About Us

Image

John Mustain

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.

Breeding Dogs

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!

d1
d4

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.

d3 (1)

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.

d2
Image

In January 2015 we brought home a pup from Robingun Kennels in Nebraska, Daenerys Storm von Etta (Daeny – pronounced “Dan-ee”).  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 retired now but is still a beautiful girl and we feel fortunate to have this outstanding dog.

And so began our kennel business and for several more years we continued to buy puppies from other kennels in the US with the very best pedigrees we could fine, and then we realized that in order for us to improve the breed in the US we needed to bring in new genetics from Europe, so then our journey began to find the very best breeders in Europe and we began to import Munsterlanders to the US.

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 Kasta Bohemia Kennel 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 temperament, easily winning Prize I with perfect scores on both his NAVHDA NA and UT tests and went to the Invitational in 2018.  With his stellar genetics, gentle disposition and hard drive in the field, Uros became a valuable part of our breeding program!

d5

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, excels 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.  Pepper has been the cornerstone of our breeding program and we’ve kept several of her pups over the years to continue her amazing lines.

Shortly after Christmas in 2016 we imported a Danish beauty who we named Trixer Jixer Judy after her sire Pixer Jixer van de Chesannehof who is a grand champion in the Dasnk Munsterlander Klub and 7 other European countries (his breeder is from the Netherlands) and Trixie’s dam who is from Fuglejæger’s Kennel in Denmark named Hedeskov’s Judy.

Image
d4

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.  Ronko is as sweet as he is beautiful, a very intelligent dog with amazing natural abilities who has been easy to train with a gentle temperament and a joy to own.  Ronko has produced over 150 gorgeous puppies to date pfor our kennel and several others – he has proven to be a superior sire for our future litters as well and we are fortunate to have him and thankful to his European breeders for this amazing Munster!

In the spring of 2019 Pepper and Ronko had a beautiful litter and we kept one of the pups, Mina.  Mina was the runt of the litter and was barely 2 oz when she was born, but she was feisty and a fighter and pulled through, and as she grew we fell in love with her sweet personality and fighting spirit.  Mina grew up healthy but stayed very small, and we bred her when she was 2.5 years old and she had 10 beautiful pups but the pregnancy was hard on her because she was so tiny and she needed to deliver by c-section.  We decided we didn’t want to put Mina through another hard pregnancy so we placed her with a dear friend in California and she is very loved and has a wonderful home now – and we kept one of her pups, Tallulah (Lula), who will carry on Mina’s wonderful attributes with her puppies.

With Uros and Pepper being such amazing dogs we dug into their history a little more and discovered that their mother came from a breeder in Serbia named Dragan Milićev Šumar and so we contacted him and after many years of writing back and forth we found a way to import several of his pups to the US – we were the first breeders in the US to import from Serbia.  Our 2 pups arrived as a wonderful Christmas present in December 2019 and we kept Phoenix Dragan (named in honor of her breeder) and her sister Contessa Dragan went to her new owners in Canada.  Phoenix has been an amazing dog with extremely strong natural abilities and drive, but loving and sweet in the home.  We have been so impressed with Phoenix that we are planning to import more pups from our Serbia breeder!

Also in the Fall of 2019 we heard that Brushdale Kennels was breeding 2 imports and they were the brother and sister of 2 dogs we had imported, so we got a pup from that litter – Brushdale’s Fatal Beauty – and named her Skye.  Skye is a beautiful dark roan female who has a quiet, sweet personality, hunts with intensity and has been a lovely addition to our pack.

Image
d4

In the spring 2020 Pepper and Ronko had another litter and we again kept a pup.  She was actually the first pick from one of our customers and as she grew we kept saying darn, wish we would have kept her because she continued to get more and more beautiful with a unique heavy ticked coat.  She was also so very smart and quick to learn everything with a very quiet, sweet personality.  As the pups turned 8 weeks old and began to leave for their new homes we got a call from our customer and he wasn’t able to get a pup at that time… so we felt like we just won the lottery and kept this beautiful pup for our own.  We named her Quinnlyn from our Q-Litter (Quinnie) and she’s been a joy since she was born!

In the fall 2021 Mina our sweet pup we kept from Pepper and Ronko’s “M-Litter” had her first litter (T-Litter) but it was difficult.  Mina was the tiny runt of the litter and although she was super healthy she stayed small, so after she delivered 10 beautiful pups by c-section we decided we couldn’t put her through another pregnancy, although like her mom Pepper she was the most loving and attentive mom, so we made the hard decision to rehome her to a very dear friend who has a male pup from us and she’s now living her best life with lots of love and attention and hunting!   But we did keep one of Mina’s pups, Tallulah (Lula) and she is such a sweet handful – full of life and energy with a strong hunting drive.  She reminds us of Mina every day!

In the spring of 2022 Pepper had her last litter (X-Litter) with Ronko and delivered 8 beautiful pups.  We decided to keep one of the pups to ensure we can keep this amazing line going from Pepper and Ronko through their and fits right in!  And of course Pepper and Xia are often curled up next to each other cuddling and sleeping and now Pepper has one last pup to raise!

We had been talking to our friend in Serbia about importing more pups so in the spring of 2022 he had 2 litters and we imported 1 pup from each litter:  D-Sierra Dragan v Dijamanti and D-Sevyn Dragan v Dijamanti.  We are so excited to welcome them to our home and pack!

Image

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.

Image

OUR VISION

  • To continue to produce excellent quality Munsterlanders who are intelligent, healthy,tireless hunting/tracking/retrieving versatile hunting dogs who are also gentle and loving in the home.
  • To only breed the best quality dogs we can find based on conformation, temperament and exceptional hunting ability.
  • To remain committed 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 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.