Sunnynook Large Munsterlanders

The C2 Litter

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

mounted January 3, 2015 by Sheila Schmutz, updated May 12, 2015

Fauna vom Algäuer Tor was mated to Saskelkana's Bones in early January 2015. Two male pups were born March 3. Both were spoken for before they were born. They now have they eyes open and presumably are hearing sounds too, but they are a very quiet and contented pair.

The pups have become very active and are starting to look like little dogs now.

On Sunday, April 19 Cue "Q", formerly FourSpot, decided that he was a retriever. He packed the little kong around for quite some distance!

Chicken, formerly Saddle, decided he'd have a go at pointing! This was their first exposure to "wing-on-a-stick".

On Saturday, April 25 there was big snow storm outside so they came in to play tug of war inside.

They were given their first soaked dog kibble on Good Friday. The growth chart shows they started eating more seriously 2 weeks ago. The growth chart below is the final installment, since they left for their new homes on Sunday. Both join other LMs so apparently they adjusted easily. Cue "Q" is shown above asleep resting his head on his Dad Bones' head.

Fauna vom Algäuer Tor, a current Sunnynook Dam

The dam of our C2-litter is our German-born, Fauna vom Allgäuer Tor who tunred eight in February. Fauna has a light frame (55 lbs) and lies at the small end of the breed’s height standard (58 cm). She's a gentle, trusting and calm dog, very devoted to her owners. She does not bark in her kennel and will travel for hours in the car, without a sound, just happy to be along, and, she hopes, travelling to go hunting.

Fauna is free of hip dysplasia with ’Good-excellent’ hip conformation. Fauna has been DNA tested at HealthGene and does not carry Black Hair Follicular Dysplasia or brown coat color.

Fauna gets along well with our dogs, and largely ignores other dogs, which she usually meets while hunting or training. Then, she has a job to do which she considers more important than visiting. She loves people who are typically attracted to her handsome appearance and pleasant temperament. As a young dog, she thought dispatching and retrieving porcupines was part of her job description. Lucky for all concerned, she has changed her mind and when she encounters porcupines now and will simply hunt on. Fauna responds well to gentle pressure in training, and would likely suffer under an inappropriately-applied, firm hand.

From puppyhood on, Fauna was strong in the water and determined in all work after the shot. In her duck search in the advanced aptitude test, she displayed great determination and nose, by repeatedly leaving the thoroughly investigated duck scent in a bulrush clump, and intelligently expanding across interspersed open water where the wind had wiped away all scent to re-find the duck’s scent in adjacent vegetation.

As a young dog, Fauna’s field search tended to be close to medium in range. This is reflected in her Search scores in both the aptitude and advanced aptitude tests which were in the ‘Good’ category (6-8) while most of her other work was ‘Very good’ (9-10) or even ‘Excellent’ category (11-12). As she matured and gained more hunting experience, she has expanded her search out to several hundred yards even, where sparse cover in the open country required range for a search to be productive.

Fauna pointed cooperatively and with great style from puppyhood on. She backs with intensity though never trained for it – a testament to her intelligence and desire to work.

Fauna was born in Germany on Feb. 4, 2007. Fauna was radiographed at 19 months and her hips were rated good-excellent. She obtained a score of Very Good in HAE (70) in 2007 and Very Good in AHAE (161) in 2008, in the Versatile Hunting Dog Federation testing system. Her detailed scores are below.

Fauna is shown on the right, on point.

Detailed scores for Fauna and Buteo are shown below. See another webpage for more information about these tests.

Hunting Aptitude Evaluation (HAE) Scores

Name Search Pointing Tracking Water Nose Desire Cooperation
Fauna 10 9 10 10 11 10 10
Bones 10 10 7 10 7 9 7

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
Fauna 7 8 11 10 9 8 6 10 10 10 10 9

Performance Evaluation Scores

Name Water Search Search Behind Duck Field Search Pointing Backing Nose Desire Cooperation Blind Water Retrieve Steadiness Retrieve Shot Bird Drag Obedience
Fauna 8 9 8 10 10 9 8 8 9 6 10 9 8
Bones 10 9 10 10 9 10 10 10 9 9 9 10 10

SaskElkana's Bones, the sire of the expected Sunnynook C2 Litter

SaskElkana's Bones lives with Rick and Pat Schryer and their 3 daughters and 2 other LMs. He is the son of Northwind's Belle and Odin vom Bergwald.

Bones was radiographed at 25 months and his hips were rated excellent. Bones has run several tests in both the NAVDA and VHDF systems. He obtained a score of 60 (Very Good) in HAE and 89 (III) in NAT. He received 190 (I) in UT and 203 (Very Good) in PE. Bones has received a Very Good in Body/Gait and in Coat in his Conformation Evaluation. Bones has been DNA tested at HealthGene and does not carry Black Hair Follicular Dysplasia or brown.

Rick and Bones have an excellent hunting relationship. During Bones' Performance Evaluation he was asked to search a figue-8 shaped pond. After Bones had searched one side completely he came by Rick and made eye contact as in “That side’s done, what’s next Boss?” Rick pointed to the other side with an encouraging “Bones!” Off Bones went until the judges had seen enough and he was called back.

Bones will lie quietly under his camo cover with decoys nearby. Bones has a tall LM frame and can carry big Canada Geese or cranes without holding his head uncomfortably high. Bones is equally capable in upland and water, and loves to hunt pheasants with Rick.

Fauna and Bones, the Pair

Both Fauna and Bones have proven their ability many times over in hunting and testing. They’ve both done well in the VHDF Performance evaluation that is one of the most complete versatile-dog tests North America has to offer. This test is still practically oriented for the mixed-bag hunter and its clear attention to ability as well as obedience provides useful data for the breeder.

In addition to selecting highly qualified mates that are largely unrelated, a breeder can make yet more progress by achieving complementarity among mates. Fauna and Bones complement each other in size, Fauna being near the low limit of the breed standard, and Bones being a substantial LM male.

The pedigree for this litter is shown below:

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