My name is Per Porsild and I have been in Small Muensterlaenders since early 1972 when I bought my first SM in Denmark.
Little by little I came to befriend many SM owners in Denmark. Mainly through hunting on the wide peat bogs and rush-fringed moors in the southern Danish isles. There, conditions for the dogs working in a cold and unfriendly environment were harsh and unwelcome in winter. But then again, duck and snipe were abundant. One was Mr Alfred Petersen, an elderly farmer who had bred SMs for most of his adult life and always used them for hunting. In fact he was the first in Denmark to succeed in breeding an SM International Champion,
He had always had his SMs around him and the family in the house as friends and ‘members’ of his household
He was also the owner of the mother of Chang’, a fabulous bitch, named
She would hunt incessantly for 3-4 days in a row during the worst of weather conditions, pointing, flushing, and retrieving any fowl out of the ice floe filled waters of the peat bogs. She was a rather sturdy bitch, picturing very much the old ‘DORSTEN’ line of SMs. She had a steady temper and was the best playmate for Mr Petersens grandchildren. All in all, I fell totally for this kind and hard-working hunting companion. So, before long I had conceived the idea of starting my own breeding programme based on the excellent capabilities of ‘Bella’.
In 1973, I succeeded in persuading Mr Petersen to mate his bitch and I soon found the sire I was looking for, namely
His temperament and working ability combined with his conformation made him a great choice for sire. He had qualified in VJPs, HZPs, and VGPs in Northern Germany with outstanding results. His closest ancestors included renowned SMs such as ‘Astor v. Goldmoor 609’, ‘Ecko v.d. Grossen Barlinge 18305’, and the famous ‘Siebenstern’-line. In May 1974, this connection resulted in the whelping of a litter of two, a dog and a bitch. The bitch, named ’Assi’, (and ‘Stengaard’ after his farm), would become the basis of the Kennel PETO breeding program, later to be followed by the bitches ’Hoensehoejens Cira’, and ’Peto’s Hirse’.
The aim of the Kennel PETO breeding program is to maintain, and improve upon, the standard of dogs within the breed.
Early German bird dogs were bred more for function than for form. Popular throughout Germany, and Scandinavia, the Small Münsterländer Pointer, or SM for short, is an all-purpose pointing and retrieving gun dog who will work all sorts of terrain - whether rough ground, thickets, woodland or open moor land, and is particularly good in water. It performs well in utility and field trials as well as in obedience. It is a pointer rather than a flusher. Although bred to withstand pressure, the breed can be soft in nature and eager to please. As with all hunting dogs, Small Münsterländer Pointers need adequate exercise. They are good with children and other dogs. The SM is by nature a happy dog and is a very good housedog.
The present-day, carefully bred PETO Small Muensterlaenders comes from a long line of German and Danish working dogs. It is an excellent all-round gundog. He/She has a very good nose and will search out game and adopt a classical "point" to indicate its position to the hunters, and will retrieve fur or feather across any obstacle. PETO SMs have a very soft mouth and will not damage even small game birds, yet are strong enough to bring back foxes and hares their own size.
The PETO Small Muensterlaender breeding program owes its very existence to the careful selection of specimens showing remarkable hunting and retrieving qualities, and has never cared about whether the dogs were ticked or white/brown, as long as they could do the job.
So, the PETO breeding program has always prided itself of independence in the choice of mating partners, based on careful adherence to the four
'Peto’s Frigga' - aged 10 weeks
First SM to qualify in US NAVHDA Utility Field Test
markpr. 'Hoensehoejens Cira'
DKCH 'Assi Stengaard'
First Danish SM to qualify in German VGP Field Test
markpr. 'Peto’s Hirse' & 'Peto’s Ilse'
UTILIZATION : Versatile working gundog.
CLASSIFICATION F.C.I. : Group 7 Pointing Dogs.
Section 1.2 Continental Pointing Dogs. Spaniel Type.
With Working Trial.
BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY : There are reports saying that around 1870 longcoated „Wachtelhunds“ (German Spaniels) were well known in the Munsterland region. These dogs were firm in pointing, they had enormous tracking abilities and were also able to retrieve. In the year 1906 the well known heath poet Hermann Löns and his brothers searched for the Red Hanovarian Heath Hound. However, instead they discovered a pointing Wachtelhund on the farms, naming it „Heidewachtel“. Others, like Baron of Bevervörde-Lohburg put efforts into getting a reasonable breeding stock in other regions as well. Mr. Heitmann, a teacher from Burgsteinfurt, achieved first success with his line breeding. Several other breeding families, known as the so-called „ Dorsten type“, appeared during the following years in Westphalia. On March 17, 1912, the „Verband für Kleine Münsterländer Vorstehhunde“ (Club for Small Munsterlander Pointing Dogs) was founded. At that time this Club expressed its aims as follows: „ The Club pursues the purpose to promote the purity and the true breeding of the long-coated small pointing dog that has been bred in the Munsterland for many decades.“ The lack of fixed breed characteristics at that time inhibited the breeding activities as well as the Club activities. From 1921, the breeders finally followed the breed standard that had been drawn up by Mr. Friedrich Jungklaus.
GENERAL APPEARANCE : Strong and harmonious build of medium size, showing balanced proportions with a lot of quality and elegance. Distinguished head. In upright posture the dog displays flowing outlines with horizontally carried tail. Its front legs are well feathered, the hind legs with breeches, the tail has a distinct flag. Its glossy coat should be straight or slightly wavy, dense and not too long. Its movement is harmonious and far reaching.
IMPORTANT PROPORTIONS : The length of the body from point of shoulders to the buttocks should exceed the height at the withers by no more than 5 cm. The length of the skull from the occiput to the stop is equal to the length of the muzzle from the stop to the nose leather.
BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT : The Small Munsterlander is intelligent and capable of learning, full of temperament but even, with steady character; its attitude towards people is alert and friendly (suitable for family life), with good social behaviour and orientation towards his master (team spirit); with passionate, persevering predatory instinct, versatile hunting aptitudes as well as strong nerves and keenness for game.
HEAD : The expression of the head is part of the type.
CRANIAL REGION :
Skull : Distinguished, lean, flat to slightly arched.
Stop : Only slightly pronounced but distinctly recognizable.
FACIAL REGION :
Nose : Whole-coloured brown.
Muzzle : Powerful, long, straight nosebridge.
Lips : Short, tightly closing, well pigmented – whole-coloured brown.
Jaws / teeth : Large white teeth. Powerful jaws with regular and complete scissor bite with the upper teeth closely overlapping the lower teeth and set square to the jaws. 42 teeth according to the dentition formula. Excess or lack of 2 x P1 is admissible.
Cheeks : Strong, well muscled.
Eyes : Of medium size, neither protruding nor deeply set. As dark brown as possible. Eyelids tightly fitting to the eyeballs, covering the haw.
Ears : Broad, set on high, lying close to the head, tapering towards the tips, ear leather should not reach beyond the corner of the mouth.
NECK : Its length in balance with the general appearance; gradually widening towards the body. Napeline very muscular, slightly arched. Tightly fitting throat skin.
Topline : Slightly sloping in a straight line.
Withers : Pronounced.
Back : Firm, well muscled. The spinal processes should be covered by the musculature.
Loins : Short, broad, muscular.
Croup : Long and broad, not short-slanting, only slightly sloping towards the tail; well muscled. Broad pelvis.
Chest : Rather deep than broad, breastbone reaching as far backwards as possible. Ribs well arched.
Underline and belly : Slight tuck-up towards the rear in an elegant curve; lean.
TAIL : Set on high, with long flag, strong at the base, then tapering. Of medium length. Carried downwards in repose, horizontally and not too high above the level of the topline with a slight sweep when in action. In the lower third it may be curved slightly upwards.
FOREQUARTERS : Viewed from the front straight and rather parallel, viewed from the side legs set well under the body. The distance from the ground to the elbows should be approximately equal to the distance from the elbows to the withers.
Shoulders : Shoulder blades lying close to the body, strongly muscled. Shoulder and upper arm forming a good angle of approximately 90 °.
Upper arm : As long as possible, well muscled.
Elbows : Close to the body, neither turning in nor out. The upper arm forming a good angle with the forearm.
Forearm : Strong bones, perpendicular to the ground.
Carpal joint : Strong.
Pasterns : Very slightly sloping.
Front feet : Round and arched with well knit toes and sufficiently thick, tough, robust pads. Not too heavy coat. Parallel in stance or in movement, neither turning in nor out.
HINDQUARTERS : Viewed from the rear straight and parallel. Correct angulation in stifles and hocks. Strong bones.
Upper thigh : Long, broad, muscular; forming a good angle with the pelvis.
Stifle : Strong, upper and lower thigh forming a good angle.
Lower thigh : Long, muscular and sinewy.
Hock joint : Strong.
Metatarsus : Short, perpendicular to the ground.
Hind feet : Round and arched with well knit toes and sufficiently thick, tough, robust pads; not too heavy coat. Parallel in stance or in movement, neither turning in nor out.
GAIT / MOVEMENT : Ground covering, with good drive and appropriate reach, straight forward and parallel coming and going, with well upstanding posture. Pacing gait is undesirable.
SKIN : Tightly fitting, without folds.
HAIR : Dense, of medium length, not or only slightly wavy, close lying, water-repellent. The outlines of the body must not be hidden by a too long coat. By its density it should provide as good a protection against weather, unfavourable terrain conditions and injuries as possible. Short, smooth coat on the ears is faulty. Forelegs feathered, hindlegs with breeches down to the hocks, tail with a long flag and white tip, abundant coat on the forechest is undesirable.
COLOUR : Brown-white or brown roan with brown patches, brown mantle or brown ticking; blaze permitted. Tan coloured markings at the muzzle, the eyes and around the anus are permissible („Jungklaus markings“).
SIZE : Height at withers: Dogs: 54 cm. Bitches: 52 cm. A deviation of +/- 2 cm is within the standard.
FAULTS : Any departure of the foregoing points must be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree.
SEVERE FAULTS :
• Deviation of the size limits between +/- 2 cm and +/- 4 cm.
• Clumsy, big-boned conformation.
• Serious deviations from the correct proportions of body, neck , and height at withers.
• More than 50 % of the nose flesh-coloured or spotted.
• Pointed muzzle. Dished nose bridge.
• Eyes too light. Light yellow hawk eyes.
• Serious lack of depth of chest, or too flat-sided or barrel-shaped brisket.
• Elbows heavily turning out or in.
• Steep pasterns.
• Strongly cow hocked or barrel legged, in stance as well as in movement.
• Splayed toes; flat feet.
• Clumsy movement.
• Coat too curled.
• Smooth hairless ears or too long and curled fringes on the ears.
• Fearfulness, aggressiveness, game- or gun shyness.
• Size deviations of more than +/- 4 cm.
• Serious untypical sexual characteristics, sexual malformations.
• Completely depigmented nose leather.
• All deviations from the correct scissor bite except the lack or excess of 2 x P1.
• Split jaw or split lip.
• Ektropion, entropion, distichiasis, bird’s eye.
• Pronounced dewlap.
• Distinct roach back, swayback; crooked spine.
• Malformation of the ribcage, such as sternum cut off.
• Kinky tail, ring tail, other tail abnormalities such as too short or too long tail.
• Whole-coloured dogs.
Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.
N.B. : Male animals must have two apparently normally developed testicles fully descended into the scrotum.
markpr. 'Peto’s Argus' - First SM to qualify for Danish Championship Field Test
Danish SM of the Year - 1979