Sunnynook Large Munsterlanders

The F2 Litter

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

last updated 21 Aug 2017 by Sheila Schmutz


The Sunnynook F2 litter was born on July 8, 2017. There were 6 females and 6 males. The parents are Sunnynook's Zenaida "Zeni" and Otus vom Ahler Esch, a German import to Sunnynook Kennel.

There is one male available. If you would like to be considered as his future owner, please complete the attached questionnaire, available as a downloadable pdf.

This is Zeni's third litter (see also Sunnynook's D2 and E2), although her first litter with Otus. Otus sired the D litter at Muddy Waters Kennel in Oregon, also a very large litter.

Zeni and the pups moved to the outdoor kennel on Wednesday afternoon. The weather is very hot and Zeni enjoys the chance to go to the pond for a swim or to stand in one of the water barrels. At this stage, the pups only sleep and nurse and sleep again. In the photo below, they are 8 days old (17 Jul 2017).

The pups eyes began opening about day 12 and all were open by day 14. At the same time, they began crawling out of their kennel box. In the photo below, taken July 23, six of them are asleep on the floor of their pen.

Zeni was finding it harder and harder to supply enough milk to 11 pups so we began bottle feeding them with puppy milk replacer on Monday, July 24. By Wednesday some were also lapping a bit from a dish and by the weekend all of them were glad to lap it up and also to try to slurp up a bit of ground chicken (see photo below). Nevertheless, they also like a chance to nurse from Zeni too.

The photo above also shows that they've decided to explore the world outside the kennel building now too. On Thursday evening, July 27 one went outside so it was then time to add the carpeted ramps (shown in the left corner) so they could climb out but more importantly back inside!.

At 4 weeks, they are coming outside of the kennel building to visit with people, but still need lots of naps. A favorite spot is an old park bench outside the building in the shade.


Female Pups at Play

Note most of the photos with toys below were taken on Aug 14 or 15. As specific pups are chosen, their names will be indicated.

Female 6 is pointing wing-on-a-stick on August 21. Although she even has a paw up, this doesn't always happen in pointing.

Female 10 is playing with the intertwined ball. Just before she was attaching a small branch.

Female 4 is chewing on a striped rubber ball. She is a plated female and still has some pink on her nose, which should gradually fill in with black pigment.

Female 9 fell asleep with the brown fuzzy toy. It's hard work carousing with so many siblings!

Female 5, now named Flicker, is retrieving a pink furry "seal". She is one of the five very black pups, and as such her markings would be called "mantle". Flicker will be staying at Sunnynook.


Male Pups at Play

Male 7 is a ticked male whose name is now Fynnigan. He'll be joining a family in Saskatoon.

Male 2 is playing with the orange rubber ball - trying to bat it around.

Male 3 is biting at the pink ball. Joe calls him keyhole because the black marking on his back reminds him of a keyhole. With 11 pups any association is helpful.

Male 12 is playing with the red bumper. He is vying with Male 1 for the "heavyweight" category! His name will be Fritz and he'll be going to live in Vancouver.

Male 1 had pinned one of the other "black" pups. But soon the tables were turned.

Male 11 is holding a white fuzzy toy. There is a small depression near the door to the kennel building and an oak water barrel that is a favorite spot. Perhaps is cool in the hot afternoons.


We typically weigh the pups once a week during "puppy visitation time" on Sunday afternoons. The weights help us monitor that the pups are all doing well and that the dam has enough milk for them. In this large litter, this is especially important. It's quite possible that I got a couple pups mixed up in some of the weighings. At six weeks the pups are eating raw ground chicken and Large Breed Puppy kibble (Orijen), with frozen smelt at some meals too.

Circles are females and squares males. Open symbols are the plated pups.


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.

Dryas from Zeni's D litter passed her HAE test at 6 months of age. Another D pup and some of her E pups will be running in September 2016.


Detailed scores for Zenaida and Otus 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
Otus 10 9 10 10 10 9 9 67

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
Otus 9 8 8 9 7 10 8 10 7 7 10 8 150

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


Otus vom Ahler Esch, proposed sire of the Sunnynook F2 Litter

Otus vom Ahler Esch was born in Germany on May 14, 2008. He then came to live at Sunnynook, at about 12 weeks of age.

Otus was radiographed at 18 months and his hips were rated Good, and elbows normal. He obtained a score of Very Good in HAE (67) and Good in AHAE (150) in the Versatile Hunting Dog Federation testing system, detailed scores above. Otus also passed the 4 hour blood tracking test of VHDF-Canada in Fall 2016. His conformation evaluation results were Body: Good, Coat: Very Good. He has been DNA tested by HealthGene and does not carry brown coat color or Black Hair Follicular Dysplasia.


Zeni and Otus as a Pair

Our multipronged approach to pairing includes complementarity. We choose mates so that minor weaknesses in one dog are balanced by its mate where possible. Zeni and Otus complement each other in several ways. While Zeni can be high strung and cautious at first with people and other dogs, Otus is easy going and just wants to hunt. Otus will run to a downed bird quickly but take his time on the return, taking time to enjoy his prize. Zeni's retrieve has been described by judges as the "scoop and loop" variety, grabbing the bird and returning almost as fast as she went out.

Zeni and Otus also complement each other in size. At 61 cm high, Otus is built to carry a Canada Goose while Zeni is 62 cm and with a narrower frame, built for speed and endurance.


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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