About Us

best friends are made here.

Island Grove Kennels, a family-owned breeder in central Illinois, is passionate about raising happy, healthy Goldendoodles, Bernedoodles, and purebred poodles, golden retrievers, and Bernese mountain dogs that become cherished members of your family. We prioritize exceptional breeding for temperament, health, and beauty. Our parent dogs, treated like family, undergo genetic health testing and certifications. Focusing on lineages known for intelligence, happy personalities, and strong constitutions, we believe a puppy’s early life is crucial. That’s why we provide a loving, social environment for a smooth transition into your forever home. We invite you to explore our website and contact us to learn more about connecting you with the perfect canine companion and upcoming litters.

Our Puppy Parents

Meet Our Dogs

Puppy parents

We invest heavily in our parent dogs, and breed for lineage, aesthetics, temperament and health. Our dogs are all genetically health-tested and OFA certified for Hips and Elbows. Our parent dogs are like family members to us. They each have their own personalities, and we enjoy each of them as individual intelligent beings.

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American Kennel Club
Better Business Bureau

Owners & Employees

Meet Our Staff




Kristine is a nurse by trade, but decided to put her nursing career aside after becoming pregnant with her 4th child. Her husband, Ryan, started Island Grove Kennels in 2013. After working alongside one another, Ryan turned the reins over to Kristine therefore allowing her to be with their dogs and children full time. Kristine has been the manager of Island Grove Kennels for over four years, but has been breeding for a total of 9 years. Now, Ryan and Kristine have four beautiful children who love helping at the kennels and spending time with the dogs. Life on their farm is always crazy but full of fun and love.




Jenna has worked at Island Grove Kennels for three years. After high school, Jenna knew that being a breeder was her career of choice. Instead of starting her own kennels, Kristine and Jenna thought a partnership would be the best choice for both. Jenna loves dogs and has a passion for placing their puppies with the best families possible. Jenna is currently going to college for a business degree and working at the kennels full time.



Full Time Kennel Caretaker

Chloe is our full time kennel caretaker. She has been with us for two years and was a great addition to our family here at Island Grove Kennels. Chloe has a passion for dogs that is like no other. She loves each dog like they are her own, and she does an amazing job at keeping the kennels clean.



Part Time Kennel Caretaker

Kourtney is our part time kennel caretaker. She just joined our team but feels like she has been around for years. She has a love for dogs and providing them the best care. She does an amazing job helping Chloe keep the kennels clean and disinfected, while loving on each one of the dogs along the way.

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From Our
Family to Yours

Best friends are made here.

“Our “Bunjo” (“Boy Blue” from the Quincy and Grant litter) has his 1st birthday today and so we just wanted to let you know that he is doing great. He has a BIG personality, is quite a character, sometimes a bit naughty but he is such a joy to have around and we love him to pieces. He is very loving and affectionate, loves to snuggle with us and can never get enough belly rubs. He is very friendly with people and other dogs, though sometimes a bit shy around bigger dogs. He has the softest fur and it seems after every grooming his fur is looking lighter in color, which we love. He weighs 30 pounds now and we have him scheduled for neutering on Mar 6th. Thank you so much for the positive experience in adopting Bunjo into our family, we couldn’t be happier.”

- The Synder Family

“We got our Goldendoodle here and couldn’t be happier. From the time we put a deposit down, to the time of pick up (and beyond). Kristine and the team were very responsive and accommodating! We were able to visit the kennel, see the facilities and spend time with the puppies as well! Our puppy has brought us so much joy and it was the best addition to our family! We will always recommend this breeder family to others and will definitely come back should we get a sibling for our dog.”

- Jessica V.

“Happy Holidays!! Just sharing with you this photo we got of our two pups KC and Andie. They are both so spoiled and I thought you would enjoy this. Thank you again for all of the hard work you put into doing this. Our family wouldn’t be complete without them.”

- Taylor T.

“I wanted to share a recent picture of Finnegan. I cannot believe he will be 17 weeks tomorrow!! He brings pure joy to our home and we are so grateful to you and your family for giving him so much love and care for his first 8 weeks.  We also so appreciate all of your guidance and support along the way.”

- Kathy P.

Get in Touch

Kristine Probst | 812.639.9855
Jenna Goebel | 618.707.1802

12542 N. 300th St. | Wheeler, IL

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