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. The demand for a versatile hunting dog in 18th century Germany, when popular interest revolved around game bird hunting, was significant, and the Munsterlander achieved great popularity on the Continent. Capable of adjusting to all kinds of weather and terrain, the modern breed has prevalance 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.
One of several Continental hunting breeds, the Munsterlander is highly comparable to the German Long-Haired Pointer. It shares similarities with various other hunting breeds also, such as its 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, usually with patches, markings or ticking. Traditionally bred for functionality in hunting, the breed boasts many variations in colour, although a solid black coat is not desirable. Adapted to hunting on both land and water.
A responsive and highly trainable dog, the Munsterlander 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, the Munsterlander makes a great companion pet, with a natural versatility and resilience retained from its early evolvement. A healthy Munsterlander will weigh 22-30 kg, 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.