Sunnynook Large Munsterlanders

The 2nd B Litter

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

last updated October 28, 2014 by Sheila Schmutz


It's now time for wing-on-a-stick. Below Joe is demonstrating with Banjo.

The 2nd B litter at Sunnynook was born between 2:30 and 6:30 AM on August 6. The dam is Sunnynook's Ulna. The sire is Till von St. Vit "Remy". Eight healthy pups of similar size were born, 3 females and 5 males. All pups are now in their new homes.

The pups opened their eyes about August 20 and since then have really had a growth spurt and are now very active. They began eating on August 31 and come walking out of their dog box when you walk into the kennel and talk to them. The change in the slope of the growth curve reflects when they began eating, not just nursing. Now at 7 weeks, they are gradually being weaned.

The names chosen so far are Balsam, Bobwhite, Bolt, Bannroud, Bits, Bentley, Braver Jäger, and Banjo.

On the weight graph, the girls are shown as circles. The boys as squares, with open squares being the two plated males. Two of the girls didn't eat for a couple of meals and the nosedive in their weight is very obvious. They must have gotten into something that upset their digestive system, while out roaming. But in the following week, they both rebounded well.


Playtime with toys! Pup 3 chewing on the bright pink ball is now Bits. He has moved to Manitoba.

#8 male, alias T-spot, is exploring the puzzle toy as Mom Ulna looks on. He is now named Bentley and lives in Ontario.

#5 female, is enjoying the pink ball toy. She is moved to southern Saskatchewan and is now named Braver Jäger which means "good hunter".

#2 female, alias T (left), is gnawing on the striped ball toy. She has been chosen to stay at Sunnynook. Her name is now Bobwhite.

#4 female, alias White Belted, is marching off with the kong toy. She is now named Balsam and has joined the Prairie Sky Kennel in Saskatoon.

The plated male (#1 because he was born first) is on the move.

The other plated male is #6 (right). He has decided that a can of juice is worth exploring. His name is now Bolt and he's also staying in the Saskatoon area.

But before long, at this age, it's time for a nap! ShoulderPatch (7M) is using Ulna as a pillow. His name is now Bannroud and he will be staying in the Saskatoon area also.


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. She was also the mother of the second A litter born in May, 2013.

Ulna is shown on the right, holding a pheasant.

Detailed scores for Ulna and Till "Remy" are shown below.

VHDF Hunting Aptitude Evaluation (HAE) Scores for Ulna (12 point scale) and NA for "Remy" (4 point scale)

Name Search Pointing Tracking Water Nose Desire Cooperation
Ulna 9 11 6 11 9 9 10
"Remy" 4 4 2 4 4 4 4

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

NAVHDA Utility Test Scores for "Remy"

Name Search Pointing Steadiness Retrieve Shot Bird Retrieve of Drag Duck Search Walking at Heel Steadiness by Blind Retrieve of duck Use ofNose Desire Cooperation Stamina Obedience
"Remy" 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4


Till von St. Vit "Remy", the Sire

"Remy" is owned by Alan and Patti Kaplan of Iowa. They imported him from Germany, as their latest LM male.

Alan ran "Remy" in a NAVHDA Natural Ability test and then he was later run in a NAVHDA Utility test. His scores are shown above. He was x-rayed free of hip dysplasia with a "good" rating by OFA at 24 months. Remy has been tested free of BHFD and does not carry brown, by HealthGene.


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