Enjoying Big Sky Country is MANITOU'S ELVIS, a six-week-old Large Munsterlander
puppy owned by Mike Marsh of Rolling Rock Kennel, Helena, Montana.
In 2006 you were gracious enough to run a photo taken in southern Michigan of Rainy Rivers Deuces Wild, aka "Deuce," then a 20-month-old Large Munsterlander
"As we know the breed today, the Small Munsterlander was developed in the early 1900s by reviving some original old lines of a locally produced small, long-haired pointing dog and adding to the basic Small Munsterlander brood stock other breeds including the Large Munsterlander
and the French Brittany."
* POINT & RETRIEVE "When we first got Ace as a 10-week-old puppy, he wouldn't point any live birds," says Roger Draper of his now 2-year-old Large Munsterlander. "He fetched dummies and a dead quail, but he wouldn't point a live pigeon.
In addition, however, my Large Munsterlander is a consistent and stylish pointer that hunts closer to the gun than do my Llewellins with their tendency to range out a lot further.
"We chose the Large Munsterlander because we had been told that this was a gun dog bred to be a calm house dog and a well-adjusted kennel dog," say Allen and Alicia Humphrey, who live close to Tucson, Ariz.
* PERFECT TIMING "One reason I chose a Large Munsterlander as my first gun dog was because I was told most of them were natural hunters.
"We have been using many of the puppy evaluating principles in Pat Hastings' program for predicting, judging and improving the conformation of our line of Large MunsterLanders," says Curt Shreve; who has been breeding, training and hunting Large Munsterlanders for nearly 30 years at Snowy Oaks Large Munsterlander Kennels in Prior Lake, Minn.
"A few other Large Munsterlander breeders and several producers of other gun dog breeds we know also apply many of the conformation standards that Hastings has emphasized in her seminars, DVDs and books.
For a little history, I've had golden retrievers in the 1970s and '80s, flat-coated retrievers in the '80s and '90s and the last four years flat-coats and a Large Munsterlander
. All have been good dogs and a few very good.
Jack, our six-year-old Large Munsterlander
, is a great family dog.
When Curt Shreve heard the "point" beep coming from the Minnesota grouse and woodcock woods, he hustled into the direction of the sound from the combo collar on his young Large Munsterlander
. At the sight of the nine-month-old pup on point, however, he suspected something was wrong with the picture.