My wife and I were in search of a GSP that would both come from a hunting bloodline and be a good family dog. We had no idea how luck we would be to stumble upon Mike and his family. Mike truly loves his dogs and goes to great lengths to make sure each of his puppies find the right home. Buying a GSP from Mike is akin to joining his family and we have enjoyed staying in touch and sharing our favorite GSP stories. Mike has been a true mentor to a young growing family of two dogs, a 1 year old boy, and another on the way!

Our GSP, Casey, has turned out to be a best friend to our foxhound Danny, a loving family dog, and also excellent in the field and on the boat. She has proven her worth on many goose / duck hunting trips and is a favorite fishing buddy during time spent on the waters of the Chesapeake Bay. We got more than we could have ever asked for in a GSP from Back Forty and hope that Mike’s family continues to raise wonderful pups for my kids one day!

Ben N.

We really enjoyed our experience with Mike Reilley when we purchased our GSP, Liberty Belle (“Belle”).  We were first time dog owners, and Mike took the time to answer all of our questions and give us information to determine if we were a good fit for the breed.  We could tell from our meeting with him that he truly loves the breed and strives to contribute to the quality of the breed through his litters.  His love for Piper and her pups was also apparent to us, so we knew we were getting a well taken care of puppy.

And Belle…she is our first baby, and we could not love her more.  She is such a sweet girl with a love of food, running, fetch, and night-time snuggles.  Although, we do not hunt with her, we do practice nose-work, and she is very adept at finding her “bird.”  We are so happy to have this addition to our family and to have found her through Mike and Back Forty GSPs.

Meredith and Neil F.

My family purchased our first GSP from Back Forty GSP in August 2015. Our experience could not have been better. Prior to agreeing to purchase our GSP (Harper) we were able to come up to the farm to interact with Piper (Harper’s mother). When we were there not only we were able to see Piper run, swim and interact with other dogs we were also able to see the genuine care that Mike and his family had for the breed and his animals.  They answered all our questions and we felt that they were very honest. We also appreciated that he took the time to ensure that all the pups were going into loving homes that could handle the energetic breed.


Prior to receiving Harper we had to sign a contract that indicated we would not get her spayed within 18 months of her birth. This was the first dog that we allowed to go into heat. I had many questions regarding the process and how to exercise Harper. Mike and his family answered our questions in a very timely manner.

We had a wonderful experience with Back Forty GSP. We could not be happier as Harper has become a loving part of our family. She is full of energy, love and loyalty. Our family is looking forward to spending many more years with her!

Amanda and Eric

Back Forty GSP was a pleasure to work with. They made the process of finding another addition to our family a breeze. I already had a 6 month old GSP at the time when we wanted to add another one to our family. We were able to bring our other dog down to the farm and have a play date to introduce the dogs to each other to see if they would be a good fit. Luckily, both puppies got along great and we were able to bring Riley home. She is the best puppy I could have asked for. Riley is a great running partner and cuddling companion, as well as a dedicated hunter. She loves to be outdoors in the woods. I am so grateful that Back Forty provided me with not only a wonderful pet, but also my best friend.


After losing out on another GSP puppy, my search for a litter of pups lead me to find Back Forty GSPs. After reaching out to Mike, he called me back and our first conversation lasted about an hour as he wanted to know about our lives and interest in one of his puppies as well as to assure us that he cared and was dedicated to finding the best homes for his dogs. From our very first visit to his home and the times afterwards while Mike and Heidi took care of our Lyla for extended periods of time, they have always felt like family.

As our Lyla approaches 2 years old and has become a significant part of our family, we are again thinking about getting another GSP from Backforty GSPs. We were very lucky to have found such a dedicated family to get our very first German Shorthair pup and she continues to give us so much joy.


We started our search for a pup with AKC. They sent us to a breeder but we knew we wanted a home breeder who would breed and raise a loving, well socialized dog. This was our 3rd gsp. We lost two of our dogs 12 days apart 2 1/2 years ago and we were broken. We had looked for 6 months online for a pup but it never felt right. Then we connected with Mike Reilley and his whole family. They are a fabulous, fun, well informed owners of the beautiful and loving Piper. Piper is gorgeous but looks alone do not describe her. We were invited to meet her at the farm and her personality and intelligence are remarkable. It was clear to us that Back Forty was the place for us to get our next German. Piper was not even pregnant yet but we told Mike we wanted a boy.

Mike kept in constant touch with us and Mike and his wife Heidi invited us to the farm again to visit the puppies. This family is a beautiful illustration of responsible breeding, having fully checked out Piper and the daddy. We received full disclosures about each. We signed a detailed contract, one our vet commented on as very comprehensive and thorough. She thought that this was outstanding and a sure sign that there was a true love of the breed. We agreed.

Cooper has brought such sunshine to our lives. Colby, our other GSP, is loving him and has a new spring in his step at 11 years old. Cooper is part of the Back Forty Independence Day litter, born on the 4th of July. If you are up to the task, and make a Back Forty puppy yours, you will be in for the best time of your life.

Linda & Jeff M.

Our Experience with Back Forty GSPs was super informative and
the relationship continues to grow as RED (now ASIC) turns two on July 4.

One of eleven Pups, RED was available to be placed. As timing will have it,
We were able to find and reach out to Mike Reilley from Back Forty. We supplied some
background info on us, and soon enough Mike sent us pictures, bloodline lineage,
AKC documents and health certs on Piper. We were then invited to visit the farm in NJ to see
the Litter. The eleven Pups were in a very clean, large, and caring environment,
with constant attention from the Reilley family. The family
was very welcoming and provided answers to all our questions about RED.
Being long time owners of GSPs themselves, they shared advice on behavior, breeding
and field training to hunt.

So at eight weeks, Red finally came home to Philly. He is an urban style German Shorthaired Pointer that has adapted to all the city noise and buzz with Fairmount Park being his back yard.
A real love bug, pleaser, loyal boy who always wants to be right by your side.

We have been back to the Back Forty farm with ASIC a few times now. He runs free in the meadow
with his Mama Piper and Sis Rebel. It’s really awesome to see. He has developed into
a running dog and plans to get him field trained with Back Forty are next, and many more visits
to the Back Forty farmland…
–You can take the Dog from the Farm, But you can’t take the Farm out of the Dog–

The Palermos

We have the pleasure of introducing Fina.   She’s a beauty and her attributes bring about love, companionship, goofiness and a touch of that GSP craziness.  Every morning, we wake up to Fina jumping up on the bed, showering us in kisses, then proceeds to wake up our little Henry (chihuahua) with kisses.  At meal times, she’s the first to sit for her food and the last one to start eating.  Her favorite games are playing playing tug-of-war, fetch and a little rabbit chasing.   Words can’t describe enough, how much joy she has brought to our home.
         We give our thanks to Mike, Heidy and Piper and her family at the ‘Back-forty’ ranch.  They are always welcoming to their home, and encouraged us to visit the pups as often as we can.  Fina is defined by everything that comes from back-forty and I couldn’t be more grateful.  I would be hard pressed to find breeders Like Mike and Heidy that provide such awesome care, love and free-spirited activity to their pups.  We can’t wait for our next visit!

Andrew B.