The Large Munsterlander:
"Black and White and Bred to Hunt"
Welcome to the website for Colerain Forge Kennel, home of Colerain
Forge Large Munsterlanders.
Read what Gundog Magazine has to say about our breed:
Colerain Forge Large Munsterlanders is a member of the Large Munsterlander Association of America.
Our dogs and litters are registered and sanctioned by the Large Munsterlander Association of America. Accept no
LMAA registration provides that litters are born of performance and health tested parents.
Hips must be certified HD free and both parents must meet conformation and temperment requirements.
Only purchase pups from LMAA approved and registered kennels.
Our "E" litter was whelped on May 15, 2010. This breeding was between Ironmaster's Elizabeth
(Bizzy) and Bo vom Schwarzen Venn. This was a repeat breeding of the "C" litter. This "C" litter
proved to be a great breeding and produced great hunting stock. This litter did win the LMCNA Progeny Performance Award
having 4 of the litter (of 5 tested) receive a Prize in Natural Ability.
The "E" litter consisted of 3 pups Colerain Forge's Eddie, Colerain Forge's Einstein, and Colerain
Forge's Erethel ("Nellie"). Sadly, little Nellie lasted only a week. She had a heart and lung problem and
fought very hard to stay alive. Her birth was extremely difficult, which led to her problems. She is our first
LM angel. The two boys are currently "fat and happy". Being a small litter, they are candidates for the "biggest
loser" show, as mom has overinduldged on the feeding end. Both boys are now in their permanent homes. One
in New York and one in Vermont.
Bo is a fierce hunter and has unbelievable stamina. He will hunt all day without tiring.
He is also a great hunting companion and is as loyal as the day is long. He is very bidable and easily trained.
He has a quiet, but fun loving personality. He has a natural curiosity that is extremely valuable in a bird dog.
Bizzy is a wonderful mother and great hunterand retriever. Her pups have proven to be great
additions to families (see more about Bizzy below).
All of Bizzy's pups have proven to be wonderful family dogs and great hunting companions.
We are currently not breeding and probably will not for a couple of years. But do contact us to discuss the LM
and what an outstanding breed they are.
We whelped Colerain Forge's "D" litter on September 14, 2009. 6 boys and 4 girls.
All pups from this litter are placed in their homes. This breeding was between Colerain Forge's
Alma (daughter of Bizzy and Odin) and Max ut Seelterlund (son of two German prize dogs).
Alma is a NAVHDA Prize III NA dog and Max is a NAVHDA Prize l NA dog. He is currently training
for Utility. All pups are in good health and enjoying their new homes. The are all in training at the present
Pictures of both dogs can be found on this website.
Ironmaster's Elizabeth ("Bizzy")
Elizabeth (Bizzy) is the dam of the anticipated E litter which will be whelped in May. This is a repeat breeding
of the C litter from 2008. This is Bizzy's third (and final) litter. Of the 3 litters, 2 have received Progeny
Performance Awards from the Large Munsterlander Club of North America (precursor of the LMAA). She has been tested in
the NAVHDA Natural Ability Test and scored a perfect 112, Prize I. She has also tested in UPT and received a
Prize III (165).
Bizzy is a wonderful mother. All of her pups turned out to be very happy pups as a result of
her nurturing instinct.
powerful and hard running in the field, with a rangy, looping, purposeful search. Her
nose is excellent and she very seldom busts a
bird. If she does, it is very early in the hunt and the first bird. As the hunt
goes on, she becomes more purposeful in her search for birds and
stays relatively close. She absolutely loves to hunt. She hunts closer in
heavy cover (grouse and woodcock) and in the field will range
out quite a bit and hunt “big” for quail, pheasant and chukar.
Her pointing style varies depending on the birds. In controlled situations
where pen raised birds are involved, her pointing is true but not
“locked in” staunch. She many times will stop, go on point, and then look around for us to come over. This is always when there is some
human scent involved with the bird. She will not creep, but will remain in the
same place until released.
wild birds, her pointing is much more staunch. Her nose is her strongest
point and if there are birds in the field, she will find them. She is steady to wing and shot. She is a good retriever both in the field
and in the blind. Her love of retrieving in the field is the main reason for her lack of steadiness to shot. She not only loves to hunt, she
loves to retrieve. She has the ability to do difficult blind retrieves.
is a little noisy in the blind as she is used to hunting in
the field and the duck blind has sometimes hours of inactivity. I am sure that her patience will develop in time in the duck blind.
Conformation: Bizzy is tall and strongly built, with a well-muscled body built for endurance.
She has powerful rear legs, which allow her to run for quite some distance without tiring.
Her coat is soft and dense –this gives her great versatility for moderate to colder climates. In climates where the
temperature is higher, she needs to be hydrated frequently, but this does not slow her down.
Her head is bold and
statuesque with beautiful chestnut eyes. She has a very small white blaze on her
Temperament: Bizzy is all work in the field, but at home,
is all play. I am reminded of a hunting trip we were on where one of the
tried to get her to play while we were hunting. Bizzy, who usually is totally game for
playtime, turned around and glared at the dog that was trying to play, barked at him forcefully twice, turned
and kept hunting. She does not tire in the field and will keep going as long as we do. She is one of 5 dogs at home and has been raised by our Jack Russell Terriers.
Consequently, she is a clown at home and at times acts like a 60 pound Jack Russell.
She loves our family and is quite affectionate. She is also a very good watch
I was told this about
Munsterlanders when I first researched them, and find it to be true. This is not to say that she has ever attacked anyone, but she
sounds the alarm when a stranger approaches our home. She is bedient, but sometimes decides that she has a better idea or thinks that maybe we can be convinced to go in another direction.
This does not translate into “hard-headedness” as a simple correction from us usually sends her in the
Max ut Seelterlund:
Working Style: Max is powerful and hard running in the field, with a rangy, looping, purposeful
search. His nose is excellent and he very seldom busts a bird He absolutely loves to hunt. He hunts closer in heavy
cover (grouse and woodcock) and in the field will range out quite a bit and hunt “big” for quail, pheasant and
chukar. His pointing style is with a very high tail. He will not creep, but will remain until released.
His nose is his strongest point and if there are birds in the field, he will find them. He is steady to wing and shot, and
is an excellent retriever. He has a
very high prey drive and will search and search until he finds his quarry. Max
always runs with a high tail as he is very self-assured.
Max is tall and squarely built, with a well-muscled
body built for endurance.
He has powerful rear legs, which allow him to run all day without tiring. His coat is medium and dense –this gives him great versatility for moderate
to colder climates and helps where there is difficult cover. His head
is bold and handsome. He has a roan blaze that covers his muzzle and between
his eyes. He always holds his tail high, even in the house, a sign of complete self-assuredness.
Temperament: Max is the extrovert of the
LMs in the family. He never seems to tire.
Consequently, he does get into trouble around the house. All the other dogs like him. He is always ready to play, even
with the dog that is 13 years old. He is extremely inquisitive and this
is a benefit when hunting. If we run into blow down while grouse hunting, he
checks each one of them out to make sure a grouse is not hiding there. He is
very bidable and will do anything to please. His manners are not the best at
times, but these should correct with age. He does tend to push the envelope and
see what he can get away with.
Colerain Forge's Alma:
Alma is hard running in the field, with a rangy, zig-zaging
purposeful search. She has a very long stride and covers a lot of territory. She also covers most of the territory and very seldom misses an area. She works close and is a great ruffed grouse dog as she works well in dense cover. She has a good nose and as such is not only a good pointer, but is by far the best retriever we have. She loves to retrieve anything, including doves (34 out of 34 at one outing
There are times when she busts a bird, but typically that is a grouse and usually 30+ yards out. She is very good on woodcock and will hunt all day. She
will basically do anything you ask her to do. Her pointing
style is not super staunch but is the classic german style with a lowered tail.
In controlled situations where pen raised birds are involved, her pointing is true but not “locked in”
staunch. She many times will stop, go on point, and then look around for us to
This is always when there is some human scent involved with the bird. She will not creep, but will remain in the same place until released.
nose is her strongest point and if there are birds in the field, she will find them.
She is not yet steady to shot, but that is coming in time. She is steady
to wing. She is a good retriever both in the field and in the blind. Her love of retrieving in the field is the main reason for her lack of steadiness to shot. She not only loves to hunt, she loves to retrieve. She has
the ability to do difficult blind retrieves in the blind. She is a little noisy
in the blind as she is used to hunting in the field and the duck blind has sometimes hours of doing nothing. I am sure that her patience will develop in time in the duck blind.
Conformation: Alma is tall and strongly built, with a well-muscled body built for endurance. She has powerful rear legs, which allow her to run for quite some distance without tiring. Her coat is soft and dense –this gives her great versatility for moderate to colder climates. In climates where the temperature is higher, she needs to be hydrated frequently,
but this does not slow her down. Her head is large and bold. She has beautiful
has a white muzzle which makes her to appear to be wearing a mask.
Temperament: Alma is all work in the field, but at home,
is all play. She is extremely bidable and loves to please. She checks off a number of times to make sure she is doing the right thing.
She is great with little kids. She does not tire in the field
and will keep going as long as we do. She loves our family and is
quite affectionate. She is also a very good watch dog and rather than bark, has
a ringing sweet tone to her “woof”. She is obedient to
a fault at times.
Colerain Forge Kennel
We had our first litter of pups on June
2nd of 2005. We had 5 females and 3 males born and all are in good health.
The proud parents are Ironmaster's Elizabeth (NA Prize I), dam, and V.C. Odin vom Bergwald (NA Prize I, UT Prize
l, VC), sire. Our second litter was born on August 28, 2007. We had 5 females and 2 males and all are in
good health. The proud parents were Ironmaster's Elizabeth and Boris vom der Waldschnepfe.
of the "A" litter is in our household (Colerain Forge's Alma). She is built like her father (Odin)as are most of the
pups from that litter. Our goal was to produce a larger size LM and it appears as if we were successful.
All of the pups are powerfully built. We want this quality as we have found that these dogs can last much longer in
the field and can tackle and retrieve a downed goose.
In our "B" litter we have tried to do the same. Boris is a powerfully built LM in both strength and
size. From that "A" litter, Colerain Forge's Alma received a Prize III in Natural Ability.
Another of the pups, Aabi, also passed NAVHDA Natural Ability with a Prize II, and Colerain Forge's Arco (Jack) passed
Natural Ability with a Prize III. Finally, Colerain Forge's Antje passed Natural Ability with a Prize l (108). Congratulations
to all the pups, their handlers and owners!
As a result of these accomplishments, this litter received a Progeny Performance Award from the
Large Munsterlander Club of North America.
On August 28th, we had Colerain Forge's B litter. All pups have been placed. The names
of the pups are as follows: Boca, Bizzy, Boomer, Bridget, Bonnie, Brutus, and Belle. Look for these names in future
NAVHDA or VHDF publications for pups that have passed Natural Ability. All are very active pups with a high degree of
inquisitiveness (a great quality in a hunting dog). They also are a happy group, which is so important in pups.
Good luck to all the new pups and owners!
In June of 2007, we decided to import a male to be the sire of litters to come. His name is Max ut
Seelterlound. From the start, it was obvious that Max was something special. Fun loving, very bidable and very
interested in hunting, he has matured and developed into a very handsome male. He scored a Prize l in NAVHDA natural
ability and is training for Utility.
We welped our "C" litter in October of 2008. Ironmaster's Elizabeth was the dam and Bo Vom
Schwarzen Venn was the sire. The litter has proven to be the same high quality pups that were in the
other two litters. We are currently getting very good reports on these pups. Pups that prized in Natural Ability
for NAVHDA or VHDF include: Cay-Tee (Lilly), Cody (Clark), Claire (Juno) and Crickett.
This Litter has also received a Progeny Performance Award from the Large Munsterlander Club of North
All dogs have been certified HD-free. Bizzy is certified at 24 months as excellent. Colerain
Forge's Alma is certified at 24 months as good. Max is certified at 21 months as very good-excellent