Sunnynook Large Munsterlanders

The I2 Litter

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

last updated 3 April 2021 by Sheila Schmutz

Krokus had 11 puppies on 27 December, 2021. There were 5 females and 6 males. All are now living in there new homes.

As the pups left, Joe demonstrated "Wing-on-a-Stick", as shown here with Inca. Patricia Oderkirk shot a short video of Joe doing this with Iltis, their pup.

Patricia Oderkirk also shot a short video of Joe demonstrating retrieving with Sunnynook's Gannet (2+ yrs old) and then Sunnynook's Iltis (15 weeks old). Additional information and references are available in you click on SHOW MORE below the description of this YouTube video.


This is the 35th Sunnynook litter over 44 years of placing puppies with hunters. Our chosen dam Krokus von Kleinenkneten and sire Sunnynook's Fergus have proven their worth as indispensable hunting and family dogs. Krokus and Fergus have both passed upper level testing in VHDF-Canada, and have also passed health requirements and satisfy the international breed standard administered by the century-old breed club in Germany. (please see the pup's pedigree at the bottom of the page)


Pups in Action

Using our camera to take short videos is very new to me. But since people can't visit, I thought I'd try. In the last day or two (Jan 13 & 14), they are trying to stand on their legs and take a few steps. The little grunting noises are very typical. Very few attempts at barking so far. I had just taken them all out to change their blanket, but they are already going into their pileup formation. One is already asleep on its back!

On Jan 28, the pups got a brand new transport system! Carrying them in two rubbermaid buckets, back and forth, got a bit too heavy for us and too crowded for them. So they now have a wagon, equipped with 3 rubbermaid tubs. We thought that the blanket covering them would keep them warmer enroute - but several thought it was much more fun to poke their head out and watch the scenery go by.


We'll continue to post the weight graph periodically so people can compare their pup to its littermates.

Individual Female Photos

7F Comma was interested in the bright yellow "seal". But the triangular patch of sunlight might have also attracted her attention. (23 Jan) You can still see the black "comma" on her back here. That's how the pups got their temporary names, before their new owners chose them.

Comma is now called Inca. She'll be leaving for Calgary to live with a 10 year old Lab, but there were LMs living there before.

Sometimes you just have to find a challenge! Picking up the blue football, through the rocker was the one 1F Guernsey tackled today. (30 Jan)

Guernsey's new name is Isla-Wren. She went to live in Lethbridge and will be an "only dog", but shares the house with a rabbit that's she's no too sure about yet.

2F Legline is playing with her Mom. Hard to tell who is enjoying it more! (25 Jan)

Her new name is Iltis.

She left for Viscount, SK to live with her Dad.

5F 3-2-1 is proudly carrying the yellow toy. (26 Jan)

Her new name is Ivy. She moved to Calgary, to share the house with a cat!

4F Half Moon has just dropped the white roll, she'd been carrying. (30 Jan)

She will now be called Indy and moved to Manitoba to live with a Chihuahua Yorkie cross who thinks he's a Great Dane.

Individual Male Photos

8M Half-Collar picked up the red octopus and shook it! But I wasn't quick enough to capture it. Amazing how that instinct appears so early. (21 Jan)

His new name is Iambart, or "Bart" for short. He moved to Nipawin, as an "only dog".

9M Hourglass is holding the yellow "seal". At almost 5 weeks the pups can pull themselves up this step, but going down is less elegant. (29 Jan)

His new name is Ivar. He moved to Outlook, SK, as an "only dog".

6M Triangle held the brown "seal" and carried it around briefly. (22 Jan)

He is now called Ice-Ryder and moved to nearby Delisle, SK

10M Saddlebag is working on the brown "seal". You can see in the photo that he has a largish oval black spot going down on each side - his saddlebags. (He has one more on his bum.) (31 Jan) His new name is Ivan.

He went to Yellowknife to live with a two other dogs.

11M Mosaic is after the white "seal". (26 Jan)

His name is now Ike. He went to live near Vancouver with lots and lots of black and white cows.

3M Bowtie flew to Nova Scotia to join Bear Hill's Darwin. His name will be Sunnynook's Igneous.

He's holding the brown "seal" here. (1 Feb)


Krokus von Kleinenkneten, dam of the Sunnynook I2 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.

Krokus had her first litter on December 30, 2019, the H2 litter. She and the sire received a Breeder's Award because 4 of the pups ran in and passed a young dog test in fall 2020. We've also heard good reports from other owners as the hunting season progressed this fall.

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
Fergus 7 8 5 11 8 8 8 55

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
Fergus 8 9 7 9 9 8 6 6 10 10 9 8 148


Sunnynook's Fergus, proposed sire of the Sunnynook I2 Litter

Photo by Patricia Oderkirk

Sunnynook's Fergus, was born on 8 July 2017, part of Sunnynook’s 31st litter. This I2 litter is also Fergus’ first.

Fergus is a house dog who lives with one other dog and a cat in the home. In the words of his owners, “Fergus is the most amazing dog ever!” His calm and confident demeanor is very endearing. Fergus hunts readily even with other intact males that go about their hunting business.

Fergus hunts upland birds and waterfowl, including hunts over decoys. Fergus loves the water. Fergus will break ice to enter water, so much so that for the sake of his own health he’s not allowed prolonged exposure to ice cold water and is dried and looked after once soaking wet on very cold days. Fergus’ medium length but very dense coat helps protect him in water and brush.

Fergus has an Instagram account @following_fergus

Photo by Patricia Oderkirk

Fergus has pointed nicely since early puppyhood. He is very cooperative and will hold point as long as needed for a shot. Fergus is a gentle retriever and often brings birds to hand still alive.

Fergus has also been trained for blood tracking of potentially crippled big game. He was moderately successful in his first test in a 4 hr. old blood track over 400 m. None of the three dogs tested on that hot and windy day were successful and Fergus and his owner plan to try again next year.

Fergus has a medium-bone frame at 65 cm high, 71 cm long and 33.6 kg or 74 lbs. The conformation judges gave him a Very Good in both Body and Coat.

Fergus was certified free of hip (Good-Excellent) and elbow dysplasia. Neither of Fergus's parents were carriers of brown coat color or Black Hair Follicular Dysplasia, so he can't pass these undesirable traits on to his pups either.


Krokus and Fergus, As a Pair

Both Krokus and Fergus are close to mid-size in the LM range, with a dense and protective coat for mid-season water work and late season field work.

Both showed a strong pointing instinct, already in puppyhood.

Krokus is prone to chewing small and wet birds on the retrieve. We’re counting on Fergus to balance that small blemish, as Fergus is a gentle retriever.

In her H2 litter, some of Krokus’ puppies had puppy canine teeth persist longer than normal and needed to be pulled. According to veterinary geneticist Lowell Ackerman the so-called deciduous teeth persisting beyond 6 months has a genetic basis although the mechanism by which this is inherited has not been identified. By pairing Krokus with a male whose ancestry we know well and know to be without this anomaly, we hope to disrupt whatever gene combination may have existed in the H2 pups.

Krokus' H2 pups were exceptionally successful in hunting and companionship traits. At a young age of 10 months, 4 puppies passed the natural hunting aptitude tests (see scores of 3 here). And an additional 4 pups have been hunting waterfowl, ruffed grouse and pheasants and have swelled their owners with pride and wowed hunting companions. We expect similar successes with the I2 pups, in keeping with a sound hunting, testing and breeding strategy at Sunnynook Kennel.


The pedigree of the proposed Sunnynook I2 pups is shown below.


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Please call us if you have any specific questions (306)382-8964. e-mail joe.schmutz@usask.ca or e-mail sheila.schmutz@usask.ca