About Wildrose Texas
Wildrose is home to Drake, Ducks Unlimited’s first mascot and now Deke, DU’s current mascot. Wildrose offers lineage of unrivaled genetics, which are represented in all 50 states and every Canadian province. Wildrose has lineage in Mexico, the Netherlands, Denmark, N. Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, Scotland, Thailand, Peru, Brazil, Bahamas and Bolivia.
Wildrose Labradors are regarded among wingshooters and adventurers as the most versatile sporting dogs in the world. For almost four decades, Wildrose has produced a classic “Gentleman’s Gundog™” of superb temperament and natural gamefinding ability. A dog that is gentle in the home and dynamic in the field. Our dogs are the perfect complement to any family’s outdoor adventures. From canoeing, fishing and hiking mountain trails, to leisurely afternoons by the lake, our dogs are able and dependable companions for any adventure.
Through our long associations in England and N. Ireland with some of the most successful trainers of the regions, Wildrose continues to offer the authentic English Labrador retriever, just as one might witness on the finest estate shoots of the United Kingdom. Wildrose provides expansive services including: a comprehensive health-care program, unmatched after-sales support and a full progression of training options. These services are complemented with a passionate, highly-skilled staff who have helped make Wildrose one of the most prestigious breeding and training facilities in the country.
Our full service locations include: Oxford Mississippi, Dallas Texas and Raleigh North Carolina. We have seasonal training facilities in Jasper Arkansas along the Little Buffalo River and Granite Colorado. Our CO location borders the prestigious mountain trout stream Clear Creek, which was previously an Orvis-endorsed fly fishing destination. We are also partnered with Blixt & Co. in Teton Valley, Idaho for authentic European style driven shooting in America.
Guy Billups IV
Originally from Oxford Mississippi, Guy is a graduate of Rice University with a degree in economics. Guy was raised with AKC Field Trial and Hunt Test Labradors which ignited his love for the breed. While attending Rice, Guy discovered the Wildrose Way and applied the training methods with his English Labrador, Missy. Remaining closely connected with the Wildrose Facility in Oxford, Guy was approached with the opportunity to leave the world of finance and open a campus here in Texas. Unable to pass on the chance to work with more of these wonderful dogs and grow the pack, Guy, his wife Kelsey, and their baby, Guy Cameron relocated from Houston to Dallas, TX and proudly opened Wildrose Texas in 2017.
Originally from Sugar Land, TX, John began working for Wildrose in early 2015 as a kennel assistant in Oxford, MS, where he also got his own Wildrose lab, Mojo. John is a graduate of the University of Mississippi with a degree in marketing. John has always had a huge passion for waterfowl hunting and outdoor photography. Upon graduating John moved back to Texas to manage the Wildrose Texas facility and train the Wildrose Way. John is also in charge of the social media accounts and photography for Wildrose Texas.
Growing up in Dallas, TX, Gunnar began working for Wildrose in 2018 as a trainer. Gunnar holds a great love for duck hunting and his black lab Stella, during season you know where to find them both. After graduation, Gunnar moved to Oxford, MS. Upon his arrival back in Texas, Gunnar quickly realized he wanted to grow and learn more in his professional gun dog career. Gunnar is now a great asset for the Wildrose Texas team as a full-time trainer.