Retrieving & Field

What is Retrieving and Field Trials?
There are two types of ANKC recognised gundog activities, both testing the dogs natural working instincts

The first type is "Retrieving" this is designed to recreate a simulated duck hunt, minus the ducks! They are usually held during winter months around lakes and rivers. The object to be retrieved is catapulted via a huge slingshot called a "thrower". The dogs are required to stay in the heel position whilst a gun is fired at the object, then the dog is sent out to fetch the object. Runs are created on both land and through water, in the higher classes, blind retrieves (where the object is not catapulted so the dog can not view its fall), double and triple retrieves (often the judge decides the order that the objects must be retrieved) and retrieves where the object is dragged to simulate shooting game such as rabbits are all options to the judge, who marks the dogs retrieves based on steadiness to shot, marking ability (remembering where the object fell), use of the wind, directness of the retrieve, taking directions amongst other points.

"Field" is split into three different types of trials depending on the breeds of dogs permitted to enter them. Pointer & Setter, Spaniel & Retriever and Utility (Hunt Point Retrieve) are the three options. Large Munsterlanders as a HPR gundog participate in Utility field trials. These trials are held using live free game such as quail. For this reason trials are not always held in all states, South Australia very rarely has enough game to hold a trial, Victoria holds the most trials. In South Australia even training days are difficult often only being run by using caged and released game.

In field trials two dogs are paired up against each other, the dogs are then required to hunt for the game, point it (or back the dog which finds the game), put the game up to be shot, stay while the game is shot, then retrieve the game to hand. Both dogs are scored for each run the highest scoring dog winning the round with the top scoring dogs making it to the next round and so on until a winner is found. 

For more information visit the page  "How titles are gained"

Large Munsterlanders were bred to retrieve, as a hunt point retrieve (HPR) gundog they thrive on the utilising their natural instincts.

The Breed Standard quotes  "The Large Munsterlander is a multi-purpose gundog, ideal for the rough shooter. He has an excellent nose, staying power, and works equally well on land and in water. A keen worker, easily taught".  Never was a truer word written, to see a Munsterlander work the wind is a thing of beauty. Whilst their marking ability may not always be as sharp as the retriever breeds their use of their nose more than makes up the difference.

Pictured below are some Australian Munsterlanders at trials and training days.


Grand Ch Seelenmeyer Fantasia CD QC ADM ET        "Britta" in the blind......waiting......
bringing back a bird                                                                               


    FT Ch Rheinmunst Diamond Ice NRD  with a bird and stunning on point

Becky.JPG (101138 bytes)                Barry 9m with bird.JPG (57339 bytes)

FT Ch Conghyll Elfie owned by Neil & Sandy McLeod        Ch Barry Von Entenschnabel JW     
Australia's first  Field Trial Champion                     
(Imp Gmy) at 9 months   

       Becky retrieving.JPG (37096 bytes)                       Gos with bird.JPG (43029 bytes)

Ch Raene Passion (Imp UK)                Ch Ghyllbeck Pandion (Imp UK)

Hana on point.JPG (48828 bytes)            Jake04.jpg (497009 bytes)

Vakuna Muncher "Hana" on point                              Ron Frank's "Jake" 
                  owned by John Kilby (Victoria - Aust)                Cedar Ridge Kennels (North America)

More pictures from Aussie trials

Britta 3rd.JPG (54817 bytes)    Britta at trial.JPG (38035 bytes)  Belle & Debbie.jpg (94865 bytes)

Britta 3rd at the Lab Club 1992                Britta after bringing back her first bird           Debbie Hall & Belle 3rd at the
                                                                                                                                       Vic Gundog trial 2000

Should you be interested in working your Munsterlander in Australia or elsewhere send me an e-mail and I will put you in touch with someone close by who can give you some advice. As a breed in which maintaining their natural instinct is so important, their are many people world wide that work their dogs so help is never far away.  


Page Title                                  Last Updated

Breed Standard                                  11th April 2001Kyle_and_Alex_2.JPG (120373 bytes)

Breed History                                      18th April 2001

Living with a Large Munsterlander     4th May 2001

About Mistypoint Kennels                   11th April 2001

Meet my dogs                                    25th February 2002

Next litter due                                    30th April 2002

Roll of Honor                                      1st Sept 2001

How titles are gained in Australia      13th August 2001

More Munsterlander Pictures              4th May 2001

Group pictures                                    26th January 2002

Pets as therapy                                   19th April 2001

Agility Photo's                                     4th May 2001

Retrieving & Field                               29th April 2001

Obedience Photo's                             21st October 2001 

Previous litters                                   13th August 2001

Xmas Pictures                                    11th April 2001

Small Munsterlander                          18th April 2001

Links                                                   13th August 2001

Guestbook                                           4th May 2001

Web Rings                                          11th April 2001


Please note the pictures I have used are mostly ones that I own, or have taken at shows. Other photos I have been given permission to use (if they were not my photo's) either by having the photo sent to me or copying it from the persons website. There are some photo's of dogs I particularly like that I have also included, if you own these dogs in question and do not wish them to be included please let me know & I will remove the picture immediately. Also if I have included a picture of your dog I have taken at a show and you want it updated with a picture you prefer please send it to me and I will change over the photo.  If I have listed your dogs name in the Roll of Honor and you wish to add a photo e-mail me a jpeg picture or e-mail me for my postal address.   

Should you wish to use any pictures included on these pages (unless you own the dog) please contact me before copying them.  The little "Munster on point"  was created by and is owned by Tracie Edwards. 

All details included in the breed history has been gained from reading many articles, and collating the most common reports. Should you feel you have a more accurate recount of the breeds history please contact me so I can rectify any errors.