running field trials. Out of 4 field trials she has placed 1st, 1st, 1st, and 3rd. She has proven to be a great indoor dog where she sleeps in our bed at night, but loves the outdoors during the day. We will definitely be getting our next dog from Prince's Quality Gun Dogs, and recommend them to all of our friends.
Submitted by: Brian Vanderpool on Sep 06, 2013STOP your search if you are looking for a German Shorthaired Pointer. You have found the best without a doubt. I purchased a female pup from John Prince last year and not only did the pup exceed my expectations but so did John. I bought the pup at 8 weeks old and John said for $200 additional he would give me unlimited training. I brought the pup back at 4 months of age as he instructed. She quartered perfectly, found, pointed and held the quail he placed and retrieved the shot birds to hand on the first try. I made the two hour drive from my home a few more times before the opening day of quail season and each time John was always eager to see Bella work and was even showing her off to other clients. I hunted Bella at a local preserve to get her into a bunch of birds her first season. The preserve owner offered me twice what I had paid for her after the first 30 minutes in the field. Of course she was not for sale. I have pictures of Bella in the field for anyone that is interested. In closing, I have owned and trained a Gordon Setter, English Setter and Golden Retriever all were as good as their trainer but Bella has literally more natural ability than all of those dogs combined.
Submitted by: Mike Smith on Sep 02, 2013I sent John an undiscliplined year old GSP that tore up everything and would not mind at all. I almost think he switched dogs on me. When John finished training in 3 months I got back a completely different dog. My dog now minds and is very disliplined, he almost seems if he can read my mind and starts doing what I want before I give his command. I have not had the opportunity to use him for upland game yet but I took him dove hunting today on opening day and he did tremendous. He stays by my side until released then found every bird we shot. I could not be happier with the training that we received from John. If I buy any more I will buy from John and use him for training, I highly recommend John.
Submitted by: John Webb on Aug 30, 2013We came across John via a web search for bird dog trainers in KS or MO. After reading all the great testimonials, we gave him a call to see about training our vizsla pup. John was very gracious on the phone and said to bring her down, but that he probably wouldn't keep her since she was only 4 1/2 months. John ended up being impressed with his initial interactions with her and agreed to keep her for a week to get her used to birds and the blank gun. When we got there to pick her up, we couldn't believe what he had done with her! She didn't give the gun a second thought and was all business in the field. Not only did John have her finding the birds, but had her retrieving and holding point. He even had her whoa'ing a bit. We couldn't believe what she was doing after just one week. We will be sending her back in a couple of months when she is a little older and ready for further training. We have no doubt John will have her ready to go - sooner than we ever imagined. He spent a great deal of time with us, and was very reassuring to my wife and daughter about how their "baby" was being taken care of. He gave us updates during the week and even sent a couple pictures of her retrieving. Can't say enough good things about John or his operation.
Submitted by: Austin Young on Jul 27, 2013I had first met John 3 yrs ago when I purchased my first gsp named Pete. By the time he was 7 mo of age I took him wild pheasant hunting and he pointed, held and retrieved his first cock pheasant. I was just so impressed with him in the fact that he was such a natural bird dog. I could not have asked for more in a young dog with no previous training. Just a natural gun dog which is what John seems to produce that's why I am writing this testimonial 3 yrs later because I just purchased my 2nd male pup from John. If he turns out to be anything like Pete was then I will be back again and again. Thanks John signed Austin Young Guthrie Oklahoma.
Submitted by: Tate McKee on Jul 02, 2013I had purchased a male pup from John at 4 mo of age. I exposed him to tame quail and pigeons and he had some limited hunting experience. During his exposure to tame birds he began to jump in on poor flying quail. He was head strong and would not return on command. I returned him to John for training and after 3 mo with John he is very staunch and biddable and his handling is much improved. He always had a good nose and is extremely intense on his points and retrieves to hand in and out of water. He is now biddable and returns on command and stands by your side until released. I am well satisfied with the dog and Johns training methods. I have visited John on 2 occasions and stayed at his home once and was treated like a king. Excellent hospitality and meals!!!! It is a long way from North Carolina but the outcome was worth the effort!!! Thanks Again John, Tate McKee
Submitted by: Matt Stapp on Jun 08, 2013I had bought Lola from John as a pup and she has tons of natural ability. During my first season she was a little gun shy so I brought her back to John to help me correct the mistakes I had made along the way in my training of Lola. I just finished watching Lola in the field and am thoroughly impressed with the way she hunts, retrieves, handles and the gun shot doesnt bother her at all. I have all the confidence in the world that Lola will be more then ready to go this nxt hunting season. Thank You John for turning my dog around because if you had not I would have just a pet and not a hunting companion. Sincerely, Matt Stapp
Submitted by: Adam on Apr 16, 2013John,
Thanks for the wonderful job you did with Scooter last summer! I was able to hunt him in Western Kansas a few times last season, and he performed excellent on some very difficult hunts. He was a blast to hunt behind! He performed great. He locked on point, just like you had taught him. We were able to get him on a few and have them hold and flush perfectly. I was thoroughly impressed how you turned my spoiled house pet into a true hunting buddy! I am looking forward to years of fun in the field with him!
Submitted by: Steve Bertone on Feb 28, 2013My Name is Pam Bertone from Conroe TX. My husband Steve and I contacted John looking for an upland bird dog as well as a dog that would do well in the home. After a brief conversation on the phone, John recommended a 4 yr old male dog that he had in his kennel. We took him at his word and drove 10 hrs to KS to see him work in the field. After a brief demonstration of seeing him work in the field,( point and hold his birds, handle and retrieve to hand as well as shot over), We were impressed. The deal was sealed when he came to Momma wagging his tail and seemed to be very loving away from the field. We contracted to have him house broken and walk by our sides. We look forward to having him as a member of our family because he has the makings to be a good family dog as well as a good hunting companion. We appreciate Johns honesty and forthrightness and would HIGHLY recommend John to others who are looking for Quality in their new hunting/family companion!!!
Submitted by: Dave High on Feb 18, 2013I was first introduced to John Prince when I was in search of someone to force fetch retrieve my female “Kisey.” He not only got her force fetched retrieved, but finished her out to compete in Senior and Master hunt tests. I will write another testimonial on that when I get her titles finished in those categories. This testimonial is about “Lil Sis” I purchased this female from John in May of 2012, and have worked with her a bit and found that she is a natural. She is about 10 months old and already points, honors, and retrieves. She is out of Cody and Gerde which are two great dogs in John’s kennel. This past weekend, I entered her into her and my first walking field trials held at Howard, Kansas which was put on by the Sunflower German Shorthair Club. She was entered into the Open Puppy and the Amateur Puppy Stakes. She won a 4th Place Finish and a 3rd Place Finish. She is pictured with me in the picture provided. I would recommend John’s pups for any serious hunter or someone wanting to get into entering their dog in hunt tests or field trials. These dogs are naturals and do show great potential. I am sure this will not be the first time I write about Lil Sis to John because she will be entered in the future in both walking field trials and hunt tests. I am positive that she will do great in the events and will eventually have titles behind her name.
Submitted by: Brenda Boyle on Feb 16, 2013I just went to retrieve My 5 year old GSP male that I had sent to John Prince for some gun dog training. I have never owned a hunting dog with more natural ability...or a more stubborn attitude. The problem with our Buddy was not that He didn't know what to do...He just wasn't interested in waiting for us to do it. Within 15 minutes out in the field at Johns, He had him broke from chasing birds...to Oklamoma if left to his own devises! That dog learned to listen and stop, like...right now! My Father had already told John that He wouldn't be able to control this head strong dog, and He just stood there with his jaw dropping to his knees and his head shaking as we watched John work His majic. He has decided that His own dog needs a little attention from John as well! We picked up our dog and we almost have to wonder how John managed to stuff a well-behaved dog into Our Buddy's skin! He waited patiently untill asked to leave the crate, came when called, listened in the field, quartering on command beautifully. Found a bird for us, and retrieved to hand. Then waited for further instruction....The change is drastic. We had come to dread taking this dog on a hunt that involved other hunters for fear of ruining hunts for other folks. He used to listen for about the first two commands and then off he went to hunt for himself, even when a collar would nearly knock him to his knees. I am so anxious to take this dog on our next hunting trip and watch him in action. John is as down to earth as anyone could hope for. He wasn't sure how much He could help this adult and set-in-his- ways dog and He didn't hesitate to say so. But He also said that He believed He could help, and was willing to try. Well, He did more than try, He did an excellent job. I also feel really good knowing that I can call John anytime for questions and help. I liked what John had done for My old headstrong dog, that I walked out of there with one of his own dogs to make myself a matched pair. Watch for My next testimonial in a month or so, when I have had a chance to get to know My new dog...Gracie!
Submitted by: Jim Reiker on Jan 26, 2013I found John on the internet. I was looking for a started dog. He told me that he did not have anything at the moment but that his friend did have some that were grandsons and grand daughters of Prince's I Saul the Light. We drove from St. Louis Mo to Pittsburg KS which is only 4 1/2 hrs away. We viewed several dogs and chose a male which I named Michelob. He was a very good hunting companion which held point, honored other dogs and retrieved to hand. I had hunted him 1 yr and he was an awesome hunting companion. After he was a yr old he got hit by a vehicle so needless to say I called John again and said I need some help. I wanted another young started dog!!! I drove to John's again and picked up Duke. I hunted him at 1 yr old on S. Dakota pheasants and was very pleased with his natural ability. He is a great hunting companion and a friend. I absolutely love his personality and is a very loyal and loving dog as well as a great gun dog. Thank You John for giving my 2nd great, I could not be more satisfied!!!! I would like anybody who has questions or concerns to contact me at 314-603-3045 I know most people would not give out their phone # but I feel compelled to let the world know about John and what he does for his clients.
Submitted by: Craig Reiker on Jan 26, 2013I just purchased a puppy out of Prince's Snake Eyed Romeo. At 6 wks he is already carrying around a chukar which weighs as much as he does. I am looking forward to john helping me train him in the near future. The reason I have purchased this pup is I have seen the mother and father both in the field and have been extremely impressed by both dogs. Both parents are excellent gun dogs and some of the finest I have seen in the field for over 40 yrs. I expect the same great qualities out of my pup in the future. Dealing with John has been enjoyable experience, I have learned alot in just a brief period of time watching him train and work with other dogs. I am excited about the near future and the possibilities that are awaiting me and my new pup. Thanks John for everything
Submitted by: Jeremy Sacker on Dec 19, 2012Long story short, found John on the internet because he has a sister to my GSP, Bruno. My wife, believe it or not, wanted another dog, and we were looking for a relative to Bruno. Unfortunately that did not work out, but instead we got Addie. Addie is a daughter to Snake Eyes. WOW, what a character. She is full of personality, and is a great family dog. But, that is not all. After only 3 training sessions of one hour each, she is a hunting machine. She has an unbelievable nose, and is hunting the moment she jumps out of the truck. At only 7 months old she is honoring points, and finding more than her share of birds. She is an unbelievable retriever for her age, and is extremely obedient. Her trainer is no stranger to good dogs, having trained for many high profile (and famous) people in Minnesota. After her third lesson at only 5 months, he told me to come back in February, and to put her on birds as much as possible.
Now, for John. John Prince stands behind his dogs. He offers advice and insight, and is always available. I HIGHLY recommend John, and Prince's Quality Gun Dogs to anyone in the market for a GSP. He made the process easy, and even met me half way between Pittsburgh, KS and Minneapolis to pick up Addie. Don't look anywhere else. John has your next GSP.
Submitted by: gary royce on Dec 19, 2012This is my second testimonial for John. After having my female home for just a month or so, my wife inform's me that she wants another GSP..Who am I to say no?.. I contacted John about a male puppy in the future, and one that I could breed to my female. Long story short. Doc arrived in October of last year. To say that he is "birdy", would be an understatement. Backing naturally at 4 months and one of the easiest handling dogs I've ever owned. He has an exceptional nose, solid on point and marking birds well. All of this with no real formal training. Just a natural bird dog. Yet as we speak, they both lay be3side me on the sofa. Incredible dogs...and Dassie is having pups in about a week.. Should be amazing pups if anything like their parents.
Submitted by: Reggie Bailey on Dec 11, 2012I found John on gundogbreeders and was looking for a trainer for my French Brittany pup. I talked to John and felt comfortable about him and his training program that I felt compelled to give him a try. Me and my family made a long trip from Louisiana to Kansas dropped Harley off. I am over seas alot for business and I could not get away to pick Harley up when I should have. John worked with me and my schedule. When I was finally able to make the trip back to KS, John tooke me and Harley out to the field and showed me how to work and handle Harley. I am very pleased with the progress that he has made and has transformed my family pet into a hunting dog/family companion. I cant wait to get him back home to start hunting my 11 mo. old pup. I would like to state that I was worried about bringing Harley to John at such an early age, but once I arrived to pick Harley up my concerns and worries were put to rest when I saw Harley in the field working like an adult dog. I would HIGHLY recommend John to anyone looking to have a gun dog trained. Feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Submitted by: Tim Attaway on Nov 02, 2012My name is Tim Attaway, I have been hunting wild birds for almost 50 years. My hunting partners
and I purchased a female GSP pup from Mr. John Prince.
Ruffon's Princes's Goin for Gin is the best young
hunting dog, I have been in the woods with in years.
I carried Gin at 17 months old to hunt Grouse in the U.P. In all my years of Grouse hunting, I have never had a young dog handle a Grouse as good as Gin.Very Steady, did not crowd the birds,
just a Natural Grouse Dog. Gin has a super nose.
Gin did not miss a retrieve.
Gin is a special young hunting companion.
Submitted by: Andrew Klein on Sep 27, 2012To start John is an awesome trainer and a very honest man. I found John here on gundogbreeders; I was hesitaint at first after being burned by previous"Professional Trainers".IF John says he can do it, HE WILL. When I dropped my GSP Diamond off she was a year old and was bumping birds,and jumping in to flush.After training she is steady like a rock, she'll hold point till the sun sets.Retrieves to hand and not only on land the water also, honors point on sight,she is a finished gundog and it only took 2 months. And after few hours of John showing me the correct way to handle my dog and not cause new owner made problems we were set. John even still calls to see how things are going.I couldnt ask for more.
Submitted by: Justin Meyer on Sep 07, 2012TRAINING: I found John on the internet last yr and decided to have John train my dog after talking to him for a while. I decided that he was going to be the trainer for me. I took my 6 mo. old female GSP to him for training. When he got done with her she would point and hold birds to the flush, retreive to hand, handle, WHOA and HERE broke, he even taught her to load in the back of the truck and all of this was done in 4 wks time. Most kennels would have kept her much longer and charged alot more. But when he got her finished my cost was a total of $400. So, my question to all of you out there who happens to be looking for a GOOD QUALITY TRAINER and an HONEST MAN!!!! why would you look anywhere else. Is it too good to be true, maybe and maybe not but I am not the only one who will attest to this. Find out for yourself and give John a call. This is a testimonial about his abilities, his honesty and his pricing. Most will pay so much more for so much less. I am proof that this is true and wouldnt say it if it werent so. I am now bringing Dixie back for a little refresher course and I know I will be more then satisfied once again. Good luck and wish you all well in your endeavors in finding a good trainer I know I did. Thank You John!
Submitted by: jon klein on Jul 06, 2012Hi my name is jon klein i purchased a trained gsp male from john early last fall. Rock has been everything john said and more. John runs a first class operation with dogs full of natural ability. That's just the start of the story. Do to some marital and financial problems i was forced to sell rock which broke my heart. Of course john came to my rescue and offered me some help. Anyone looking for a top quality gsp look no further than prince's quality gundogs.
Submitted by: Jarod Freeman on Jun 15, 2012It was a little over a year ago when our 2nd shorthair passed away. After talking it over with my wife she let me go get another one. I definitely wanted a good hunting dog, but I wanted something a little different to compete with in field trials. The Kicker in our family is they have to have a good tempermant for the house. I contacted John and he had me convinced on the dog I needed. Long Story short he sold me a pick female (Dash). She is a daughter to Snake Eyed Romeo. Her natural ability is unbelievable! She retrtieves to hand naturaly. She is very good about marking her birds before she breaks point (Naturally). I will finish her out to be steady to wing and shot as she matures, but as for now she has a ton of potential for the game (I dont want to screw that up!). She is a very smart hunter with no stop in her. In the house she thinks she is a lap dog, outside she is all business! She will be 2 this fall and will start competing in her first NSTRA Trials. John knows the Bloodlines better than anyone I have ever talked to. If you know what you want in a dog John will set you up with the right lines! We are extremely happy with Dash and I am sure you will be satisfied with your pup as well!
Jarod Freeman(Oklahoma City)
Submitted by: Matt Curran on Jun 10, 2012A year ago we started our long search for the best breeder to find our next german shorthair and this time a female. I spoke with at least 20 breeders who briefly got me excited about their dogs but it was not until I spoke with John on the phone did I realize we had finally found THE breeder not only for our next GSP but for every GSP we will ever chose to enter our family. First and foremeost John put us to ease with the temperment and natural skill of his dogs. There was no need to tak guarentees or warranties, John simply said if you are 100% satisfied then I will find you one until you are happy. John made all the necessary plans to have Bella shipped from his facility in Kansas to our home in Vermont. John has personally called me and my family three times after the sale to make sure everything is fine with Bella. John is concerned about where his pups go but also checks in to see if she is healthy, started training, and most imortantly if she has become part of the family. I would never think of purchasing another GSP from anyone other than John. I highly recommend John to anyone who is seeking a high quality GSP pup, and excellent service before, during, and after the sale.
Submitted by: Tony Cardarelli on Jun 09, 20122 yrs ago I contacted John about purchasing a male gsp after I had just lost another dog to old age. It has been over 2 yrs now since I purchased BILLY. He was my 8th gsp over a period of 35 yrs. He is the most stylish and probably the most gifted of all the dogs I have owned. He has been a rock solid pointer and I spent very little time with him training. He is natural at retrieving on land as well as in water. Without hesitation he will dive in the water like a lab and retrieve anything I ask him to. I am just now submitting this testimonial which is long overdue due to the fact that I have purchased my 2nd gsp from John. I drove from St. Paul Minnesota which is a 9 hr drive or 530 miles to purchase my little female gsp. I would not have driven that far if I had not been completely satisfied with BILLY in the way he looks and hunts. I want Thank John for his hospitality while I was at his home he took me fishing, out to dinner and I spent the night with him and his wife Judy. Thank You John for all that you have done and I cant wait til my little female gsp grows up to be as good as BILLY!
Submitted by: Allison Paul on May 28, 2012My husband contacted John thru gundogbreeders.com about training my gsp while he was deployed in Afghanistan. He and my husband discussed everything and John agreed to keep him an extra mo. at the same charge until I could pick him up. John gave a 10% discount on the training and does this for all MILITARY!!! I came to pick REMI up and viewed all of his training while shooting a video of REMI and John doing their thing together so that my husband could see how he did in the field and to know what commands to use as well. When I went to the field my REMI was pointing and holding birds to the flush, handling and retrieving to my 6 yr old son Landon. Landon was telling REMI to WHOA and he would stay there until Landon threw the bird and Remi would again go get the bird and bring it back to him. I am very pleased with Remi's performance and want to Thank John for his help in making Remi a great hunting dog!!!
Submitted by: Rocky Sutton on May 25, 2012I called John up after reviewing his many testimonials. After purchasing a pup from John it didnt take long to realize that all the testimonials were spot on. At 7 mo. of age with the help of John training my dog, he would point and hold birds to the flush, handle, retrieve to me and retrieve out of water. I wanted a calmer dog for the family but when you put him in the field he is a different animal. At 4 mo and 2 days of age we put him on his first quail and the 3rd bird we shot over him and John thought since he was so mature for his age that he would also HERE break him. So, not only was he pointing and holding to the flush at 4 mo of age but now he was also retrieving to my hand. Growing up on N. Central KS, I knew what I was looking for in a gun dog and John gave me everything that I was looking for and the dog proved himself at a much earlier age then expected. At 8 mo. of age I wish it was November. I would recommend anyone that is looking for a QUALITY gun dog I would recommend Mr. Prince!!!
Submitted by: Steve Istas on May 25, 2012I was recommended by a friend to view Johns website. And after reading what John was doing with his breeding program. I knew it was everything I was looking for in a gun dog. After picking up my pup at 12 wks age I knew immediately that my pup was doing things that were natural traits of what I was looking for. He was a quick learner and everything that I tried to teach him just came natural. I know that there are testimonials that may attest to Johns ability to train but I watched him first hand WHOA break my dog at 7 mo of age in 19 min. he was pointing and holding birds at a distance 10-12 yds with his tail up looking like a million dollars. The tail was not down from too much pressure but rather straight up in the air like he had done it all his life. If he took a step all John had to say was WHOA and he stopped on a dime and let John flush the bird, shoot it and my 7 mo old pup retrieved directly to hand. This was only after his very first session which was at 4mo 1 day of age which we shot birds over him at that time as well. You see, once you buy a pup from John he offers you a deal to come back to his place, stay with him and he will literally train your dog for you. All you have to do is come to his facility and he will do all the work. Nobody else offers this deal. Usually once you buy a dog from somebody its your dog and that is the end of it. With John he wants you to have the best and it shows with what he says and does for you. You will find a better deal anywhere and especially not for the QUALITY of dog you get. I will be back for another dog one day soon and I wouldnt waste my time anywhere else only after what I have seen and been promised have come true. I will refer John to everyone. Thank You John for all that you have promised and followed through with. Thanks Again!!!
Submitted by: Dustin Frey on May 09, 2012John is the most honest and best guy to buy bird dogs from. He also offer the best dogs around. we have now bought three dogs from John and are very pleased with all of them. You dont have to be rich to buy a dog hear either call him and he will find a dog to fit in your price range but he wont sell u a bad dog. he will be up front and honest about every dog he shows u and is more willing to tell u what the dog may struggle with then to try and hide it by talking up its other abilities. If your in the market for a bird dog look no further than John best place to get the best dogs.
Submitted by: Darren Dillon on Apr 17, 2012I purchased an 8 week old puppy, the dog or myself never had any formal training just a book and a great breeder. My pup was pointing and retrieving at 6 months the first time out. He needed no training that my novice eye could tell. Each time I take my dog out hunting I am more impressed with the Breeding by Prince's Quality Gun Dogs. Try John's dogs, you won't be disappointed in the dog.
Submitted by: Samantha Myers on Mar 27, 2012We came to Prince's Quality Gun Dogs to purchase a w/l female GSP named Dolly. We had her for a total of 4 mo. before she accidentyly got hit by a vehicle. You could tell she had alot of pointing ability as she would always point our tame rabbit. We loved we dearly and it was the hardest thing that I have ever been through. I know that if she would have grown up she was going to be a really good hunting dog. I miss her dearly but had to have another pup from John to help fill the void. I have since purchased another female from John which I can also tell is going to be a great hunting dog as well as family companion. When I came to get her she was pointing and carrying a pheasant wing all around. We also have a deposit down on another female from John because we are so pleased with what we have seen and how we have been treated. John has always been there for me addressing my concerns and needs in our future dogs. I would recommend him to anybody who is looking for a pup or dog. Thanks John for all your help, it is much appreciated!!!
Submitted by: Amanda Lathrop on Mar 18, 2012I contacted Prince's Quality Gun Dogs due to the fact that I had been experiencing obedience issues with my GSP that I had purchased from another kennel. I asked if he could me with basic commands such as the HERE, WHOA and HEEL. I set up an appointment with John and within an hr of him working with Sammy my female gsp I noticed a tremendous improvement in her behavior and attitude. Previously she had ignored all commands, very stubborn and an independent dog. I was worried about her getting loose and getting hit by a vehicle or something. And that is why I contacted John. I am very pleased with the commands he showed and how quickly she picked up on them. And the whole while he was showing me how to take control of Sammy and make her the dog that I want to be so proud of and not have to worry about her safety. John is just not a gun dog trainer but he can bring your dog to he/she's full potential in about any situation. I would recommend John to anyone who needs any kind of training, gun dog, obedience whatever you may need. Thank You John for all your help and for your very fair and reasonable pricing.
Submitted by: Brian Atteberry on Feb 23, 2012I cannot express enough how happy I am with my experience with Prince Quality Gun Dogs. A friend of mine had told me about him when I was looking for my first hunting dog. I called John and picked his brain. I told him what I was looking for, and he told me that he had a litter coming up and he would see if one of the pups would work for me. He called back and told me he had two he wanted me to look at. He sent photos, but better yet, we met and he showed me the pups. He promised me that the dog would exceed my expectations, or he would take it back and get me a dog that would. Long story short, I will NEVER give my dog back. He is by far, the best dog I have ever hunted behind. (I might be a little biased!!)
About a month ago, John had a training session with me and other "Prince" dog owners. I knew that I did not have my dog Huck trained to his potential, because to be honest, I really did not know how best to train him, plus we really didn't get into too many birds this year. Within 20 minutes, John took Huck from a good dog, to a great dog. He was holding point like a pro, and bringing downed birds back. The best part was, John taught me just as much about training Huck. I cannot wait till next season. Huck with be a hunting machine!!
If you are wanting a great GSP, look no further. John is a true professional that really loves what he does, and cares about his clients from day one and beyond. I know that I can call John at any time and he will help me through my training questions. If you have any specific questions, contact John and he will give you my phone number.
Submitted by: Janice Fecteau on Feb 21, 2012What a wonderful experience! Mr. Prince picked out the perfect dog for our family. Molly has perfect conformation, strong hunting instinct, gentle wonderful demeanor. Easy to train and easy to love, thanks again for your generosity and much loved addition to our family!
Can't say how lucky we are to have gotten a pup like this!
Submitted by: Vickie Dunafon on Feb 20, 2012How we met Mr. Prince. I went online and started searching for puppies and emailed several breeders in our area. We have had/raised over 5 generations of German Shorthair Pointers on our ranch. We decided to go outside of our lineage based on some health problems our oldest remaining dog had. It is our opinion there is only one breed that is desirable. GSP's are the best!!
So we called Mr. John Prince and described our family's needs and desires in a dog and after several emails he told us he had the perfect dog for us. Scout is our son's 12th birthday present and he has the best nature, is a natural born hunter and is the best family dog we have ever had. He loves us almost as much as we love him :-) I will refer everyone I know to Mr. Prince as he is the best most honest person we have met in the GSP arena. Sincerely, Vickie Dunafon
Submitted by: dustin frey and jim christmas on Jan 22, 2012We had a great experience with John Prince he showed us the best dogs for our budget and we chose a male gsp named sam which was the best dog he will do everything we want him to do hes dead broke and hunts very hard and i know if we were to have problems than John will do what it takes to fix them great buy here i recommend no matter what your budget call John and see if he can help hell work with u. Thanks John again.
Submitted by: R. Mack Carlisle on Dec 20, 2011Hello, my name is R. Mack Carlisle. I bought my female GSP pup, Moxie, at six weeks of age from John Prince in early June, 2012 after three visits to his facility (one to see the parents, the other two to select my pup). I have hunted shorthairs since 1980, always having from 1-3 in my kennel. Since my first shorthair I have produced offspring by crossing my dogs with those of acquaintances, but hit a snag this year as all three of my elderly dogs had been neutered. I did a very brief search on the Internet and found Mr. Prince. After a lengthy phone conversation I had no doubt this was with whom I wanted to do business. Following the acquisition of Moxie, John has been with me every step of the way, offering valuable tips and insight. I felt I had a special dog, as do many of us, but was concerned come late November that she was not progressing to her full potential under my tutelage. She didn't respond immediately to the "here" command, didn't "whoa", wasn't steady on point and retrieving dead birds was more play time than serious business. I contacted John and he expressed confidence he could correct her issues in less than 90 minutes!
And he most certainly did. First, he established his dominance, then he progressively corrected all the other issues using a couple pigeons, eight quail, and a chukar. By the time 75 minutes elapsed I was beaming with pride. Since I had purchased Moxie from him, this session was free except for the cost of the birds. You will not be sorry if you do busy with John Prince.
Submitted by: Trent McAtee on Dec 20, 2011I was dead set on getting a Brittany till a buddy of mine, who had been looking for a good GSP breeder, told me about this guy in Pittsburg, KS named John Prince. My buddy had spent a lot of time looking for the right breeder and urged me to contact John before I made my final decision.
I first made contact with John via email and asked him several questions about the breed, his business and why I should change my mind in favor of a GSP. His response struck enough interest in me that I decided to give him a call.
I could tell immediately that he was very confident in his dogs, his knowledge and in his training; so confident that some of his promises seemed too good to be true. However, he guaranteed me that if I trusted him and his years of experience and expertise, that I'd have a "once in a lifetime dog"... one that at a very young age will be outperforming dogs much older than it in the field. He went on to say, "If your pup isn't everything I say it will be, I'll buy it back or will replace it with one that is." I thought to myself, what do I have to lose?
Then came my detailed description of the pup I was desiring. I asked for this, I asked for that; so much so that John, after 21 years in the business, told me that no one had ever asked for more. Nevertheless, he assured me that he'd do everything he could to provide me with the pup I was desiring. "It won't be easy but you have to trust me on this...it's what I do."
So, much like many others have mentioned on their testimonials, John invited me to his home and kennel. I watched him as he worked with young pups, holding steady on pigeons, no matter what he did to try and make them break point. I watched his incredible Snake Eyes do things I never dreamed a bird dog could do. It became very clear to me that everything he was describing in his dogs and their offspring was true.
Fast forward to the present: 9 months ago I purchased a male pup sired by that brilliant Snake Eyes I witnessed that day. He is indeed everything John claimed he would be: superior nose, great bird drive, natural ability and so far ahead of where a typical dog of his age should be at this point.
John has been with me every step of the way; answering my countless questions or concerns and giving me great advice with the same utmost confidence he displayed on that first conversation we had several months ago.
If you're looking for that "once in a lifetime dog", along with incredible service after the sale, look no further than John Prince.
Submitted by: Stan Manis on Dec 12, 2011I had initially planned on purchasing a pup from Princes Quality Gun Dogs, however, due to the timing and circumstances, I ended up with a GSP pup from another breeder this summer. But after speaking with John at length and meeting with him last year, I knew that I wanted him to work with my pup. When he was 4 months old, I took him down for John to introduce him to birds and evaluate him. He showed some promise, but also some noise sensitivity. Needless to say, I was worried that I may end up with a gun shy dog. John knew exactly what to do and concentrated on bringing out his bird drive, only progressing as my pup showed he was ready to progress, eventually overcoming his sensitivity to noise. At 6 months, he was working the field, finding birds, holding point and John was shooting over him. My pup is now 7 months old and I am shooting wild birds over him. His drive is amazing and I look forward to many years of hunting with him. John did a fantastic job and I couldnt't be happier with the way we were treated. He knows what he is doing and is both honest, and fair. I would definitely recommend him. You won't be disappointed.
Submitted by: Hillary Chvatal on Nov 28, 2011My name is Hillary. My family and I were in search for a GSP. My aunt Deb Wehner (a pointing lab breeder) highly recommended John's shorthairs. I then purchased a female shorthair pup (Paige). She is by far the best dog we have ever owned. She was pointing the minute we got her and is very well mannered. She will hold point all day and retrieves to hand very well.I can't say how thankful i am my aunt recommended John's shorthairs to me. I highly recommend Prince's Quality Gun Dogs to anyone who wants the perfect pointer. Thank you John!
Submitted by: jesse garrett on Nov 13, 2011i bout a gsp pup last febuary from john, he told me that he had a classy little female so i went down and he showed me what she could do at 3 moths old, she would already point a pigeon and would retreive to hand. i brought the pup home and did sum wing work and then my work schedual got so busy that i didsnt have much time to spend with the pup, with this bein said i took the pup out for its first hunt today and she is absolute natural. she pointed a covey and held then started working singles and did a fantastic job. i will be contacting john again, he is top notch and knows his business. he has my confidence as a customer.
Submitted by: Justin Sylva on Oct 11, 2011Five years ago, I looked into different breeds of hunting dogs. After much debate, I narrowed my choice down to a German Shorthaired Pointer. Unknown to me at that time, that was the easy part. Next my research focused on breeders from across the country. When I submitted my inquiry to John Prince I was promptly delivered information on his newest litter. The parents of the litter had quite the resume and the pups were sure to posess the highest qualities this breed has to offer. My ultimate decision came down to two pups, a male and a female. Both had a beautiful display of roan and liver colors. I met John in Kansas so I could see the pups in person. After a long ten minutes, I chose the male.
Howie (Sylva's Ramblin' Howitzer-Registered AKC name)is now 5 years old. His body posesses all the features necessary to show. And his hunting prowess is unmatched by any other dog I have ever seen work the fields. Birdy would severely understate this dog's behavior while walking the field or just around the neighborhood.
To put it simply and bluntly, best decision I ever made. Howie is a wonderful bird dog and a terrific companion. Thank you John!
Submitted by: gary royce on Sep 17, 2011My name is Gary Royce.I purchased a GSP pup from John in August of 2011. After speaking to John several times on the phone and learning a bit about him, his dogs and methods, I explained to him what I wanted in a pup. I have to say he hit the nail on the head. Dassie is the kindest, most gentle dog you could ever want. She has been very easy to train and is extremely "birdy". She is also one of the most beautiful animals i have ever seen. Not a day goes by while on our daily outings that she doesn't get a compliment on how gorgeous and well behaved she is. I think it's going to her head. We are leaving for South Dakota this October for an extended training session and will be stopping back at Prince's to pick up another pup. I am not the kind of guy who is easily impressed, but I have to say John Prince knows a thing or two about GSP's. I would highly recommend anyone looking for a quality pup give John a call.
Submitted by: Scott Brown on Sep 10, 2011Hello my Name is Scott Brown, I found John via gundogbreeders.com. I contacted John about my female German Wirehaired pointer PIPER. I told him she was gun shy and wanted to know if he could help solve the problem. John told me that he would have to evaluate her first. So, I made the decision to drive to Pitttsburg KS and have him take a look at her. Once we got there we visited for a little while and then we went to work. He got out a bird for her to smell and get used to. She did not have the desire to chase or pick up and actually went in behind my wife and laid down. After a few more attempts of trying to get her interested in walking bird or a stationary bird she again showed no real interest. John was up front and honest and told me that he did not think that he could do anything with her because he needed her to have prey drive or bird desire. Which of course she did not show any signs of interest at all. So, we were done and I asked John what do I owe you and he said NOTHING, I AM JUST SORRY I HAVE TO GIVE YOU BAD NEWS!!! He did not say OH YEAH I CAN MAKE A DOG OUT OF HER and keep her here and charge me alot of money and then get nothing in return for my dollar. On the contrary just straight up Honesty!! I appreciate your honesty and professionalism and if I ever need anything again concerning a dog then Prince's Quality Gun Dogs is the place that I will go to. Also, I would like to Thank him for his quick reply and time that he took with me. I had emailed several other kennels some replied: I DO NOT HAVE TIME, GO SOMEWHERE ELSE!!! OTHERS WITH NO REPLY AT ALL!!! John was quick to respond and we corresponded via email for a few wks prior to bringing Piper. Thanks again John!!!
Submitted by: Toniy on Sep 09, 2011I was referred by another individual to Prince's Quality Gun Dogs. After talking to John I felt he was a very honest person so I decided to purchase a 1 yr old male GSP. I drove from MN to KS which was 10 hrs away. I had German short-hairs in the past from which I had purchased from other kennels. I had been disappointed from past experiences so I was a little leary of the next person I bought a dog from. I came to Johns house and he showed me my dog which was house broke, retrieved in and out of water, pointed and held birds even birds that he threw in front of his nose, he would not move. He is the best dog out of 6 that I have owned in the past and he is only a yr old. I am very happy with my decision and I can honestly say that I would trust John with my next purchase of any GSP. Thank You John for being honest, giving me a good dog with a reasonable price. Toniy!!!
Submitted by: Julia on Aug 28, 2011We recently decided to expand our family with the purchase of a second GSP. We decided that we wanted an already trained dog and knew from many Internet searches that Prince's was a highly recommended breeder and trainer. John was immediately responsive to my inquiry. I live in San Antonio and was beginning to try to figure travel arrangements to Kansas when John called me and mentioned that he was able to set me up with Tex Anna, a three year old GSP that was trained by Prince's and was available to go to a new home, here in San Antonio. I appreciate the time and effort that John was willing to put into finding me another GSP that I could pick up the same day. This was a lucky shot and it seems that everything was meant to be the way it turned out. We are proud to announce Tex Anna as the newest addition to our family, we are forever grateful, and we will be future customers.
Submitted by: John Thompson on Jul 30, 2011I bought a female GSP from Prince's Quality Gun Dogs at 13 wks of age. I started doing yard work with her for about an hour a day for 10 days. We took her hunting on pen raised quail. She went in and busted the first covey and then I check corded her twice and that was the end of her busting birds. On her second covey she pointed and held the covey and never once after that she never once busted another bird. We shot 30 birds over her that day and at that time she was only 15 wks of age. I was running an older dog with her at the time. So she was pointing and honoring all in the same day the very first time out hunting. My old dog did not like to retrieve and Bell retrieved 28 out of 30 birds to hand that day. I have never had her bust a bird in 3 yrs, she always retrieves to hand be it land or water and has never busted a bird since wild or tame. I came back because I was extremely pleased with her and has been the easiest dog I have ever trained. I have since bought a young male pup and cant wait to get started. I have seen other GSP's in the past and have always been an English Pointer man but Bell has sold me on the GSP's. If this pup turns out to be half the dog Belle is I will be extremely pleased. I drove from Jonesboro AR which is about 300 miles and believe me I would not have driven that far if Bell wasnt what she is today. You dont see pups that develop as quick as what Belle did every day. She made me a believer and so did John. I would recommend John's kennel to anyone. If you would like to own a gsp as good as mine and if you have a hard time believing this story then read the many more testimonials that John has. It is not a fluke or just a coincidence. It is a proven fact that consistancy is not just a coincidence it has been proven time after time. Guarantees are a part of John's policy and you will never go wrong with health or their ability in the field. If your dog does not make a dog he will replace it how can you possibly lose. I am one of those people who is now a believer. Thanks John!!! Sincerely John Thompson
Submitted by: tom furtado on Apr 10, 2011I picked up my Bella at John's facility at age 6 months after driving out from Rhode Island, and was invited to stay a few days to work with John, Bella and the other training assistant. I was happily surprised at the level of her skills as to the locating, holding point and all the way through the retrieve to hand. I do own other pointers and trained them myself, and what John's team accomplishes in only six months was amazing. Bella is now two and works alone, and with other dogs extremely well, she shows respect for other dogs while backing and does not break. The Germain Short-hair turns out to be a very social and well behaved breed when the situation calls for it, and a very hard working dog on the hunt, she ranges well and works cover well. I would with no hesitation recommend Princes Quality Gun Dogs if you are in the market for a quality GSP.
Submitted by: Steve Lisby on Apr 08, 2011I wanted to do a followup to an earlier post about John and his quality of dogs and commitment to his customers. I received a pup from John in December of 2009 (Max the wonder dog). He helped me with the training and even hosted me in his home one night to get more training in. This last season was my first to hunt Max. I saw some issues early on and called John. He was pretty busy, but made time for me to come over and work with Max. In a very short time, he had it figured out and gave me the corrective measures. We had a great season in Missouri and Kansas. I couldn't be more pleased with Max and with Prince's Quality Gun dogs. I'll be looking for a replacement pup in a few years for my older dog and have every intention of contacting John. I would recommend him to anyone looking for a good hunting, quality gun dog.
Submitted by: Tom Hall on Apr 02, 2011My name is Tom Hall and I have hunted pheasant and quail behind German Short-hairs for close to 30 years. In that time I have owned one of the best bird dogs I have ever seen in a short-hair named Gus and I have owned probably the worst (due to my lack of knowledge in training at the time) and everything in between. I had almost completely stopped bird hunting for two years due to having a grandson that liked to hunt and just couldn't bird hunt due to his young age. I had to resort to deer hunting and turkey hunting to make him happy. I also had a shorthair that had developed health problems and couldn't hunt much more than 1 hour. Late in 2009 I decided to get a new dog for the 2010-11 season and went on-line in a search for my next dog. I found John's site and after reading some of the testimonials (believe it or not the first that I read was about a dog named Gus) I decided to give him a call. This was in late fall of 2009 and I have always had good luck starting my dogs in the field at about 6 months so I let John know that I would be looking to buy a pup around April or May of 2010. I talked with John a couple of times that winter and really liked what he was doing and what he offers. I told him exactly what I was looking for in a pup and I can't express how spot on he was with the pup I got. What really impressed me about John was that fact that he kept in touch to check up on my pup's progress.
I named my pup Nick and can't tell you enough about how happy I am. I train my own dogs to work the way I want them to. I have learned a lot in the 30 years that I have been hunting and like my dogs to not only hunt but also be great companions. I can see that Nick is going to rank right up there with Gus. I generally take two years to get my dogs doing exactly what I want even though I know it can be done quicker. Nick was quick to point, although I expect that from any GSH. But the way he works a field and pens and points birds is what has me excited. This year the birds were few and far between where I normally hunt but Nick stayed excited and enthuthiastic every minute he was in the field. I also was happy with the way he picked up backing. I actually don't whoa train my dogs but I talk to them while they are hunting and when one of them hears me say easy they are quick to lock up. He hasn't mastered this yet but he backs wonderfully and I am confident that he will be locking up on my voice by next year. I also don't work my dogs on retrieving until their second year but I know this won't be a problem with him as he has the natural instinct and loves to play in the yard with his toys.
I know this is long winded but I just want to let anyone that might be looking for a good hunting dog know that John's dogs are a definite must see and, once again THANKS John.
Submitted by: Danny Epting on Mar 31, 2011I purchased my female GSP, Mage, from John Prince in August 2010. At 10 months old now, she is already an extremely good hunting dog headed for superstar status with experience. I’m extremely pleased with her and the treatment I received from John through the process of purchasing her. I spent several days on the phone and internet before speaking with John. I could feel from talking with him and his willingness to please me that I knew that was the right place to go.
John truly knows the characteristics to expect from his litters. He has obviously trained puppies from all combinations in his kennels and can lead you to the right dog for you based on what you describe as your needs. When I purchased Mage, he told me she would be smart, quick to learn, intense, great nose, and determined. She is all those things as well as loving and becoming a good house dog despite her energy level.
Mage was completely steady on point at 4.5 months and hunting wild birds from 6 months. At 9 months she located and pointed 7 coveys on public land in 76 degree weather and very dry conditions. She trailed, not visual, a wounded bird 30 yds into a ditch and another 30 yds down the ditch and pulled it from a hole in the side of the ditch. She is so steady on point that she held ground despite almost being knocked completely down by a golden retriever. She has 2 legs toward Junior Hunter and should complete the title in April. In her first Junior test she picked up a bird that had been previously wounded in much earlier braces and in retrieving pointed another bird with the one still in mouth.
Obviously I am excited about Mage. I have hunted quail for 45 years and thanks for God given fortune Mage is my fourth great wild bird dog. It especially takes a great dog this day and time to find birds on public land in SC. I recommend giving John a chance to meet your bird dog need.
Submitted by: Elvis Castor on Mar 25, 2011I found Prince's Quality Gun Dogs while searching websites for a good quality German Short-hair pup. I spent months reading, talking and then repeating this process with different breeders and trainers until I had reached a decision on where to purchase my GSP pup. I used to be an avid quail hunter until I had to retire my favorite bird dog. My sons have been after me to get back into hunting upland birds so that they too could experience the trill of the hunt, but more importantly watch a good dog work. I have had several different breeds of bird dogs in the past, but had my mind set on the GSP breed. After talking on the phone and then e-mailing back and forth I made my decision that John Prince was the gentleman that I definitely wanted to buy my pup from. When talking to John on the phone he seemed to understand the type of dog that I was interested in and had several suggestions on what I needed to look for in a pup, even if I did not buy one of his pups. Another quality that I liked about John was that he was honest and sincere in all of our discussions. He stated that he had a pup that fit the profile of what I was interested in, so we set up an appointment to look at him. John had already sent me pics of several of his pups that he thought I might be interested in, so I already knew what they would look like, I just did not know if they would do everything that John said they were already doing in the field. When we got their John was true to his word on how this pup was already pointing and retrieving birds. I was amazed at how good this little pup was performing and knew that I was not going to leave without him. One of the other selling points for me was that John told me that even after I purchase the pup, I would always be able to call for advice on training him and that I could bring my dog back as often as I wanted so that John could personally train him. That part of the deal was a great benefit to me a I live only about an hour away form John.I brought my new companion to John several times and was amazed each time at the progress that was achieved. John had him whoa broke in one training session and always commented on how good a nose he had for the birds and the tremendous fire in him to go find the birds. When it came time for our first hunt I was a little nervous because we were going to to be around a lot of my family on a pheasant hunt, but he made me proud. He stayed close, but not too close, found the birds, held them of point and then retrieved them. I forgot how much fun it was to watch you own dog working to find birds. I took my sons on several quail hunts this season and he found birds for us on almost every hunt. We are already looking forward to the next hunting trip.
I would strongly recommend Prince's Quality Gun Dogs for anyone that is interested in not only purchasing a top class hunting dog that will amaze you, but also the years of training and breeding experience that John Prince can give you.
Submitted by: Jim Hutchens on Feb 12, 2011I bought a pup from Prince's Quality Gun dogs 15 yrs ago. I took him home when he was 12 wks old and he was pointing quail in a pen on the ground naturally. I worked with him a little in the yard on wings and a little formal training. Well, it was time to go hunting. At 6 mo of age we went to hunt wild quail, I let him out of the truck and he went on point about 20 ft from the truck. I walked in flushed the covey without any movement from him what so ever. We continued hunting and he pointed 2 more singles, I was amazed at what he was doing at such an early age. From that point on he was just a NATURAL. He was by far the best dog I have ever owned. I hunted with a guy from the KC area who had 3 English Setters in the field and I had my 6 mo. old pup. When the day was done the guy could not believe my pup was just 6 months of age. He out performed the other dogs to both of our amazement. As time passed he became better and better and again was the best dog I have ever owned. Gabe has since passed and have not owned a dog for awhile now but am ready to purchase my next GSP from John at Prince's Quality Gun Dogs. I know that the next one will be just as great and will keep you posted on his abilities. Jim Hutchens
Submitted by: Kristy Ownby on Jan 01, 2011Dear John,
We thought we'd drop you a quick note to tell you about how wonderful our dog, Marley is. We purchased Marley from you in February 2010. She has been a joy to our home. We recently took her pheasant hunting with us a few weeks ago for her first time. With in 10 minuets of walking through the field she found and pointed a bird. She then held the bird until my husband was over her. My husband said "get it" and she flushed the bird immediately. She was an amazing hunter and caught on quicker than our other short hairs did. What made her field work so impressive is that we have not had the time to work with her at home very much. She just knew what she was supposed to do. She also retrieves pheasant in the field, this is something that we are still working with our two 3 year old short hairs on. Marley loves to play fetch and has loved it since she was 10 weeks old, it was quite a site to see, a 10 week old puppy retrieving. She potty trained quicker than any dog we've ever had. While we are still working on the house breaking, she is getting better with the chewing. She is a very sweet, very happy dog and she is a loved member of our household. Thanks again, John for the wonderful dog!
Kristy & Nick Ownby
Submitted by: Joel Edwards on Dec 05, 2010I began searching for a started or finished GPS in late 2009 and in April 2010 I found John Prince. One long phone conversation had me sold on his ability and eagerness to find the "perfect" fit for me. I needed a house broke dog and one that minds ( we live in a subdivision). I was tired of hard headed english pointers! John had two dogs that we discussed were good matches and within a week or so he contacted me and sold me on his 'Jenny", a 21 month old GPS. We agreed to let him work with the dog until an Ocotber delivery date. John stayed in touch thru out the summer and I took delivery in October. He gave me a great description of Jenny's abilities and assisted me with her commands that he used on her. The season finally opened and WOW, Jenny is such a pleasure to hunt with. She is everything that John said: housebroke,great bird drive, hunts with and for me, points all day long, terrific stamina..I could go on and on! I hunted her the first time with a lady gundog trainer in GA who after about an hour of hunting with Jenny and me and one of her older Weims, she commented on how well trained Jenny is and that she was hunting like a 4 year old, not a 2 year old. She asked what I paid for her and about fell out when I told her. She said that her dogs trained that well would go for a minimum of $4500 which was well above what I have invested. Long story short: John delivered everything he said he would, has contacted me to see how we are doing, answered several questions I had on commands, treated me great on pricing and deliver fees, saved me money on buying a electric collar, and has made my quail hunting "life" wonderful. I can't say enough about him. If you are considering purchasing a puppy or dog from John and have any questions you can contact me at 912.856.3633. Joel Edwards, Richmond Hill, Ga.
Submitted by: Terry Blessing on Oct 13, 2010My name is Terry Blessing, I have had my pup home from John Princes quality gun dogs training program for just over a week. My experience, like so many, started on gundogbreeders.com. I contacted John about my 11 month old pup Ingrid. My bird hunting experience is somewhat short term and after two seasons of trying to turn my rescued Heinz 57 into a bird dog my wife and I decided it was time to add another dog to the family for the purposes of hunting. Enter Ingrid an energetic purebred German shorthair pup from a local family in Iowa who had an oops litter. After reading many books and watching several videos I decided that my training ability was only going to get me so far with my puppy.
I contacted John Prince in August of 2010 regarding training my puppy, at that time he told me that he was booked for at least a month. Which was not an issue for me, at this point I just wanted a trained puppy. My first contact was very comfortable with Mr. Prince. We talked a lot about his passion for working with German shorthairs and other pointing breeds,and after much conversation about his training history and my puppy, I decided that he was the trainer my puppy needed. We had a total of three conversations and at the end of the third he told me that he had an opening come available earlier than planned. Another puppy was going home and he would be able to train Ingrid three weeks earlier than anticipated. So on Sept 10Th 2010 I drove to Kansas and Ingrid met John Prince. When i arrived Mr. Prince took some time to acclimate himself with Ingrid and see how her bird drive was. By the time I left I felt very comfortable that my puppy was in the great hands.
Fast forward three weeks. My wife and I were taking a trip that allowed us to contact Mr. Prince and see how Ingrids progress was coming, after setting up an appointment we stopped in. Much to our surprise our puppy was finished!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! On October 3rd!!!! That is THREE WEEKS from the day I dropped her off !!!!!!!!!!! Absolutely unheard of progress. True to Johns word he only charged us $100.00 a week and the $50.00 bird fee for a total of $350.00 for all of her training!!!! My over ambitious puppy worked a field right in front of my own eyes, and while running down a field lane, with the wind, stopped on a dime turned 180 degrees and locked up on point 10 feet from a planted bird and did not flinch for over three minutes, and my wife has most of it on video to prove it!!!!!!! If you want a quality trainer with outstanding instincts and an ability to individually assess and train your puppy into an outstanding field partner John Prince at Princes Quality Gun Dogs is absolutely without question the trainer for your puppy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Feel free to contact me with questions email@example.com
Submitted by: John Eckert on Oct 12, 2010I started looking for a shorthair around Dec. 09. Looked at all the web sites all around the country. Found John's site and read all the testamonials and thought this either can't be true or he wouldn't have time to talk to me. Finally gave John a call in June and told him I was looking for a shorthair that would be a house dog also. He said he had a 12 week old pup that he thought would be a good house dog as well as a hunting companion. We talked for about an hour and planned to meet the end of June to take a look at the pup.
Met John the end of June. He had a different pup that was 3 months older that he thought would be a little nicer than the one we had discussed. The pup was a great grandson of his I Saul the Light. The pup (5 months old) pointed a bird, retrieved and water retrieved with no formal training yet. I agreed to take the pup and John would train him steady to point, whoa, here, and crate broke.
Picked up Pete Sept 8th and headed to Montana. Worked him in the yard for a few days, and took him to a shooting preserve. He worked the fields ok and we found 3 pheasants. Took him out a few days later to work some wild birds. He busted some huns, but they were downwind, so not really his fault.
Took him out again a few days later and had two nice points on sharptails. Nice retrieve also. He really has a nice style.He has been out 4 or 5 times and he just keeps getting better and better each trip. Fast learner on the wild birds. Nice and calm in the house and ready to hunt when he goes outside. Almost like he has an on/off switch.
John is a man of his word. He said Pete would be a nice dog and he really is.
Submitted by: Richard & Sandy Potterton on Oct 05, 2010I was looking for my husband a birthday present and since his female GSH had passed away of cancer about a year ago I decided to get him a puppy. I started my search at GundogBreeders.com and I found John Prince. I read all about his dogs and was really interested so I went to his website and saw the pictures of his pups and read some of the testimonies. I gave John a call and he told me all about this little male he had and sent me some pictures. That night when my husband came home and saw the pictures he called John. John told him all about him and his pedigree and the quality of his dogs. He also told him about the training and even offered us a place to stay with him and his family. We went to Pittsburg and picked up the cutest GSH puppy your ever saw and when he was almost 6 months old we went back for his training. John let me ride along so I could take pictures and watch and I have never been so amazed at what he could do with that pup. He had his attention right off the bat and every day Eli, which is what we named him, excelled in his hunting skills. John is an excellent trainer. In three days of training which amounted to three and one half hours, John turned a 6 month old puppy into a serious hunting dog. My husband Richard and I were so please to find that there is still an honest man that values his word. Thanks you John for providing us with a wonderful new member to our family.
Submitted by: Nathan Bills on Sep 30, 2010I, just like you, at one point was reading through these testimonials, reviewing John's own comments, and browsing his web site wondering if he was the right breeder to get a dog from. My expectations were set fairly high, and I didn't want to end up disappointed. I contacted a man that lived a couple of hours away from me, here in Idaho, who had recently purchased a dog from John to get his "unbiased" opinion. He had posted a testimonial on here and I was able to find his number in the phone book. Buying a dog through the internet with out any personal knowledge of the breeder can make one hesitant. He told me that everything that John and the testimonials had said were in fact true. He had actually gone out to Kansas from Idaho and bought a pup from John. I ended up buying a broke dog from John around May of 2010. I was very pleased with the dog although I did have challenges with him. I was a beginner, and Jake was still young. Through my entire "learning process" John was very helpful and always answered my phone calls. I was overall happy with my decision and was comforted by the promise John had made me about returning my money or trading dogs if I wasn't 100% happy. I worked him all through the summer to get ready for Chukar season and on opening day had a mis-hap with Jake. I called John and he told me that he'd take care of me like promised. I just returned last night from going out to Kansas to John's place. He lined me out with an awesome dog and took great care of me while there. I was openly invited into his home and felt very comfortable while there. I can't speak for any other GSP breeder because John is the only one I've dealt with, however I can say that I don't believe any other breeder would be as easy to work with, knowledgeable about both the breed and training them, and as eager to TAKE GOOD CARE of his clients far after the purchase of the dog. John fully understands that he doesn't just train and sell dogs for a living...he TAKES CARE OF PEOPLE and just happens to train and sell dogs. Anybody hesitant to do business with John is more than welcome to call me at any time. My number is 208.340.6407- Thanks again John-
Submitted by: Glenn Norton on Sep 29, 2010Hello my name is Glenn Norton. I purchased a male gsp as a puppy after long conversations and several telephone calls. I decided to give John my full trust in the purchase of my next GSP puppy. I have owned 2 GSP's in the past one of which was a rescue and the other was purchased from a local breeder in the New Jersey area. Both dogs were unruley to say the least and that is why I trusted John to give me EXACTLY what I was looking for. When I first got Chase, I could only hope for the best. And after a short bit of time, I knew I got exactly what I was always hoping for. As time went along and we started going hunting at the early age of 5 mo. old he was holding and pointing his birds (pheasants). Not only has he been an outstanding hunting dog but he is an outstanding family dog with family, children and visitors alike. People constantly compliment him on how well he is behaved. I would STRONGLY recommend that you contact John Prince for the QUALITY that you deserve in a well rounded companion. This is only a small amount of information that I am passing on. If you have any questions about my statements posted here you can contact Mr.Prince and he will give you my cell phone for you to call me personally. Or come see Chase in action for yourself. You will not be disappointed. Sincerely Glenn Norton Point Pleasant New Jersey. P.S. After writing this testimonial I feel that this is not fair to John for the mere fact that what I have is something so much more than words can describe. Thank You again John.
Submitted by: Darrell York on Sep 22, 2010My name is Darrell York I am a NAVHDA SR judge. I have been raising, training & hunting GSPs for 27 years. I have trained handled and produced several versatile champions and UT P-1 dogs.
A year and half ago I lost my VC prematurely this left a hole in my line I couldn't fill with my own dogs. To my relief my dear friend and training partner Jim Levins had been following John's kennel & blood lines.
I contacted John and we spoke several times. I don't know if this ever happened to you before but I immediately realized I had met a friend for life not just someone I was going to buy a pup from.
I took delivery of a wonderful little bitch we named Lil. My 9 year old daughter and I started training for the hunting season and a natural ability test. My nine year old daughter handled this 5 month old pump to a maximum score 112 P-1. Few dogs have the physical & mental stability to take this test at this age add to that 9 year old handling and you can see pup with some special potential.
The pup was awesome all hunting season producing several grouse , woodcock and pheasants also backing a brace mate naturally.
This year I tested her in Utility. At the age of 1 year and 5 months. She scored a maximum 204 P-1, My 2 time UT male stud dog scored 201 P-1
I am first and foremost a hunter and this little bitch John sold will produce game and retrieve waterfowl better than any lab,golden,or Chessie ever bred
If you want a good pup from a good man I would buy from John in a heart beat. I sell dogs and train in a am mature manner so I guess at some level I am promoting my competition but in world of poor dog breeders and trainers I believe there will always be plenty of room for the few truly exceptional ones.
I believe John Prince is exceptional
Submitted by: Andrew Ashby on Sep 16, 2010From start to finish my experience with John at Prince's Quality Gun Dogs was excellent. I didn't have much experience with GSP pups but after my interaction with John at his facility I knew that a GSP pup was for me. I was impressed in the way he cared for his dogs and he doesn't just breed to breed. He is very selective and that quality shines through with his dogs. We got a 6 month old pup form John and from the minute he stepped in our house he's been amazing...great with the 3 little children I have and perfect natured. I continue to hunt with him and I am impressed with his natural ability.
I recommend John Prince to anybody looking for a great hunting dog or just a family dog.
Thank you John!
Submitted by: kirby kile on Sep 13, 2010what can i say about john prince that hasnt already been said. well me and my wife bought our first german shouthair from john.a 8wk old male we named travis .travis is one of the smartest dogs youll ever see and has a great nose john said he'd be agood dog and he is.we bought are 2nd dog from john the next yeara female named tillie she turned out to be a great hunt as well. and we raise alitter of pups each year and the pups are great hunters to.everything john say turned out to be the truth. we have known john for 8 years now and we do alot of business with each other and he is a great guy.but if you dodnt want to know the tru about something then dont then dont ask john because he will tell you the truth not what you want to here. so if you want a great bird dog give john a call you wont be disappointed .if i had to buy another one it will be from john .thanks john for the great dogs we have .kirby
Submitted by: Kipp Parker on Sep 11, 2010Hello my name is Kipp Parker, I found John Prince on Gun Dog Breeders and called him up and after talking with him for a while I soon found out that this was the trainer for my Stubborn GSP. This is my 4th GSP and had a bad experience with a previous trainer. This put me on the path to finding a new trainer. John, squeezed me in immediately and had her pointing, holding, handling, WHOA and HERE broke by within wks. She was just a complete runner and had no clue of what she was doing in the field. John, called me up and said she was ready and I was without words for the progress she had made in such a short time. Working with 3 previous trainers, I have never seen such results in such a short period of time with minimal cost. Previous trainers had charged $1500 and it was the biggest waste of money I had ever spent. Needless to say that John will by my trainer will be John from now and I will also purchase my next dog from his kennel since I have seen some of his dogs work. Thank you John for your time/patience and providing me with a great product.
Submitted by: Matt Denney on Sep 08, 2010I took a 11 mo. GSP to John. The pup had basic obedience, but was yard broke at best. John spent some time with him and gave me his honest opinion of the pup. I agreed to leave the dog with John. He estimated that he would need 6 weeks with the dog and the total cost would not exceed
I visited my pup after 2 weeks. The pup was pointing birds and semi whoa broke. I came back after another 2 weeks to see my pup again. The dog was pointing by scent, was very steady on point, and steady on the whoa command. During this visit, John turned my pup loose with a younger, green female. My pup never paid her any attention he was all business. Hunting hard and making his points.
At the end of this visit John suggested I take the pup home, as he was doing very well. he invited me to bring the pup back before season to shoot some quail over him, and to help me finish him. So, John only kept my pup 4 weeks, and charged me $450. That speaks to his integrity. He could just as easily kept the pup another 2 weeks and charged me more money.
Throughout the process, John was very gracious. He constantly reminded me that he maintained an open kennel policy. He was patient with both myself, and the dog. And most importantly I have a new hunting buddy that I am proud of.
Submitted by: Bronson Kelly on Aug 20, 2010I've gotten to know John over the past year as we've had conversations about what individual dog would be best for our family and for my hunting needs. We took delivery a few weeks ago of our GSP just a week after he turned 1. He's amazing, and John's training has really prepared him for us. He's our first dog and we wanted to make the right choice about they type and temperment. John helped us tremendously and I can't say enough good about the whole experience.
Submitted by: mike murphy on Aug 16, 2010We searched the web site for a German Shorthair and came across Prince Gun Dog site, after talking to John on the phone several times I knew this was the place for us to get a pup as John was so honest about the quality of the dogs he raises. We stressed that we wanted both a hunting dog and a family dog as well as we have two small girls. John lined us up with a liver female pup and we picked her up at 5 weeks of age in August 2009. She became a part of the family very quick and is the most easy going pup who loves kids and is very active. The hard part was to part from her and take her back to john for training in April of 2010. Macy stayed with John in training for about 8 weeks and when we went to pick her up she did not even take notice of us as she was all about birds. John took us to the field and she pointed at least 5 birds and held the point every time and retreived every bird with a soft mouth not hurting any bird. She covered the ground very quick and OBEYED ALL COMMANDS.Next he took us to the pond and showed us how she retrieved in water. She brought back three live birds and dropped them at his feet. The time she spent with john was incredible as she does all anyone could ask for. IF you want a great hunting dog and family companion this is the place to go. Macy is a part of our family as she thrives to please and she does her best when she around people and wants to please all the time. I cant wait to get into the field this fall as all my hunting buddies have heard about and want to take her to the field. BEST OF LUCK I HIGHLY RECOMMEND JOHN FOR YOUR NEXT HUNTING DOG. TWO OF MY FIRENDS HAVE ALREADY GOTTEN DOGS FROM JOHN. THANkS MIKE MURPHY
Submitted by: Mark Esfeld on Aug 11, 2010Honest, Straight Feedback, Weekly Updates, Good Value, Great Methods! All of these are comments I would like to share about my experience working with John Prince.
I had reached out to John within a week of picking up my new Vizsla puppy. John was selected out of a group of 5 trainers that I talked with because I believed his philosophy lined up with mine about how to train a “softer” breed of dog in a Vizsla.
John and I stayed in contact as to the pups development until it was time on July 1 to take “Guy” to bird dog school. Our line of Vizsla’s, this is the fifth generation of breedings we’ve done, is notorious for being late maturing. This later maturing dog is the opposite of John’s breeding program for GSP’s.
Guy definitely fit the later maturing trend we had seen, BUT through John’s training methods he helped the pup start attaching neurons in his brain through the training process.
Having had dogs professionally trained before and paying for 4-5 months of training each, you can understand how surprised I was when after exactly one month, Guy had been transformed from “late maturing” and not ready to handle the training to a started dog that will find, point, whoa, load up, turn, handle, honor, come and all other commands a started dog should do. Even better, it was all accomplished in 1 Month for $400.
Start with good genetics, add in a little dose of John Prince and I have a bird dog ready to go for this fall!
Submitted by: John Berry on Aug 07, 2010I first meant John Prince at a friends house while John was delivering my friends dog that he had just trained. My wife and I had been talking about getting rid of our GSP because he would not listen and was way out of control. John worked with my dog Jake and within the first 10 min. he had Jake whoaing on live pigeons and I was sold and ready to send my 11 month old wild GSP to have John train him. Four weeks later John called and asked when I could come and get Jake so we jumped in the car and headed for Pittsburg Kansas. While at Prince's Quality Gun Dogs, John took the time to show us everything Jake could do and entertained us with lunch and a tour of his property where he trains the dogs I was very impressed. The day after we brought Jake home my 8 year old daughter Brynn was giving him some water in his Kennel and Jake broke free i found him about 50 yards out and on his way to freedom when i yelled HERE. Jake stopped dead in his track turned around and came back to me. One month ago it would have taken hours of chasing to get him back to the kennel. Jake also is constantly pointing on birds but loves to be around the family and hang out. I can hardly wait for this fall to show off Jake on the Pheasant hunts. Very impressed with John and his quality of training plus John stuck to his word and only charged me the $100 per week that he said he would. Jake was completely trained for $450. For anyone looking for training or purchasing a GSP look no further than here. John is the best and my next purchase will be from Prince's Quality Gun Dogs.
Submitted by: Don McCarty on Aug 03, 2010Once again I am amazed at the progress that Max comes along . Picture says it all max is always ready for what ever be it hunting or fishing he is always ready to go. Looking forward to bird season. Last year he was a star. Max has always honerd the other dogs in the field or in tossing the water toys. Max is always ready to learn. Once again thanks Don
Submitted by: Nathan Seward on Aug 02, 2010I’m just a few months shy of year from my purchase of a puppy from John Prince. While I’m familiar with bird hunting, I was not with owning a bird dog. Going through the different hunting breeds I was looking for one of those “perfect, all-in-one” type of gun dogs. So when my research landed me with the idea of a GSP, but more particularly with John Prince’s phone number off his website, I gave him a call. Shortly after that phone call, I found myself being invited out to John’s place to look at his dogs. I didn’t know what to expect but from the amazing testimonials written about Prince’s Quality Gun Dogs, I had no choice but to check it out. Straight from the beginning, John not knowing me from anyone else was very friendly, patient with my questions and very honest. He showed me his dogs and what he had to offer. The thing that caught my attention was if you live close by, you can come to his facility and he will literally train your pup for FREE! This was exactly what I needed, being a first time gun dog owner, and luckily I was just a ½ hour drive away! After a few more visits, and a few more phone calls, my purchase was made and a new GSP puppy came home with me. The next few weeks were awesome, helping train my dog and seeing his progress. Esau (my dog) was retrieving, pointing birds and doing water retrieves as FAR as I could throw the bird. And all of this before he was even 4 months old! Since then he has continued to be a great dog, both on his first pheasant hunt and in our home. I’m lucky enough to have found where I’m going to be buying my dogs from, and I did so on my first purchase. No need wasting money on other dogs from other breeders that don’t have a natural retrieve and amazing natural skill and pointing ability. Just call John and let his dogs speak for themselves.
Submitted by: Shawn Chittenden on Jul 19, 2010This may look long winded but if you are interested in a dog from John Prince's kennel it is a must read. True colors are shown only when adversity is involved. About 1 1/2 years ago my family and i decided that we would like to purchase a hunting/family dog. Through internet research we decided on a GSP. Being from Saskatchewan I am more of a big game hunter than a bird hunter, but this I want to change to get my wife and two girls involved in the hunting sports with a dog being the tool to get them interested and involved with my beloved past time, hunting.I researched a breeder out of Idaho, got in contact with her, and tentatively picked out a pup with the family. The follow up call to the breeder to see how funds were going to change hands did not go as planned. Over the weekend the pup had been sold(first come first served with this breeder). The breeder did however feel quite bad about this. No pups were available at the time, low and behold this is how i was recommended to John Prince(I thank her for that).We then got in contact with John and he took down our information of what we wanted and expected in a dog.Dozens of phone calls and emails later we decided that it was in our best interest to let John hand pick the puppy that was right for us. This was quite hard for us to do being so far away and having to put all our trust in a person in which we have only talked to on the phone and via emails. John took care of absolutely everything for us, I simply had to send money and pick up the dog at Calgary airport. All paper work was in order and went surprisingly smooth. We welcomed Remington into our family in August of 2009. He was all we could have wanted in a pup, smarts, personality, incredible looks, and sincere loyalty. When John told me over the phone that Remington was a real STUD he meant it, he was. Remington settled in just fine with his new environment. Some puppy classes, lots of exercise, and birds to play with things were exceeding my expectations. Then the bomb drops. I noticed Remington not being his spunky self. Off to the vet we go, x-rays confirm my worst fears, hip displasia. My vet recommends because of the severity of his case he recommends that I put him down. Why us? I go home and have to tell my family the terrible news. Thinking there is something that we can do for Remmy,my wife calls a close family friend who has her own small animal vet clinic in Red Deer, Alberta.My wife talks to her and explains our situation, from the crying and sobbing coming from our bedroom, my options are confirmed. I call John the next day a truly do believe that he is as devistated as we are. John assures me that he will make this right. At this time in John's life he is having his own terrible issues with his mother falling ill and not once did John not have time for me and my family, I told him to take all the time he needed with his family, family comes first. John then got back to us in a very timely matter considering the circumstances he had just been through.He did not have a pup at the time that suited our needs. John got back in contact with us a short while later and confirmed he had a puppy on the ground that suited our needs. Pictures, emails, ect. done. Finally our new puppy would be on his way soon. John was going on a holiday to Yellowstone and offered to meet us there with the new dog so the pup could avoid the stress of the plane ride. Unfortunately my wife and I had other commitments and could not make the trip. Bomb#2. While John was away on holidays the pup he has hand picked for us dies. Now put yourself in John's shoes. Here he has a customer that just had to put down their dog, and now you have to send word that dog#2 is gone. I believe he handled it very professionally. And I truly thank him for his honesty. John immediately tells us of a pup that he has already started training and was on gundog.com website for sale. He immediately pulled the dog and tagged him for us. Arrangements were made, and off to Calgary for my wife and girls to pick up the new pup. July 9th Nieko was picked up from Calgary. We have had him now for a couple of weeks and he is retreiving to hand from land and water, points at anything that moves(as long as it is not human), great with the kids and great with socializing other dogs. This is going to be a awesome dog, he has even impressed some buddies that only think and breath labs. The trainer is lined up and can't wait to get him in the field. Through all our misfortunes that we have had, I am here to tell you that if you have any doubts about John Prince as a person or a breeder, simply toss them out the window. This man is all about honor and integrity. I am not sure if John even wants these events posted so I will leave that up to his discretion. I just felt it necessary to tell the truth about how this great man and breeder handled the situation when the chips were down. I know my next dog(and there will be more) will without a doubt be coming from his impressive kennel and blood lines. Once again John thank you for your honesty, caring soul, and beautiful new pup. I will be recommending you to anyone who is looking for a great quality dog. I promise to you as you did to me that this dog will have all the opportunity in the world to become the best that he can be. I will keep you updated with pics and progress. Thank you. Sincerely Shawn, Michelle, Jocelyn, and Mackenzie Chittenden. Pilot Butte, Saskatchewan, Canada. If there are still doubters out there please give me a call, I'll set you straight 1-306-526-6936
Submitted by: Jon Miles on Jul 16, 2010I bought a pup from John and she was pointing a covey at the age of 11 weeks. YES, 11 weeks. She is a great dog with a great nose. She is extremely active but the best dog by far that I have ever owned. If you want a great hunting dog that will surprise you with their intelligence, this is the place to get one. I can't wait to see what John will do with my dog after training. Pointing at 11 weeks??? This dog will be a great hunter and I can't wait to get her out in the field after John trains her.
Submitted by: Mike Cullinane on Jul 14, 2010Wow...I can't say enough good things about how happy I am about my recent pup I purchased from John. I had been thinking about buying a GSP for quite sometime and John took the time out of his day numerous times to inform me and educate me about his dogs. From the very first day I got my 3 month old GSP he was naturaly retreiving to hand. He was already pointing wild birds in the field at 5 months. He has incredible bird drive, works very close and is a spactacular house pet. He is also great w/ kids. You can't go wrong w/ a dog from John....I'm already thinking maybe it is time to get another!
Mike - McPherson, KS
Submitted by: T. JACKSON on Jun 14, 2010I RECENTLY WENT TO JOHN FOR SOME HELP IN TRAINING MY 7 MOUNTH OLD GSP, HE TOOK THE TIME TO TELL ME WHAT HE THOUGHT OF THE DOG AND WHAT HE COULD DO FOR ME. I WAS VERY IMPRESSED WITH WHAT HE HAD DONE IN A VERY SHORT TIME. THE DOG WAS WHOA-BROKE AND RETRIEVING TO HAND, AND HONORING COMMANDS IN JUST 7 WEEKS. IT TAKES TIME AND TALENT TO DO SUCH A GOOD JOB IN THAT SHORT OF TIME THANKS JOHN
Submitted by: Ryan Summers on Jun 05, 2010I just picked-up my 8-month old female English Pointer from John and I can't believe the transformation. Not only can John train German Shorthairs, he can also get stubborn, hard-headed, bird crazy Enlgish pointers into form. I was planning on the full 2 months of training (actually looking forward to the break) and after our first visit John anticipated 6 weeks of traning. He was wrong, it only took him 4 weeks. In one month I had a complete gundog ready for hunting season. Can't wait! Thanks again.
Submitted by: Chad Heinz on Apr 27, 2010I have gotten two GSP dogs from John Prince now and have been very happy with both of them. The first one was a female that I got as a puppy with a lot of bird drive. She was great around my three boys and loved playing with them. I took her to John after she was about 7 months old and had him work with him for about a month. She was a “baby” as he called her and needed to toughen up some. I couldn’t have been more impressed with John as he let me stay the night once while we worked with her. He goes out of his way for us hunters and it seems like no one else does that these days. After a month of working with her, John had her ready to hunt and toughed up. I was impressed with her and she was a great dog, but unfortunately I lost her to a car accident over the winter before I could see her true potential.
I called John after about a month to see what litters he had coming up. I wasn’t sure if I was ready for a puppy again, so he mentioned a 5 month old male to me. I had the pup for a couple of months and could tell he was going to be special. He was pointing birds in the yard and wanted to always hunt. He is very intelligent and is great with my family. I just got him back from John after he was there a few weeks for training. What he did with that 7 month old pup was in a word “amazing”. He had him pointing solid with a nice high tail. He had him whoa broke so well that he could wave the bird around in front of his nose and the dog didn’t move. He would start tracking birds and going on point about 30 yards up wind of the bird. I live in western Kansas and hunt a lot of upland birds. I have hunted behind and had some great dogs, but this pup looks like it might top all of them and be that once in a lifetime dog. I can’t wait until hunting season. I named him Jax but am thinking about changing his name to “Amazing”.
I have been around John various times during both of these dogs. He is very helpful and very straight forward and honest. I have seen him do things with my dogs and other dogs in 10 minutes that it takes another trainer a day to do. He is always calm but firm with the dogs and they just respond to him. I enjoy watching John work with a dog and what he can get accomplished in little time.
A very happy customer,
Submitted by: John Strupp on Apr 24, 2010I went to John Prince's kennel with two of my friends to observe his operation and deliver one of my friends GSP to him to be trained. When we left I had bought one of his puppies. He has the finest training methods that I have seen,I was very impressed with his handling of the dogs and his methods. The puppy that I have is retrieving like a machine,and has the greatest personality and manners of any puppy that I have ever owned.It is only 4 months old as of today. We spent time in John and Judy's Home as there guests and were treated like kings.It was a very positive experience. I highly recommend John and his GSP to anyone looking for a dog. John Strupp - Rigby, Idaho.
Submitted by: Luke Tillery on Apr 19, 2010I recently accompanied 2 friends to Prince's Quality Gun Dogs in Pittsburgh Kansas. One of my companions was dropping off his 10 month old Short Hair for training while the other and myself were along for the ride. After just a few minutes with John Prince it was apparent he was a man that knew gun dogs, especially German Short Hairs.
We had the privilege of spending 2 days with John and his family which gave us the chance to watch him train. John has the most uncomplicated and effective training methods I have seen since I started training bird dogs 7 years ago. He was able to take a 6 month old female who had never been worked before and whoa brake her on live birds in about 15 minutes.
John's dogs are top notch. They are solidly built, have exceptional drive to hunt and are extremely intelligent. We had the opportunity to see a good majority of his breeding stock in the field and it is no wonder he consistently produces such high caliber pups.
I went as an observer and left as a believer. It will not be too long before I will have a Prince bred pup in my kennels.
Sugar City, Idaho
Submitted by: Don McCarty on Apr 06, 2010I received exactly what I wanted when ordering our german shorthaired pup from John Prince. On top of wanting a great hunting dog, I also wanted the pup to be a family pet and good house dog and John Prince delivered. I explained to John in our early conversations what qualities I wanted in a dog and Maximus has exceeded our expectations. All of the other testimonials you read are true in our estimation. You will not go wrong in ordering a dog from John. Thanks again!
Submitted by: David Silvey on Apr 05, 2010I have had many bird dogs of all types. But I have to say that the female I got from John is the smartest dog I have ever owned! She learns very fast, has a drive to please that won't stop and has the best nature. I am really excited about this season with her.
John lives up to his word on helping after the sale. He truly loves the dogs!
Submitted by: Donovan Dahl on Mar 24, 2010Sheri and I visited John's kennel in January 2010. Sheri fell in love with "Buddy". "Buddy" is on John's Gun Dog Breeders page, pointing in light snow cover at 8 wks. John will take the time to listen to all your concerns. I am a dog trainer and was very impressed with John and his dogs.If you are looking for quality in a gun dog, give him a call.
Submitted by: Chuck Oelig on Mar 11, 2010I purchased a German Shorthair puppy from John last summer. I did a lot of research on different breeders and determined that he had what I was looking for in a pup. I had minimal time for training. I have owned several short hairs in the past and have a 5 year old one now. Jack the puppy purchased from John has the strongest retrieve of and of my previous shorthairs, a natural untrained back which I found out in the fall hunting pheasants out west when he backed my older shorthair on every point he had, awesome. He water retrieves since he was 4 months old. I took him out west for a week of a variety of bird hunting, he pointed and retrieved every variety of bird we encountered at 6 months of age a tireless hunter. Back in Wisconsin he pointed and retrieved grouse and wood cock, also went duck hunting where he retrieved ducks and was great on the cripple ducks in the marshes and swamps. Great dog. Thanks John!
Submitted by: Steve Lisby on Mar 06, 2010Two weeks before Chirstmas 2009, I had to put my 12 yr old GPS down due to cancer and infection. Boscoe was my first gundog and did it all. I wasn't sure I wanted to get a replacement right away. I had 4 1/2 yr old GSP, but he just wasn't Boscoe. Anyway, I happened onto John Prince's website. I read the testamonials and thought, this can't all be true. I gave him a call and we talked about Boscoe. John told me he had a 5 month old male he thought would be a perfect fit. Log story short, Max was my Christmas present. John agreed to help train Max. I went to John's for the first time on Feb 27, 2010. John had Max whoaing in 10 minutes. Max then nailed and held his first two birds. Five days later, I went back and Max pointed and held birds, whoaed and retrieved to hand. John started him on the e-collar and we ended up shooting his first birds over him, which he pointed, held and retrieved to hand. John did everything he said he could and would do. He even allowed me to stay in his home. John is the real deal and you can believe what he says. John,thanks for Max.
Steve Lisby, Kirbyville, MO
Submitted by: Scott Hurst on Mar 02, 2010John Prince has to be the most patient breeder on this earth. My family wanted a liver and roan male with a liver head (my wife added that request in at the last minute). Not only did he honor our wishes, but he gave us the best all-around dog we could ask for. "Bear" will hunt as long as you ask him to and hold point 'til YOU have him break. In addition, he will come home and be a well-behaved "house dog", that doesn't mind having his ears pulled by one of our three rug rats. I could not ask for a better dog! Thank you John!
Submitted by: Leonard (SKIP) Bond on Feb 22, 2010I have been in the bird dog business for over a half a century. I met Joyn several yrs ago and found him to be as particular about the quality and standards of good bird dogs as myself. Since he and I thought on the same lines on breeding and training we struck up a great friendship and have had many dealings of which is honesty and fairness has always stood alone. I would recommend anyone looking for a pup, started or finished dog to put ther faith in John to deliver a quality product and stand behind his word. I know John does not breed dogs just to have puppies, he researches the pedigrees on each dog to insure he will improve the breed with each litter he whelps and for this I respect and admire him. It does my heart good to see this kind of commitment to the future of really good bird dogs.
Submitted by: Mike McVicker on Feb 18, 2010I purchased a pup from John in Nov 2008 from his stud Snake-Eyes. This pup was on point from day one and has been nothing short of fantastic. I worked with him for a year and took him hunting in South Dakota, Western Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas. Every group that hunted with BJ could not believe he was such a young pup and not professionally trained. John told me to call him anytime if I had questions and he worked with me a couple of times to get BJ going in the right direction.
John raises first class GSP and they are bred to hunt and be a family dog. GSP don't get any better than that from a breeder.
Submitted by: Wayne Pine on Feb 17, 2010I purchased a GSP from John in April 2009 from pictures he had sent to me. After talking to John several times, I decided to have him train the dog. John kept me updated on her process throughout the summer. In October, I drove to Kansas and stayed 3 days with John and his family. The information he had given me about the dog was all true. She had a great nose, pointed birds solid, whao broke and retrived to hand from land and water. Since being home she has been great and excelled in every hunting situation. If you are looking for an intelligent, hardworking, all around hunting/family dog, I highly recommend John Prince.
Submitted by: Denny Tallman on Feb 08, 2010This is a follow up to a testamonial I did in May of 2009. In May of 2009 I bought Daisy, a GSP from John Prince. At the time of my first testamonial I had only shot pigeons over Daisy and was very impressed. I live in Nevada and I am an avid chukar hunter. Now with a full season hunting behind Daisy I can honestly tell you that Daisy is an incredible dog. She just loves to hunt! Daisy caught on very quickly to hunting chukar, which they love to run. She learned very quickly how to track their scent, use the wind, she would hold point when the birds finally held and she has always been a retrieving machine. By the end of the season Daisy knew every Friday night when I was getting our gear ready for the next morning. She was the first one to greet me when the alarm went off Saturday @3:30am. We killed somewhere around 125 chukar this year, not bad for a one year old dog! Besides hunting, Daisy is part of our family. She lives inside with the family and she just loves to play with my two daughters. When Daisy and I aren't hunting, my wife now says that Daisy is her dog. I want to thank John, he did everything he said he would and Daisy is exactly what he told me she would be.
Submitted by: Chris Chandler on Feb 08, 2010My name is Chris and a year and 1/2 ago I bought a female pup from a breeder in S.E. kansas. At that time I questioned him on the bloodlines and he told me the sire went back to Princes I Saul the Light. I had never heard of that particular dog so I began to do some research. The breeder said the dog was outstanding but not to deal with John for various reasons. I am not one to take everyones word so I called John. I can honestly say I was a little leary at first. John made some pretty bold claims about his dogs and I was looking for a male to breed with my female, so I invited him out for a hunt. I wanted to see Snake Eyes and he wanted to see my female. From the first field on I found out all claims were true!! Snake eyes is the real deal. I have raised bird dogs myself for almost 10 years and I shortly figured out (hands down) he is one of the best I have ever hunted behind. I have since hunted regularly with John and talked to him on the phone numerous times about training advice. John is truly an upstanding gentleman,I have found that all of the breeders claims were completely false. John is willing to go the extra mile to help in any way possible and is a top notch representative of the German Shorthair Breed. I would recomend him as a breeder or trainer to anyone looking for a Quality Gun Dog. By the way I hope to breed my female to Snake Eyes when she comes in. Thanks & Give John a call you won't be disappointed!!
Submitted by: Scott Ribelin on Jan 20, 2010I came to Prince's Quality Gundogs kennel in the summer of 09 just to check out him and his dogs. I must say I was very impressed with one particular dog. His name is Snake Eyes. I took some very impressive video. The dogs work in the field impressed me the most. I watched him make a retrieve from about 70-80 yds out. The bird was crippled and he brought him back without a feather out of place. John took a bird on a fishing pole and held in front of him, put the bird on his tail, side what ever and where ever and this dog would not move. All the time the bird was flopping around, it was amazing, I had never seen anything like it in my life. Most dogs would have grabbed the bird or at some time would have offered to snatch the bird up but to my amazement he stood there like a million dollars. At the time I was not ready to make a purchase but I knew that my dog would be coming from his kennel. Well, the time had finally come and I took the plunge. I purchased a little female, her name is FAITH. The reason I named her FAITH is because I have all the faith in the world that she will do everything needed or asked of her to do. She is 8 wks old and is already pointing and retrieving. I would like to say THANK YOU for allowing me to own such an amazing little girl. Scott Ribelin
Submitted by: Jamie Myers on Jan 04, 2010I have two GSP's and both came from John. Everything that you are reading on this site is true. John is serious about providing quality and will not put his name on something that is not up to his standards. I have also watched him train and his method is all about creating a positive experience for the dog. If you are wanting a natural hunter that has the drive to keep going all day than you have to give John a call. Lucy and Prince (my two GSP's) are great family dogs and their desire and skill in the field is amazing. Thank you John.
Submitted by: Jeff Glazier on Jan 03, 2010In March of 2009 my German shorthaired pointer died in my arms. Gus had been on medication for a heart condition for over two years. He would have been twelve in May. Out of the five bird dogs I have owned, Gus was the best. This past summer, I started thinking about getting another GSP. I found John Prince’s kennel on the internet. Since he is less than 100 miles away, I made contact with him. After several e-mails and phone calls, I made the trip to visit John in early July. I left with an eight week old pup that was already pointing a quail wing. Tess has now become an integral part of our household. She is extremely intelligent, and has already demonstrated talent and abilities usually not seen until a dog is much older. By the age of four months, she had pointed every pen-raised quail that had been set out for her, including those that had walked away from where they had been set. By the age of five months, she had over thirty birds killed over her, and had pointed every one. She quarters into the wind, and responds to hand signals like a seasoned veteran. She is now seven months old and has some awfully big dog boots to fill, as Gus set the bar pretty high, but Tess has demonstrated the potential to be a truly outstanding gun dog. The desire and intensity she has for birds is like nothing I have ever seen. I would recommend John Prince to anyone looking to own a German shorthaired pointer. He is very willing to talk, either by phone or e-mail, about what you are looking for in a dog. He makes every attempt to get you the best dog to match your expectations. He is also one of the best dog trainers I have ever seen. All it takes is a visit to his kennel to see him demonstrate his training skills to make you a believer. Give John Prince a call. You won’t regret it.
Submitted by: robert lessen on Jan 02, 2010My name is BOBBY and i have a dog from John , he is a 18 months old GSP named BRUTUS.
I can sit here and write a long story of how i got my dog, but i am only going to say that john is the best GSP breeder i have ever seen . He is so friendly and full of help. so if you want a GSP the you should get one from him.....and i give him a 25 on the rating scale.
Submitted by: Mike Berryman on Jan 01, 2010I found John Prince on the internet when I began searching for a GSP in the spring of 2009.I was impressed by the time he took with me on my initial phone call. He took the time to ask me what I wanted in a dog and what I expected out of a dog. I purchased my pup (Scooter) May of 2009 and had planned on returning Scooter to John @ 6 months for training. That day never came. I would like to say that it is from my ability to train, but it was from the bred in natural ability of Scooter. He took to everything naturally, from retrieving in water at 10 weeks to shooting 8 quail over him @ 8 months on his first quail hunt. These were wild Oklahoma birds not pen raised birds at a hunting preserve. At this writing I have had this dog on 6 hunts and shot 44 birds over him. John calls me reguraly to check onj Scooter's progress and I know he will be more than willing to offer help if needed. Thanks John.
Submitted by: Joe Bell on Dec 31, 2009On January 26, 2007, I posted a testimonial about how John hooked me up with a very nice pup; unfortunality, "Boss" passed away at only three years of age due to an accident. This litteratly broke my heart, for "Boss" was my buddy. We went everywhere together, and he was a supper hunting companion, for there wasn't anything he coulnd't do from blood trailing deer, treeing squirrls, flushing cotten tails, and bird hunting behind him was great, for he could go all day, day after day for as long as you could go no matter what the conditions were. I could tell you nummerous stories about Boss's attributes, but this page can't hold them all. Therefore I must cut to the chase, I told myself he would be my last GPS, for I would always compare them to "Boss", and that's not fair to them. When hunting season came around this year, I didn't know what I was going to do. I had a chance to go on a nice trip to North Central Kansas, but I didn't have a dog, so I called John. I never could have guessed what was going to happen next because I didn't call John for a handout; I called to see if by some wierd and off the wall chance he might rent me a dog. When John told me he didn't rent dogs, I wasn't supprised. When he said just to come by and grab a couple of dogs on my way up, I was greatful. If you buy a dog from John you will gain a true friend. I'm talking about John. Thanks, John
Submitted by: Wally Stern on Dec 27, 2009For those of you who may be interested in a great gun dog, keep reading. If you are one of those hunters who works his dog like a migrant worker during the season, stop reading. If you love your dog like your child and the dog is a member of the family, keep reading.
I have followed John Prince through his site on the Internet for several years. I recently had the chance to visit John while traveling near Pittsburgh, Kansas on business. Everything you see and read on his site is true. The kennels are immaculately clean, he is a sensitive and caring trainer, and he delivers what he says. I saw it with my own eyes. I saw a 6-month old GSP trail, point, hold to shot, and retrieve a pheasant and then turn around and do the same thing with a quail.
I cannot wait to travel to Pittsburgh again, this time with my dog box in the truck, and return home with my Quality Gun Dog from John Prince.
Submitted by: Adam on Dec 21, 2009My search for a birddog began shortly after Thanksgiving last year (2008) and believe me when I say “search” I mean in the sense of comprehensive, meticulous, thorough and exhaustive type of search. I spoke to people everywhere in “search” of my next hunting companion. Before I began my search I developed a list of traits that I was looking for in my next dog and I was determined that I wasn’t going to settle for anything less than what I had identified my list. After talking with many breeders and dog owners I found myself on the phone with John Prince of Prince’s Quality Gundogs and that was the last call that I needed to make. I was convinced that my search had ended. John and I spoke over the phone several times after that first call and I got to admit I was anxious to buy the first puppy that hit the ground at his kennel after each discussion, but John cautioned me each time saying that if I wanted the dog that met all my wants I needed to wait for the Dixielands Brown L’s Belle/Snake Eyed Romeo breading. Boy I’m sure glad I did because I am now the proud owner of a dog that literally meets all the traits that I was looking for. She points, backs, retrieves to hand on land and water, has style when she runs and looks like a million bucks on point. Oops I about forgot to mention that she’s only 11 months old. I couldn’t be more please with Maggie. Thanks John for all your help…
Submitted by: mark neeley on Dec 18, 2009When i was just a little kid my dad would take my brother and I hunting quail in northeast kansas with his friends. They would bring their dogs on the hunt and they were not very well trained and always ended up messing the hunt up. ha It got so bad that my dad found us another place to hunt rather than deal with the aggravation. Despite those expieriences I have always wanted a bird dog . Well in august of 2006 I had a heart attack and it got myself to a thinking. My wife asked me what was I waiting for? Cool - I set out to find my birddog. First I had to decide on what kind I wanted and how to go about it. My cousin has a shorthair that he used a lot and he got me going in that diection. I gave myself parameters that I would look for one in a 4 state area. I began searching high and low, sending out emails and such. My first response came from John. I set up a appointment for my wife and I to come visit him. On our way down there I called him to tell him we was about a hour away. He offered to wait and have us for dinner. I was really surprised by this rare form of hospitality.
When we arrived John talked about his dogs and his relationships that he has with his clients. My wife and I were very impressed with John and his caring attitude. John showed us around his property and it was obvious that he has a deep love of his dogs and his profession. He talked to me extensively about what I wanted in a dog and what I expected out of it. John told me that when he sold me a dog that he was intererested in making sure i was happy with my companion. Deep down I was taken back by his honest and forthright way of talking to us about commitment to us. I told John that i would think about it and call him the next day. when my wife and I got into the car to go home she turned to me and said what are you waiting for?
My Elvis was born on april 8 2007. snake eyes romeo prince and lucky were the parents.
My Elvis is a companion for life and has been everything that John said he would be. He is a excellant pointer that has dispersed all the negative things that happened to my hunting trips as a kid. I just wish my dad could see him work, because he never did see one like my Elvis. I really enloy him and all the hunting trips that I take him on. My son and I go hunting with Elvis about once a week in the season and I try to take my friends on our trips for I am very proud of him
thank you John prince
mark and Elvis Neeley
Submitted by: Mike Craig on Dec 17, 2009I began to search for a dog in the fall of 2008. Having a Brittany and a GSP as my previous dogs both were good dogs and giving me fond memories of past hunts. I knew that another GSP was what I really wanted but didn’t know of any breeders. So on the computer I went in search. Living in Kansas I hoped I could find a breeder close, that’s when I came across Prince’s Quality Gun Dogs in Pittsburg Kansas.
When reading his sight I was impressed with John’s mission statement in getting the best hunting dogs to his clients. Then reading all the testimonials from his customers, it sounded too good to be true, and really impressive. So after a few days of thinking if I wanted to take on a pup and everything that comes with it, like chewing, house training, dog training and talking my wife into it, I gave John Prince a call.
John was a man that was eager to talk about hunting dogs and training. He asked what I was looking for in a hunting dog. After several minutes of listening to his thoughts and beliefs about training and handling gun dogs I knew I had made the right call. He told me of a litter he would be having from Snake Eyed Romeo and Belle and what he expected out of this litter of pups. I was lucky to get the last male pup in February.
My daughter and I drove to John’s house to see this pup. On the way there I was recalling the best way to pick a pup and I was a little worried that I wasn’t going to have a choice he could be a shy, timid runt. Well when we got to John’s house he let the pup out of the pen all by himself and away from his mom sight and he started investigating every part of John’s kennel that he could get to. Wow. John assured me this pup would hunt as I wanted. John invited me to watch him work some dogs and in that two hours I saw that John and his training techniques were special. It was amazing to watch the dogs becoming more and more confident in themselves. I left impressed and confident in the techniques I’d learned and that this dog and I would be fine.
The summer months just seemed to fly by and soon it was November and I hoped we were ready. As John states he breeds his dogs to have that never ending desire to find game. I must say that is Rusty in a nutshell. In his first hunting trip at 11 months of age to Western Kansas, Rusty hunted from milo fields to thick draws I couldn’t walk through. He was right in the middle of the action pointing and retrieving to hand. Needless to say I was one proud owner.
Well I could go on and on about my dog, but I can only say that Prince’s Quality Gun Dogs are everything they are advertised to be. All the high praises John gets in these testimonials are so true. If you need help with your dog John is only a telephone call away with the answers to your questions.
Thank you John for all your hard work and your love for the German Shorthair Breed. Mike
Submitted by: Luke Gabel on Dec 15, 2009I got in touch with John in the Spring of 2009 when I did a little research and found out the stud from my pup’s litter was formerly one of John’s dogs. My pup just completed his first hunting season and was doing good things, loved to point, and was having fun. But one of the challenges I encountered was developing a retrieve. He’d retrieve bumpers and wings, but not downed birds. The breeder who sold me the pup was not as helpful as I had hoped. Then I got into contact with John and he offered to see my pup and try and help me with my problems. The sole reason I got into touch with him was because I saw on his website that he developed natural retrievers and was not a big fan of force breaking dogs to retrieve. I was, to say the least, a bit skeptical especially because other veterans told me a forced retrieve was necessary.
John was gracious with his time, showed off his facilities, worked with my dog, and had me tag along to watch him work a few of his pups. He even invited me into his home for a drink to escape the summer heat. I am extremely thankful that John gave up his time to help me understand the retrieving issues my pup was having. He was also direct and honest with me that the retrieving issue my dog was showing was not a quick fix, and that it was possible a forced retrieve may be necessary. I realized the situation I had caused was man-made based on conversations with John. I also didn’t realize how complicated it might be to reverse what had occurred. John laid out the idea that even a 16 month old dog could go back to the basics used with 2-3 month old pups when first introduced to birds.
After working with my pup, we staked him out on the chain gang and took out some of his pups to demonstrate how he conditions them. While his older dogs are polished and impressive bird dogs, as would be expected, all I can say about his young pups is – Wow! They are so fired up about pointing and retrieving birds it blew my mind. I saw a pup just a couple months old hold a strong point to flush, then retrieve a quail/pigeon. Then the pups went for a swim in the pond AND retrieved out of the water as well.
Something happened when I left John’s place, not sure what it was, maybe my dog had some jealousy over his pups. Just like John told me, it wasn’t a quick fix. But with the help of some training birds through summer/early fall, and following John's ideas, my pup made his way into hunting season and started pointing & finishing it off with a retrieve in the field. He also started to love water, too. I owe a lot to John for his time and gun dog advice.
I told John after I left that when the time comes that I’m looking for another pup, I will be giving him a call. John’s dogs demonstrate that they have impressive bloodlines that exhibit natural pointing and retrieving instincts. What is more impressive is the methods he uses to condition his pups from such a young age with a lot of attention given to bird exposure and pointing, natural retrieving, conditioning, swimming, gunfire and so forth. It is a treat to witness – and John was kind enough to take me for a ride and show me how he conditions/works with some of his pups. It's quite a treat to see his dogs work.
I think any reasonable hunter looking for a pup should see with his own eyes the operation of a breeder as well as get to know the breeder. In this case you will be impressed with both John and his pups. I still keep in touch with John even for the little random questions. Thanks - Luke
Submitted by: Chuck Woolley on Dec 09, 2009Late in the winter of 2008 I started looking for a GSP. I called several people on the referral lists that were given. One person that lived close to me had gotten a very good dog from another kennel.. it took him about 2 years to complete training and every time he had a problem he called john, who talked him through it. I went to John's website, called some gentleman in MI who had gotten a dog from John, and he explained how good the dog was, inside as well as outside the house. He asked me if I had read any of the other testimonies on John's website and I said 'yes'. He asked me what I thought of them. My answer was the way it sounds he is too good to be true. He laughed and said john is that good.
I called John, explained what i thought i was looking for, he said 'I have the dog for you' ( just like a used car salesman). His name was Alabi. John sent pictures and we came to an agreement and I sent a deposit. On the way home from a meeting in Houston we stopped off to meet john his family , and Alabi. The first part of June we drove to Kansas to pick up Alabi, spent time working with John and going over how to work and hunt the dog. Coming home from Kansas (with probably the most expensive animal I have ever bought) was an interesting experience. We stopped at my daughters house in TN. My grandson of 11 was sitting on the stairs looking into the backyard trying to figure out what to do with a bunch of adults standing around talking. Alabi came up, sat down beside him, Joe put his arm around the dog and had instant love. back in NC, after some time, I didn't know if it was me or Alabi, but we seem to have lost some things. I called john, tried what he suggested, and it still didn't work. Called john back. His only question was, do you want me to come there or do you want Alabi to come back. Alabi went back to John for about a month and a half, the length was due to us moving. I went out to KS while he was there to work with John and the dog.
Alabi came home and worked great hunting. He also worked with other dogs that friends have eg. while hunting with a friend, it was a gorgeous sight to see both dogs get on the same point and honor each other. Shortly after wards, a group of 6 went to SD. We had 5 dogs and they all worked together like they had been together all their lives. Alabi is a joy to hunt with and we are looking forward to this spring when we send Alabi back to john for breeding and then getting one of Alabis' pups to hunt with.
Tar Heel, NC
Submitted by: Louis Thompson on Nov 19, 2009Found John on Gundog breeders .com and noticed he was from KS. I read every testimonial and decided to give him a try. I have a 3 yr German Wirehaired Pointer that has every chance of being a good dog. I received him at a poor time for me. We had just moved, new job and had a newborn boy. I made a lot of effort that first year to get him on birds and did fine for the efforts I was able to give. Here comes season 4 and the poor guy didn't see a field last year. I called up John and asked if he would be interested in taking the lad and seeing if he could get him tuned up so to speak. John had the guy just 3 weeks and called me to say he ready! Sure enough he was. We had a great opening weekend of bird season; it was like he had been hunted every day for years. I believe John is a stand up guy and has a good way about him with bird dogs. I will most likely use him again when I receive my next GWP. Thanks John!
Best regards, Louis Thompson
Submitted by: Steve Lill on Nov 18, 2009I have a german shorthair that is approaching 13 years old and she has been a great hunting companion, however she is getting old. My wife kept telling me I needed to get another one, but I was not sure I had the time or energy to train another dog and quite frankly I was convinced I would never get another one that would come close to the dog she has been. After about a year of contemplation she finally convinced me that I needed to get another one, so the search began.
A friend of mine referred me to John's web site and I spent hours reading through the testimonials. I eventually came to the conclusion that it was surely too good to be true. So I did what anyone would do...I called John to conduct an interview. I spent about an hour on the phone with him and was surprised to find out that John actually interviewed me! Here I thought I was going to make sure John had the right dog for me, but actually John asked most of the questions to make sure I would get the right dog to suit my needs. I can tell you he has the process down to a science and it was a perfect match!
August 2008 I went and picked up Jaz from John. At 4 months of age Jaz was hunting with the best of them. Prior to this hunting season I took John up on his offer to visit him with Jaz. We spent 3 days with John and covered all the bases. Jaz is whoa broke, retrieves to hand, comes back on command, honors point and retrieves out of water. The natural ability of John's dogs take 95% of the work out of it...the rest comes with experience in the field.
I have hunted behind many of dogs over years of hunting and I can assure I have never seen one with as much natural ability and quality genetics as the one I bought from John.
So much for the skepticism, John is everything his clients testify to. I can also personally testify to John's hard work ethic, as I spent 3 days there watching him work all his dogs.
Too good to be true...definitely not!
Thank you John for everything you have done for Jaz & I and everything you passionately do for the GSP breed! I respect your honesty, integrity and hospitality.
Submitted by: Scott Galindo on Nov 10, 2009I'm a guy who loves to hunt pheasent and quail every opportunity I can get. I retired from the army in 2006 and was never stationed where i could hunt pheasent like I used to growing up. When I retired From Ft. Riley, Kansas, finally somewhere to pheasent hunt, I decided I wanted to get my first bird dog. So many breeds to pick from. Well I am a Nebraska boy and everybody I knew had German Short Hairs, beautiful dogs and awesome hunters, but I fell in love with the Vizsla and not very many people knew of or ever seen that breed of bird dog. They are a rust color short hair dog. I spoke to a breeder and he said that these dogs love attention and will follow you everywhere and believe me if your in the bathroom doing your thing, they are there sitting next to you. A very loyal companion. Well I had my mind set on training my new pup and for a first timer I think i did a pretty good job, with alot of hard work and time put in I had a good dog. At 10 months he went on his first S. Dakota trip and had a awesome drive to hunt. Well there were some things that I didn't know how to finish and one was getting him "Woa" broke. I searched and searched for a trainer that I could trust and I have hunted behind dogs who were supposively trained by a professional and I wasn't impressed. Well needless to say I came across John Prince's web site and seen the testimonials and decided to call him. Couldn't believe it John was out to dinner eating and he still answered his phone and I told him what Bo was doing and he said he could fix it. Even though it was 3 weeks until opening day, probably the busiest time of the year for John. He said bring him down and he will call me when Bo was ready. Well he called me about 5 days ahead of schedule and said Bo is ready. When I went to pick Bo up, I was amazed that Bo was "Woa" broke and was just so excited for opening day!!! I can't say enough about John, he takes pride in his training and his dogs that he breeds and trains. He trains them himself and doesn't rely on hired help to train your dog. I have seen his dogs and even pups at 10 weeks do things that are amazing!!! Thanks John for taking pride in your dogs and even training dogs and breeds that you dont breed yourself. Quality not Quanity is something alot of breeders and trainers don't get, John stands behind that statement!!!
Submitted by: Paul Staats on Nov 03, 2009I purchased a pup, we call Doc, from John mid August this year and have been nothing but pleased with both Doc and how willing John has been to field questions. Both have been GREAT! When when drove off with the new pup he said "I'm always here to help, call or come down anytime... it in my best interest for this to be the best bird dog you have ever had". He's right and that's the way he's kept the business going for over 18 years, with happy customers,and happier repeat customers.
My pup Doc, who's not even 5 months old,we have been working with him ever since we left John's place on anything from wings, to paint rollers and few quail. Probably a month and half ago I started to introduce him to gun fire. I worked with Doc on a live quail in a corner of a 40 ac hay field we have and sent my son to the opposite corner to gradually walk towards us as he shot. Doc never flinched, he was all engrossed in the bird and could care less about the gun shots, none the less we kept the shots about 40 yds from him at that point. A couple of weeks after that I pulled him out the kennel and walked towards 4 people shooting trap on the 40ac hay field. We slowly approached with the shooting, I stopped about 20 yds from the shooting while throwing a dead quail and having him retrieve it, with the same result - he could have cared less about the shooting. Here lately I have been working with a bird wing on a fishing pole, and discovering lots of energy, after a little while he'll settle and begin to point. Yesterday we worked him on the wing and pole and decided try the gun fire again - same result, not intimidated at all with gun fire. So with the season approaching we decided to plant a bird and to see how he'd handle a more realistic situation. And I could of not have expected him to do any better! He winded the bird from about 30 yds away, and carefully worked his way towards the bird - pointed it from about 10 feet away. I flushed and shot it, Doc took out after it and actually overshot where the bird went down, he dropped his head and work right back to it and picked it up. He proceeded to do this on two more birds - it was a very exciting afternoon! I still can't believe he's not even 5 months old. I'm really looking forward to the season to see how he progresses thru the 3 months.
About two weeks after our visit and purchase of Doc, I received a phone call from an individual in Colorado who I believe was interested in Doc's liter mate. I told him of our experience with John and his dogs, and how pleased we were with the pup at that point. I wish I could tell him just how pleased we are now, and how he has progressed. John can feel free in use me as a reference in the future - it's so easy to be honest and brag up the dogs and John, when the respond the way Doc has. I would reccomend John and his dogs to anyone.
Submitted by: Gordon Castling on Oct 29, 2009I bought a female pup from John back in April 2009. Man, she is awesome! She is 6 months old and is ready to go hunting. She is doing everything my 5 year old GSP is doing. She is great with my kids and has been a great addition to the family. John has been very helpful with any questions that I have had. He is very knowledgeable with his training and his dogs. John is just one of those guys you can talk to and feel like you have been friends forever. Thanks John for all your help and a great dog. I will definitely be getting another dog from you in the future.
Submitted by: Brandon McMullen on Oct 02, 2009I bought a female pup from John Prince 2 years ago. She had a good first season and has been a great dog around the house. I was amazed what this pup was doing at 10 weeks of age. She actually pointed a wild cubby of quail and retrieved a wild quail to me alive unwounded. She is the most soft mouth dog I have ever had. The first day in a field with wild bird’s two hunters and myself were done before noon with our limits. All pointed and retrieved by Bella my German short hair pointer. She is going into her second full season and should be very good. I took Bella out to Running Rooster Hunting Preserve and hunted some chuckar and quail and she was on point on every birds and extra birds left in the field the day before. Bella is going to be a great hunting dog and not even more then 3 years of age. I have been very happy with Bella and how good of a friend she has been. Best personality for a dog I have ever seen. It is like she has a split personality while being a great house dog and a big lap dog she is a monster in the field just nonstop no matter what. It was the start of a hunting trip and Bella was cut by some loose barbwire on the ground and ripped her open good. I got some gauze and taped her up and she hunted the whole trip like nothing happened. John’s dogs are durable and strong willed I will never buy another dog from anyone else as long as I can. I have been very happy with my selection and will always have a good friend In John Prince. John is a stand up guy and now a great friend. He will train any dog you put in front of him to do what you want very efficiently.
Thank you John!
Submitted by: Gary McIntosh on Sep 28, 2009I have been hunting German Shorthairs for about 14 years and was in the market for a nice male. I came across John Prince and told him what I was looking for. He suggested a puppy out of his snake eyes /vogue breeding. We received our puppy in Jan. of 2009. We could not put him outside due to Ohio weather. We kept him inside and as of now he still is a inside dog. He is the first dog I have had inside that I have used for hunting. His name is Rambo and is loaded with natural ability. I am no expert trainer but training Rambo has been the easiest and the most enjoyable dog I have ever owned. He will retrieve to hand on land or from water. Points, whoa broke and honors . I have shot over 30 quail over him. I am taking him to Michigan for two grouse hunts and to Kansas for 2 trips this winter. While this will be his first exposure to wild birds I have full confidence in him as any dog I have hunted with. I would recommend John Prince and his dogs to any one looking for a quality hunting dog. Thanks Gary McIntosh
Submitted by: Lantz Hartley on Sep 01, 2009Mr. Prince of Prince's Quality Gun Dogs is an extremely knowledgeable, honest, and hard working breeder/trainer. I met him back in May 2008, since then I have purchased two fine, fine GSP's from him, Zeb and Sophie. I could go on all day long about what awesome dogs they are. Their strongest traits are their NATURAL ABILITY, TEMPERAMENT, and INTELLIGENCE. Sophie, at 3 months old locked up on her first bird, held for me to flush it, and retrieved it to hand. She did all of that naturally. It was an unforgettable moment Sophie and I shared that day, to see such a young, inexperienced pup, head to the field with such confidence, eagerness and desire was truly amazing…that's my definition of a born bird dog. My other "Prince's Quality Gun Dog" call name Zeb. I have had many inquiries from all over the country wanting a pup from his first litter or wanting him to stud their females without him even being advertised. I can already tell he is going to have a successful career in hunting, testing, and breeding. Zeb has been a strong Pheasant dog for me since he was 5 months old, he was hunting with passion and heart, pointing/honoring with style and intensity, and retrieving to hand. I entered him in his first AKC hunt test at 10 months old. Every time Zeb ran he came back with not only a solid pass, but the high score of the day. I would receive a number of compliments from the judges and gallery on what a nice dog he is. He earned his JH title at 10 months old. I look forward to advancing him to the higher titles soon. There is no doubt that these are solid, well bred Shorthairs. I can't thank John enough for Zeb and Sophie, each day I feel blessed to have such wonderful dogs. They will do anything from play gently with little kids at a family get together, or hunt all day in the toughest conditions. But I think that the man behind all this work deserves an unlimited amount of credit, Mr. John Prince. I know that he works hard to satisfy each and every one of his clients and has a special way with these animals that can't be described. I consider myself privileged to be able to call Mr. Prince a teacher, mentor, and friend.
I look forward to working with Mr. Prince for many years to come.
Submitted by: Landon Small on Aug 16, 2009Last Fall I had decided I wanted to get my first bird dog, so I called John Prince up and just started talking to him. I told him everything that I was looking for in a dog. After talking to Prince for an hour or more, I decided to buy a pup out of Prince's Snake Eyed Romeo and Belle. I COULD NOT BE HAPPIER. After only 4 months of my training, he was pointing live birds and retrieving kills to hand! I was completly shocked that a PUPPY could do it. Now, my dog, Jesco, is a bird hunting machine!! I just returned from John's house where he helped me "whoa" break him completly. (which took about 20 minutes) After we were done working, John took me and a few friends out for breakfast where he bought our meal and talked to us like friends. I am a FIRM believer in John Prince as a breeder and a trainer!! John is going to treat you right and is really just a phone call away!I have already recommended Prince's Quality gundogs to friends and will continue to do so!
Thanks again John for a GREAT dog!!
Submitted by: Ryan Collins on Aug 16, 2009John Prince made my dog what i never thought was possible. I bought my dog from a guy that had just started a new kennel and to tell the truth i probably jumped into getting a dog too soon. I really should have searched around longer...when I got Hank he was pointing already at 8 weeks but for some reason he quit. He wouldnt point at all, he still had a nose to find birds but he wouldnt point. A friend of mine got his dog from John Prince and recommended me to him and so i thought I would give it a try. In two weeks time, John had Hank pointing high and WHOA broke, HERE broke and he was retreiving out of water. An incredible turn around. I never thought it was possible because I had lost hope in my dog. John Prince won me over. Ill never buy a dog anywhere else or have my dog trained by anyone else as long as there is John Prince. Not only is John a great trainer, he is a great man. He treats you right. He took me and my buddies out to breakfast while we were there and has invited us to come out whenever we are able to. I couldnt be happier with my experience! Thanks John for everything and Im lookin forward to getting my next pup from you!
Submitted by: Rick Haskell on Jun 28, 2009WOW!!!!!! I could not be any happier with my new bird dog!!! "Prince's 12 Gauge Obsession"Back around February 2009 I did some research on internet and came across Prince's Quality Gun Dogs. I called up and talked with a very nice man. He introduced himself as John Prince. We talked several times. He answered all my questions and talked with lots of confidence in his breed of dogs. Now, I wanted to get a lot out of a dog. I needed to have one that would work fairly close, would be great around my children, and retreive out of water and white/liver. Anyway John was very honest with me. I live in Maine and only could talk with him on phone and trust that he would be giving me the right dog. He told me that he had the right dog for me and my family. But One downfall was that the dog didn't really like the water that well. He said he would continue to work him and try to get him to retreive out of water. Sure enough two days before my flight he told me that he had an extra for me. My dog was retreiving to hand from water. I set up a flight for July 26, 2009 to come to Kansas and pick up my new dog. He told me I could stay at his home with his family. This was unbeleivable, they didn't know me from adam. When I arrived I was treated fabulous. We ate very well. They took me out to some great restaurants . When I first met Gauge I couldn't beleive how beautiful and calm he was. John showed me everything this dog could do. He had him pointing, whoa broke, retreiving to hand everytime. When he took me to his pond and through a bird out into the water, Gauge jumped in and grabbed that bird over and over and over and brought it back to my hand every time. It was so awesome to watch Gauge, I could not be any happier. Thank You very much John for all your hospitality and hard work training me the perfect gun dog. It was a pleasure meeting your helper Carl and your family and friends.
Submitted by: Marvin Dawson on Jun 24, 2009most productive of good : offering or producing the greatest advantage, utility, or satisfaction. This is the definition of the word best,and the next time I look for this word in Webster, I expect to see a 8x10 picture of John prince. This is my story, at the end of last year pheasent season I lost my best friend,a germain shorthair pointer named streaker,a grandson to John's best friend Sauly. I'm sure most bird huners know whatit is like to lose a bird finding machine,I was devastated. I knew the following season was coming, so I didnt want to waist much time,becaues I wanted to have that felling of having the best again. I really didnt know where to look, but I began my search for a new puppy so that I can at the least have it started for the begining of pheasent,and quail season. I ended up with a hustler pup I named Zek. Zek was a lot different than I was used to in every way,he always wanted to be under my feet,not easily excited, in other word, a big lazy puppy, and I was getting nervous.I thought I had bought a slug. I knew now I was going to need some help with this one.Surfing the net,I found Prince Quality Gun Dogs, and after talking to John for the first time for over a hour I new who going to train my new slug.Jonn was very knowledgeable about the breed,and explain to me what type of pup I had purchased. When Zek was five months old I took him to visit John, just to get him aclimated to birds. John only wanted to keep him for three weeks, and we would start the second leg of training when Zek reached 8-9 months old. When we got to Pittsburg,KS John wanted to spend some time with Zek just to see what he was like, and after a little examination, we found out that Zek had a lazy point on point,no bird drive,in other words big lazy puppy.My head hanging low, I jumped in my truck and headed west back to Wichita.Like I said earily in this story,John only wanted Zek for three weeks, but durning these three weeks we had lots of rain limiting the time John had to train. After the three weeks was up , I knew I had to go get Zek,so I jumped in my trucked adn headed east back to Pittsburg. What I saw with my own eyes when I got to Pittsburg was amazing Zek was a totally different animal. In less than three weeks, because of all the rain remember, Jonn had that lazy pup, here broke,finding and pointing his birds with intensity, and 30-40 water retreives. After seeing that I new I had found my trainer for life. This is why I think John Prince is the best my eyes have ever seen.
Submitted by: keith jackson on May 27, 2009I can trully say that John Prince is an honest guy, I dealt with a kennel in the mid west that literally did not send me the pup I paid for. I spoke with John for awhile via phone and he is honest and up front and his concern is that you get what you are looking for and neeed. I have asked him questiions in the past that some trainers would not answer, he had no problem answering them. I really respect John Prince and his values. By the way I do own one of Johns dogs and I am very happy with her. I plan on breeding her on her next heat cycle. May buy another soon. Thanks John
Submitted by: Denny Tallman on May 26, 2009Recently I purchased a German Shorthair named Daisy from John Prince. I talked to John approx. 9 months before we got Daisy because John wanted to make sure she was the right dog for me and my family. John certainly got it right, she is everything that I expected and then some. When I got her she was whoa broke, here broke, crate broke, points birds, retrieves to hand, not to mention just a great family dog with a very calm demeanor (especially for just 10 months). I am waiting for chukar but I have shot pigeons over Daisy and she was just awesome! John was honest and definetly did everything he said he would do. I would recommend John and his dogs to anyone looking for a bird dog and a family dog as well.
Submitted by: Rich Bryer on May 11, 2009My family and I have owned several different breeds of dogs over the past 20 years. After not having a dog for over a year, we decided that we wanted to find a good quality hunting dog/family pet. I wanted to get back into bird hunting again after a very long hiatus. Additionally, I wanted to introduce my wife to the joy and excitement of hunting. We did some research and decided that a German Short Hair Pointer was the breed we were most interested in. Not only are they beautiful dogs, but also they are renowned for their intelligence and great hunting ability. Fortunately, after doing some extensive online research (thank goodness for the internet!), we came across the web site for Prince's Quality Gun Dogs, owned and operated by John Prince. We contacted John and immediately "hit it off" with him. Not only is John a very nice and friendly individual, he also possesses an absolute wealth of knowledge in the areas of breeding and training of GSPs. Moreover, John freely shares his knowledge and experience in a way a novice can understand. Even though John lives a whole state away (we live in CO, John lives in KS 700+ miles away) we knew right away that we wanted to work with John and buy one of his magnificent GSPs. To illustrate the type of people that John and Judy Prince are, they actually offered us a room in their home while we were in town meeting our new pup and picking John's brain. That type of thing just doesn't happen anymore! Although we shared numerous emails and phone conversations, we really were no more than strangers. John and Judy's hospitality is something my wife and I will never forget and turned our time there into a mini-vacation. The dog we bought from John has turned out to be far more than we had hoped. He is not only beautiful and vastly intelligent compared to any other breeds we've been around; he is also a great family pet too! Our 10-year-old son plays with him for hours until he becomes too tired to play anymore (our son...not Gunnar!). We recently brought Gunnie back to John for training. After only spending approximately 3-4 weeks training him, John told us he was ready to be picked up. We spent another mini-vacation at John and Judy's house and were completely floored when John showed us everything Gunnie can now do. He is completely HERE and WHOA broke. He fetches to hand every time and he does everything with style and grace. It's hard to believe our pup basically became a full-fledged hunting dog in such a short period of time. We took Gunnie out to the hunting preserve this weekend. I purchased three Chukars and placed them in the field. Gunnie quickly pointed all three birds and help point without any direction from me. He also fetched all three birds with very little coaxing. We wouldn't buy a GSP from anyone other than John Prince! He is a man of his word and doesn't say anything he can't completely back up. John has my contact information and I have instructed him to provide to anyone that may have questions about the quality of his GSPS, or his training abilities. If you are looking for the ideal hunting dog/family pet, look no further than Prince's Quality Gun Dogs and John Prince.
Submitted by: Johnny Dominguez on May 01, 2009This testimonial is long overdue. I purchased a 9 month old male GSP from John back in November 2008. I researched many kennels before making my decision. I had never bought anything sight unseen prior to my dealing with John. John and I spoke many times over the phone before I made a decision to purchase my dog. His main concern was making sure I was getting the dog I was looking for.
John is honest and true to his word! What he tells you is going to happen you can bet it will happen! The dog I purchased from John is everything he said it was and more!
I am so pleased with my dog that I am considering buying another dog from him soon!
Submitted by: Mark Ballard on Apr 29, 2009What a straight shooter and a class act. I bought a pup from John over the phone and drove from Utah to John's and left at midnight, that pup was everything he said, a year later now, I have placed in 2 of 3 bird dog challenges, her last outing she found, held point and retrieved all three birds in 5 min 11 sec and she is not even two. Since I bought the pup from John I call him for advice and turkey hunt with him. They don't come any better. Thanks my friend.
Submitted by: Mark E Hogan on Mar 16, 2009This testimonial is way over due, but better late than never. I purchased a male GSP pup from John over a year ago, I had called and talked to John many times, some breeders just run a puppy factory, it is my testimony that John not only knows what his doing, he is doing with the right attitude towards the breed, and that is to better it. my pup is everything John told me it would be and more, this pup loves to retrieve ALL DAY LONG,
I have a pigeon that I use to train with, this pup will retrieve and retrieve, that same pigeon is in my loft still today and I still train with it, he has a very soft mouth. he is very stylish on point, head up, 12:00 tail. John is the real deal and so are his dog's. John I'm sorry it took me so long to send this, the only other thing I could ask, if you would send some brids out here to Utah we have NONE!!!!!! thanks for everthing.
Submitted by: Gary Bales - Denver on Feb 25, 2009I purchased my gun dog - Cash - back in September at 9 weeks old. John was great at having multiple discussions with me to ensure that he knew the kind of dog I was looking for. You could immediately tell how professional and serious he was about breeding and selling a quality dog. When I got my puppy, he was immediately able to point and retrieve. By 5 months of age, he was able to point and retrieve many birds during one hunt. He has a great personality, is very focused/attentive and extremely trainable - both in hunting and non-hunting tasks. John has been great to work with and has made this a super experience. He delivers everything he says he will in the quality of puppy you receive. He is always willing to help and sticks to his word.
Submitted by: Ryan Warden on Feb 24, 2009My name is Ryan Warden and last spring I began the search for a GSP. I have a guide service "Misty Morning Outfitters, LLC" and we were going to start guiding upland game very heavy the next fall. I called Prince's Quality Gun Dogs to see if he had a started pup with the idea it may be old enough to preform "ok" the first season. He talked me into a pup that was not going to be born for another two months. I was very nervous but was assured the dog would out preform veterans in the same field the first season. The dog was going to be 5-6 months opening weekend but I bought it anyway. I was also told the dog would naturally retrieve also. Ha! This guy is really talking these dogs up and they are not even born. Oh well I thought I will do it if the dog is bad the first season I would have an excuse since he was going to be so young. I drove to pick out my pup and it was hard they all looked good and pointed quail he had on the site. They all will pretty much do that so big deal I thought. I left with the dog and worked with him teice a week in the back yard sometimes not even that much. I was stressing I had no time to teach this dog anything and it was going to be a train wreck and partially my fault. Two weeks before season I put him on live birds that were planted. The first one he pointed hard at 20 yards. I thought no way. The points only got better and harder and about ten gun shots, four pigeons, and two retrieving sessions later it was opening weekend. Oh crap I thought we are not ready but is showing hope. Opening weekend on a controlled shooting area he pointed, held the point, and retrieved 211 birds. Not directly to my hand on the retrieves but ran around with it til' he got close enough. Not a hard mouth just proud of our work. He could barely get those roosters in his mounth. We completed a season and by the time he was 6 and half months old people were offering to buy him, wanting to breed him, and joking about taking him when they left. It was no joke now this dog was a machine. Retrieving strait to hand holding points while we shot birds that other dogs were pointing the whole nine yards. And as far as out hunting veterans. Made people talk about getting rid of there dog and getting one like mine. John made big promises, really big I thought at sometimes, but every one was true. One was that anyone that buys a dog from him always buys a second one. I hated GSP but now I love them and take him everywhere with me. I just purchased a second dog from him in the last week here. Don't hessitate when it comes to buying a GSP pup from John Prince. He will treat you better then right and his dogs will do better then great. I had no desire to get a second dog so quick but with the first one being such low maintenance I can run a second one really easy. My dogs name is "Todd" and I should have called something more flashy for such an awesome dog. Don't hessitate John will promise you won't regret it and so will I now. Thanks John!
Submitted by: Terry Schafer on Feb 21, 2009I found John via his website while looking for a shorthair pup. I called John and visited for quite awhile about pups.What I like about John is he took the time to answer all my questions and it was like talking to someone I've known all my life. I went down to Johns place to look at some dogs and I was amazed at what I saw with a 5 month old pup he had been training. He worked better than most of the broke dogs I've hunted over. I had never bought a dog in my life and wasnt sure I wanted to. But he had a 3 month old female that I really liked that he hadn't done anything with yet. I ended up leaving with out buying a pup but just couldn't take it I had to have it so I called John up and told him I would take her. I was scared I wouldn't be able to train it but to my suprise this pup had more natural ability than I ever will have trainer in me. She is so smart with a few phone calls to John I had her whoa broke and her first time out she pointed pigeons like a champ I was so amazed I went home got my vidie camera and started shooting because I knew no one was going to beleive me they are on youtube if you want to see them type in kcbirddog in search there are 4 or 5 videos showing her first 3 or 4 times out.Last week I took her to a BDC tournment hunter event and entered her in topgun puppy class and the amateur division she won the puppy class and finished 3rd in amateur because of my shooting skills.I cost her 1st in that division. She was the youngest dog there at 6 months all the other dogs in puppy class were 1 1/2 to 2 years old.Shes also a great family dog she stays in the house most of the time with are 2 chiwawas. Needless to say I would buy another dog from John in a heart beat best money I ever spent. Thanks John for all your help and a Great Dog.
Submitted by: Jon on Feb 03, 2009I have found John Prince to be an honest and friendly person to deal with. As a newcomer to bird hunting and bird dogs, John took the time to explain important factors about dogs to me, and he also patiently listened to me as I tried to tell him what I was looking for in a dog. John spent hours on the phone explaining the pro's and con's of the pups that he had, discussing their pedigrees and asking me questions to get an idea of what type of dog would fit me best. In all of our conversations I never once felt pressured to move ahead with a purchase. The process was completely hassle free. Eventually I decided on an 11 week old female, and I couldn't be happier. John arranged for her to be shipped from Kansas to North Carolina and that was surprisingly simple and easy. Molly is now one and a half years old and she is the total package. She's really smart, good looking, and she's turning into a great bird dog. Like I said before, I'm new to bird hunting, but I can honestly say that my dog is a much better bird dog than I am a hunter. Molly hasn't had any formal training but she has such a strong hunting instinct that I'm not sure she even needs it. She also does really well living in my apartment (I'm a full-time college student). When she's outside she's a feisty bird dog with tons of heart. When she's inside she'll sit on the couch with me and watch football like a lapdog. If your thinking about getting a german shorthair than I would strongly recommend Prince's Quality Gundogs. My experience with John Prince has been overwhelmingly positive and I plan to buy another pup from him very soon. Thanks,
Submitted by: Gary L. Fox,Sr. on Jan 15, 20095 is not near high enough to Rate John Prince and his Dogs. I am 62 years old and have been Bird Hunting for over 50 years. I have had dogs all my life. I lost my last dog last year while on a Grouse Hunt in Michigan (Heat Stroke believe it or not). I felt I was too old to start trainning another dog and was about to hang up my Guns. Then I called and talked with John. This man is as HONEST and straight forward as anyone I have ever met. You can take what he tells you to the Bank. John told me that he had a young dog (11 Months old) that he thought would be what I was looking for. I wanted a close hunting dog that wasn't very hyper (for a puppy) and could be trained on Grouse. John made me what I thought was a good price and I went to get my new dog. This is absolutely the most intelligent dog I have ever owned. He is 15 months old now and he is Pointing, Backing on sight from 50 to 75 yards and retrieving to hand. We killed 15 Grouse and 22 Woodcock in Michigan in Oct. when Harley was just a year old. I just got back from Oklahoma and killed 13 Wild Pheasants over his points. This man sure knows how to train a bird dog and like I said, He is a Man of his word. I would recommend him as a Trainer and his bloodline of dogs just can't be beat. I now have a GREAT Bird Dog and more than that a New Friend.
Submitted by: C. Thrasher on Jan 12, 2009We knew we wanted to get a GSP from the same reputable breeder our friends had used. They could have gotten their dog from anywhere in the world, and they had been very pleased with Prince's Quality Gun Dogs and John's selections. I have enjoyed the puppy that John picked out for our family (3 children ages 7, 5, and 4 plus a chocolate Lab) since the day we drove from Memphis to Kansas to pick her up! The BEST part was watching her work at a mere 6 1/2 months old in the field just after New Year's Day 2009 on quail for the FIRST time. Heidi, having worked with me in the field on "whoa," "heel," and "come," and with a mere dove feather on a string, was CLEARLY ready for live birds. Not only did she point and hold her point until WE flushed the birds, she had an incredible nose and retrieved the birds for us when she was released from her points. She also has an incredible sense of "tracking" in her, as she didn't hesitate to tackle the "almost" dead birds AND bring them back to us. We are EXTREMELY happy with our beautiful GSP from John...and since Heidi was "hand-picked" by Mr. Prince from the start (notice we asked for heavily ticked AND a mask), I couldn't have asked for a better breeder to find our first pointer for us. Thank you John!
Submitted by: Tom Hancock on Dec 15, 2008John has been very helpful and knowledgeable in training my pup. I have found him to be candid, honest and enthusiastic about bird dogs. I took him a puppy from another breeder to train and I felt like John gave me his honest opinion and did a very good job of whoa breaking my pup. I was very impressed with how solid my pup was in less than 2 weeks time. He has been very open and helpful since bringing my dog home and has gone out of his way to follow up and give advice for continuing my pup's training. I would definately recommend him as a trainer and I will contact him first for my next bird dog.
Submitted by: james hosman on Dec 10, 2008john is very honest and helpful i would like to personaly thank him for doing things the old fashioned way where your word is gold and you can actually trust someone without having to personally meet them. speck is a great dog and all john said he would be or better. if i am ever in the market for another dog i will call him first. we just got back from another hunt and speck pointed 14 birds what a great job. thanks james
Submitted by: Mike Willich on Nov 18, 2008I took my almost 2 year old female with very little training to John to Whoa break. Within an hour John had Maggie winding and stopping on the whoa command. Though she needs a lot more training, I was amazed at how quickly he was able to command control and get results. After watching an untrained dog, he showed me some of his trained dogs and what they can do. These dogs were the best I have ever seen. We even hunted a few wild birds and got some incredible points and backs. UNBELIEVABLE! Thanks John for your help.
Submitted by: Monte Wedel on Nov 03, 2008I took Bree, my 6 month old German Shorthair, to John to be trained. Although I found him after I had purchased my girl, he agreed to train her for this upcoming hunting season. I have now had her out on her first 3 hunts, and I have been extremely pleased. Her performance at such a young age already challenges the ability of older dogs. This past weekend she chased a wounded pheasant through THICK grass and had it not been for her nose and desire, that bird would have been lost.
John worked wonderfully with Bree teaching her to hold a point, whoa, and retrieve. His ability to work with dogs and get results is amazing. I highly recommend John for his skill and demeanor with the dogs. Bree is a true beneficiary of his time and effort. Thanks John!
Submitted by: Paul Hamilton on Oct 31, 2008Prince,s Quality Gun Dogs is everything it says QUALITY. I purchased a 6 week old from John and it is the best buy I have made.He is smart and very trainable. If you are looking for a QUALITY dog that easy to train and personalable then call John at Prince's Quality Gun Dogs.
Submitted by: Randy Gabriel on Oct 28, 2008I purchased Rusty, a young started dog from John Prince in March 2008. Over the past 7 months, I have hunted with Rusty dozens of times. We
have hunted chukar, quail, and pheasants on both a privately owned family farm, as well as hunting preserves in both Maryland and Pennsylvania.
Since the first time I hunted with him, he has always been a relentless hunter, who has an extreme drive to locate every bird. He
has a very stylish point, is whoa broke, and retrieves birds to hand. I have hunted him in very thick cover, and he never tired and performed admirably. He is completely house broken and spends his non hunting time inside my house. He is a true gentleman inside the house, and has gotten along well with my male German Shepherd. He rides quietly in his travel kennel
while in the car. I have hunted him with other older short hairs as well as weimaraners, and Rusty has always been the MVD of the hunt
(Most Valuable Dog). Rusty is a relentless, dedicated, bird hunting machine and also a very loyal friend. The entire process from start
to finish working with Prince's Gun Dogs has been first class.
Submitted by: craig wingrove on Oct 27, 2008I have had a great experience while dealing with John Prince. He has a tremendous knowledge and a willingness to help me get the exact GSP that will fit my needs, as well as, my families needs. Earlier this year we lost our beloved Chief (an 11 year old world class hunter and companion). It was especially hard on my 3 children who had grown up with him all there lives. John sold me a wonderful female and I am currently buying a male that I will breed to our female. He has been very helpful. Thanks John.
Craig Wingrove San Antonio,Tx
Submitted by: carl mishmash on Oct 27, 2008i'm a repeat customer of john's, i've bought at least 7 pups from him and have been satisfied with all of them, but the last breeding i got from him i'd previously owned a 5 month old last year that broke himself, so i bought 2 pups out of the same breeding we've shot at least a 20 birds over these 3 1/2 month old pups and they retrieved them back. john is true to his word and more than glad to help you, hot only have i gain a train but a friend. i had owned pointers and setters for over 30 years, now the only dog i would buy IS A SHORT HAIR FROM PRINCES QUAILTY GUN DOGS
Submitted by: Clay on Oct 27, 2008I am fairly new to the dog training world, have only been at it for a few years with limited success. My 7 year old daughter decided she wanted a German Shorthair and thought this would be a great way for me to get a quality gun dog. I did my homework on the internet and talked with several people. Then I came across John's website! At first I was pretty skeptical and thought to myself if it sounds to good to be true then its probably not true. I shot John an email asking about his pups and within 30 minutes my phone was ringging. I talked to John for awhile and really liked his training ideas and thoughts on his dogs. He had a litter on the ground out of Snake Eyed Romeo x Belle and said they should make great pups. Toward the end of August '08 me and my daughter loaded up and made the 4hr drive to pick a pup. True to his word when we arrived John sit and talked all things dogs and training with us. I gave him some of my thoughts of which some he agreed with and some he passed on better ideas. After talking he took us out and showed Ole Snake Eyes at work then ask me for my keys, he took my keys and threw them into some cover while Snake Eyes was about 50 yards or so out, then commanded fetch em up... Now I thought my wife would be pretty mad having to make a 4hr drive to bring an extra key but Ole Snake Eyes had them in his mouth bringing them to John within minutes. Our pup Brownie is 3 1/2 months now. At six weeks I was tossing locked wing birds for her, no hesitation she was pouncing on them picking them up carrying them around and bringing them to me, then I would clip the wings for more excitment still no hesitation and she would start holding a point. At 3 months we would throw a locked wing and while she was in chase fire a 410, she never once looked back even with the gun being fired 10 feet away. We are planting birds now and her nose is great she is holding a point for a bit until the excitment gets to much then she is in full chase, she is even hunting dead. I have emailed John more then once asking questions on training and always by the end of the day I have a reply and he will always tell me anytime I want to come up and get his help he has a room waiting since I am 4hrs out. I did not find that in any of my research. John has been great and I would recommend him to anyone looking for a quality hunting as well as a family GSP.
Thanks Again John,
Clay & Harli
Submitted by: Aaron R Plumley on Oct 27, 2008Hello, my name is Aaron Plumley. I recently purchased a GSP puppy from Prince's Quality Gun Dogs. I'm very pleased to give my testimonial, as the service Mr. Prince has given to me and my family is beyond compare. Mr. Prince was the first breeder to really take an interest in my choice of dog and its general purpose to me. Im pleased to say TY my beautiful puppy is growing stronger every day. He is the perfect example of a true gun dog. Ty is only beginning his training and already is a shining star in my eyes. Mr. Prince has shown great interest in my worries as to owning a gun dog but assured me the true values his dogs have. I would,and will deffinetly recommend Mr. Prince for anyones next gun dog and would be happy to send any pictures of my own dog to encourage others to consider Mr. Princes services. Prince's Quality Gun Dogs rates unmatched on my book, and will be my first choice as long as i continue to hunt. To Mr. Prince thank you for everything you done to help me and my new best friend.
Submitted by: Jack Patty on Oct 27, 2008I have a previous post with my thoughts on John and his outstanding dogs. I need to add my most recent experience with Casey my 11 month old German Shorthair I bought from John as a puppy. I just returned from South Dakota hunting here as she preformed like a dream. We hunted 5 days and Casey had the drive and retrieve to make a showing anyone would be proud of. Now this came out of a 11 month old that ran with Dogs 4,5 and 8 years of age and she was the most impressive dog in the field. Casey is holding her points rock solid, retrieving to hand and on one occassion marked, found and retrieved a bird over 40 yards away and in tall grass over 6 foot tall. What John Prince says you can take it to the bank he is the real deal and after the hunt my partners all said we hope you know how lucky you are to have a young dog preforming like that. I said thank you and no I am lucky to have a dog from Prince's Quality Gun Dogs. I could not be more pleased about my young female and I am now looking to add another pup from John. You simply can not hope for a better breeder or person to get to know and hunt over his dogs.
Submitted by: Gary and Sharon Lamb on Aug 29, 2008I contacted John when I saw his ad on the internet and talked to him about his kennel. We discussed what I required in a dog. John was very informative and I felt very comfortable talking with him. My requirements were that the dog work closely ( I'm 61 years old), retrieve in water, was calm and that it would also be part of the family. John assured me his dogs do all of this and more. I ordered a pup sight unseen and not yet born. John called me after the pup (Katy) was born and kept me up to date with her progress. At 4 1/2 months he sent me a picture of her retrieving in water. I was so impressed I decided to visit John and have him train my other shorthair (Rowdy was a 1 year old male house/backyard dog). I left Rowdy and returned 2 months later after another 2000 mile round trip from Arizona to work with John and bring the dogs home. Both of the dogs were holding their points, were whoa broke and retrieving in water. Katy and Rowdy get along well with our 3 yorkies. Yes, they both use the yorky doggie door! I see many years of enjoyable hunting with my dogs now. I highly recommend John.
Thanks John, Gary and Sharon Lamb in Arizona
Submitted by: Jeff Rieck on Aug 19, 2008I was doing some research for my next GSP when I found John’s web site. I was looking for a started dog and John was advertising one on his website in my price range. I called John and after spending an hour on the phone with him, I decided to set up a visit to see the dog. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to make the long drive so we continued to talk about what I was looking for, how I hunt and what I need in a dog. John was very knowledgeable, thorough and honest. After talking for another hour on the phone we mutually decided that this was not the right dog for me and my young family. I was impressed with John’s honesty and integrity. I asked John if he could recommend any other kennels. He said, “give me a couple of days” and he would call me back. Well, thinking that I would never here from John again I started calling around. I had actually worked out a deal with a different kennel when John called me back. John told me about Ted Myer of VZ Kennels in Ohio. He said he had bought a female from Ted earlier that year and he was really impressed with her. Ted had two males left (at that point they were already 7 months old). John thought either one of these two dogs would be exactly what I was looking for. John explained that it’s difficult to find a started dog in my price range but buying this little older pup and letting John do the training would be the best way for me to get what I was looking for. So, I called Ted and after working out a deal to buy Tank from Ted, John and I arranged to have Tank sent to him for training. John and I talked every week during the training and he was gracious enough to take time out of his busy schedule to talk to me every time I called looking for an update on Tank. When Tank’s training was complete I anxiously made the trip to Kansas. I was thoroughly impressed with Tank and he continues to live up to everything John promised….and more! Tank is a quality bred dog with great genetic background, not to mention fantastically trained.
My experience with John has been fantastic! I had never bought a dog unseen before but John and Ted of VZ Kennels made this a great experience for me and my family. I would recommend John and Ted to anybody! Thanks again for everything.
Submitted by: Murray Hardesty on Jul 25, 2008I have been hunting birds in Missouri and Kansas for over forty years. During this time I have owned several dogs of various breeds, some good and some not so good. I currently have two GSP’s that are reaching the end of their hunting days. I have been looking for over two years for the dog to replace my old dogs. I have looked at many web sites and talked to different breeders in the process of trying to decide on my next dog. After reading about John Prince’s operation and dogs, I was intrigued, could this man be true? Were his dogs as good as reported? I called and talked to John extensively about his dogs and my needs. Eventually, over the phone, I agree to purchase an eleven month old dog that John had been working with. We arranged a time for me to look at the dog and pick him up. I traveled to Kansas and watched John work “Jake” my next star. He was all that John described and more. I also had the opportunity to look at some of John’s other young puppies that were doing amazing things for their age. I recommend John Prince and his kennel to anyone looking for a quality GSP that will start early and will be easy to handle. If something happens to one of my older dogs, I know where I will go to get a new pup. I am excited about the prospects of this season and the opportunity to get Jake into a lot of birds.
Please feel free to contact me if you have questions about my experience with John.
Submitted by: Tom Johnson on Jul 14, 2008I bought a pup here in Ohio and wanted to get him trained, so I started looking and calling and E-Mailing kennels to see what I could get going. So after contact after contact I ran across John's add and gave him a call. I read his Testimonials, talked to him on the phone and decided to send my pup to him and have him trained. Well after 8 weeks and my pup only being 8 months of age he said he was done and ready to go home. That being said I had to wait a couple of weeks to get time off from work to go and pick him up. John told me that was fine and he would keep the pup for no extra charge....Now who would do that right. So I went and picked my pup up and he showed me just how trained my pup was. Here Broke,Whoa Broke you could put a bird in front of him or on him and he would not move, Kennel on command and Fetch the birds he shot Naturally. So as you can tell it has been a pleasure to deal with John and the results were great and now I have a pup to hunt with for many years. Thanks to John Prince at Prince's Quality Gun Dogs in Kansas.
Submitted by: Jack Patty on Jun 30, 2008I must share my experiece with all gun dog owners and espcecially and one looking for not just a hunting dog but a superior hunting partner for many years. I came to know John 9 months ago during my research to purchase not only my first gun dog but a family companion. I contacted John and just wanted some information on him and his kennels and the dogs he produces. John spent several hours on the phone telling me about himself, his kennels and more importantly his postiven approach to raising and training shorthairs. During this time John said to me "Jack you are welcome to come to my home and stay with me to view the parents, other dogs and any puppies you wish" I was absolutely shocked beyond belief. What person this day in age is willing to open up there home to let someone they had only spoken to over the phone come into there home and see first hand there kennel operation. I quickly came to think this is an outstanding person who is not only committed to raising and training great gun dogs but someone who cared about people and his dogs along with the individuals new partner. After picking out a puppy from John and not being able to travel due to wheather issues we made arrangements to ship the dog with John's promise to always be available for anything when ever I needed anything. My female arrived and I could not have been more pleased with Casey. Well I now need to share as Casey is 8 months old I just got back from taking John up on his offer to visit Kansas and learn from him but also spend time as he trained my pup. I must admitt in my wildest dreams what John was able to do with my pup in 2 short days was the most incredible dog training one could ever hope for. You need to see it to believe it it dang near was the most professional training I have ever seen. John had Casey whoa broke, retrieving to hand, handling in the field and not chasing birds in the short time. She was preforming like a dream and I could not be more proud of her but astonished at the mans knowledge, help and training but his willingness to not only work with Casey but also with me. I was simply blown away by the accomplishments of Casey and how John's teaching was 100% positive with her and the field. She not only has continued on in her success but is a totally more positive in the house with our young children also. The type of dog John has is about natural ability and postive with outstanding behavior and temperment. I can tell you when you speak to John there is not a more honest, real and helpful person I have ever meet in my life. I must say THANK YOU JOHN PRINCE for not only providing me a aweomse dog for years to come but for your help, teaching and time to visit with you and stay in your home but this breeder is the real deal and a heck of a person. I am looking forword to my future in the field with Casey and also adding a future shorthair to the family but also the friend I have made. If you should ever desire to speak to me call John and he can get you in touch with me and I will share more positive thoughts about Jhon and his dogs. You need to see his dogs and the passion he has not only to produce a great gun dog but an awesome gun dog. It simply does not get any better than John and the dogs he has and produces. Thanks a million John for everything.
Submitted by: Richie Gonzales on Jan 26, 2008I was looking on the internet when I came accross John's site. I started looking at it and started reading the testimonials. So I thought "too good to be true", boy was I wrong. I called John and it was like I had known him for years. We talked about the pups that he had and the dogs that were in his kennel. I told John that I wanted a dog that would work close to me and would not just take off and leave me behind. John promised that not only would my dog be everything I wanted but more. I could not wait to see for myself. One month later I went to go pick up Gus. John took me out and showed me some quick training tips while we were there. This pup has been everything and more that John promised. On the 500+ mile trip home if Gus wanted out of the carrier to do his business he would just give one little wimper, pull over get him out does his business and back in the carrier, no fuss at all. This happened all the way home, 12 plus hours of driving. I brought him home and had him on pigeons the next week. Gus was pointing birds from 15-20 feet away. Solid points tail up and rock solid. My buddy could not believe it, only 2 months old and he was out working dogs that were 6 months old. Everyone asks where did you get that dog, and all I can say is Prince's Kennels. Gus is now 7 months old and has been with me on Pheasants and quail, and NEVER flinched when fired over him. I am so impressed with this pup that I am already planning my next trip to Kansas to see John again.
Submitted by: Rod Batchelor on Jan 15, 2008After searching the web a couple of months for a GSP puppy, my nephew greg told me that I should call John Prince. In our first phone conversation I told john that I was looking for an easily trainable GSP puppy that was predominantly white in color with a solid brown head and a high tail. John laughed and said that if that was all I wanted, he could fix me up as he had several upcoming litters.
The next time we spoke, John said that he had just the puppy I was looking for. I purchased "Lola" sight unseen.
When bird season opened in Southern California, Lola was just six months old. Since she would respond to "come", "Kennel" and "whoa" on command, my nephew Greg and I decided that it was time to take her hunting. On her first wild chukar hunt, Lola was the first of our four dogs to point. She also retrieved the first chukar we had shot. That same week Lola also pointed and retrieved wild quail. She is not only quick to learn, but she is also the best looking dog on the block!
John Prince is just a phone call away and he is always ready to answer my questions and share training tips. In addition, he calls me periodically to see how Lola is coming along.
My nephew and I are both impressed with John's concern for his dogs after they leave the kennel.
Submitted by: BOB SMITH on Jan 06, 2008HI JOHN;
I BOUGHT A FEMALE PUP FROM YOU A COUPLE OF MOS. AGO, SHE WAS 6 MOS. OLD ON DEC. 21ST. IHAVE BEEN WORKING HER ON PEIGONS AND LAST FRIDAY I BOUGHT 20 QUAIL. I SET THEM OUT 5 AT A TIME. SHE FOUND AND POINTED 18 OF THE 20 THAT I SET OUT. 4 OF THE BIRDS FLEW OFF BEFORE WE GOT TO THEM, AND SHE FOUND AND POINTED TWO OF THEM. SHE RETRIVED EVERY BIRD AND ONE BIRD WAS NOT HIT VERY HARD AND MAGGIE CHASED THAT BIRD AROUND AND THRU BRUSH PILES FOR 15 MIN. AND CAME BACK WITH THE BIRD.I WOULD PUT MY PUP AGAINST A LOT OF 3 AND 4 YEAR OLD DOGS I'VE HUNTED OVER AND BE PROUD TO DO IT.YOU SAID SHE WOULD BE A NATURAL AND YOU TOLD THE TRUTH.
THANKS AND HAPPY HUNTING, BOB SMITH
Submitted by: Don Ivy on Dec 24, 2007HI, My name is Don Ivy and through gun dog breeders.com I've made a fine purchase of a Bird dog. I bought JAG, a 21 month old male german short hair pointer from Prince's Quality Gun Dogs in sept. of 2007. He is a complete package for me, a very good bird dog and a well behaved house pet at a reasonable price and delivered to you safely. I'll be the first to admit that I was bit skeptical about buying a dog online, but after speaking with the owner John Prince I decided to give him a shot, and john delivered the goods. I would highly recommend john for a dog purchase, for the simple fact that john was honest and delivered exactly what i needed in a gundog and companion. thanks john sincerely Don Ivy
Submitted by: Brad Walker on Dec 19, 2007I have known John for several years, I met him while quail hunting in Kansas. I also own GSP,s. Between John's studs and my females, we have shared a few litters of pups. John's dogs are all natural, and his training is second to none. His experience has helped me become a better trainer for my dog's, John is always there for any questions or extra training. I feel he takes special interest in his dogs, he goes above and beyond to produce a quality product, even after they leave his kennel. I consider John a friend to my family and I, and will always return to John and his kennel for future pups. Thanks John
Submitted by: Matt Martin on Dec 07, 2007I contacted John about a GSP puppy in early Feburary in 2007. John gave me the information on two litters that he was expecting to be on the ground in early April. I had been in the market for over a year and since this was going to be a gundog along with a member of the family I was going to cover all my bases(I could not afford a mistake). Based on my very specific criteria John and I chose one of the two litters which was a repeat breeding. I asked John for references and he obliged me very promptly with 4 different names. As I expected all four gave me rave reviews with one actually excited to know about the upcoming litter and wanting to get his name on the list. John assured me that these puppies were going to be natural gundogs.
I write this letter in early December 2007. This puppy has proven true to Johns words. I started her on pen raised birds she pointed her first quail at around 3 months of age. We began killing birds over her at around 4 and 1/2 months and she was "hunting dead" and retreiving them back to me at that point. Today we have been in the field hunting wild birds with her and the older dogs for over a month. She has been very cautious and is steadily improving with each time out. She has been on both ends, pointing birds while the other dogs "back" her and "backing" with the other dogs on point.
I would like to thank John for his honesty and patience while I did my research. The bottom line is I found the person from whom I will purchase my next dog when I purchased this dog in April.
Submitted by: Dean Montgomery on Oct 23, 2007I visited John, January 2007, and saw the litter of puppies I got my pup out of. The temperature was below freezing and icy conditions. John said he liked working with his dogs and he proved it that day. We stayed outside for about 3 hours as he showed me his dogs. I was impressed. The dogs were eager to work and did not mind the harsh conditions. I picked up my puppy the middle of February and have been impressed the entire time. She is constantly after birds and very stylish pointing with a 12 O?clock tail. She enjoys water and is always ready to go.
I have enjoyed how quickly she scents birds in the fields and how well she handles her points for a puppy. I just visited John this past week and my puppy Zoe pointed the fist quail and held her point till we flushed the bird. The second quail we thought that she was running in a heavily vegetated area and we could not see her. We stood there for about 5 minutes looking for her and talking about where she could be. I stepped to my right about 5 yards and saw her locked up on point. The next 3 birds we very similar. Zoe is VERY intense on birds to say the least and still easily trained.
John has bred excellent GSPs and is very helpful and ready to train dogs.
In closing, the quality of dogs that John breeds is that of the high dollar kennels we all so often hear about but can not afford a dog from.
Submitted by: R.C. Rowan on Oct 01, 2007I saw John's ad on GunDogBreeders.com and since he is fairly close to my home I called John and asked him to train my male German Shorthaired Pointer. My dog is about a year and one-half and is our family pet. He is my second bird dog. Spot has kind of had a free run of our place and so he picked up some bad habits. John worked with Spot 4 weeks and had him pointing and retrieving birds. Spot's temperament is better in other ways as well. John is a straight forward guy and has a lot of patience with the dogs.
Submitted by: Edward Osowski on Sep 07, 2007I purchased my second GSP from John 7 years ago. My first had been a large male from the Boston area that was very difficult to manage. After being away from GSP?s for several years I contacted John via a mutual business acquaintance. I have to second several of the other testimonials that John is an honest guy, a radically different experience pre and post purchase from my pervious GSP experiences.
I was looking for an exceptional bird dog but also realize that 80% of the year the dog would be living with the family in the house and most importantly with my wife and young children. I spent a lot of time interviewing breeders and looking at pups. In the end I was so impressed with John that I purchased Piper without physically meeting John or seeing the dog.
John paired us up perfectly with a wonderfully tempered female. She is a joy in the house and very aggressive yet a close worker in the field. We hunt public land with stocked birds and lots of pressure so it?s important that your dog stay close. I am always impressed how Piper picks up birds that other dogs run right past. So much so that I usually hang back in the parking lots and let the other hunters get 15 min ahead of us.
My two boys are now 14 and 16 and they have learned how to hunt pheasant over Piper. My greatest joy hunting happened last year while the men in the group where taking a water break, Piper pealed off into the brush nose down and my then 15 year old took his first solo Rooster over her. Perfect point, hold and retrieve.
John was a great help early on with training advice and has stayed in contact over the years checking in periodically to ask how things are going.
My next GSP will be from John Price.
Submitted by: Dennis Jameson on Sep 05, 2007I have been raising and training bird dogs since 1973. John called me because he was looking for a started dog for a client. After four hours of talking to John, I decided he had the kind of dogs I would like to breed my female to. He sent me pictures of some gorgeous stud dogs. And then I knew for sure I had to take my female to him.
I drove up to Pittsburg from Arkansas when my female came into season. John was a very gracious host and gave me a place to stay for the next 3 days. I learned more about dog training in the next 3 days than I ever had before. It was very insightful watching John take dogs that had been nothing but pets and turn them into nice working dogs. He has all the skills and the facilities required to take an untrained dog into a full blown bird dog. I will never take a dog that needs training to anyone else again. My wife is deathly allergic to dogs so it much easier to let someone else train my dog for me.
I would recommend John to anyone who has a dog that needs training. I also watched 4 month old pups pointing birds. If you need a great puppy who is a natural bird dog (doesn't need to be force broke for anything) then John is the person you need to see.
Submitted by: Gene Wellman on Aug 07, 2007I have had the pleasure of dealing and hunting with John Prince over the past twelve years. He is a most knowledgeable breeder and trainer of bird dogs. Above all he is honest. John is also an excellent wing shooter--I have never known him to miss a bird that wasn't flying!
Submitted by: Lucinda Wright on Aug 01, 2007We bought a puppy, Frodo, from John 2 years ago. My Husband met with John and brought the puppy home by air. He is the first GSP we have owned, having had working Labradors and Border Collies for years. Frodo is the most handsome dog I have ever seen. Everywhere we go people stop and comment on his looks. Our vet is constantly saying how much he likes the dog. We took him to a nearby trainer, and Frodo did everything naturally without any training; he pointed, retrieved on land and in water, and was not the least bit gun shy. He is extremely intelligent. I have been tempted to show him, but he is so happy working and being with the family I have not. He lives in the house with us, our 2 children, and our Border Collie. He is gentle and affectionate, and very loyal. When he is out working or being excercised he is full of energy and a joy to watch, then when he comes indoors he settles down immediately and is calm, relaxed, and well behaved. The children curl up and sleep with him in the evenings without any concern at all. John has been wonderful to work with. He has kept in touch to make sure all is well and clearly has the dog's best welfare at heart. He is wise and experienced. If we didn't already have 2 dogs we would be more than happy to get another GSP from John. I cannot say enough to recommend this dog.
Jonathon and Lucinda Wright, MA
Submitted by: Tommy Robinson on Jul 30, 2007I purchased my GSP (Abby) sight unseen from Mr. Prince and it has been nothing but a great experience. Abby did everything John said she would do and more I have nothing but good to say about Prince's Quality dogs and look forward to my next purchase from John. (Cuz will enjoy hunting behind the lead dog this year).Thanks John,.....Tom Robinson
Submitted by: Holly Perkins on Jul 28, 2007My husband and I decided we were finally ready to add a dog to our house. After doing about 5 months of research and working with our closest family friend who is a vet in Connecticut we decided a German Shorthaired Pointer would be an excellent dog for us. We are not hunters, but I am a runner and wanted a dog who would exercise with me. I found John on this site and found him a pleasure to work with. He was willing to our address our needs and find the right litter for us to find a puppy that was the best fit. John answered all of our questions and was willing to speak to our family friend to answer all of her questions as well. We visited John's kennel once prior to the litter's arrival and were impressed with his knowledge. Murphy has been with us for about 4 weeks and we can't imagine not having him. He is very intelligent. He taught himself to retrieve toys and will bring back almost everything thrown to him without even being called too. Of course we think he is the most beautiful dog ever, but he gets comments from everyone at the weekly farmer's market as well. We are truly lucky to have found John and his puppies and would recommend him to anyone looking for a dog.
Submitted by: Carl Snow on Jul 24, 2007I bought a GSP puppy from John Prince in June of 2006. I have never owned a bird dog much less trained one, but I wanted to try as we are trying to re-establish quail on a friend's farm in South Arkansas. John asked if I wanted the dog for a pet or to hunt with. I told him I wanted one that would be good for both. He said he had one that he thought I would like. Sasha was pointing quail wings at 9 weeks of age and was retrieving anything thrown for her at 11 weeks of age. She retrieved doves shot over her at 4 months of age. Although I have not had the opportunity to get her in wild birds, she has never failed to point or retrieve any of the numerous birds I have put out in the fields for her. She is a pure joy to watch and hunt with. She also has a very soft mouth. Whenever quails or chukars have escaped from the pen, she has never failed to find any of them and has always returned them to me totally unharmed. I recently had the opportunity to hunt her with another dog for the first time and to my amazement she honored his point and backed him perfectly.
As for a pet, she is a house dog and is the most docile and loving creature when she is inside. She would be a lap dog if it were possible. She was completely house trained in a couple of weeks and rapidly learned and obeys all commands I have taught her. To observe her inside you would never believe she was a hunting dog. However, when I take her outside, make her sit and then release her to hunt she turns into a different dog. If you start the 4-wheeler up she will be loaded before you can even think about getting on and will ride as long as you will let her. If she sees me or anyone else leave the cabin with a shotgun, she is right at your side.
As I said,I was totally inexperienced in dealing with a bird dog. John was very helpful in instructing me how to begin training her and always willing to answer any questions I might have had. He absolutely sold me the perfect dog. In fact, at the time I purchased Sasha, John had one of her male litter mates also and I am not too sure if I knew then what I know now that I would not have purchased him too.
Submitted by: Brian Carpenter on Jul 02, 2007I've known John 13 yrs now and I have to say I'm better off for it! It's not just his ability to produce/train a World Class GSP but I'ts his ability to develop and nurture long lasting friendships! Let me tell you a little about John and I's history. It was in the summer of 04 when John seen me working my string of viszla's at a local training ground and he approached me just to say hi and to look my dogs over. As he could see I loved what I was doing but at the same time he seen that I didn't have the proper tools to work with since I was using a poor flightless pigeon for the purpose of starting a couple new pups which we knew had disaster written all over it! LOL John was nice enough to offer me to come over to his kennel and he'd let me use his pigeons and any other tools I might need which I took him up on immediately! After arriving at Johns Kennel and staking out the dogs he wanted me to come take a look at his stock of GSP'S,keep in mind I was a firm believer of the viszla and really wasn't interested in anything else until we stepped into the field and I seen "Sully" which if you know anything about John and his operation you'll know that Sully was the foundation and start of Johns breeding success! This dog simply blew me away he was simply stated "AWESOME" and at that moment I knew in my mind that I was getting ready to be a GSP owner. I called John a few days later and worked out a deal to come over and clean and feed and in return John would let me use his facility,birds,and anything else I needed to train my dogs which today I still thank him for because John gave me the start and opportunity to get to where I soon would be! It wasn't but a couple months after I had been working at John's kennel that he approached me and made me an offer I couldn't refuse. As I stated earlier, the moment I seen Sully I wanted a GSP but at the time I was a broke college student that couldn't afford a $350 dollar puppy but John knew the desire and drive I had to enter the field trial scene and be the best at it! We both knew that my current stock wasn't going to take me to the head of the winners string anytime soon so John gave me what turned out to be one of the best gifts I ever recieved, one of soon to be best GSP in the country! A few of you out there might have heard of CARPENTERS "RAISING ABLE KANE" By the time Kane was 5 1/2 months of age he had won his first non-sanctioned field trial which told me that I had something special.It was time to start entering sanctioned NSTRA trials which Kane quickly dominated! Kane placed second at the age of 6months and would have won the trial with an impressive five find four retrieve one back performance against at that time a 4 time NSTRA champion Pointer if the handler wouldn't have missed a bird!That still haunts me!! lol Kane went on to earn many wins including NSTRA field champion status as well as Iowa's Pheasant forever championship,NBDCA 2nd runnerup at the NBDCA National championship. Most men believe they make the dog but if we're honest with ourselves and If we as trainers become succesfull we know it's the other way around It's the dog that makes the man and I will attest to this. Kane took me to success that I never dreamed of. It was at the Iowa invitational classic that hall of fame trainer/handler Dan Marr who many of you might recall took BIT-O-Bandee into the record books judged kane in the last brace of the day and after the brace Dan approached me and stated that Kane might be one of the best animals he had ever seen! This was a major compliment and needless to say a big day in this guy's life! Dan opened many doors for me in the birddog buisness including the chance to earn a full sponsorship and pro-staff level with Innotek and a year later at the time the youngest Bass Pro Shop "REDHEAD PROSTAFFER" in the country I got to travel all over the country giving seminars on how to develop and train your hunting companion with the electric collar. I had the privledge to train and spend time with some of the worlds best trainers and everywhere I went Kane was at my side and the topic of discussion around many dinner tables!Simply put "Kane" was the key reason for my quick rise to the top of the hunting industry! I know this isn't a testimonial about Me but I felt compelled to describe some of my success because none of it would have happened if it wasn't for John Prince's friendship,loyalty,advice and the tool that took me to the top "RAISING ABLE KANE" if John wouldn't have taken me in and introduced me to the GSP I wouldn't have achieved the success and life long memories that Kane and I made traveling the country! John,I want to thank you for your friendship and being there whenever I needed something!If there's anyone out there thinking about adding a friend or a World class GSP to there lives I highly recommend John and Princes quality gundogs! John I look forward to seeing you again and your new facility and maybey we can go stake a string out and have some fun!
Submitted by: Chris Kittrell on Jun 19, 2007I purchased a male GSP from John Prince in June 2004. Maverick was sired by Brown LS Dixieland Alabi adn Stubblefield Baroque. Maverick was purchased for my youngest son as a pet. Due to Maverick's intuition to point birds in the backyard I knew I had to train this dog to hunt. I contacted John when Maverick was still only 5 mos old. John took Maverick and trained him in just four weeks to point, back, retrieve and hunt with a burning desire that I find very hard to beat. With this said John Prince and Maverick have shown me and my two sons and my father a new found love for quail hunting, and spending some good quality time in the field that would not have been possible before.
John has proivided my family a great hunting companion to spend time with, but also a very intelligent dog that sleeps on the couch and protects the home as well. I highly recommed John Prince's Gun Dogs and his personal touch in his dog training. John is up front and honest, adn truly cares about you and your new pup.
Submitted by: Karl Purvis on Jun 14, 2007At the time I met John Prince (March 07) I was not looking for a GSP. As a matter of fact I wanted a "pointing" Lab. After some research and discussion with breeders of pointing labs and after a discussion with John, I decided to reserve a male sight unseen from a litter born in April 07 sired out of Princes Snake Eyes Romeo. I got third pick and was understandably nervous whether I made the right decision. The time came to travel to Pittsburgh, Ks. and pick up the little guy.
I got to the kennels and met John who strikes me as an honest person who loves his dogs and the outdoors. After he demonstrated Snakes Eye's ability I thought this dog has what is takes and it appears to be natural ability rather than force-broke. Then the time came to see my pup. He was in a pen with his three little sisters and since momma was back home in Saint Louis, they were all looking for attention. Boy was I nervous, you've thought I was holding my son for the first time. My wife took to him instantly, not like my wife to take to a bird dog. But this one was different. I have always read to take the one that is more "out front", you know more assertive. Third pick out of 3 males, I didn't have a choice and I have to admit I wasn't sold because this one calm, very shy and well, with three sisters brooding over you what can you expect. But when I looked him in the eye you could tell something was different about the way he looked back at me. It was like he was checking me out too. He was not some uncontrollable wild eyed pup looking for a pat on the head. Well, I thought with John's satisfaction guarantee, if I didn't like him I would return him so it's time to go home and meet the family.
I have 4 dogs and 2 teenagers at home so already its going to be an overwhelming experience for the new guy to say the least.
He slept in my lap the 3 hours ride home. The first couple of days he just slept, played a little slept some more, ate and did the usual stuff.
Admittedly, I was not impressed. Third day came and he was beginning to socialize better with the dogs especially with my 6 month old female Labrador.
Today, "Gunner" Von Brawn is 13 weeks and last week he was stalking/pointing his play mate in the yard. He naturally brings anything I throw back to me with very little calling. Very handsome bird dog, basketball type body, you know the tall dark and handsome, the women love em. My neighbor comes over just to see him because "he's a good looking dog". Guys that come over are impressed with his good looks ie, markings, build, his swagger and his laid back temperment. My female vet thinks he should make a good stud just on looks alone and temperament set aside his hunting abililty.
John is a great guy for being honest about his dogs. In July, John will help me start Gunner Von Brawn and in the mean time I am enjoying Gunner just being a pup and doing what puppies do. Thanks John for a life long companion. This one is a keeper.
Submitted by: Beau Peterson on Jun 14, 2007I just purchased a GSP pup from John, three weeks ago and had nothing but a good experience with him. He is very knowledgable and was open to answer all the questions I had.
My pup will be 10 wks in a couple days and I have seen so many good things from her already. She caught on to her name, Here command, and Sit very fast and is already retrieve a dummy. (in only 2 weeks)
I was unsure what to expect at first but everything that John had stated about his pups has been correct.
I would recommend John to anyone looking for a good hunting dog.
Submitted by: Chad Peterson on Jun 14, 2007A few months ago I got a short hair pup from a local breeder. When I got her I had every intention of sending her to a training school. I learned of Prince's operation thru my brother and decided to contact him. I got a hold of John to discuss some training ideas and see about sending the dog to him for training. As we started talking he took me through several steps to start the dog out right. He explained allot of basic do's and dont's that have been very helpful. My dog is 4 1/2 months old and by following his methods I have my dog sitting, coming to me, retrieving, and yes pointing. We still have a lot of work ahead, but I wouldn't be anywhere without Johns help. This guy knows what he is talking about. Thanks John.
Submitted by: Russ Cherry on May 15, 2007I met John in 1996, at that time I bought four GSP pups out of a litter sired by Prince's I Saul the Light and Baroness Katrina. All four became outstanding gun dogs as well as winners in the local QU fun trials. Two years later I bought another female pup out of another breeding of the same Sire and Dam as my first pups. She became a Superb gundog and has also won several QU fun trials. I have seen many GSPs but John Prince simply has an outstanding bloodline of dogs that are naturals. They point, back, retrieve and most of all have brains/personality which has endeared them to my whole family. John is an excellant trainer who has a soft touch and knows his business when it comes to training a gundog. John is a straight up guy from whom I have purchased great dogs not only for myself but others as well. I highly recomend John and his GSP's!!
Submitted by: Joe Bell on Jan 26, 2007I got ahold of John after having a bad experience with another breader. I have to admit I was a little skeptical at first because he sounded a little to good to be true.I am the first one to admit when I am wrong and boy was I wrong. John got me a beautiful pup who sleeps at my feet at night,and astonishes every one who sees him work afield by day. Thank you John for being you.
Submitted by: Dan Torgerson on Jan 24, 2007I have known John for about a year and have bought two dogs. The first dog at 6 months and 2nd pup at 2 months of age. Both are awsome workers and companions. I had the youngest pup out at 3 months and she points, honors and retrieves to hand. Both dogs are naturals and required very little training. Being a bussiness owner and upland guide leaves me very little time to train. John promissed me dogs that were going to be no-brainers and he did deliever. John won't just sell you a dog, he'll give you the time and day by returning calls and taking the time to give any training tips needed to make it easy for the dog owner. John has great dogs and already I'm talking to him now about purchasing a third dog.
Submitted by: Marty McCord on Jan 22, 2007I got a four month old female puppy from John Prince in December. At four months two weeks old it pointed its first wild covey of quail. One week later it made three full retrieves to hand on a quail hunt and began to honor the other dogs on point. By the time the puppy was 5 months old it had also pointed a pheasant and brought me my reading glasses that had fallen out of my pocket during a hunt. All of this was done without any prior training or yard work. This is the fastest start I have ever had from a puppy of any breed.
Submitted by: Dennis Shearrer on Jan 14, 2007I have know John for a few years and have found him to be very helpful and knowledgeable and above all truthful. I had a female bred to Johns princes snake eyes romeo. She had 8 of the most intelligent good looking pups that Ive ever raised. I am looking forward to working with John again and having my female bred to one of his males. He has a excellent line of German Shorthairs.
Submitted by: Mel Blackwood on Dec 27, 2006I have purchased 6 pups from John over the past 8 years. All have developed into great hunters and companions. They have all been very intelligent and easy to train. John has always been available to help answer questions and seems to have a lot of dog sense which makes a big difference in training results. My next dog will also come from Princes Quality Gun Dogs.
Submitted by: Josh Shelton on Dec 20, 2006I just purchased a pup from John and I couldnâ€™t be happier with my experience. He was very helpful in my decision making process and I canâ€™t wait to use him as a training resource as well. His dogs and pups were amazing and I would recommend calling John to anyone.
Submitted by: MIke Lawson on Dec 20, 2006My comments are concerning John as a trainer as I needed someone to train a Brittany pup out of Nolan's Last Bullet. I got the pup a bit late and he'd chase birds and the quail wing but not point anything. I gave him to John and couldn't believe the difference 5 weeks of training made. I got a pup that points, holds his point, retrieves, and covers ground well. John did a great job with him and has been quite willing to help me out with minor things after I brought the pup home. I highly recommend him as a gentle but effective trainer.
Submitted by: Anthony Houk on Nov 17, 2006John is a super guy and when he says he will help you after the sale he is faithful to that. What I have in my dogs today is all in thanks to John and another of my great friends.