The Large Munsterlander Club of North America®

The Large Munsterlander Club of North America® (LMCNA) was founded in 1977 by Joe and Sheila Schmutz, with the encouragement of the Verband Grosse Munsterlander of Germany. A charter of incorporation was granted by the Minister of Agriculture of Canada in 1999. Randy Haines suggested that an application for a service mark in the United States be prepared and this was registered on December 5, 2000. For 34 years, LMCNA operated as a cooperative group of owners and breeders who believed in its performance-based registry as the sole registry for Large Munsterlanders throughout North America.

In 2012, two daughter organizations were formed.

"The Large Munsterlander Association of Canada (LMAC) will continue to maintain the LM in Canada and the United States. LMAC strives to participate on an international basis in maintaining the essential hunting form and function of the Large Munsterlander as originally conceived in 1919. LMAC invites Canadian and like-minded U.S. breeders to participate in the breed's future and can offer the proven coordination and protection of the Animal Pedigree Act of Canada." (Sheila Schmutz, March 2012)

"The Large Munsterlander Association of America (LMAA) will continue to maintain the LM in the United States, and is committed to building upon the performance-based breeding principles and standards that successfully guided the LMCNA for nearly 35 years. LMAA provides services to LM breeders and owners in the United States. We are committed to maintaining the essential hunting heritage of the LM as originally conceived in 1919. We offer membership to LM enthusiasts in the US, Canada, and internationally." (Craig Ferris, 25 June 2012)

The aims of the Large Munsterlander Club of North America ® (LMCNA®) were to introduce the Large Munsterlander to the North American hunter. LMCNA® fostered a breed-management program which maintained the dog's versatile hunting qualities as a hunter, pointer, retriever and tracker. For offspring to be called Large Munsterlanders dams and sires had to demonstrate adequate performance in hunting, health, temperament and conformation with prior breeding approval by LMCNA®. LMCNA® provided potential buyers of Large Munsterlanders with objective information about all litters born in North America, and invited owners to participate in the breed's management.

Beginning in January 1 2012, the Large Munsterlander Club of North America® (LMCNA®) became a historic entity to foster collaboration between the two daughter organizations, each of which have their own exective. LMCNA® will keep all performance and registration records accumulated in its 34-year history from 1977-2011, for posterity.

The final issue of LMCNA News edited by John Staley, was emailed to 2011 paid members on February 7, 2012. See this newsletter for more information and suggestions for the re-structuring of LMCNA®.


This web page was first mounted in 1998 and last updated on February 8, 2013 by Sheila Schmutz.


For information on how to join the Large Munsterlander Association of Canada (LMAC) and its structure.

For information on how to join the Large Munsterlander Association of America (LMAA) and its structure.



Please direct general questions about the content of this page to: e-mail sheila.schmutz@usask.ca