Sunnynook Large Munsterlanders
The G2 Litter
Joe & Sheila Schmutz, R.R. 2 Site 202 Box 123, Saskatoon, SK Canada S7K 3J5
last updated December 13, 2017 by Sheila Schmutz
The Sunnynook G2 litter is expected in mid-February 2018. The parents will be Sunnynook's Bobwhite "Bobbi" and Sunnynook's Cue "Q". This will be the first litter for both "Bobbi" and "Q".
There is a waiting list for the G2 litter. If you would like to be considered for this waiting list, please complete the attached questionnaire, available as a downloadable pdf.
Sunnynook's Bobwhite "Bobbi", the proposed dam
Bobbi last came in heat in September 2017. She was born 30 October 2014. Bobbi has been our companion and she's made for memorable days hunting Sharp-tailed Grouse, Ruffed Grouse, Grey Partridge, Ring-necked Pheasant and several species of ducks.
The photo above shows Bobbi with sharp-tailed grouse
As the pedigree below shows, Bobbi and her ancestors have satisfied our own expectations and more. The dogs have received an independent evaluation from trained judges who are hunters examining traits that matter to hunters in Germany or North America. Bobbi's ancestors trace back to our first pair of LMs imported from Germany in the 1970s, from the Siegerland and Chamavia kennels. Bobbi's anticipated mate "Q" traces back to our imports in the 1980s, building on successes in the Ciperro and Anzenthal kennels.
Bobbi is a handsome dog that looks like an LM should and is built for hunting-related function in field and water. This is confirmed by conformation judges who evaluated Bobbi against the original breed standard, scoring her "Very Good" in body form and also "Very Good" in coat. A misalignment in her teeth, and hair that is slightly short for the breed kept her from an excellent ranking. Bobbi has a light frame at 57 lbs, and is quick and energetic on her feet.
Bobbi's early bird exposure was on homing pigeons. As soon as she graduated from wing-on-a-stick, she learned to find and point birds cooperatively and with intensity. In the field, she has naturally adopted a productive and energetic search close to a windshield-wiper pattern.
Bobbi has a strong desire to hunt but at the same time is eager to please and cooperative. She found a balance between those two motivations, by us simply knowing what stage of maturity she was in, and offering the appropriate exposure. Bobbi has never worn or been corrected by a training collar. Similarly, her retrieving instinct has developed naturally. She can be encouraged to deliver to hand without her ever having experienced an ear pinch or similar pressures.
Despite Bobbi's great promise at an early age, we also recognize room for growth. This we trust will come with maturity, experience and our well-timed encouragements. For example, Bobbi is intelligent and very excitable by nature. While she has done credible work in the varied phases of tracking, we think it is her excitability that keeps her from doing even better in the pheasant track, search behind the duck and game drag (see scores below). We've dubbed Bobbi "alligator mouth" for crunching and breaking a bird's ribs on a retrieve; a trait that we also attribute to her excitability.
Bobbi loves people but not other dogs. She will ignore dogs while hunting, but would prefer to be the only dog that gets attention. On the nights that she spends in the outdoor kennel, she is prone to answer coyote howls and for this she wears a no-bark collar.
Bobbi's scores in Hunting Aptitude Evaluation (HAE) at 13 months, Advanced HAE at 25 months, and Performance Evaluation at almost 3 yrs are shown below. These three tests are a breeder's tool for confirming the all-around versatile hunting qualities all LMs should have. See another webpage for more information about these tests.
Bobbi's hips were rated as Excellent and her elbows Normal.
Hunting Aptitude Evaluation (HAE) Scores
Advanced Hunting Aptitude Evaluation (AHAE) Scores
|Name||Search||Pointing||Search Behind Duck||Nose||Desire||Cooperation||Steadiness||Retrieve Shot Bird||Marked Water Retrieve||Blind Water Entry||Game Drag||Obedience||Total|
Performance Evaluation (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|
Sunnynook's Cue "Q" was born on March 2, 2015. He went to live with the Schryer family in Saskatoon.
Q was radiographed at 18 months and his hips were rated excellent and his elbows normal. He obtained a score of Good in HAE (56), Very Good in AHAE (176), and Very Good in PE (199) in the Versatile Hunting Dog Federation testing system, detailed scores above. Neither he nor Bobbi carries brown coat color or Black Hair Follicular Dysplasia based on DNA testing of their parents.
Q lives in the Schryer home with three other LMs and likely has seen as much waterfowl hunting already as many LMs see in a lifetime. Q has developed a knack for spotting waterfowl that have been hit and will follow their flight often for several hundred yards to make a retrieve from land or water. Besides ducks and geese, Q has hunted pheasant, Gray Partridge, and Ruffed and Sharp-tailed grouse.
Just as Bobbi considers Q perfectly handsome and suitable, so have the LMAC conformation judges. At just over 1.5 years, Q's medium frame weighed 61 lbs, and tended to be somewhat longer than tall. Where Bobbi's bite is too tight, Q's has a small gap and we are hoping for the perfect balance in the pups. Q was awarded the "Good" category for body form and "Very Good" for coat.
Bobbi and Q as a Pair
While Bobbi traces back to our 1970s German imports to Sunnynook Kennel, Q goes back to the 1980s line. The inbreeding coefficient for their pups is low, at F=1.0.
We feel confident about Bobbi and Q's puppies becoming capable hunters and intelligent companions. Twenty-nine of their 30 ancestors have been tested at full hunting (HZP, AHAE and UT), and many at performance levels (VGP, PE) in Europe and North America. (see explanation of abbreviations) We have personally hunted with and enjoyed a life-long companionship with five of these ancestors. We have hunted with or observed an additional six ancestors in the field.
Bobbi and Q also complement each other in the LM traits we try to maintain. Bobbi's excitability could be held in check more. This excitability makes her intelligent and thrilling to watch, but also predisposes her to 'overshooting' when easy-does-it caution is needed. Both Bobbi and Q have shown their fine balance and capability in one of the most complete versatile tests North America has to offer, VHDF's Performance Evaluation (PE). This test is built on the German JGHV testing system under which so many versatile breeds were created over 100 years ago. For example, the three levels of VHDF testing give priority in judging to hunting ability which is heritable, over task-based obedience which is trained. VHDF has adopted the field and water components of JGHV testing largely unchanged. Yet VHDF has replaced elements of forest work (e.g. driving of game) with components that are valued more in North American hunting. This includes a 1 hr field search in a brace, and backing and honouring a brace mate's point and retrieve.
This planned Sunnynook-G2 litter provides another desirable feature for us. It allows us to carry Fauna's valuable German ancestry forward in our kennel. Fauna has all the traits we value, capability in field and water, smarts and beauty. Q is the first of her small number of puppies to be chosen by us for breeding and carrying these traits forward.
We are looking for serious hunters to expose, train and hunt dogs from this litter, and to subject them to the same evaluation we have used. This would help us maintain and carry forward a Sunnynook tradition that we've started 40 years ago following the example of German hunter/breeders tracing back to the dawn of the LM in 1919.
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