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 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 so we started our kennel business.
In June 2013 we bought our 3rd Small Munsterlander from Hunting Hill's Kennel in Nebraska, Hunting Hills Uma Abigale (Abi). Abi has been a wonderful addition to our kennel and whelped 5 litters of beautiful roan puppies. In the summer of 2018 Abi whelped her last litter for us and at 5 years old we placed her in her forever home with a wonderful owner from Chicago. We miss her but know she is very loved and well taken care of.
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 2014 we brought home a female pup from Timber Trails Kennel in Connecticut, Timber Trails Emma. Emmie grew up to be a beautiful Munsterlander but sadly after breeding her 3 times with no pregnancies we had to re-home her. Emmie now lives with a wonderful family in Utah and is very loved.
In January 2015 we brought home a pup from Robingun Kennels in Nebraska, Daenerys Storm von Etta (Daeny - pronounced "Dani"). Daeny's litter was the first in the US to use frozen semen from the Netherlands and her sire Aiko has an exceptional pedigree. Daeny is a beautiful, quiet girl who has outstanding natural ability in the field and while she's quiet and sweet in the home, in the field she is unstoppable. Daeny is a beautiful girl and we feel fortunate to have this outstanding 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. Uros has grown into an amazing dog and has exceeded our expectations for intelligence, natural ability and temperment, easily winning Prize I with perfect scores on both his NAVHDA NA and UT tests and will now go to the Invitational in 2018. With his stellar genetics, gentle disposition and hard drive in the field, Uros has 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 into 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 dog who like Uros, excells 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 and is now training for the UT test. We have high hopes Pepper will grow into as phenominal a dog as the rest of our pack!
Shortly after Christmas in 2016 we imported our little Danish beauty, Trixer Jixer Judy. "Trixie's" sire, Pixer Jixer van de Chesannehof, is a grand champion in the Dasnk Munsterlander Klub from the Netherlands and just a beautiful dog. Trixie's 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!
In the fall of 2017 we imported another pup sired by Pixer Jixer van de Chesannehof, this time a dark roan male from a Danish Kennel, Svalegaardens Kleiners named Ronko - we call him Rocky. Rocky is as sweet as he is beautiful, a very intelligent dog with amazing natural abilities who we are confident will follow in the footsteps of our other imports and be easy to train with a gentle temperment and a joy to own, as well as a superior sire for our future litters.
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 after discovering the Small Munsterlander 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. We also have a structured program for working with and training our puppies in the crucial first 8-10 weeks of life to create dogs with "emotional intelligence" and calm as well as focused dispositions by immersing them in an environment rich with mental stimulation and challenges. (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. John was instrumental in starting the MOKAN NAVHDA chapter in Kansas City and serves on the Board of Directors. We are also members and Cooperating Breeders of the Small Munsterlander Club of North America (SMCNA) and Sande serves on that Board of Directors. We register our puppies with both organizations and 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
(Pictured above: Asia, Angus, Millie, Daeny and Uros. Pictured from the top: Angus, Abi, Asia, Daeny, Uros, Pepper, Trixie and Ronko).