This web page was first mounted on November 6, 2011 and last updated on May 14, 2017 by Sheila Schmutz.

Large Munsterlander Association of Canada

LMAC commits to maintaining the Large Munsterlander (LM) as a dog for hunters, their families and ethical hunting. This commitment includes:

The Large Munsterlander Association of Canada (LMAC) was formed in late fall of 2011, after it became clear that several members of the executive of the Large Munsterlander Club of North America no longer were willing to abide by the Animal Pedigree Act of Canada. LMAC continues the long tradition of breeding only proven hunting dogs began in 1977. It officially began on January 1, 2012.


The by-laws specify an elected board of six directors, each elected for two year terms. Five directors must reside in Canada and one elsewhere. Additional officers may be appointed.

The board of directors is meant to meet early every calendar year to address the following three items:

2017 Officers

President Rainer Knopff Calgary, AB
Vice President Larry Miller Calgary, AB
Registrar & TDP Coordinator Sheri Hallwyler Oregon City, OR
Treasurer Susan Fasenko Edmonton, AB
Secretary & Webmaster Sheila Schmutz Saskatoon, SK

Supporting Roles

Newsletter Editor John Staley Ogden, UT
Scrapbook Archivist Meredith Miller Calgary, AB
Qualifications Recorder Joe Schmutz Saskatoon, SK
Advisor Randy Haines Phoenix, AZ

Biographies of 2017 Board Members

My name is Susan Fasenko and I am running for the Board of Directors and your Treasurer. I currently hold the position of Treasurer for LMAC and have been for 5 plus years. I originally joined the LMCNA as Treasurer and have worked with the other board members through the transitioned to LMCA as we know it today. I enjoy working with the other board members and staying in touch with the club members and look forward to helping the club over the next years. I believe my experience as a Commercial Insurance Broker helps me in my position with the club. My husband and I have two large Munsterlanders from the Sunnynook Kennel, Jager who will be 13 in March and Oreo who is 3 years old and love them both every much and enjoy them as part of our family. A couple of years ago I moved from being the family photographer on our hunting trips to actually hunting myself. I love being out in the field with all my boys.

I am very proud to say I own a Large Munsterlander and am part of the LMAC organization.

Hello everyone! I am putting my name, Tracy Fisher, in the hat to run for the Board of Directors for the LMAC as I have enjoyed the newsletters over the years and I know only too well how small organizations such as this need active participants. I am a veterinarian by profession and have been practicing since 1997. Most of my patients are dogs and cats but a significant number are birds, small mammals, reptiles and some wildlife. My husband Rick and I have been Large Munsterlander owners since Sunnynooks' Purdey took over our house in 2002. We currently have two LMs, Bear Hills' Briley and Muddy Waters' Dora. We spend most of our fall hunting upland birds, particularly pheasants, but also enjoy some waterfowl hunting.

Rainer Knopff, a professor emeritus of political science at the University of Calgary, has been hunting with pointing dogs for four decades. He switched from Setters to Large Munsterlanders in 1990, and the entire family has enjoyed the companionship and field work of these versatile black-and-whites ever since. Rainer and his sons currently own three LMs, and look forward to a new pup in 2016. Rainer was elected LMAC's vice-president in 2012 and became its interim president in 2015.

Photo: Rainer Knopff and Snowy Oaks Fen in a VHDF HAE test in 2007.

Larry Miller

Please consider this email as notification of my willingness to stand for the position of a director for the LMAC.


  • born 1946
  • membership in LMAC since 2011
  • owner and trainer [with Joe's guidance ] of Minnie [Sunnynook's Xyla, born 2011] who passed AHAE [152]

Activities within LMAC.

  • assisted in providing lunches and suppers for the testing days at Alvena and at the July LMAC summer functions.
  • Hosted the 2015 LMAC summer gathering.
  • email Larry Miller
  • Calgary, AB

Sheila Schmutz

I am pleased to stand again for a Director position on the LMAC Board of Directors and would be willing to continue to serve as Webmaster. My husband Joe Schmutz and I founded the Large Munsterlander Club of North America (LMCNA) in 1977. Sunnynook Kennel celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2017! I have actively participated in the breeding decisions and whelping of pups at Sunnynook Kennel. We are committed to continue breeding for some years because the dogs have always been, and will continue to be, a huge part of our lives. We take breeding very seriously. I'm a geneticist and do not hunt, but help train the dogs. I only ran a pup once a NAVHDA NA test. For years I have also acted as Test Secretary and "cook" at the annual field tests held near Saskatoon.

I have served as Webmaster of LMCNA and LMAC since the website began. I have served as Secretary in the past and again recently for LMAC and in the early years of LMCNA as the newsletter Editor.

I firmly believe that the Large Munsterlander should continue to be first and foremost a fully versatile hunting dog and to that end we will breed only dogs that have passed a hunting level test.

Janice Staley

My name is Janice Staley, my husband is John Staley the newsletter editor and I want to be a director for LMAC. We have been involved in LMCNA since March of 1990 when our first Large Munsterlander, Snowy Oak's Dove, was born. We have been the proud owners of 6 LMs and I have actively participated in their training, testing and hunting. Our youngest, Bear Hills' Ember will be the foundation of our Kennel this coming fall. Hopefully my back ground as a Labor and Delivery Nurse will come in handy. Our kennel is the Eagle Rock Kennel in Evanston, Wyoming.

I have participated in the annual club hunts held in Saskatchewan for many years. While there I have had the opportunity to observe a large number of LMs in both the field and around the house. During those hunts I have taken hundreds of photos and hours of video of LMs and their hunting partners under all conditions from way too warm to 3 feet of snow on the ground. I've helped John train and handle 4 dogs in NAVHDA NA tests and VHDF HAE and AHAE tests. While John was working out of town I have taken on a lot of the training in preparing Ember for her VHDF AHAE test this past September.

I feel that at this time in my life I have the time available as well as the desire to become actively involved in LMAC. One of the fundamental principles behind LMAC is the control the club maintains on the breeding program. This is what first attracted us to the breed. Well that and the reputation for ability after the shot, we had an English Setter who refused to retrieve.

I've been helping my husband with the newsletter for many years helping with proof reading. I'm confident I'm up to date on the issues facing LMAC. I will be accessible and responsive to all members. I will respond to all e-mails and voice mails (that’s if you have to leave one) and I am easy to contact by phone most of the time now that John and I are retired. I look forward to working with the other members in supporting the dogs that have become such a large part of our lives.

2017 Appointed Officers

Sheri Hallwyler, Registrar (2017- ) & TDP Keeper (2016- )

Sheri Hallwyler lives in Oregon City, Oregon and has had LMs for 20 years with her husband Rick. Our kennel is Muddy Waters Kennel and we have had 4 litters which contributed 44 pups to the gene pool. We have had several Large Munsterlanders, with which we hunt upland and waterfowl. I have run several dogs in upper level hunt tests so I have the full picture what is needed from the point of view, of a breeder, hunter, trainer and test participant. I also favor breeding hunt-level tested dogs and have seen the pros and cons to this, especially while I have been the Total Dog Profile keeper and involved with the breeding choices for LMAC and the previous LMCNA dogs. I believe I can provide the club with a well- rounded point of view to help maintain this breed we all love so much.

John Staley, Newsletter Editor (2016- )

The editor will be preparing newsletters for mailing about March 21, June 21, September 21, and December 21. Please email him stories, photos, news items, etc. at least two weeks in advance of these dates.

LMAC Newsletters

Members receive quarterly newsletters by email.

LMAC Bylaws

November 2015 version

~ The LMAC Bylaws are available in pdf format as a download. ~

Please direct general questions about the content of this page to: Sheila Schmutz < < <

Large Munsterlander Association of Canada