Sunnynook Large Munsterlanders

The Y Litter

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

last updated November 24, 2012 by Sheila Schmutz


Fauna vom Algäuer Tor whelped 7 pups on Thursday evening July 5, 4 females and 3 males. Their sire is Muddy Waters' Buteo. All are spoken for.

This photo of the 4 females was taken when they were just 3 weeks old. Their eyes are open and they are just getting their feet under them.

The 3 males were all heading for Mom and a mid-evening snack.


They began exploring the outdoors at about 4 weeks of age. They are outside the kennel building whenever they get a chance!

The soft toys are more sought after than the rubber ones. Belted (3F), now Yucca, chose to pick up the black "seal" instead of the pink Kong. She is staying at Sunnynook.

Four Spot (8M), now Yukon, was fascinated by ALL the toys and although he picked up the rope with balls first, he managed to get 3 different toys in his mouth at once!

Right Black (5F), now Yazmin, was proudly carrying the pink "seal".

Somehow it's even more fun is someone else wants the same toy you do! White Girl, now Yarrow, and Little Buteo, now Yeager "Gage" are having a tug-of-war for the purple "octopus".

Big Boy (7), now Ypres "Oreo", on the left, explores the indoor world and the different toys there.

In week 7, the pheasant wing came out and was very fascinating indeed! Right Triangle, now York, and Little Buteo, now Yeager, are both pointing it here.


They started eating food at about 26 days of age, so the growth curves took a steeper slope upwards. In week 7 they were being weaned and so the slope of their growth curve changed again.


Our Performance-Breeding Commitment

The Y Litter comes from a line of highly qualified ancestors proven over four generations (see pedigree). Of 30 ancestors on the pedigree:


Fauna and Buteo, the Parents of the Y Litter

The dam of our Y-litter is our German-born, 5-year-old Fauna vom Allgäuer Tor. 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, loose or in a transport box, 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. She is totally healthy, apart from an overactive sebaceous gland in the skin, which needs to be evacuated on occasion by squeezing. Fauna has been DNA tested at HealthGene and does not carry Black Hair Follicular Dysplasia or brown.

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 and 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.

We choose Sunnynook’s Buteo,holding the sharptail during a fall 2011 Saskatchewan hunt, as a sire for Fauna's Y-litter for several reasons. Buteo, stands his birds cautiously and at good distances, and will hold a point, or back another dog, for a considerable time. He will go out several hundred yards when the cover encourages it and still handle birds well. He is a reliable retriever on land and water.

Buteo is calm around the house, the vehicle or kennel, except when he first greets Sheila. Buteo hunts easily with other dogs.

Buteo is slightly below average in both height (62 cm) and weight (61 lbs). He has a protective coat of medium length, with moderate feathering. Buteo can develop some curls, depending on the season.


Fauna vom Algäuer Tor, a current Sunnynook Dam

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
Buteo 8 10 9 10 10 9 10

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
Buteo 10 10 9 10 10 9 10 8 9 10 9 9

PE Scores

Name Water Search Search Behind Duck Field Search Pointing Backing Nose Desire Cooperation Blind Water Retrieve Steadiness Retrieve Shot Bird Drag Obedience
Buteo 7 9 10 10 10 10 8 9 6 9 8 10 8


Muddy Waters Buteo, the sire of the Sunnynook Y 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) in the Versatile Hunting Dog Federation testing system, detailed scores above. The fall after siring the X litter, Buteo ran the VHDF PE test (187 points - Very Good). He has been DNA tested and does not carry brown 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.


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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