Large Munsterlander

Large Munsterlander

The Large Munsterlander originates from...

Believed to have evolved in Munster, Germany, where it was first recognised in the 1900s, the breed was originally thought to be a variant of the black and white German Pointer before it gained official recognition as a separate breed. There was a demand for a versatile hunting dog in 18th century Germany, when popular interest revolved around game bird hunting, and the Munsterlander achieved great popularity on the continent. Capable of adjusting to all kinds of weather and terrain, the modern breed is common in England and Canada as well as its native homeland. Depictions of Munsterlander-type dogs feature in pictorials dating back to the Middle Ages. It was not until 1971 that the Large Munsterlander was officially recognised by the American Kennel Club.

The Large Munsterlander is characterised by...

One of several continental hunting breeds, the Munsterlander is similar to the German Long-Haired Pointer, sharing similarities with various other hunting breeds also, such as coat feathering and patterning. Characterised by a large-sized, proportionate build with round-tipped, 'drop' ears, and dark eyes, the coat is typically soft and dense, common in colour deviations of white and black and usually with patches, markings, or ticking. Traditionally bred for hunting, this breed has adapted to hunting on both land and water.

The average Large Munsterlander...

A responsive and highly trainable dog, it is well suited to any home setting, making a great addition to active family life. Possessing a natural authority, the Munsterlander is devoted to its master, although firm leadership and consistent training is essential from an early age. Affectionate and sweet-natured, it makes a great companion pet, with a natural versatility and resilience retained from its early evolvement. A healthy dog of this breed will weigh 22-30kg, with a life expectancy of 12-13 years when cared for accordingly.


Generally healthy and long-lived, the Large Munsterlander is not susceptible to any serious known genetic or hereditary diseases. As with most breeds, incidences of hip and elbow dysplasia, arthritis, and optical disorders have been identified in the breed.

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Added on 07/04/2016
Joined 02/12/2014
From Hertfordshire, United Kingdom

Every home should have a Large Munsterlander! Fabulous dogs!