Sunnynook Large Munsterlanders

The 2nd A Litter

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

last updated July 17, 2013 by Sheila Schmutz


The 2nd A litter at Sunnynook, of 8 healthy pups, was born on May 16, 2013. The parents are Sunnynook's Ulna and SaskElkana's Axel. There are 3 females and 5 males. ALL are on their way to their new homes!

At 4 weeks Ulna is enjoying playing with the puppy's small kong toy. Her son Whitey is her playmate here.

At 4 weeks, they are exploring the outdoor run.

They've also begun eating by 4 weeks, although the milk was still consumed quicker than the meat or kibble then.

Left Photo: 12 o'clock StripeSpot Male, 4 o'clock Tub, 7 o'clock Ticked Female #1, 11 o'clock NeckDot

Right Photo: 1 o'clock Blackie, 4 o'clock HeartSpot, 7 o'clock Whitey, 10 o'clock Infinity

At 7 weeks they went to a nearby marsh to explore the water and scents. They found it very interesting, and refreshingly cool on a hot evening.


The Girls

The ticked female (#1) is contemplating the world outside the kennel building. She is now named Alice and will be moving to join another Sunnynook LM, her uncle, in Montana.

The light plated female, nicknamed Infinity (#7), is attacking the multicolored toy. She is now named Allie and will be moving to Regina, SK.

Blackie is coming up on Infinity from behind! Although she has the most black, she is a plated female (#6). Her new name is Abby and she is joining her aunt Uli in BC.


The Boys

The light male, nicknamed Whitey(#8) and now Ace, is taking a nap, while his ticked brother NeckDot (#3) is looking out at the kennel building door. He will be living in Pennsylvania. NeckDot, now named Asher, will be moving to sunny California!

The #2 large male, affectionately known as "Tub" is after the blue & black ball. His new name is Angus! He'll be moving to Idaho.

The HeartSpot male (#4), now named Apache, has chosen the yellow furry toy to retrieve. He will be moving to Drayton Valley, Alberta.

The StripeSpot Male (#5) has pounced the the pink ball toy. His new name is Audun and he will stay in the Saskatoon area.


Sunnynook's Ulna, a current Sunnynook Dam

Ulna had a strong pointing instinct since puppyhood. She has matured into a capable hunting companion. She especially excels in working running roosters, where she is cautious and cooperative and naturally backs other dogs on point – this dog-dog-human partnership is a joy to watch. When the bird falls after the shot, Ulna feels she is in charge and abandons the niceties of polished steadiness.

Ulna is also accustomed to hunting open prairie, working productively out of gun range. Ulna quickly learned to search the water independently, without seeing a bird fall or scenting it. She is a reliable retriever on land and water.

Ulna is calm around the house, the vehicle or kennel. She may bark to alert us of strangers, but loves people and hunts easily with other dogs. Ulna may rest her head gently on one's knee to get attention.

While conforming to the breed standard, Ulna is slightly below average in both height (59 cm) and weight (25 kg). She has a protective coat of medium length, with moderate feathering.

Ulna comes from a proven hunting dog tradition. Not only she, but also all of her parents and grandparents have proven their ability in tests of puppy and hunting levels.

Ulna was born in 2007 to Sunnynook's Pika and Aron von Grinzing, an import from Austria. See the Sunnynook U Litter page.

Ulna was radiographed HD-free at 20 months with hips rated excellent. She obtained 65 points (Very Good) in the Hunting Aptitude Evaluation and 154 points in the Advanced Hunting Aptitude Evaluation of the Versatile Hunting Dog Federation (VHDF), see detailed scores below. She has been DNA tested and does not carry brown or Black Hair Follicular Dysplasia. She earned a Progeny Performance Award for her previous litter, the X litter, born in 2011.

Ulna is shown on the right, holding a pheasant.

Detailed scores for Ulna and Axel are shown below.

VHDF Hunting Aptitude Evaluation (HAE) Scores

Name Search Pointing Tracking Water Nose Desire Cooperation
Ulna 9 11 6 11 9 9 10

VHDF Advanced Hunting Aptitude Evaluation (AHAE) Scores

Name Search Pointing Duck Search Nose Desire Cooperation Steadiness Retrieve Shot Bird Marked Water Retrieve Blind Water Entry Game Drag Obedience
Ulna 9 7 10 10 9 7 4 10 10 8 10 8
Axel 11 10 8 10 8 8 8 9 8 8 6 8


SaskElkana's Axel received 157 points (Very Good) in the Advanced Hunting Aptitude Evaluation of VHDF. His hips were rated Excellent. His elbows are also clear. Axel has been DNA tested for Black Hair Follicular Dysplasia and is not a carrier.

Axel had one previous litter, Manapi's A litter.

At the right, Axel is hunting pheasants in southern Saskatchewan in December, 2011.


The pedigree for pups in the 2nd A litter 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