Sunnynook Large Munsterlanders

The E2 Litter

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

last updated May 4, 2016 by Sheila Schmutz

The Sunnynook E2 litter was born on Monday, 25 January 2016. There are 5 females and 5 males. The parents are Sunnynook's Zenaida "Zeni" and Muddy Waters' Buteo, as for the D2 litter born March 20, 2015.

All pups are spoken for.

Buteo sired the Sunnynook X, Y, and D2 litters. This will be Zeni's second litter.

The pups are 12 days old in the photo above. We marked them individually in this photo.

This week they've transformed into tiny dogs. They bark, sit, stand and even walk a few steps now. Sunday afternoon puppy visits began today. Here they've been held and cuddled and are now sound asleep on the rug.

When the visitors left they all went back in the box with Mom for more napping. Female 4 took the idea of being "top dog" quite literally.

The four females were set up to face the camera, but one didn't want to wait for the picture to be taken. From left to right: 1F, 5F, 4F, 3F.

The four males were not the least bit interested in standing around waiting for the picture to be taken and just headed off to find something more interesting to do. From back to front: 2M, 9M, 7M, 8M, 6M.

The Females

Female 3, also known as Two Spot is going after the purple "octopus" toy. Her name is now Ember and she will be going to Manitoba.

Female 1 is saying Hi to Grandma in the kennel next door. She is named Ellie and will be going to live in North Portal. Elwood has wandered a bit further out of their home kennel and is pausing to assess the situation beyond.

Female 4 is enjoying a white fur toy on March 6. Her name is now Erro. She'll be going to live in Pincher Creek.

The plated female, 5F, is playing with the purple octopus during a Sunday afternoon visit. She'll be splitting her time between Arizona and Alaska. Her name is Emerald.

The Males

2M is carrying the yellow fuzzy toy on March 6 (left). 7M, also known as "Half Neck" is also carrying this toy (right).

2M "Two Spot" will be moving to Ontario to hunt with falcons and be named Eagle. 7M is staying here in Saskatoon, as Elwood.

This week the yellow toy was clearly the most popular! Here 8M is trying to pull it away from 2M who has climbed up on Adrian during the tug of war.

8M "H" will be moving to California and be called Edge.

6M, also fondly known as "Sea Turtle" because of the black marking on his rear back is checking out the brown fuzzy toy. Not surprisingly, he's moving to the Pacific coast, Vancouver Island specifically. His name will be Eli, with a call name "Coal".

Joe put on the ramps on Feb 25 and although 6M (left side of photo) and 8M immediately decided to explore the outside of the pen, they didn't go down that steep hill right away!

On Saturday, March 5 it was sunny and "warm" and the kennel door was left open for the pups in the afternoon. Joe found 9M asleep in the sun, totally content on his own! He is going to live in Wainwright, Alberta. His name will be Excalibur, although his call name will be "Cali".

The pups shown here are 8 weeks old and they've started to spend some time in the airline kennels. Here they're napping 3 to a kennel (one is sideways behind the other two). They've also begun to go for short car rides in the kennel now too.

The pups turned 9 weeks on Easter Monday. Here Joe has one of the males testing out the soft-sided kennel he'll be flying in next weekend. Ellie was the first to leave today, picked up by her owners from North Portal, SK.

Leaving Sunnynook

Three pups left on April 3, but then the rest of them gradually departed for their new homes.

All of the pups are now in their new homes. Above, Eli is pointing the wing on the stick on Wednesday Apri 6, the day he left. On the right he is at home on Vancouver Island the next day and is already putting his puppy experience into action - he is pointing a robin.

The pedigree of this litter is shown near the bottom of this page.

Sunnynook's Zenaida "Zeni", the Dam

The photo above shows Zeni with a pheasant: pointed, tracked, and retrieved in November 2014

Zeni was born on February 8, 2013 at Sunnynook. She is the daughter of Sunnynook's Veery and SaskElkana's Bones. See more about her siblings from this litter on the Sunnynook Z Litter page.

Zeni's xrays were rated Excellent and elbows Normal. She obtained a score of Very Good in HAE (68) and Very Good in AHAE (159) a 186 (Very Good) in PE in the Versatile Hunting Dog Federation testing system. Detailed scores below. Zeni's conformation was rated Excellent in body and Very Good in coat. Zeni has an extra upper premolar 1. Neither of Zeni's parents were carriers of brown coat color or Black Hair Follicular Dysplasia, so she can't be either.

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

Zeni did well in all categories of the HAE test. At this early age what the judges see is raw natural ability. One can't speak of training at this age, that is the beauty of this test if run early, as it should be. Zeni was at the edge of exuberance, shifting from keen hunting to staunch pointing in the nick of time. On the pheasant track, careful and calm handling at the start got her to focus on the sparse foot-scent left by a released pheasant. She worked every turn of scent. Some 100 m down the trail, when the pheasant saw the dog approach down the track, the pheasant was able to lift off and fly out of sight, perfect!

Hunting Aptitude Evaluation (HAE) Scores

Name Search Pointing Tracking Water Nose Desire Cooperation Total
Zenaida 9 9 10 10 10 10 10 68
Buteo 8 10 9 10 10 9 10 66

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 Total
Zenaida 9 9 10 10 10 7 7 9 9 9 9 6 159
Buteo 10 10 9 10 10 9 10 8 9 10 9 9 171

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
Zenaida 8 9 10 10 9 10 8 9 3 10 8 10 9 186
Buteo 7 9 10 10 10 10 8 9 6 9 8 10 8 187

Muddy Waters Buteo, proposed sire of the Sunnynook E2 Litter

Muddy Waters Buteo was born in Oregon at the Muddy Waters Kennel of Sheri and Rick Hallwyler on May 14, 2008 to Muddy Waters' Athene "Buffy". He then came to live at Sunnynook, with his sire, the late Sunnynook's Macaw. He is shown pointing a Mearns Quail on a hunt in Arizona.

Buteo was radiographed at 19 months and his hips were rated Excellent. He obtained a score of Very Good in HAE (66) and Very Good in AHAE (171), and Very Good in PE (187 pts) in the Versatile Hunting Dog Federation testing system, detailed scores above. He has been DNA tested and does not carry brown coat color or Black Hair Follicular Dysplasia.

Buteo is shown at the right, cautious on a flock of Mearns still hidden in the grass in Arizona. Below: Buteo, on a late season Saskatchewan duck hunt.

Zeni and Buteo as a Pair

Our breeding strategy has been to first ensure that dam and sire are fully qualified in field, health, conformation and temperament. Over and above that, we select from available mates to keep the inbreeding coefficient low and complementarity high.

Zeni and Buteo complement each other in two important ways. While Zeni can be in "overdrive" at times, Buteo is one of the most balanced hunters we've owned. His bird handling is exceptional, making him comfortable and special to hunt with.

Zeni and Buteo also complement each other in size, with Zeni in the upper half of the female size range and Buteo in the lower half for males. Buteo's coat tends to be wavy or even curly where Zeni's coat lies close to her body, comprised of rather stiff and protective hair.

This is the pedigree of the Sunnynook E2 litter.


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