The Munsterlander can be found in two different sizes: small and large. They are a versatile hunter and natural retriever. Both varieties are intelligent and outgoing. They can be independent thinkers and without proper exercise and daily interaction can become a problem child and destructive. They are alert and ready to meet new challenges head-on. The Munsterlander is a good family dog as long as they are properly socialized and trained; otherwise, they can be a handful. The large Munsterlander has a harder time adjusting to a life where they are not used for hunting and need to have a job to do to make them content to be home and not in the field. Both varieties should live indoors with their family, they need the constant human companionship and are unhappy being banished to the backyard with little human contact.
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While the Small Munsterlander has been accepted into the American Kennel Club’s Foundation Stock Service (AKC FSS), the Large Munsterlander has not been accepted. There are only a handful of Munsterlander breeders within North America, however, Brush Dale Farms owned by Judith Ann Janssen Pooler and her husband, Dell Pooler, breeds and shows Munsterlanders. Their current Munsterlander star, National Junior Champion, International Junior Champion, International Champion Brush Dale’s Killer Cute or better known as Molly, was born at Brush Dale Farms in 2014 and began her show career at International All Breed Canine Association (IABCA) shows in summer of 2015 where she earned her National and International Junior Championships. She then competed in the spring of 2016 and quickly earned her International Championship in the adult open classes.
Bandit has also been strutting his stuff in the IABCA show ring. International Champion Vulkan Eben-Ezer came all the way from Eben-Ezer Kennel located in the Czech Republic, is owned by Mark Alexander and lives in Eldridge, Iowa with his best buddy Brush Dale’s Courage Under Fire, or Smokey as his family calls him. Bandit lives near Brush Dale Farms and has had extensive training done there. In the summer of 2017, he passed his Natural Ability test and earned a Prize I. Bandit continues to hunt on Brush Dale land and also compete in hunting trials. He has not been back into the conformation ring but his owner does not rule out the possibility of returning to an IABCA show.
Brush Dale Farms has been in existence since the mid-1800s and has been owned by a member of the Janssen family. Judith Ann took possession of Brush Dale Farms in the mid-1970s and began restoring it back to its former glory. The farm had been operating as a dairy until the death of Judith Ann’s father. Then the farm began branching out into the beef cattle and hog industries. In the early 1980s Brush Dale Farms changed over to strictly a cow-calf operation and then in 1985 Judith Ann and Dell began the process of putting the farm into government sponsored conservation programs. The cattle operation was phased out. In 1999, the Brush Dale Grassland was officially registered in Iowa as a private hunting preserve. During this time Judith Ann discovered a love for the Munsterlander and began the process of starting a small hobby breeding kennel. Today, their Munsterlanders hunt on the Brush Dale Grasslands and also compete in hunting trials and conformation shows throughout the Midwest.
Munsterlander Dog Name Considerations
A Munsterlander can be a delightful companion, especially if you are an avid hunter. The Small Munsterlander is better suited to life without hunting, whereas the Large Munsterlander might drive you a little crazy if they are not allowed to hunt. They are independent thinkers and love spending time outdoors. Most Munsterlanders are natural swimmers and will love spending time in the water. There are not many Munsterlander breeders within North America making it tricky to find a puppy when you decide this is the breed for you. Once your new Munsterlander puppy joins your family, it will be time to find the right name for them. Give it some time to get to know your new family member before settling on a name; many times they will help you pick the name that fits them best. Being a German breed, a name with a distinctly German influence might be a good place to begin your search. There are many German names that have become Americanized over time and may fit your new Munsterlander perfectly. Names such as Arnold, Albert, Millie, or Ellie are easy to pronounce and are more common in the United States but still have German roots. However, if you are looking for a distinctive German name you may want to go with Fritz, Schnapps, Panzer, Olinda, or Hilda.