My name is John Mustain and I started hunting with my dad at a young age, just as I took my sons hunting when they were young. I’ve always owned hunting dogs and after Sande and I were married I began training and breeding German Shorthaired Pointers and owned that breed for many years. Then I was told my favorite female GSP “Stonie” had cancer and after that I just lost interest in training dogs, and even hunting.
Fast forward a few years later and I started to think about training dogs and how much I missed it, so I talked to my wife about buying another bird dog… but instead of getting another GSP I started doing research on this new breed I’d heard about – Small Munsterlanders from Germany. After many months of research and phone calls with various breeders we brought our first Small Munsterlander home in 2010, Brush Dale’s All Guns Blazing (Angus).
By the time Angus was 6 months old I realized how special this breed was – easy to train and highly intelligent, cooperative and relentless in the field and a calm and loving dog in the house which my wife loved. So the following year we bought our second Small Munsterlander, Gunwood’s Gypsy Annalise V Hemi (Ani) from Kris and Jeff Hill at Hunting Hills Kennel, and Ani exceeded our expectations – she was the perfect combination of hunting companion and loving dog in the home!
A few more years passed and Angus and Ani passed their NAVDA natural ability tests with the highest scores – 112 (Prize I) and grew into excellent hunters – Angus won 3rd place in the 2013 Bird Derby, Hunter Division at the National Conference in Nebraska and both dogs were awarded their AKC Canine Good Citizen awards. We felt both dogs were excellent examples of the breed and decided we wanted to help others own these amazing dogs and start our kennel business.
In June 2013 we bought our 3rd Small Munsterlander from Hunting Hill's Kennel in Nebraska, Hunting Hills Uma Abigale (Abi), and in Janaury 2014 we welcomed our first litter from Ani and we kept a puppy from that litter, Mustain's Asia von Annalise (Asia). Sadly, we lost Ani that year to cancer (see "Losing Ani" on Ani's page), but we are thankful for the beautiful puppies she gave us and for Asia, who reminds us of Ani everyday.
In December 2015 we brought home a female pup from Robingun Kennels in Nebraska, Daenerys Storm von Etta (Daeny - pronounced "Dani") - she has an exceptional pedigree and Daeny's litter was the first litter of pups born in the US using frozen semen from a sire from the Netherlands - we feel fortunate to have this beautiful dog.
In the summer of 2015 we imported a male puppy from the Czech Republic, which was challenging and exciting and such a valuable experience! His name is Uros EBEN-EZER from EBEN-EZER Kennels breeder Katerina Lisova, and his pedigree is long with European champions - he is exceeding our expectations for intelligence, natural ability and temperment and we know already he will become a valuable part of our breeding program!
In the spring of 2016 we again partnered with Katerina Lisova from the Czech Republic to bring 4 puppies to the US and we kept one of the females, Violet EBEN-EZER who we named "Pepper" because she is almost all white with black sprinkles across her back. Pepper is a gorgeous puppy and is simply excelling at everything she tries - at a little over 1 year old she won 1st place in the SMCNA bird derby (puppy division) and received a perfect 112 on her NA test. We have high hopes Pepper will grow into as phenominal a dog as the rest of our pack!
And finally, shortly after Christmas in 2016 we imported our little Danish beauty, Trixer Jixer Judy. "Trixie's" sire, Pixer Jixer van de Chesannehof, a champion in the Dasnk Munsterlander Klub from the Netherlands and just a beautiful dog. Her dam is from Fuglejæger's Kennel in Denmark named Hedeskov's Judy. Both are phenomenal dogs and we are so very happy with Trixie, she is growing into a beautiful Munsterlander with amazing natural ability!
About our kennel
Sande and I want our kennel to be more than just a place to purchase a dog - we promise to be available to our buyers to assist with questions as the puppies grow, assistance with training and providing training events and on-going support and camaraderie throughout the lifetime of your Small Munsterlander. We have trained and bred hunting dogs for 20+ years and then discovered the German Small Munsterlander and have not thought about owning another breed since – their intelligence, hunting drive and eager to please personalities make them stand out as the dog of choice for us.
Our goal as a kennel is to breed healthy, stable, well trained hunting dogs who are also calm, loving companions in the home. Having a small homed-based kennel ensures that our dogs are given plenty of individual care and attention and nurtured in a warm and loving environment. (Please see our Puppies Page for more specifics on our breeding/training program).
We are proud members and a registered kennel with the North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association (NAVHDA) and support our local NAVHDA chapter as well as John being the Treasurer of the MOKAN NAVHDA chapter. We are also members and Cooperating Breeders of the Small Munsterlander Club of North America (SMCNA) and register our puppies with both organizations. We encourage all buyers to become members as well.
Our promise to our buyers is to breed only healthy, high quality dogs who have exceeded NAVHDA testing standards and are proven in the field as aggressive, relentless hunters. Our breeding program includes inporting semen and/or puppies from European countries as well as our own stud dogs and other Small Munserlanders within the US to diversify and improve the genetics of the breed. We also promise to continue to support our buyers with assistance in training and preparing for natural ability testing. If you would like to see this breed in action, please call or email - it would be our honor and pleasure to introduce you.
- is to grow our kennel into a center for breeding excellence, producing intelligent, healthy, tireless hunting/tracking/retrieving versatile hunting dogs.
- to only breed the best quality dogs we can find based on conformation, temperment and exceptional hunting ability/high test scores.
- to provide on-going training and support and to become a resource for our customers to train for field trials and natural ability tests.
- to commit ourselves to preserving and improving the Small Munsterlander breed by only breeding healthy, proven hunting dogs with impressive pedigrees and conformations that are true to the German FCI standard.
We welcome questions and comments and are here to help you in your search for the perfect Versatile Hunting Dog and companion! We hope to hear from you soon.
-John & Sande Mustain
Above: Asia, Angus, Millie, Dani and Uros