The Small Munsterlander - A Breed Apart
This is the first book in the English language about this age-old breed. The book covers the origin of the breed, the development in Germany and is immigration to North America. It describes the club that protects the breed on this continent and explains the breeding requirements as well as suggest numerous questions potential buyers should ask before purchasing a pup. Daily maintenance, health and proper feeding are described and since the breed is a bird dog of the finest quality its training in the field and water is explained. The book includes more than 90 photos (most in color) that shows the dogs and their activities. The book concludes with three hunting trip stories with several Small Munsterlanders as well as answers to the frequently asked questions (FAQ).
SMCNA and the AKC
The Small Munsterlander Club of North America, Inc. (SMCNA, Inc.) is the governing breed club for the Small Munsterlander in North America. The SMCNA is a member of the Kleine Munsterlander Club International (KlM-I) and maintains a registry and database of purebred Small Munsterlanders. The SMCNA, as well as all member clubs of the KlM-I, have breeding requirements to ensure the quality of the breed. The SMCNA requires that all Small Munsterlanders approved for breeding have reached an age requirement, passed the North America Versatile Hunting Dog Association (NAVHDA) Natural Ability test, meet hip qualifications that are certified by OFA to be good or better or rated by PennHIP to be tighter than .50, meet the FCI conformation standard, possess a normal temperament, and have no genetic health diseases. Applications for breeding approval are reviewed and approved by the SMCNA Breed Council.
On August 14, 2006, the AKC recognized the Small Munsterlander into its Foundation Stock Service (FSS) program, in response to a petition by an individual, not the SMCNA. This recognition by the AKC allows a purebred breed to continue to develop while providing them with an avenue to maintain their records. FSS breeds are not eligible for AKC registration. Some of the FSS breeds are approved to compete in AKC Companion Events which consist of obedience, agility, tracking and rally events.
The only requirement the AKC has to issue an AKC pedigree is that both parents have an AKC pedigree. The AKC has no standards that need to be met for approval for breeding. There are no age requirements, no performance testing requirements, no hip evaluation requirements, no conformation standards, no temperament standards and no genetic health requirements to issue a pedigree. Any Small Munsterlander with an AKC pedigree can breed a litter of puppies and have the AKC issue their pedigree unconditionally.
The SMCNA does not endorse affiliation with AKC. Before purchasing a dog, read the questions to ask breeders on this web site and demand that any dog bred follows the standards of the SMCNA, a member of the KlM-I and is SMCNA approved to breed or is from another member club of the KlM-I. Member clubs of the KlM-I will not accept AKC pedigrees.
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