Sunnynook Large Munsterlanders

The H2 Litter

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

last updated April 8, 2021 by Sheila Schmutz

The Sunnynook H2 litter was born on December 30, 2019. There are 4 males & 6 females. All pups are spoken for, with most going to join other Sunnynook LMs.

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. The pedigree for these pups is shown at the bottom of this page.

I have "attempted" to label the pups in the photo below.

The graph below shows the weights of the pups until they left Sunnynook. In addition, most owners have submitted weights later, from their vet vaccination visits at 12 & 16 weeks, or weights taken at home.

Some of the owners emailed us the weights of their H pups when they went in for their 1 yr booster shots. To better show the weights over this longer period, the graph below is switched to Months of Age instead of Days, and to lbs instead of grams. Square symbols indicate males and circles, females.

One of the four males, asleep on a lap during puppy cuddling Sunday afternoon, January 12. You can see that he will be ticked, with the small black ticks now beginning to show. They have small slit eyes open now. A couple are trying to stand on their little legs. But nursing and sleeping are still the main order of the day.

By Wednesday, January 15, everyone's eyes are fully open. They now even try to take a few steps, and often then fall over. Krokus goes in and out of the box and the chorus of yelps is very loud when she arrives! But then once they've been fed and she leaves, they just all pile on top of each other again and nap once more.

Sunday afternoon puppy cuddling has begun. Sometimes the pups are not equally distributed among the cuddlers though! Her family will be taking home a male. (photo 19 Jan)

This week (week 3) they began to bark and growl and have very short bouts of puppy fights. The outdoor temperatures were finally mild and so from Tuesday on they began to spend a couple hours in their outdoor kennel, gradually increasing the time. The floor in their dog house is heated and there's lots of straw to bury into.

It was a beautifully sunny afternoon on Thursday, January 30 and the temperature had warmed to -2 C, so they decided it was time to go outside!

On Friday, Feb 21 Joe put one kennel outside it their kennel and they all piled in voluntarily and went to sleep. On Saturday, he added a second kennel and shut them inside for a while. They took it quite calmly! Some will be travelling home in kennels in a week's time.

The pups began leaving for their new homes on Saturday Feruary 29 and continued to gradually go for the next 10 days. They were vaccinated Monday and tattooed on Wednesday.

Individual Pup Photos

Note that the choosing of pups has begun! If the pup has been chosen, it's name and place of residence is listed.

3F, known as Two Spot, is attacking a furry toy. Today, 26 Jan, was the first Sunday some toys were brought out but only a couple pups were interested. Hanna has gone to live in Weyburn, SK with Sunnynook's Yucca.

5F, Collar, is carrying the yellow fuzzy toy. (photo 27 Jan)Harriet has gone to live with Sunnynook's Zoe in British Columbia. They are sharing a kennel for nap time in the photo below.

2M, known as Black Leg (or White Foot), is attacking the olive Octopus. He's almost completely white on his right side and has lots of black on his left, including his back leg. Hulk "Coyote" has gone to live near Montreal with his new family, shown below. He is eagerly learning French now!

8M, Diamond, is after the white shearling roll. (photo 27 Jan) Hoax has gone to live with Sunnynook's Bolt in Saskatoon.

7F, known as Moony, is after the pink toy. She may be the smallest but she's certainly not the quiet type! Haida has gone to live in Calgary.

1M, Period, has decided his idea about interior design is much better than ours. (photo 6 Feb) Heming is going to live in Manitoba.

9M, One Spot, was playing with the white toy. (photo 30 Jan) Hercules "Spock" is going to live with his Dad and others in Saskatoon.

6F, V Neck, is picking up the black toy. (photo 30 Jan) Heron has decided she's going to stay at Sunnynook.

4F, Crosswalk, is carrying the red octopus (photo left 30 Jan). Hadlee has gone to join two other LMs in northern Michigan.

10F, formerly known as Star because of the white star marking on her forehead or lately Puzzle, is attacking the lime green Sea Urchin toy. (photo 6 Feb) Hollow has gone to live with Sunnynook's Zero in Calgary.

Hollow is pointing a pheasant wing on 29 Feb, just before she left.

Krokus von Kleinekneten, dam of the Sunnynook H2 Litter

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 8 10 9 9 10 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 Sunnynook H2 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.

The pedigree for this litter is shown here, including the performance data for all the ancestors. The Wright's Inbreeding coefficient for this litter is 1.0.

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