Our family recently brought home our second Small Munsterlander from Mustain Kennels. My son brought home our first about a year and a half ago. We have found Vaiki to be an amazing dog. So intelligent and full of drive in the field.
I was set on getting my own dog around the same time my son brought Vaiki home. I had planned on getting a Lab. My mind was quickly changed and I knew another Small Munsterlander was what we wanted. We brought home Gage a few months ago. He and Vaiki have become best friends. They are becoming awesome hunting dogs and perfect companions.
John and Sande Mustain have been amazing to work with throughout the puppy process. We were always kept up to date with the litters progress with photos and notes about the pups. What was being done with visits to the vet and each week we received an update about the stages of learning they were going through. It was very clear to us that they love what they are doing and love each and every pup. Sande cried each time we took a pup.
They know what they are doing. Their kennel has everything the pups need to develop physically and socially. We have visited numerous times and have been so impressed with the level of care they have shown for their dogs. They hunt their dogs and are completely involved in maintaining the integrity of the breed. John is a trainer and has birds and the land to give the pups what they need to develop into exceptional versatile hunting dogs. They have been instrumental in starting a new NAVHDA chapter where they help folks like us train our Munsterlanders to become the hunting dogs we’ve always dreamed of. We live almost 4 hours away but decided to join their NAVHDA Chapter and look forward to learning from John all we can about our Munsterlanders.
We have had so many people ask about our dogs when we are either out in the field or around town. We always highly recommend without any reservation Mustain Kennels to anyone interested in getting a Small Munsterlander. You will not be disappointed.
-Keith, Jennifer and Camron L.
A quick brag…took Ally on a hunt with people I didn’t know. Friend of a friend deal that they are pretty picky on (he must have lied about me). It was chasing wild quail in SC KS. I warned them that I didn’t know how she would do but she wouldn’t mess anything up.
It was just Ally and a male GSP (the local dog her age but gets a lot of work) and 5 hunters (again they are picky). She did great. She pointed coveys, singles and found downed birds in weeds, under trees and buried in the sand. I just let her do her thing which was great too. No yelling her name or wondering where she was. Towards the end of the first day, I thanked the farmer who had the GSP and he said, ‘you’re welcome that’s the best new dog anyone has brought out here’. I said that I was proud of her and glad she helped. He went further and said a lot of guys have come down bragging about their dogs and they didn’t do half of what Ally did. She is so easy to control – just her name and she comes and will hunt downed birds for a long time.
On Sunday we walked a long water way up and all hunters could see the dogs and Ally hammers a point – straight tall and standing tall. Everyone stops (and I am like please let there be birds). I kick the cover for 5 yards around her no birds…we start walking again she releases and runs 15 yards up and bam again this time lower and intense. This time 2 steps and out jumps the 15 bird covey. As we end that walk I again thank the guy and he reminds what he said the day before and said ‘that dog is welcome anytime what she did on that last covey was beautiful and she did every bit as good as my dog over the two days’. That was pretty sweet.
We split a couple Braums burgers on the way home as she slept in the front seat. I figured she would sleep the rest of the night but as I was cleaning out the truck I left the tailgate open and we couldn’t find Ally. I went back to the truck and she must have jumped through the back and was laying on the driver seat. Wendy ask what in the world she was doing and all I could figure was that if I was going back hunting she didn’t want to be left.
Thought I would share.
- Eric C.
"Donna and I are thrilled with our Small Munsterlander puppy we received from Mustain Kennels. Millie has a great bloodline and is clearly a well adjusted young dog. We met John and Sande along with their dogs at Pheasant Fest in Kansas City and put our name on a waiting list. Communication with John and Sande has been excellent. When we picked up Millie, we were able to see their clean and well maintained kennel facilities as well as the care and love they provide their dogs. They are clearly caring and dedicated breeders that put the welfare of their dogs on the top of their to-do list."
- Zack M.
"It's easy for me to write a recommendation for Mustain Kennels. Moonie is absolutely perfect. I believe that is the result of excellent breeding (you can't make a silk purse from a sows ear) but also the lovely environment. You know how to do "litters." Moonie had a sweet mother, her litter mates, grown dogs, a home with treats, a kennel and a yard the size of Texas. She thrived and came ready to bloom."
- Jody S.
"I recently purchased a Small Munsterlander pup from Mustain Kennels and throughout the process, I was kept informed about the pregnancy and its progress. I appreciated that info! John and Sande were great help in arranging pickup of pup. A classy and caring operation with great dogs! If in the market for one of these, I can wholeheartedly recommend this kennel and its owners."
- Alan W.
"When I first contacted John and Sande Mustain I was full of specific questions about Small Munsterlanders and they didn’t know me from Adam. Nevertheless, they took the time to patiently answer every question and keep me informed as to the timing of potential litters and traits they expected from specific pairings. We were always communicated with in the warmest fashion and that solidified our feeling that Mustain Kennels was the right source for us .
When it finally came to be our turn to get a Mustain pup Sande kept us in the loop and informed from the day the pups were born until the day we picked our boy up, and he is a stunning dog. When it came time to fly out to pick him up John and Sande welcomed me into their home like a friend and were very generous with their time and knowledge, even sending me off with a thoughtful and unexpected care package. I also got to watch as Sande kept track of the puppies that had already shipped off, making sure they landed safely and on time with no glitches, and most importantly with no undue trauma. The joy they get from their dogs is palpable as is the hope that you walk away with the same joy and passion about your Small Munsterlander when you take one of their pups home.
Whenever possible, our dealings in the world of Small Munsterlanders will include or funnel through Mustain Kennels from here on out. The world of Small Munsterlander breeders in the U.S. is small and conscientious, they all seem to hold one another to high standards. Mustain Kennels upholds that standard with not just discipline and pride, but love and joy as well. We couldn’t be more pleased."
- A.J. & Mickie H.
"Thank you very much for your follow up. I will wait for your pups to be available. You are very thorough and you have great follow up. I really feel that this will be reflected in the quality of your dogs!!!!"
- Rob W.
"Munsters are definitely #1 on my list, and Mustain Kennels is too. Your prompt, thorough and caring responses make me feel very confident about the care you put into your dogs."
- Gordon M.
"Thank you for taking the time to speak with me yesterday about the possibility of getting an SM pup. Even though you did not have any available, your referral to Kris Hill was phenomenal. She did have a female available and we will get her tomorrow. The fact that you referred me to her shows that SM breeders are a close knit community that really wants to do what is best for the breed, not just what is best for their own pocketbooks!"
- Dan M.
"You are the most awesome breeders that I know and your dogs are blessed to be with you. Every single video and post that you make of your dogs show just how much you love them. I have been in rescue work for a very long time and I have seen the good and the bad. Mustain Kennels is awesome!
- Monica G. (via FB)
"I took Ally on a preserve hunt yesterday with a buddy and we had them put quail out and she was so beautiful on point. I have owned a Brittany and a Setter and would put that against any of them. Ally was so intense. There were some quail in standing milo that were running like crazy. She would hold a point until I fully kicked in front of her and verbally released her and then she would chase them down and do it (sometimes pointing the same bird 3 or 4 times) again until we got them up.I know breed comparisons are difficult but Ally has had far less formal training than the other two dogs that were sent away for a couple months each to "schoool". Whatever she was born with sure has worked. She is my first dog that will hunt downed game effectively and is the easiest dog to manage in the field. I rarely direct or talk and just let her do her thing as her distance and checking in manners are awesome."
- Eric C.