Sunnynook Large Munsterlanders

The H2 Litter

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

last updated February 6, 2019 by Sheila Schmutz

The Sunnynook H2 litter is planned for fall 2019. The proposed parents are Krokus von Kleinenkneten and Sunnynook's Bolt. This is the first litter for both of them.

If you would like to be considered for a pup from this potential 2019 litter, please complete the attached questionnaire, available as a downloadable pdf.

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
Bolt 10 10 10 10 10 10 9 69

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
Bolt 10 9 9 9 9 6 6 5 5 8 9 5 142

Sunnynook's Bolt was born on August 6, 2014. He traces back five generations in Sunnynook Kennel. He went to live with the Grabowski family in Saskatoon. Brent agreed to train Bolt early and enter him in the necessary filed- and health testing. Now Brent and Bolt can be a part of the Sunnynook solution and help maintain a quality line of hunting dogs that gave rise to Bolt in the first place.

Bolt scored 69 (Very Good) in the Hunting Aptitude Test at 13 months. He later ran the Advanced Hunting Aptitude Test at 3 years 1 month and scored 142 points (Good).

Bolt was radiographed at 4 years and his hips were rated good-excellent and his elbows normal. He does not carry brown coat color or Black Hair Follicular Dysplasia based on DNA testing of his parents.

Bolt is a plated male with black patches on white background. He has a slender body, is 62 cm at the withers, and 57 lbs or 26 kg in lean condition. In conformation, Bolt earned a rating of Very Good in body form, and Good in coat, due to hair that is somewhat longer than ideal for hunting.

Bolt is a valued member of the Grabowski household. He appreciates all the doting he gets but will also let people know when he needs time to himself. Where Krokus is more submissive than she needs to be around other dogs, Bolt balances that with his confidence. Bolt can act dominant to other males when mingling around them but ignores males and females when hunting.

Once exposed to birds as a pup, Bolt matured into a promising hunter, turning heads with his manners in the field. He was equally confident in the water, even though to this day Bolt has done much more upland than waterfowl hunting. Bolt ranges well and has plenty of endurance in the wide-open prairie that we often hunt in.

Krokus and Bolt, as a Pair

By virtue of passing both the puppy (Hunting Aptitude Evaluation - HAE) and Advanced Hunting Aptitude Evaluation (AHAE), Krokus and Bolt have shown that they possess the stuff that all well-bred versatile hunting dogs should have. However, we also note a need for balance and room for growth.

Both Krokus and Bolt have shown reliable recovery of game repeatedly but struggled with the flawless delivery to hand. Both dogs were tested when still young which is part of our Sunnynook tradition of testing ability before a dog tends to be so well trained or experienced to cover up flaws. Krokus is prone to squeezing a dead bird before delivering it. We expect Bolt to help balance this as he often delivers crippled birds still alive. As for Krokus, we plan to put her through our trained-retrieve program in advance of the next hunting season.

This litter with be our 2nd H in the alphabet line-up and hence our 34th Sunnynook litter since starting in 1977. As an import, Krokus brings new blood to our kennel. The inbreeding coefficient for this H2 litter is low, at F = 0.6.

As the H2 pedigree of Krokus x Bolt puppies shows below, these pups come from the combined diligent breeding programs in Germany/Austria and Sunnynook Kennel. All of the 30 ancestors have passed both puppy- and a full hunting test, conformation and health criteria. Many of them gave passed a third level of testing to show that the parents have not only all-round hunting ability but also the intelligence and a temperament that allows them to respond to training to become a smoothly functioning member of a hunting team before and after the shot.

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