Sunnynook Large Munsterlanders

The H2 Litter

Joe & Sheila Schmutz, R.R. 2 Site 202 Box 123, Saskatoon, SK Canada S7K 3J5

last updated November 5, 2019 by Sheila Schmutz

The Sunnynook H2 litter is expected in January 2020. The parents are Krokus von Kleinenkneten and Sunnynook's Cue. This is the first litter for Krokus but Cue has already had two previous litters. Therefore if all goes according to plan, pups will be born in early January 2020 to go to their new homes in early March.

If you would like to be considered for a pup from this potential 2020 litter, please complete the attached questionnaire, available as a downloadable pdf. There is already a waiting list.

Krokus von Kleinenkneten, the proposed dam

Krokus was born 21 February 2017 in Germany. She came to Sunnynook Kennel from a successful German breeder. Krokus was a perfect travel companion in the cabin of three different airplanes, on a 22-hr trip. Since then she has fit beautifully into our hunting and our home, alongside all of our other Sunnynook dogs.

The photo at the left shows Krokus with a Hungarian partridge in September 2018.

Krokus's scored 65 (Very Good) in Hunting Aptitude Evaluation (HAE) at 5.5 months and 132 (Good) in Advanced HAE at 18.5 months. Details are shown below. These tests are a breeder's tool for confirming the all-around versatile hunting qualities all LMs should have. See another webpage for more information about these tests.

Her hips were Good-Excellent and elbows are Normal. She was genotyped by HealthGene and carries neither brown nor Grey (Black Hair Follicular Dysplasia).

Krokus is described as “Ticked”, which means she has black patches – which all LMs have, roan patches of mixed black and white hair and small ticks of black in her white patches. Krokus occupies the mid-upper range of the international size standard: 60 cm at withers, and 62 lbs or 28.4 kg in lean-good body condition. In the LMAC conformation test she earned a Very Good rating in both body form and coat.

Krokus is a sweetheart in the house and travelling. She loves people. She ignores other dogs while hunting and accepts a submissive position in the hierarchy when her kennel mates try to act pushy. However, when it comes to her food, that’s where she draws the line.

Krokus has a balanced hunting instinct whereby her drive is always on, but she also stays in contact with us. She ranges further or closer depending on open prairie or woods. She’s a joy to watch in her search where she casts purposefully across the wind. When making scent, her body is stretched out as though pulled by an invisible thread. This caution also carries over to her cooperative pointing.

Krokus has an excellent nose. She has shown that, for example, by bringing birds from places where I did not think they had fallen. Krokus is comfortable in the water. This is shown by her Water score, where a score of 9 in the VHDF testing system shows that she had entered the water on her own to hunt as confidently as she would hunt on land. When it came to retrieving, Krokus showed some need for growth (see scores below).

Hunting Aptitude Evaluation (HAE) Scores

Name Search Pointing Tracking Water Nose Desire Cooperation Total
Krokus 10 8 10 9 9 9 10 65
Cue 7 5 9 10 10 7 8 56

Advanced Hunting Aptitude Evaluation (AHAE) Scores

Name Search Pointing Search Behind Duck Nose Desire Cooperation Steadiness Retrieve Shot Bird Marked Water Retrieve Blind Water Entry Game Drag Obedience Total
Krokus 10 10 7 10 8 5 5 4 5 6 7 5 132
Cue 10 10 10 10 9 10 9 10 9 10 10 10 176

Performance Evaluation (PE) Scores

Name Water Search Search Behind Duck Field Search Pointing Backing Nose Desire Cooperation Blind Water Retrieve Steadiness Retrieve Shot Bird Drag Obedience Total
Cue 10 9 9 10 10 10 9 10 8 8 9 10 10 199

Sunnynook's Cue "Q", sire of the expected Sunnynook G2 Litter

Sunnynook's Cue "Q" was born on March 2, 2015. He went to live with the Schryer family in Saskatoon.

Q was radiographed at 18 months and his hips were rated excellent and his elbows normal. He obtained a score of Good in HAE (56), Very Good in AHAE (176), and Very Good in PE (199) in the Versatile Hunting Dog Federation testing system, detailed scores above. He does not carry brown coat color or Black Hair Follicular Dysplasia based on DNA testing of his parents.

Q lives in the Schryer home with three other LMs and likely has seen as much waterfowl hunting already as many LMs see in a lifetime. Q has developed a knack for spotting waterfowl that have been hit and will follow their flight often for several hundred yards to make a retrieve from land or water. Besides ducks and geese, Q has hunted pheasant, Gray Partridge, and Ruffed and Sharp-tailed grouse.

Just as Krokus considers Q perfectly handsome and suitable, so have the LMAC conformation judges. At just over 1.5 years, Q's medium frame weighed 61 lbs, and tended to be somewhat longer than tall. Q's bite has a small gap. Q was awarded the "Good" category for body form and "Very Good" for coat.

Q learned to hunt primarily on wild birds, tagging along with LMs Bones, "Scotty" and Picard as a pup. He learned to love water and ducks on many long walks in the country. His steadiness training was on pigeons. Like Bobbi he is a capable and biddable hunter having accepted training without the need of an E-collar or ear pinch. An e-collar was needed to curb his passion for chasing coyotes.

Q performed very well in all 3 levels of ability testing at 6 months, 18 months, and 2.5 years, respectively. Cue performed particularly well in the Advanced Hunting Ability and Performance Evaluation, as shown above.

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