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Brush Dale Kennel
Current Litters
K Litter Whelped 10/29/14
J Litter Whelped 10/23/14

Past Litters
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

Planned Litters
Our goal at Brush Dale Kennel is to produce Small Munsterlander Pointers that are outstanding versatile gun dogs; exceptional family companions; and have excellent physical structure and conformation. Brush Dale puppies are born and raised in the home, handled extensively every day from birth on, and well-socialized with adults, kids, dogs, and cats. Weather-permitting, they begin the introduction to the outdoors, gunfire, and water from the age of about five weeks.
We begin the housebreaking process at about five weeks, encouraging the puppies to potty outside each time they awake. At about six weeks, weather-permitting, we start taking the pups on "outings." We take them for walks with their mother and our other "big dogs" that get along well with the puppies. 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, boldness, and cooperation.
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. If you provide credit card information prior to confirmed pregnancy, we will not run your card without first confirming you want to make a deposit on the current litter. The remaining balance of $900 is due when you pick up your puppy or prior to us shipping your puppy to you.
To reserve your spot in the pick order, please complete the Puppy Reservation Questionnaire (right click on link and select Save Target As) and send it to Michelle. You may make your deposit using your credit card (Visa, Mastercard, Discover, American Express) or by check payable to Brush Dale Kennel sent to 17374 Hwy 62, Maquoketa, IA 52060.
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, VHDF's Hunting Aptitude Evaluation, or JGHV's VGP (Spring Puppy) Test. We highly encourage you to "test" your puppy and we will help you in any way we can to prepare for the Test or Evaluation;
  • Help with training. Michelle has more than two decades of experience training versatile hunting dogs;
  • Low-cost hunting at Brush Dale. You may "pick-up hunt" on weekdays at Brush Dale for the cost of the birds you kill or cripple. We want your Brush Dale puppy to become a productive upland hunting dog, 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 hunting dog and a mediocre hunting dog is the number of birds they've 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 three days of picking up your puppy, 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 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.
For the integrity of the breed to remain intact, breeders must choose those Munsters with the very best physical structure and conformation, versatile hunting ability, and cooperative temperament 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 given a choice of those puppies determined to have breeding-quality physical structure and conformation, 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 before age 12 months. The Buyer agrees to properly prepare the Puppy for the NAVHDA Natural Ability Test so as to reasonably insure the Puppy will prize; (2) The Puppy shall prize in a NAVHDA test; (3) The Puppy must be of normal temperament as judged by NAVHDA; (4) The Puppy shall be evaluated as “not gun shy” or “not gun sensitive” at a NAVHDA test; (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 shall comply with the FCI Standard for the Small Munsterlander breed (copy attached). Compliance shall be determined by Seller, an individual approved by Seller, or 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 of 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. They also require regular, off-lead exercise.
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 everything that is going on around him.
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, wanting to please, sensitive, and loyal. Since they are a little bigger than the females, they tend to handle a youngster's rough housing in stride. Munster males have a temperament similar to Lab and Golden Retriever females. Female Munsters are also 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 young chilren, we recommend you select a male puppy. Otherwise, choose the puppy you like best, regardless of sex.
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. All things being equal - a healthy puppy from a sound breeding by a reputable breeder who has been properly socialized - if you don't plan to breed 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 good 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 regular 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 has 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 like things we find attractive, you should pick a puppy you are drawn to. 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. As the puppies are growing, watch the videos and identify three puppies you like the looks of. When it comes time to choose your puppy, you'll likely be able to take home one of those three.
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
We encourage you to prepare your puppy to take NAVHDA's 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). 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. Other times, you may select a Call Name that goes along with the Registered Name, such as how Gracie or Lucky go with the above examples. 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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