am writing to you on behalf of a new breed club for the Kleine (“Small”)
Münsterländer that has been established in North America. Since 2011, an
effort has been ongoing to develop a close relationship with the parent
breed club in Germany, Verband für Kleine Münsterländer Vorstehhunde e.V.
(KlM-D). The purpose is to secure, improve and diversify the breed stock
of the Kleine
Münsterländer in North America. Unfortunately, previous
attempts to establish this relationship failed, so in December 2013,
articles of incorporation were filed to establish a new breed club, Kleine
Münsterländer-Group North America (KlM-GNA).
KlM-GNA’s mission is all about the dogs—preserving the versatility of the
Münsterländer for generations of hunters to come. To
accomplish this we intend to follow the same principles and standards that
have enabled this wonderful breed to flourish in Germany for decades. Our
goal is to provide the North American foot hunter with the best hunting
partner and family companion possible. We believe that becoming a Chapter
(Landesgruppe) of KlM-D and working closely with the parent club is the
best way of achieving this goal.
Whether you are a breeder or simply enjoy owning and hunting your Kleine
Münsterländer, we invite you to join us in building KlM-GNA!
Recently, Officers of KlM-GNA returned from the parent club's Annual
Meeting in Fulda, Germany, where they conducted extensive discussions to
coordinate the launch and development of KlM-GNA as the internationally
recognized and premier Kleine
Münsterländer Breed Club in North America.
The discussions were pleasant, harmonious, productive, and there is
genuine excitement in Germany about the launch of KlM-GNA.
Here are the key results of the meetings, which represent the founding
principles of KlM-GNA:
KlM-GNA will first enjoy a candidate status
until the club becomes an official Landesgruppe at the Annual Meeting of
KlM-D in March 2015.
KlM-D and KlM-I (Kleine
International) will provide comprehensive support as we work to
formalize KlM-GNA’s status as a Landesgruppe.
Only KlM-GNA has been granted permission to
use the logo of the parent club, KlM-D.
KlM-GNA will be the sole North American
member of KlM International (KlM-I) and will pursue active collaboration
with other KlM-I member countries.
Club membership requirements for KlM-GNA
will include these provisions.
a. Members should be hunters.
b. Members of KlM-GNA accept the club's bylaws and breeding regulations.
KlM-D founding principles prohibit membership in other KlM/Small
Münsterländer Clubs in North America.
We will breed and test to maintain the
profile of the "classic" Kleine
Münsterländer, which is a versatile and
proficient hunting dog in all three environments: the field, water, and
KlM-GNA has endorsed the core breeding
concept of the parent club, “performance breeding.” This requires stud
dogs and breeding bitches to satisfactorily present at a Breed Show, to
meet club health standards and to pass the two German breed tests: the
VJP (similar to the NAVHDA Natural Ability test) and the HZP (roughly
equivalent to NAVHDA UPT). Both tests are organized by the JGHV (German
Versatile Hunting Dog Association).
In an effort to consolidate and build the
Münsterländer breed stock in North America, the parent club KlM-D
has agreed to:
a. Issue FCI Register Pedigrees to all currently approved KlM-GNA breed
stock in North America upon submission of current pedigree, hip
documents, test scores, and conformation evaluation report. All
offspring of KlM-GNA breedings will also receive FCI Register Pedigrees.
These pedigrees will allow participation in JGHV tests.
b. Share German genetics (sperm, stud dogs and Kleine
exports from Germany) with KlM-GNA members.
c. KlM-GNA member dog’s JGHV tests, breed show results, and health data
will be centrally recorded in KlM-D’s breed registry and in the DogBase
breeding program, a crucial means of improving breeders’ ability to make
sound pairing decisions.
To help accommodate current breeding plans
of KlM-GNA Breeders, KlM-GNA will allow breeding of approved dogs who
have not yet achieved a Prize in the NAVHDA UPT or UT until April 1,
2015. The pairing, however, must be with a mate who has achieved two
levels of tests and prized in both levels of NAVHDA or passed two levels
of JGHV tests (or combination of NA or VJP and UPT/UT or HZP). After
April 1, 2015 KlM-GNA requires that both dogs in a pairing must have
achieved prizes in two levels of tests, either in the JGHV or NAVHDA
system (NAVHDA tests require prizing in NA and UPT or UT.) All offspring
produced from KlM-GNA approved matings must comply with KlM-D Breeding
Regulations to be approved for breeding.
Active KlM-GNA members may submit their
existing dogs, not produced under KlM-GNA, for breeding approval
consideration until January 1, 2019.
JGHV Testing (for more details, see
a. The JGHV has been successfully testing versatile hunting dogs for
over 100 years. The tests can be successfully completed by all ordinary
hunters, just as German hunters have been doing for decades.
b. JGHV tests the full range of natural abilities, including work in the
field, water and forest.
c. All members and Kleine
Münsterländer handlers will be encouraged to
participate in the JGHV tests to prepare their dogs to be good hunting
companions and for the enjoyment of preparing for and participating in
d. KlM-GNA is the only Kleine
Münsterländer breed club in North America
recognized by the JGHV, KlM-D and KlM-I.
The KlM-GNA Breed Warden will play a central
role in planning an overall strategy for the Kleine
Münsterländer in the
years ahead by consulting closely with experts in KlM-D.
Why become a member of KlM-GNA?
- You will become a member of the only
Chapter (Landesgruppe) of the German parent club, KlM-D, outside of
- You will have access to Kleine
Münsterländer imports from German and International breeders.
- You will be able to share the
know-how, experience and advice of Kleine
Münsterländer experts here and
- You will become part of KlM-International,
a network of international Kleine
Münsterländer breed clubs.
- You can receive an FCI Register
pedigree for your dog as described above. This allows dogs to
participate in JGHV tests.
- You will become part of the JGHV
community of North American versatile hunting breed affiliates.
- You will be able to participate in
JGHV tests and KlM-GNA Breed Shows.
- You will have access to Germany’s
DogBase breeding program.
- You will receive newsletters, Club
updates and invitations to JGHV training seminars and other activities.
- You will receive support from fellow
members in training, testing, breeding, and learn of hunting
opportunities for your Kleine
- You will gain access to the
Members-Only area of the KlM-GNA website, including access to English
translations of German articles and reports on training, testing,
breeding and hunting the Kleine
- You will be able to attend the
KlM-GNA Annual Meeting and Seminars.
- You will have an opportunity to
attend KlM-D parent club activities in Germany.
- You will be able to purchase KlM-GNA
and KlM-D merchandise with the official logo.
In addition as a breeder you will:
- Have access to German Kleine
Münsterländer genetics, including sperm, stud dogs and imports from
German and International breeders.
- Receive FCI Register Pedigrees for
qualified North American dogs and their offspring.
- Be able to utilize Germany’s DogBase
- Receive assistance in obtaining
kennel and litter registration.
- Advertise upcoming litters on the
- Receive breeding guidance from the
KlM-GNA Breed Warden.
Breeders may request further information
regarding costs of breeding by contacting the KlM-GNA Breed Warden, Bobbe
We invite you to join KlM-GNA for the
betterment of the breed we love! Please fill out the enclosed membership
application and send it to:
Adam Roth, Treasurer KlM-GNA
1613 Cedar Lane
Waukesha, WI 53188
If you have questions, please contact
one of the following interim board members:
- John Liscovitz, President:
- Jim Julson, Vice President:
- Bobbe Carney, Breed Warden:
- Ken Bremer, Secretary & International
- Adam Roth, Treasurer: 414-840-4308
With best regards,
John D Liscovitz
John D Liscovitz
Münsterländer – Group North
“Alles für den Kleinen Münsterländer…geboren um zu jagen!“
(“All for the Kleine
Münsterländer…born to hunt!”)