Sunnynook Large Munsterlanders
The I2 Litter
Joe & Sheila Schmutz, R.R. 2 Box 123, Saskatoon, SK Canada S7K 3J5
last updated 26 October 2020 by Sheila Schmutz
We’re excitedly planning for our I2-Litter, 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 prospective pup's pedigree below)
We’re inviting dedicated hunters, and especially those who can work with us to keep these high breed-maintenance standards alive. Please complete the attached questionnaire, available as a downloadable pdf, if you are interested in a pup.
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
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|
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. He likes people too but is less pushy about attention than Gannet. Fergus hunts readily even with other intact males that go about their hunting business.
Fergus hunts upland birds and waterfowl, including hunts over decoys. Similar to Gannet, 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.
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. Unlike Gannet who likes to give small game birds one last perfunctory squeeze, 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.
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