Our puppies are bred from the absolute best of the best bloodlines from both
America and Germany. Intelligence, style, trainability, hunting desire, natural
ability, and “that look” is what you’ll find in a Highfire German Shorthaired Pointer
The bloodlines we use are Hege-Haus (Germany), the oldest, longest-lasting
DK/GSP bloodline in the world. Hege-Haus dogs are true originals, resulting in
incredible prey drive, intelligence and conformation. From America we use DC
Hillhavens Hustler and Sharp Shooter lines…both having long histories of
producing outstanding hunters.
Highfire Kennels is the home of (Axl) Truman vd Westwind (Hillhavens Hustler line), (Lola) J’Adore von den Donau-Wirbeln (Hege-Haus line), (Lita) Standing Stones Little Miss Dangerous (Sharp Shooter line), and (Jett) Karpaten Irbis Tobias (Hege-Haus line). With our crosses, we have been able to produce exceptional puppies that show all of the qualities we look for in a solid, well-rounded gundog.
"From start to finish the process of purchasing a Highfire GSP was great. John is a wealth of knowledge and his years of experience breeding GSPs is obvious in every conversation that we have. John always makes time to answer any and all of my questions which was very important to me. This was my first GSP that I did not rescue. I was looking for a GSP that was very intelligent, had strong prey drive, and a great temperament for my family. Penny (Otter) is now 5 months old and has exceeded my expectations. She is a natural hunter with amazing prey drive and she is the gentlest GSP I have ever owned. She is a great family dog and is amazing with my young children. I have already secured a spot for my second HIghfire GSP winter of 2021."
Jeff and Shawna
"From the very first conversation with John, it was clear he was passionate about GSP's. His knowledge of bloodlines and meticulous choice of breeding pairs set HighFire Kennels apart. We couldn't have asked for any more from a breeder....open and honest communication from the beginning and updates all along the way. And then we picked up Cooper (HighFires Cooper Blaxl) and the fun really began! A beautiful, high energy bold dog that loves people as much as the outdoors. Training was a pleasure with Cooper....very focused from the time we got him home. And then we got to the field and it really turned on....the nose, the drive, the retrieving....Cooper has been a machine! We have loved our experience with HighFire from the start...can't wait to make more memories at home and in the field with Cooper!"
Jenny and Casey Liljedahl
"We came upon Highfire Kennels in our search for a GSP. The dogs are absolutely gorgeous. John has spent time and effort researching and choosing the lineage with care. He approaches breeding humbly and well educated and it shows in his dogs. Everything that he has said about them is accurate.
Our pup, Lola (named after her mom, Lola) is such a great dog. Her drive is high and she is strong! She loves to be outside and adventure with us. When she is in the house she is a snuggler. When it’s time to relax and be calm, she absolutely knows it and is happy to oblige.
She is smart. We started training her as so as we got her home and she picks up everything so quickly! We have also gotten countless compliments of her looks. Every time we are out and about someone stops us to comment on how beautiful of a dog she is.
John is a fantastic communicator. He was prompt and happy to answer all our questions. He provided updates throughout the pregnancy and from birth to pick up.
He and his family welcomed us on puppy pick up day and spent extra time just talking with us.
Even now, we send pictures and videos of Lola and he is excited and happy to see them. He genuinely loves the updates and seeing the pups thriving.
We can’t recommend Highfire Kennels enough. The dogs are amazing - truly everything one would want in a GSP in the field and at home. When time comes for another pup, we will absolutely be getting one from Highfire Kennels. "
Scott and Jarm Wineland-Illinois
“Good breeding is no accident. John Soehn of Highfire Kennels knows German
Shorthair Pointers and produces exceptional pups backed by top bloodlines. The
pups were well socialized by John and his family, introduced to pigeons, and raised
in a clean, active environment. John is passionate about the breed, and it shows!
We are training our pup for deer recovery. “Arrow”, AKA Highfires Carbon Express,
completed her first “find” at 10 weeks. Obedience training is a breeze. This girl has a
phenomenal nose, learns new tasks quickly, is absolutely fearless with great drive, a
retrieving maniac, and a true best friend who loves to snuggle on the sofa.
We recommend anyone interested in a dog for hunting, nose work, obedience, or
agility take a good look at the solid dogs of Highfire GSPs and give John a call.
Thank you John for this incredible pup, an absolute joy to love and work with!!!”
Brent and Betty Temple-Michigan
“Our world changed the moment we picked her up. She has been an absolute
sweetheart! Her temperament and disposition are a perfect blend of high energy
and snuggles! She has learned commands with ease and LOVES the outdoors just as
much as her place on the couch. We cannot say enough good about her and look
forward to many great years ahead of us.”
“It won’t take long for you to recognize how passionate John and Carole are about
their Shorthairs. John trains and hunts his dogs and is very knowledgeable about the
training process. I’ve texted him multiple times with questions regarding training, e-
collars, diet, timelines, etc. Pick-up day is the beginning of a journey and John has
been there every step of the way.
John could tell you all about the great pedigree of his dogs but when you watch them
work, it speaks for itself. My pup learns very quickly, has a lot of drive, and is very
confident and bold thus far with her training. Often GSPs are advertised as upland
dogs only but she has really impressed me thus far in her shed hunting training.
Within two weeks she was finding sheds in 3-6 foot tall thicket relying solely on her
nose since the sheds weren’t at all visible. I find myself constantly looking for new
ways to challenge her and she continues to succeed even though she’s only 5 months
I would absolutely recommend HFK to anyone who is looking for an awesome
hunting companion, a great buying experience, and support from people that are
passionate about what they do.”
“Wanted to take a moment to say how thankful we are to have found Highfire
Kennels! John was so communicative and pleasant from the very start and proved
to be flexible and understanding preceding pick-up. We couldn’t be happier with
Hazel and look forward to watching her grow.”
“We are very pleased with the progress of Lucy. She is very energetic and
intelligent. She will make a great hunting dog. John did a great job keeping us
informed with pics and updates from the time she was born to the time we received
her. Thanks, John…great job. Excellent pedigree pup!”