I would never have dreamed sixty years ago when I first started hunting that I would be able
to share pictures, lineage, and experience through cyberspace. People in the area know that
I enjoy working with dogs and hunting. When they ask about which breed I hunt, I answer
with SMALL MUNSTERLANDERS. The follow-up question most often asked is, "Would you
repeat that?" When I do, they ask what kind of breed is that? I understand the question
because about twelve years ago I would have asked the same question. Briefly, I've hunted
many different breeds over the years. I started with retriever breeds and then went to
pointing breeds about 25 years ago. I got interested in SMALL MUNSTERLANDERS about 12
years ago and bought a pup. After training him, I bought a female and retrained her to fit
my needs. I liked the breed so well that I sold all of my other hunting stock and have been
hunting SMALL MUNSTERLANDERS ever since.
During the past 10 years I have trained and hunted several Munsterlanders. During this time
I have kept only those individual dogs that consistently demonstrated qualities that I perceive
to be most important in a quality hunting dog. Additionally, I have planned breedings so
that I have adequate training prospects.
While some individual dogs are better than others, the commonalities I looked for included:
In summary, I hunt SMP because I like a balanced dog that can be trained to work efficiently
and consistently with a "want to please" personality.