About Us

Heinz Family Lavina Grove Kennel Small Munsterlander Breeders

We are the Heinz Family…

As a teenager Rod had an interest in bird hunting.  He purchased and trained a German Shorthair on his family farm.  To continue learning, he faithfully read Gun Dog Magazine where he read an article written by Paul Jensen.  Originally from Denmark, Paul wrote of his experience training and hunting a rarer breed from Germany - Small Munsterlanders.  After reading the article, Rod tried finding a Small Munsterlander pup but was unsuccessful.  After high school he joined the Air Force taking his time elsewhere.  Maybe it was Rod's German heritage but he never forgot that article and dreamt of a munster of his own one day.

However, many years later when we bought a rural property and our family began a project to research pedigrees and search for breeders.  Rod spoke with Small Munsterlander owners and breeders.  We read everything we could find about Small Munsterlanders and continued to dream.  One dayRod was given a tip on Shippy Ranch.  The Shippy's were planning a litter between Mustain Kennels' Angus (Brush Dale's All Guns Blazing) and Shippy Ranch's Bella (Castiron's C Bella).  We purchased a gorgeous pup for Rod's hunting partner and a family pet - Macie (Shippy Ranch's Cora Bella Mace) - whose pictures you see on the Home and Macie Lineage pages.

Our family includes Rod, Lisa, son's Cameron and Kolby and four dogs.  We are very excited and blessed to share Lavina Grove Kennel Small Munsterlander puppies with you.

Why Lavina Grove...

We will breed only with dogs of the strongest Small Munsterlander standard.  Lavina Grove Kennel is a member of the Small Munsterlander Club of North America (SMCNA) and the North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association.  Our goal is to not only breed healthy hunting dogs but to increase their availability to those equally impressed with this versatile hunting breed.

We recommend you consider breeders whose dogs are approved for breeding through the SMCNA.  This means many breeding aspects have been considered such as the pedigree, health history, and confirmation of each dog.  It also means the natural ability for hunting have been tested and approved by the North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association (NAVHDA).  Small Munsterlanders approved for breeding have also had their hips assessed and approved.   

What does this mean for you?  A happy, healthy puppy that will bring you joy and companionship for years to come!