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Breeding Program


Cedars Point's mission is to promote and selectively breed Small (Kleiner) Munsterlanders (SMs) who meet the FCI Standard for the breed (below).  Our aim is to promote and breed SMs that are first and foremost healthy, while at the same time meeting all the criteria of the FCI standard with respect to general appearance, body proportion, structure, behavior, temperament, coat, gate, movement, and size.  Temperament and confirmation are of utmost importance to Cedars Point. Temperament influences train-ability and confirmation directly impacts how the dog will hold up to the tasks innate to its purpose. To this end we will strive to produce versatile hunting dogs that have sound temperaments, strong confirmation/structure so to bring forth trainable hunting and performance proven, lifelong family members and companions.  We prefer to place puppies in hunting/performance/working and testing/certification homes.

What makes our breeding program unique?
  • All our breeding stock exceed minimum requirements for breeding as set by SMCA.

  • Our breed stock have all been advanced performance tested in NAVHDA Utility Test.

  • As of this note late 2023, twenty (20) of twenty eight (28) Cedars Point Kennel pups have run NAVHDA NA testing prior to age 16 months.  CPK has a 71% puppy testing ratio to pups born as of 16 months of age.  The average test score currently stands at 103 out of 112.  CPK Test Record can be viewed here.  These statistic only take into account our A, B and C litters.  In 2023 CPK had three litters totaling 25 pups, our D, E and F litters.  If things go as planned in 2024 we expect a high percentage of these pups to test.  One already has tested too-see below. 

  • Gosch's Cir Conn's Progeny Test Report is pretty impressive.  Cedar's sired 7 litters,  one for BB's Kennel, two for Muddy Paws, one for Sunny Acres, and three for Cedars Point.  Four of these litters were NAVHDA NA Breeders Award litters.  Two of the litters that didn't achieve awards just didn't test.  One came a swim away from an additional award.  Cedars Progeny Test Report can be viewed here.  The progeny report details pups that were sired and tested from his pairings.

  • Beyond NAVHDA testing, Gosch's Cir Conn also tested in the VHDF Advanced Hunting Aptitude Test.  A test aligned more closely to the German system in a few minor ways and different than the NAVHDA UT test. 

  • All our breed stock are hunted regularly and extensively on wild birds in SD, MN, and WY.

  • We have trained and handled all our breed stock personally for testing.  We are not professional trainers and didn't grow up with hunting dogs in our home.  

  • Cedars Point Kennels first three litters received NAVHDA Natural Ability Breeders Awards. 

  • Cedars Point is a Steward Member of the Small Munsterlander Club of America.  We've been a member since purchasing Gosch's Cir Conn in 2015. 

  • Our breed stock have all been shown at International All Breeds Canine Association (IABCA) shows and have been evaluated for conformance to the FCI standards by both national and international judges.  We show the dogs to obtain objective feedback as to their weaknesses in conformation.  Rather than self evaluate, which is the current SMCA standard, we seek independent non-biased third party evaluations and we post these critiques to our website. 

  • Cedars Point seeks out pairing partners who exceed the SMCA standards for testing and look for independent IABCA or other confirmation evaluation for their stud dog selections.  Our aim is to improve the breed in North America and keep the hunt in the dogs. 

  • We raise all litters using Puppy Culture-a gold standard in puppy rearing and early socialization.  To learn more about the Breeders Program click here.

  • We have two pups pursuing working dog K9 certifications.  Working dog opportunities for our puppies have been a new focus area since the C and D Litters.  In 2022 we donated a C Litter Pup-Cedars Point Confident Trulee to the Penn Vet Working Dog Center(PVWDC).  CPK Confident Trulee is being groomed for a position in K9 scent or human detection.  The PVWDC's aim is to allow the dogs to choose their vocation.  We have fingers crossed he will do us proud with whatever he decides.  You can follow his progress here...

  • Cedars Point Dark Sweet Lady from our 2023 D Litter, sired by VC MH IntCH Brush Dale's Open Season, was placed with a ski patrol professional at the Alpental Ski Area in Washington State.  Echo's target focus will be in avalanche rescue and the handler will be pursuing Backcountry Avalanche Rescue K9 (BARK) Certification.  Her job will also entail being an ambassador for the ski area.

  • CPK Better Together-Whiskey, owned by Kelly Berry with Bailou Kennel in Ontario Canada, was approved by the SMCA for breeding in 2023.  Whiskey was out of the B Litter between Gosch's Cir Conn and Riava Small Munsterlander Hunting Dogs pup Riavas Miss Dakota-Soda.  Her first litter was produced in the 2024 with VC Brush Dale's Open Season.

We are interested in keeping track of those who have genuine interest in Cedars Point Kennel future litters.  If you'd like to provide us your contact information we will reach out to you as we make new pairing decisions and litter announcements.  We will not contact you for any other reason and will not share your information without your permission.  Thanks for your interest!

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Puppy Buyer Process

CPK will begin accepting Puppy Buyer Questionnaires for each litter as soon as we finalize a decision for any breeding pair.  Once that decision has been made we will post a Breed Announcement on our Facebook page, other social media and on this website under the Litter Announcements tab.  Once a pairing decision has been reached and we have received your Puppy Buyer Questionnaire, and eventually your deposit, this assures you a spot for that litter pairing.  We will not accept any deposits until the litter is confirmed by ultrasound.  If your deposit is accepted by Cedars Point Kennel the deposit may be non-refundable should you decide at a later date not to adopt the pup from the pairing.  If you want, you may move the deposit to another litter as alternative to the litter selected.  We make every effort to pre-place our litters in responsible hunting/testing/working/performance homes.  We only accept 6 deposits upon confirmed pregnancy.  Once the litter hits the ground and is determined healthy, the size and makeup of litter is known, as well as the sex of pups, we will reach out to remaining interest based on received Puppy Buyer Questionnaires.  We seek buyers who are willing to invest in the future of their companion and the Small Munsterlander breed in North America.  We covet buyers who understand the relationship needed to preserve any breed and our hunting pastime, desire to steward this to youth, and understand the receipricol nature between breeder and buyer required to insure this ideal. 


A copy of the Cedars Point Kennel Puppy Sales Agreement can be found here. 


Pick order will be established based on your interest in the dog and the date of questionnaire receipt.  We give preference to hunting and hunt testing/performance and breeding prospect homes.  In most cases, puppies will be chosen for you, but with a great deal of input from you and your intent for the puppy.  This is to ensure we match the right puppy with the intent of its family. We will be with the litter evaluating them for a minimum of 8 weeks, so we will use these insights to gauge the temperament of each puppy to meet your long term goals.  Breeding prospects will evaluated for conformation using the Hastings Method.  We also conduct temperament testing using the Volhard Puppy Aptitude Test between 7 and 8 weeks  of age.  We do not always share temperament testing with buyers.  Puppy Pick Day typically falls on the closest weekend to the 8 week mark.  We will match puppies with their chosen families based on your Puppy Buyer Questionnaire and your intent for the pup. We want to make sure puppies are best suited for their hunting/performance homes and that puppies who are being looked at for possible breeding/performance prospects go to homes where they can develop to their fullest potential.  Puppy Buyer Questionnaire will be used to help Cedars Point place puppies in the most suitable  home.  Answer the questions honestly and thoughtfully so we can achieve this end.


All puppies will leave Cedars Point Kennel on restricted NAVHDA and AKC pedigrees.  They will be dual registered NAVHDA and AKC-litter only, though the puppy can be registered AKC by you at your expense.  If you are interested in a breeding prospect (no guarantees), the following process will be required to lift restricted status.  


Once the objective requirements below have been met, Cedars Point will remove restrictions on the pedigree.  These requirements are in place to ensure that all breeding dogs meet the FCI Small (Kleine) Munsterlander Breed Standard and have proven their worth in the field.  The dog must also pass minimum health/hip certification requirements.  


In order to have the restricted pedigree registration lifted, we'll require that each dog is health tested for hip displagia by OFA or PennHIP.   If an OFA evaluation is chosen a "Good" or "Excellent" rating would be preferred, though with a correct pairing "Fair" will be a consider option. If PennHIP is used to evaluate hip health a distraction index number less than 0.50 must be given when evaluating your dog against a cross-section of the Small Munsterlander breed.  In addition, we require that each dog has:
(a) Prized in any NAVHDA test; OR
(b) Received scores generally sufficient to receive a prize, if run for "evaluation only" in the NAVHDA Natural Ability Test prior to becoming 20 months of age; OR

(c) Have received a junior hunter title in both AKC Pointing Breed Hunt Test and AKC
Retriever Hunt test; OR
(d) Completed the JGHV VJP test or HZP test and achieved at least a minimum score of 3 points in all subjects; OR
(e) Completed the JGHV VGP test and achieved at least a minimum score of 2 points in all subjects.


Additionally, your dogs confirmation must meet FCI standard as defined in link above.  This evaluation can be achieved by entering the dog in any of the following shows and receiving no less than a V-2 "Excellent" rating by (3) three or more judges at an IABCA, ARBA or ICKC International Conformation Show after attaining the age of (18) months.  Another option for confirmation evaluation is KIM GNA Breed Show approval based on their standard for approval.  This may or may not be available to you based on the pedrigree of the pup.

Your dog will also be required to undergo a physical evaluation by a licensed veterinarian that determines the dog to be in good physical health; up-to-date on vaccinations; and free of parasites, Brucellosis and communicable diseases within (30) thirty days of breeding.

All males are to be (1) one year of age prior to breeding.  All females are to have reached the age of (24) twenty-four months and are to have had at least (1) one heat cycle prior to breeding.


All puppies will go to their new homes when they are a minimum of 8 weeks old-no sooner.  They will have had their first vaccinations,  will have been micro chipped and will have been wormed prior to leaving.  They will also be registered with NAVHDA and AKC once the entire litter has been placed. You may come pick up your puppy at Cedars Point Kennel or when needed we can ship your puppy via commercial airline out of Rapid City.  WE PREFER YOU PICK UP YOUR PUPPY!  CURRENTLY WE ARE NOT SHIPPING AIR CARGO.  We want to meet you and give you a chance to meet us and the kennel.  If you decide to have your puppy shipped rather than traveling to pick it up, you will be responsible for the additional expenses associated with shipping the puppy, including airline costs or ground travel costs, crate and health certification.  These prices will vary, depending on which airline/shipper is used.  We can give you a rough estimate of what these costs will be as we prepare to ship the puppy.  Oftentimes it is possible to find rides for puppies to other locations via ground transportation with other folks who are traveling to or from shows or field events or to buy a puppy themselves.  We will help support you in finding the best transportation plan for your puppy.  


By the time your puppy leaves Cedars Point, it will have become accustomed to sleeping in a crate and eating dry food.  It will be up to date on vaccinations and have been wormed.  It will have been exposed to multiple different ground surfaces, bird wings, live birds, loud noises, 22 caliber rounds-from a distance and, weather permitting, water.  The puppy will be well socialized to both people and other dogs.  We will have worked on drawing out heritable traits with scent activities and other fun exercises which are part of the Puppy Culture and our personal rearing program! 






Puppies must be paid for in full by the end of their 7th week - no matter when they are leaving our home, even if they are to be shipped.  Shipping costs (which includes cost of ticket or ground transport, crate, health certificate and mileage fee) must be paid before shipping. We will not ship a puppy until all amounts owed have been received and have cleared the bank.  We estimate the average cost to ship an 8-week-old Small Munsterlander puppy to be approximately $450 (that fee includes ticket, crate, health certificate and other shipping costs).  Most shipping costs are based on weight and size of crate. The older they are, the more it will cost to ship. WE CANNOT SHIP TO EVERY AIRPORT!  Even though one of Rapid City's airlines may come to your local airport, this does not mean that they will allow pet shipping on those planes. Most smaller airplanes will not ship pets due to lack of space.  Shipping by airplane is also very dependent upon current weather conditions.



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