Dog Breeds - Munsterlander

There are two types of Munsterlanders breed of dogs which came to existence in the Münsterland region of Germany:
  • Large Munsterlander
  • Small Munsterlander
Large Munsterlander Breed Information:
The Large Munsterlander is energetic, wise, noble, and elegant by nature .Its body is always be in the same length as its height at the withers. Large Munsterlander ought to be powerful without being awkward. Its speed should be melted and flexible.

The large Mustlunder is one of the best breeds for hunting dogs world wide. Despite the fact this is the last German breeds to gain official representation. The Large Munsterlander was known as a color variant of the German Longhaired Pointer prior to that time. The breed first earned official recognition in the Munsterland of northwestern Germany in the starting 1900s.Though, the pioneer of the modern Large Munsterlander can be recognised in artist's representations of hunting scenes as far back as the Middle Ages. This dog was introduced to North America by Kurt von Kleist in 1966.

Large Munsterlander can be 60 to 65 cm (24 to 26 in) at the withers for males, 58 to 63 cm (23 to 25 in) for females. It should weigh approximately 30 kg (66 lb).The coat is black and white with hair of medium length. This dog has been bred for many decades for hunting and not show. Hence coat color is highly variable, ranging from especially white and/or black. Markings occur as solid white patches. The head is most of the time black and the tip of the tail is white regardless of the distribution of black and white on the rest of the body. The coat is dense, but should be firm and sleek. Large Munsterlander is attentive and energetic, with muscular body, having good movement with drive.

Small Munsterlander Breed Information:
The Small Munsterlander (SM) (or Kleiner Münsterländer) is an ingenious hunting-pointing-retrieving dog breed that reached its current form in the area around Münster, Germany. The Large Munsterlander is from the same range but was raised from other breeding stock and is not in-relation as the names would suggest. Small Munsterlanders bear look-alike to both spaniels and setters but are rather more skilled while hunting on land and water. The Small Munsterlander is recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale under Group 7, Section 1.2, Continental Pointing Dogs of Spaniel type, and it is related to the Epagneul Français and the Drentsche Patrijshond.

Small Munsterlanders are very smart, trainable, and alert but require kind and calm training, which provides exemplary results. They are also strong-willed and an owner who is inconsistent or indecisive might find that his dog is hard to control. Both voice and hand signals are used, and an SM looks back at the hunter for silent signals at intervals when on hold or pointing. They have a very strong drive to follow their keen sense of smell, and thrive with hunting or comparably challenging exercise for an hour or more every day. They love swimming.

Lack of sufficient exercise and mental challenge will likely result in undesirable behavior, which is common in highly intelligent, driven breeds. They grow-up  slowly over 2.5 to 3 years but a well-trained, mature SM is a hunter without peer, and the upland bird hunter hunting over such a dog will enjoy both the experience and great success. The Small Munsterlander is a happy, friendly family pet when in the house, while remaining a keenly focused, even driven, hunter-pointer-retriever when in the field. They are not suited to life in enclosure because of their sociable nature and need to interact with people—they need to live in the home of their human family. SMs will pick an individual person to bond most closely with, typically the one who hunts with the dog, but will reveling in the company of other family members, too. When grow-up with other pets in the household, such as cats, they can exist side-by-side happily though they may enjoy a game of chase and point. Unknown small animals outdoors will not be welcome in the same way.