Robingun Kennels goal is to breed the best Small Munsterlanders possible that are true to the German FCI standard . We have made sure that we have only the best breeding stock that are healthy, are good hunting companions and are good companions in the home. A dog's temperament is equally important to us as their hunting ability so we strive to produce truly versatile hunting dogs that can not only hunt but be a lifelong member of a family. In addition to providing a health guarantee on all of our puppies, we also provide each owner with a puppy training manual we wrote and we offer our advice and assistance in training the puppy. All of our puppies we whelp are evaluated at 8 weeks of age for their conformation and temperament and we do our best to match puppies with the prospective owner's hunting/training experience and their personal lifestyle. We want our puppies to go to the best homes possible so we ask prospective buyers to fill out a questionnaire before we agree to sell them a puppy. We only sell our puppies to hunting homes. We also encourage our puppy buyers to test their puppy in the NAVHDA Natural Ability test to help us evaluate our breeding program which in turn benefits the Small Munsterlander breed in general. We are more than happy to help our puppy owners with training or preparing for a test or we try and help them find someone in their area who can assist them.
Angus vom Black Diamond, was the first SM we acquired in 1995 after we became interested in this breed after reading an article in the Omaha World Herald by Larry Porter and visiting the home of Tom and Sharon McDonald. We acquired our second SM in 2006, Hunting Hills’ Gunnar, and it wasn’t until after we met the Hills’ that we began training and testing our dogs in competitions. In addition to Gunnar, we have gotten our NAVHDA Versatile Champion VC Hunting Hill’s Joker and Hunting Hill’s Nixie Rae from their kennel. Wolfsburgs’ Etta Juwel, our second female came to us from Tom McDonald, SMCNA Breed Council Chair and the person who first imported the breed from Germany into the United States. In January of 2013 we imported our first dog from Germany, Zandor vom Fuchseck, who will be one of our breeding males with a genetic line that is new in the U.S. He comes from one of the most respected breeders in Germany who has been breeding Small Munsterlanders for over 40 years.
In 2015 we have imported a female puppy from the Netherlands and a male puppy from the Czech Republic. Both come from outstanding dogs and will bring new genetics to the U.S.
All of our dogs have a first or second generation line to German/Dutch/Danish
descendents. Our youngest female is out of our second litter of puppies
and we chose to keep Branka not only because of her bloodline, but
because of her temperament, conformation, and desire to hunt and
retrieve as a very young pup. Our male, Bode, out of our second litter,
was purchased by the President of the SMCNA, Mark Schnubel, who owns
Timber Trail Kennels in Connecticut.
All of our dogs that have tested have passed the North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association (NAVHDA) Natural Ability test which rates seven important inherited abilities: nose, search, tracking, pointing, water, desire and cooperation. Gunnar, VC Joker, Nixie Rae, Zandor and Branka have tested in the NAVHDA Utility Test or Utility Prep Test which evaluates trained dogs in water and field, before and after the shot, as finished versatile hunting companions as well as many other specific tasks. Dogs who achieve a Prize I in Utility are eligible for The Invitational Test which is NAVHDA’S highest level of testing. Both Gunnar and Joker qualified for the NAVHDA Invitational Test in September of 2011 held in Bloomingdale, Ohio. VC Joker became the youngest SM to date to earn the title of Versatile Champion and we trained and tested Joker ourselves. Hunting Hills' Nixie Rae has qualified for the 2016 Invitational. Branka passed the UPT test when she was 11 months old and Zandor scored a Prize II in the UT test at 19 months of age.
We are members of the International NAVHDA and the Heartland NAVHDA
Chapter and the Small Munsterlander Club of North America, which is the founding Breed Club in the U.S. We also are members of the Hunting Retriever Club (HRC) and UKC.
Our two oldest males, Hunting Hills’ Gunnar and VC Hunting Hills’ Joker have been named to the SMCNA Hall of Fame and are Prize I NAVHDA Utility Dogs. Our dogs used for breeding have been approved for breeding by the SMCNA Breed Council. Our "A", "C" and "D" Litters have all earned a NAVHDA and SMCNA Breeders Award. Our "B" litter of two pups was too small to earn a breeders award but both pups prized in their Natural Ability Test and that is the litter we kept Branka from.
Mario and Pam are members of Team Eukanuba Pro Staff and
we are the only people on the staff who are not full time professional
All of our adult dogs are hunted regularly during the upland hunting season. We also use our dogs to guide for our friends who hunt and at a local sporting club September through March. In November of 2013 Pam was elected Vice President of the SMCNA.
We will have two litters of puppies in the Fall of 2015 , one in early 2016 and another in tthe summer/Fall of 2016 from different females. Contact us for more information.
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