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Current Litters

Past Litters
P Litter Whelped 10/31/15
O Litter Whelped 10/24/15
N Litter Whelped 7/01/15
M Litter Whelped 4/24/15
L Litter Whelped 2/9/15
K Litter Whelped 10/29/14
J Litter Whelped 10/23/14
I Litter Whelped 1/29/14
G & H Litters Whelped 9/12/13
F Litter Whelped 6/10/2013
E Litter Whelped 10/20/2012
D Litter Whelped 7/6/12
C Litter Whelped 11/11/11
B Litter Whelped 1/15/11
A Litter Whelped 9/28/10
Where Are They Now?

Planned Litters
Q Litter Expected July 2016
R Litter Expected November 2016
S Litter Expected November 2016
Our goal at Brush Dale Kennel is to produce Small Munsterlander Pointers with excellent physical structure/conformation that are outstanding, cooperative versatile gun dogs and exceptional family companions. Brush Dale puppies are born and raised in the home, are handled extensively every day from birth on and are well-socialized with adults, kids, dogs and cats. Weather-permitting, they begin their introduction to the outdoors, gunfire and water from the age of about five weeks.
We begin the housebreaking process at about 5 weeks of age by giving the puppies unrestricted access to their outside 10'x45' kennel yard. By the time the puppies go to their new homes, they are doing 100% of their pottying outside. At about six weeks, weather-permitting, we occasionally allow the puppies to roam the grounds, woods, barns and pond outside their kennel yard. We also introduce them to our other, older dogs, so they learn proper pack manners. We are big believers in letting pups run free in a variety of locations so they have the opportunity to investigate new surroundings using all their senses. Among other things, doing so builds confidence and boldness.
To reserve your spot in the pick order, please complete the Puppy Reservation Questionnaire. You may make your deposit using your credit card (click Make Deposit button above) or by check payable to Brush Dale Kennel sent to 17374 Hwy 62, Maquoketa, IA 52060.
We require a refundable deposit of $300 to hold a puppy for you from a current or planned litter, which is due when pregnancy is confirmed. The remaining balance of $985 (includes 7% sales tax) 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 reimbursing us for all shipping-related costs. For shipping within the continental US, the shipping costs usually total about $350 for an 8-week-old puppy. We will ship via American Airlines, United, or Delta.
References are available upon request.
When you purchase a puppy from Brush Dale Kennel, you not only get a healthy Small Munsterlander Pointer puppy who is up-to-date with shots and worming - you get a lot more:
  • Microchipped for identification;
  • 3-year health guarantee (see below);
  • NAVHDA registration;
  • 50% registration fee reimbursement for NAVHDA's Natural Ability Test or VHDF Hunting Aptitude Evaluation. We highly encourage you to "test" your puppy and we will help you in any way we can to prepare for the Test;
  • Help with training. Michelle has more than two decades of experience training versatile hunting dogs;
  • Low-cost hunting at Brush Dale. You may "scratch hunt" on weekdays at Brush Dale for the cost of birds taken. We want your Brush Dale puppy to become a productive upland hunter, which can only happen if you get your pup into a field of birds on a regular basis. All other things being equal, the only difference between a great upland hunting dog and a mediocre upland hunting dog is the number of birds he's been on.
  • At-cost hunting and training events. We generally host two inivation-only, at-cost, hunting/training events per year at Brush Dale, to which you will be invited.
  • Discounts on future Brush Dale puppy purchases. You will receive a 10% discount on the 2nd puppy you purchase, a 20% discount on the 3rd puppy, and a 30% discount on the 4th or more puppy.
Brush Dale puppies come with a 3-year health guarantee:
  • If, within 3 business days of the puppy arriving at his/her new home, he/she is determined to be in ill health (by a licensed veterinarian), you may provide us with a copy of the veterinarian’s invoice for services rendered and we will reimburse you up to $250 for the cost of medications and/or procedures recommended by your veterinarian to return your puppy to sound health. Alternatively, upon signed written diagnosis from your veterinarian, your may return your puppy to us for a full refund.
  • If, prior to six months of age, your puppy is diagnosed (by a licensed veterinarian) with a genetic illness or defect that will
    1. prohibit him/her from hunting now or in the future;
    2. significantly limit the amount of time per day he/she can hunt from what would be considered normal; and/or
    3. cause his/her premature death
    we will reimburse you in full, or replace your puppy with a puppy of the same sex from your choice of an upcoming litter, in your sole discretion.
  • If, between six months of age and three years of age, your puppy is diagnosed (by a licensed veterinarian) with a genetic illness or defect that will
    1. prohibit him/her from hunting now or in the future;
    2. significantly limit the amount of time per day he/she can hunt from what would be considered normal; and/or
    3. cause his/her premature death
    we will replace your puppy with a puppy of the same sex from your choice of an upcoming litter.
The Small Munsterlander breeding pool in North America is extremely small. For the integrity of the breed to remain intact, breeders must choose those Munsters with the very best physical structure and conformation, cooperative temperament and versatile hunting ability for their breeding programs. Brush Dale litters are evaluated at age 8 weeks for structural quality using Pat Hastings' method of evaluation. Buyers who intend to breed their puppies will be sold those puppies determined to have breeding-quality physical structure, regardless of their pick order.
Buyers of breeding-quality puppies must contractually agree to have their dogs meet these requirements before breeding them: (1) Make a reasonable effort for the Puppy to take the NAVHDA Natural Ability Test or VHDF Hunting Aptitude Evaluation before age 12 months. The Buyer agrees to properly prepare the Puppy for the NAVHDA Natural Ability Test or VHDF Hunting Aptitude Evaluation; (2) The Puppy shall receive a prizing score in a NAVHDA test or achieve a minimum score of 4 in all sections of a VHDF evaluation; (3) The Puppy must be of normal temperament as judged by NAVHDA or VHDF; (4) The Puppy shall be evaluated as “not gun shy” or “not gun sensitive” by NAVHDA or VHDF; (5) The Puppy shall have a "good" or "excellent" rating for canine hip dysplasia by OFA or shall have a distraction index number less than 0.50 from PennHIP when evaluated against a cross-section of dogs of the Small Munsterlander breed; (6) The Puppy’s conformation and structure shall comply with the FCI Standard for the Small Munsterlander breed. Compliance shall be determined by receiving no less than an SG (Very Good) rating at an IABCA, ARBA or ICKC conformation show; or by evaluation by Seller, an individual approved by Seller, or by the SMCNA Breed Council; (7) The Puppy shall undergo a physical evaluation by a veterinarian that determines the Puppy to be in good health and body condition for breeding within thirty (30) days prior to breeding; and (8) If male, the Puppy has achieved the age of eighteen (18) months. If female, the Puppy has achieved the age of two (2) years and has had at least one (1) previous heat cycle.
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 (e.g. NAVHDA, VHDF, UKC, AKC), tracking, retrieving, or search and rescue. Although Munsters are probably the best house dogs of all the versatile breeds, they were bred to work and need a "job" for good health and happiness. Most importantly, Munsters require regular, off-lead exercise. If you cannot take your Munster somewhere to run off-lead for at least 20 minutes, 4 days per week (approximately every other day) - at a minimum, this is not the breed for you.
We also prefer our puppies to go to homes where they will spend daily, quality time with their owners. Munsters require a lot of human interaction and will become depressed if regularly left alone for long periods of time. If your Munster will be left alone for several hours a day, such as while you are at work, we would like you to utilize an outdoor kennel for her. Even if your Munster will be in the house with another dog, spending 8-12 hours per day, 5 days a week inside does not provide enough mental and sensual stimulation for an intelligent hunting dog. Outside, your dog will be able to see and smell the many things going on around him and you will come home to a much calmer and happier dog.
We charge the same price for either sex, as they are equally good hunters and family companions. It is absolutely untrue that females are better hunters, are easier to train, or are better with children. Actually, Munster males tend to do better with young children and are often easier to train than are females. Males are easy-going, openly affectionate, patient, wanting to please, sensitive and loyal. Since they are a little bigger than females, they tend to handle a youngster's rough housing in stride. Therefore, if you have young chilren, we recommend you select a male puppy. Munster males have a temperament similar to Lab and Golden Retriever females. Female Munsters are also very affectionate and love people of all ages, but they tend to be more aloof and more difficult to train due to stubborness.
If you have other dogs who will be sharing your home with your new Munster, you should give serious consideration to which sex is likely to get along the best with your current canine family member(s). If you have a neutered male, regardless of breed or size, it makes no difference what sex your new puppy is. They will get along fine. If you have an intact male, he will get along equally well with a neutered male or spayed female Munster. Two intact males can get along fine sharing a home/kennel, unless/until an intact female comes along. Then they may fight. It generally is best if the intact males are not close in age. An intact male and an intact female will, of course, get along well. However, the intact male may experience medical problems if not bred. Therefore, if you do not plan to frequently breed your male, you should have him neutered if he will be in constant contact with an intact female. Even spayed females can be very dominant. If you already have a dominant female 'ruling the roost' at home, she will get along best with a male (intact or neutered). Two females (spayed or intact) can get along fine sharing a home/kennel, but you need to prepare yourself for the possibility that one of them may some day challenge for dominance.
No matter how much we'd like there to be some scientific method of choosing the best puppy from a litter, there really isn't one. What constitutes the "best" puppy is extremely subjective and what becomes of a puppy is very much in the hands of its owner. So long as you are buying a properly socialized, healthy puppy from a sound breeding by a reputable breeder, it won't matter which puppy you choose. You could close your eyes, reach in and take home whichever puppy you happened to grab and you'd have the raw material for a great hunting and family companion.
It is possible to predict a bit about a puppy's future personality based on the puppy's size relative to his siblings. The biggest puppy will most likely be laid back and easy-going. This is because he never had to scrap with his siblings for anything. He will normally be very patient with young children. You should take the introduction of new things, such as gunfire, slowly and carefully when training this puppy. This puppy will also need frequent off-lead outings in order to build the boldness needed to become an excellent hunter. If you do not have the time to take your puppy on frequent off-lead adventures, do not choose the biggest puppy in the litter. On the flip-side, the smallest puppy will most likely be outgoing, fearless and energetic. This is because she always had to scrap with her siblings for everything. You should be firm, consistent and patient when training this puppy, as it may be difficult to hold her attention.
Because we are human and are programmed to prefer things we find attractive, you should pick a puppy you like the looks of. If you really like how your dog looks, it will make your bond much stronger than if you dislike or are indifferent to how he looks. If you think your dog is gorgeous, you will be proud to show him off. You might even overlook some of his bad behaviors. If you think your dog is ugly, he will never become your "once in a lifetime" dog, no matter how intelligent, talented and well-behaved he is. This is not to say you should choose your favorite-colored puppy from a breeder and/or litter that is other than your first choice. Choose your breeder, then your pairing from that breeder and then choose your puppy.
All Small Munsterlander puppies are born brown/white. The roan coloring develops over time, but it is possible to tell if a puppy will be brown/white or roan shortly after birth. How To Determine a Small Munsterlander Puppy's Adult Color
As the puppies are growing, watch the videos and identify three puppies you think are good looking and have personalities you are drawn to. When it comes time to choose your puppy, you'll likely be able to take home one of those three.
We encourage you to prepare your puppy to take the North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association's (NAVHDA) Natural Ability Test, even if you do not plan to breed him/her. This test is designed to evaluate the success of a breeding and to provide information for making future breeding decisions. It is an important evaluation of a dog's natural hunting ability, especially if taken before twelve months of age. Most importantly, preparing for the test helps develop a puppy into a good hunting companion. Puppies who are well-prepared to take this test are generally capable of doing a good job hunting for their owners during the following hunting season.
Your puppy's Registered Name will begin with the litter letter (for example, Brush Dale's Amazing Grace for an "A" Litter puppy, or Brush Dale's Beginners Luck for a "B" Litter puppy). We will be providing your puppy with her Registered Name. Her Call Name can be anything you desire. The Call Name is what you call her, what you use for her vet records, etc. Often, the Registered Name and Call Name have nothing in common. When choosing a Call Name for your puppy, think of names with one or two syllables that are easy to yell and don't sound too much like any command you will be using. For instance, if you use "Here" as your recall command, you would not want to call your puppy, "Hero."
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