Sunnynook Large Munsterlanders

The J2 Litter

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

last updated September 22, 2021 by Sheila Schmutz

The Sunnynook J2 litter is planned for late spring 2022. The parents we plan to use are Sunnynook's Bobwhite "Bobbi" and Sunnynook's Fergus.

"Bobbi" was the dam of the Sunnynook's G2 litter born in February 2018. She received a Progeny Performance Award for this litter. Fergus sired the I2 litter born December 27, 2020, and it has qualified for a Progeny Performance Award in September 2021.

Please complete the attached questionnaire, available as a downloadable pdf, if you are interested in a pup in spring 2022. You can copy the questions into an email or print, hand write & scan it. (This pdf isn't the type you can write into online). Please email Joe If you prefer to receive this as a Word document by email, that you could write into on your computer and send back.

Sunnynook's Bobwhite "Bobbi", the proposed dam

"Bobbi" was born 30 October 2014. Bobbi has been our companion and she's made for memorable days hunting Sharp-tailed Grouse, Ruffed Grouse, Grey Partridge, Ring-necked Pheasant, Willow Ptarmigan, and several species of ducks.

Bobbi is a handsome dog that looks like an LM should and is built for hunting-related function in field and water. This is confirmed by conformation judges who evaluated Bobbi against the original breed standard, scoring her "Very Good" in body form and also "Very Good" in coat. A misalignment in her teeth, and hair that is slightly short for the breed kept her from an excellent ranking. Bobbi has a light frame at 57 lbs, and is quick and energetic on her feet.

Bobbi's early bird exposure was on homing pigeons. As soon as she graduated from wing-on-a-stick, she learned to find and point birds cooperatively and with intensity. In the field, she has naturally adopted a productive and energetic search close to a windshield-wiper pattern.

Bobbi has a strong desire to hunt but at the same time is eager to please and cooperative. She found a balance between those two motivations, by us simply knowing what stage of maturity she was in, and offering the appropriate exposure. Bobbi has never worn or been corrected by a training collar. Similarly, her retrieving instinct has developed naturally. She can be encouraged to deliver to hand without her ever having experienced an ear pinch or similar pressures.

Bobbi loves people but not other dogs. She will ignore dogs while hunting, but would prefer to be the only dog that gets attention. On the nights that she spends in the outdoor kennel, she is prone to answer coyote howls and for this she wears a no-bark collar.

Bobbi's scores in Hunting Aptitude Evaluation (HAE) at 13 months, Advanced HAE at 25 months, and Performance Evaluation at almost 3 yrs are shown below. These three 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.

Bobbi's hips were rated as Excellent and her elbows Normal.

Hunting Aptitude Evaluation (HAE) Scores

Name Search Pointing Tracking Water Nose Desire Cooperation Total
Bobwhite 7 10 9 9 10 9 10 64 Very Good
Fergus 7 8 5 11 8 8 8 55 Good

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
Bobwhite 10 10 8 8 9 8 10 7 10 8 6 7 154 Very Good
Fergus 8 9 7 9 9 8 6 6 10 10 9 8 148 Good

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
Bobwhite 7 10 10 10 9 10 8 9 7 9 7 8 8 185 Very Good

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.

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.

"Bobbi" and Fergus as a pair

Both are descended from different Sunnynook lines such that the J2 inbreeding coefficient is 0, calculated over 4 generations.

"Bobbi" is more active and excitable than most Sunnynook LMs. This makes her look snappy in the field, where her desire to hunt is always "on". But she’s also prone to clamp down retrieving birds, causing broken ribs, especially when they try to get away from her. We have chosen Fergus for his excellent hunting style. We also expect that he will help provide the calmer nature and the balance that we like to see in Sunnynook puppies.

The pedigree of the proposed J2 Litter is shown below.

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