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The Large Munsterlander Association of Canada (LMAC)

LMAC commits to maintaining the Large Munsterlander (LM) as a dog for hunters, their families and ethical hunting. The Large Munsterlander is a long-haired versatile hunting dog, developed in Germany, which has been bred to performance standards in North America for over 40 years.

LMCNA (Large Munsterlander Club of North America) which was founded in Alberta in 1977. It was incorporated under the Animal Pedigree Act of Canada in 1999, and its name changed to LMAC in 2014.

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Bear Hill's Atim (VHDF HAE Good), photo by Craig Koshyk

This web page was first mounted in October 2011 and last updated on June 1, 2020 by Sheila Schmutz.

The May 15 Bylaws Revision was mailed to Regular Members for their vote and to Associate Members in a poll on June 1, 2020. If you did not receive yours, please contact the Secretary sheila.schmutz@usask.ca

Newsletter the spring newsletter, prepared by John Staley, was emailed on March 20, 2020. Please email sheila.schmutz@usask.ca if you did not receive your issue. Please submit stories, photos, etc. by 1 June 2020 to jsmunster@gmail.com, for the next issue.

Feature Dog

Form and Function in the Field

Sunnynnook’s Fergus recently added Conformation to his previously established qualifications in Field and Health earning him an approval for breeding by the Registrar of the Large Munsterlander Association of Canada (LMAC). Fergus lives with Derek, Patricia and Dawson Oderkirk in Viscount, Saskatchewan. Derek is a new member of the LMAC Board of Directors.

On the importance of conformation for a hunting dog, Robert G. Wehle writes:

  • “You may say “Well, I want a dog for shooting and I’m not particularly concerned about his looks.” My answer to that is, number one, your dog should conform to a good standard to be physically capable of doing the many things you are going to ask of him. For instance, you will probably expect your dog to have endurance and hunt several hours a day, maybe several days in a row. In order to do this, his body must be constructed correctly. You will want him to have a fast, smooth, graceful gait. Again, he has to be made right. You will expect to get many years of hunting from him. If his feet, legs and body are properly formed, he should fulfill this expectation.
  • A second reason why the dog should be good looking is for the sheer pride and joy of ownership. Most sportsmen I know have a pretty good idea what a bird dog should look like and they are quick to recognize one when they see one.”

Reference: "Wing and shot gun dog training." 1964. Country Press, Scottsville, New York.

by Joe Schmutz, 24 March 2020

Profile of a Large Munsterlander

The Large Munsterlander is one of several continental breeds of versatile hunting dogs. It gained breed recognition in the Münsterland of northwestern Germany in 1919. Although this makes the LM the last of the German breeds to gain official representation by a separate breed club, the LM was recognized as a black color variant of the brown German Longhaired Pointer going back to its breed club formation in 1878. Even before that time, the forerunner of the modern LM can be recognized in artists' representations of hunting scenes as far back as the Middle Ages.

The LM is a black and white dog with hair of medium length. They weigh 50-75 lbs with males about 60-67 cm and females 58-63 cm at the shoulder. In its German homeland and some other countries, this dog has been bred for over a century for hunting and not show. Hence coat color is highly variable, ranging from predominantly white to predominantly black. Markings occur as solid white patches, or ticked or roan regions.

This field dog characteristically is calm, gentle and intelligent, and therefore also valued as a family dog. The versatile and cooperative characteristics of the LM provide for a reliable companion for all facets of hunting. It is well suited for a variety of game, including the tracking of big game as practiced by some owners. On average, LMs search well outside of gun range in open country but are still responsive and not independent. LMs excel as bird finders before and after the shot due to excellent noses and a purposeful searching style with good coverage, rather than speed. Many LMs point with intensity from puppyhood on, and many honor naturally. Given their passion for retrieving, steadiness needs to be encouraged through training, especially in the exuberant youngster. LMs tend to be strong in the water. The LM's long and thick coat protects them against cold and allows them to search dense cover thoroughly. Even so, their coat is a compromise well suited for temperate climates. Short-haired breeds may be better suited for upland hunting in the hot South, while the oily and dense coat of retrieving specialists makes them better suited for prolonged water work in the late-season North.

The Large Munsterlander was introduced to North America by Kurt von Kleist of Pennsylvania in 1966. By May, 2007, at least 78 dogs had been imported to North America from Europe. The first LMs were brought to Canada in 1973. There have been 368 pups born in Canada, from 55 litters.

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Available Pups

Sunnynook's Uli and Friends

The best method of obtaining a pup of your choice is by reserving from a breeder who plans a litter. Most pups are born in spring or early summer. Occasionally pups are available immediately.

LM breeders, see below, will place pups only in hunting homes for several reasons. Breeders rely on progeny performance data when planning future breeding - a dog that is not hunted/tested is in that sense lost. Although LMs make good companions, their insatiable hunting instinct can lead to frustration for non-hunters when their dog insists on chasing nearly everything - even the squirrels during a picnic in the park.

We encourage potential owners to do their homework, including meeting an LM owner and dog where possible. Even "retired" breeders may be willing to show their dogs and answer questions about the breed. Most breeders encourage continued contact with puppy buyers/owners.

All sires and dams have earned at least a Prize III in the NAVHDA Natural Ability test or a Fair in the VHDF HAE test or a Pass in the VJP test. Their total test scores and accompanying ratings are shown below. Most dogs have also run in intermediate level hunt tests, such as NAVHDA UPT or VHDF AHAE, or JGHV HZP. Some have also run in the highest level tests, such NAVHDA UT or the VHDF PE test or the JGHV VGP test. All dogs were judged to be of normal temperament in their test. They have all been certified HD free and are free of elbow dysplasia. Some dogs have received Progeny Performance Awards when at least four of their pups from a single litter have passed first level tests.

The early litters born in North America were registered with the Verband Grosse Munsterlander in Germany. From 1983 to 2011, all LMs born in North American were registered by the Large Munsterlander Club of North America (LMCNA®), and since that time all litters born in Canada were registered by LMAC. Such registration implies that both parents have met breeding eligibility criteria, which include passing a test of hunting performance and certification free of hip dysplasia. ALL litters listed below are bred under the guidance of the Animal Pedigree Act of Canada.

The Large Munsterlander Association of Canada has been formed to foster the continued breeding of LMs in Canada and by like-minded U.S. breeders. LMAC registered dogs will have a "C" at the beginning of their individual tattoo in their ear.

Litters Planned for 2020

Litters Whelped in 2019

Other LMAC Breeders

Some of these kennels have not breed a litter recently, or have retired from breeding, but are shown here so that owners of pups in the past have their current contact information.

Registration Criteria

Performance Requirements for Breeding LMs

All LMs in North America that were eligible for breeding in LMCNA® as of Dec. 31, 2011 will continue to be eligible to breed (see list of eligible sires) in LMAC. LMs approved after January 1, 2012 must meet the requirements listed below at a minimum:

Sire owners are welcome to contact the LMAC Registrar, Sheri Hallwyler to inquire about females eligible to breed and have pups registered by LMAC. If you have a male or female that you want to have recorded as eligible to breed, please email the TDP Keeper for a form and instructions.

  • 1) Hunting Tests(more information on the linked webpage)

    Breeding females and males must pass an introductory level versatile hunting test. The North American testing organizations recognized are the Versatile Hunting Dog Federation (VHDF), the North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association (NAVHDA) and the breed club tests recognized are the Large Munsterlander Tests, the Bodo Winterhelt Pudelpointer Organization tests, and the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon Club of America (WPGCA) tests. Imported dogs with tests from Germany, Austria, and Czechoslovakia are also considered to meet the performance requirements.

  • 2) Conformation Evaluation

    Both dogs will meet basic criteria of the FCI published standard for the Large Munsterlander, assessed at conformation portions of hunt tests, specific conformation evaluation, and by photograph included with the Total Dog Profile submitted to the Registrar.

  • 3) Health and Genetic Tests

    Hip Dyplasia Testing. Rradiographic evaluation by Farrow's VMI, or pre-2012 by WCVM, at a minimum age of 18 months; or the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) at a minimum age of 24 months. The appended list of inherited disorders will be used as indicated in the table (Appendix A, LMAC Bylaws).

  • 4) Temperament Assessment

    Both dogs must have normal temperament assessments in a field test or conformation evaluation. Neither males nor females may be gunshy as evaluated in hunting dog tests.

Performance Requirements for LMs Potentially Exportable to countries where the breed was originally developed, the "Original" Stream

All of the above requirements must be met, but for registration identified as "Original Stream", in addition:

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