At Hunting Hills Kennel we work hard to produce Small (Kleine) Munsterlander that are both premier hunting dogs and wonderful loving family companions. Our HHK puppies are born and raised in our home. They are handled daily from birth on. The puppies are well-socialized with adults, kids, and other dogs. Our puppies play in different terrains, heights of grass and woods on our farm, ride in the car to become accustomed to travel off the farm, introduced to birds, gunfire, and water when weather allows.
All of our puppies visit the vet at 2-4 days old to have their dew claws removed. At 7 weeks they return to the vet for their a through health check, first set of puppy shots (DHPPL), worming, and heart worm. Our puppies are micro-chipped for positive identification if lost or stolen. If your puppy is shipped it will be seen again for the health certificate for the trip home.
HHK Puppy's Structure is Evaluated
Hunting Hills' puppy's structure is evaluated at two day before 8 weeks of age or two days after 8 weeks of age using Pat Hastings' method of structure evaluation. Kris attended two Pat Hasting's Seminars to learn first hand how to evaluate HHK puppies. This allows us to evaluate the conformation structure of the puppies produced to assist us with future breeding decisions. Buyers who may possibly intend to breed their puppies will be given a choice of those puppies determined to have breeding-quality physical structure, regardless of their pick order. And, they will be contractually-required to take the steps necessary to have their puppies SMCNA-approved for breeding. The necessary steps are: (1) Required NAVHDA or JGHV testing; (2) PENN-HIP or OFA hip test; (3) a physical evaluation by your vet or Breed Council member, and (4) SMCNA Breed Council approval. I will assist you in any way I can with this process.
What Comes with your HHK Puppy
We provide both SMCNA and NAVHDA pedigrees for all puppies. You will also receive one year free membership to the Small Munsterlander Club of North America breed club. We provide the new owners with the NAVHDA training book titled The Training and Care of the Versatile Hunting Dog and The NAVHDA Aims and Rule Book.
Your HHK puppy’s health is guaranteed against hip dysplasia, or other genetic disease as determined by a licensed veterinarian. The dog will be replaced with another dog of a future breeding (Buyer may keep said dog), or half of the purchase price that will be used for surgical correction and the dog will be spayed or neutered. Documentation must be sent to the Breeder to confirm the diagnosis. This clause shall remain in effect for three years from the date of birth of said dog. Any health problems will be reported to the Breeder and to the Genetic Health Project (GHP) of the SMCNA.
We prefer to place our puppies in hunting homes and will only consider a non-hunting home if the puppy will regularly participate in activities that utilize his/her natural talents, such as hunt testing, tracking, search and rescue or an outdoor family that regularly hikes or exercises with the dog. Small Munsterlanders are working dogs who require daily exercise and mental stimulation. Small Munsterlanders also enjoy human companionship and are clean in the home. If you cannot take your Small Munsterlander somewhere to run and hunt off-lead for at least 20 minutes, 4 days per week or more, this is not the breed for you. Most behavioral problems are resolved or helped by giving the dog more off-lead exercise and mental stimulation.
Naming Your Puppy
At Hunting Hills Kennel we name our puppies similar to the German KlM club. Your puppy's Registered Name will begin with our Hunting Hills' kennel name and then the name begins with the litter letter in the alphabet. Our first litter was an A litter (Hunting Hills' Arnold), the second a B litter (Hunting Hills' Brandy). We are now on our MM litter so the puppy' name could be Hunting Hills Millie. The pup's call name can be anything you desire. You can help naming the puppy and use the call name within the registered name. For example if you wanted to call your pup Hank, the registered name could be Hunting Hills' Magic Hank. The only restriction is that the entire pedigree name must be under 25 letters.
Male or Female
We believe both male and female Small Munsterlanders are equally good hunters, both equally easy to train and are wonderful family companions. However a large number of prospective owners request females for the smaller size and misconceptions about males being hard to train. It is absolutely untrue that females are better hunters than males, are easier to train, or are better with children. So if you are not planning to bred your new puppy, please consider a Small Munsterlander male for your new hunting partner.
NAVHDA Natural Ability
We encourage you to prepare your puppy to take North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association's Natural Ability Test before your pup is 16 months old. The NA tests are designed to evaluate the success of a breeding and to provide information for making future breeding decisions. The tests also help prepare a dog to be your hunting companion in its first year hunting. The NAVHDA NA test is an important test to evaluate a versatile hunting dog's natural hunting ability. If you plan to breed your puppy, the SMCNA will require him or her to prize in a NAVHDA test along with a hip evaluation.
To find more information about the NAVHDA Natural Ability test click here.
Cost of a HHK Puppy
We will require a refundable deposit of $100 to hold a puppy for you from a current or planned litter. The remaining balance of $1400 is due when you pick up your puppy or just prior to us shipping your puppy to you. If we ship your puppy, you will also be responsible for all shipping-related costs. For airline shipping within the continental US, the total shipping fee is usually $400-$500 (depending upon the airline) for an 8-to-10-week-old puppy. We ship via American Cargo, United Cargo, or Delta Cargo. Your puppy can be paid for by check or with PayPal.
What Our Clients Are Saying
Love the dogs coming out of this project. They are the best out there and Kris and her husband are very helpful through everything and are always available for questions. My pup Bear is such a handsome little man and has some of the best instincts. He was pointing birds off scent at 8 weeks. Highly recommend Kris.