Grosser Munsterlander Vorstehhund
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GENERALBreed group: Type: Pure Breed
Talent: Competitive obedience, Racing, Retrieving, Search & rescue, Tracking, Watchdog
PHYSICALSize: Medium Weight: 50-70 lbs Fur length: Ears: Flappy Fur type: Straight
Fur Color: Black & White, Brown & White
ATTRIBUTESLife Expectancy: 12-13 years Rarity: Common Availability: Easily available
Climate: Not good for cold climate
The Grosser Münsterländer Vorstehhund (or Large Munsterlander) is a medium to large and versatile gundog originating in Germany. This squarely built, balanced and multilateral dog came into existence as a colour variant in 1800's as only liver and white dogs of German Long-haired Pointers were acceptable. This breed was separated from its smaller cousin not only due to its larger size but also for its black and white colouring. It was recognized as a separate dog breed in 1919 by UKC and its official standard was written in 1921. According to the breed standards, the dog stands between 23-25.5 inches and weighs between 50-70 lbs. The head is elongated with sufficiently broad and slightly rounded skull. Muzzle is strong and long with a straight nose bridge. Black nose is pronounced. Medium size eyes are brown coloured. Broad ears are set high on the head and lie flat and close to the head. Squarely built body is well balanced with firm and strong back. Wide and deep chest with well sprung ribs and well-muscled loin give the body an athletic impression with a slightly tucked up belly. The long tail is carried floppy. Coat is moderately long with straight or slightly wavy hair. It comes in either predominantly black or predominantly white colour. This medium to large size dog is browny, tough and elegant dog. This breed is NOT recognized by AKC however it is recognized by other major kennel clubs like UKC, FCI, KC, ANKC, NZKC.
The dog comes in predominantly white colouring. White with black patches and spots or blue roan are common. Head is always black. All black is a fault.
The coat is long, smooth and dense. Longer hair are present on front and hindlegs as well as on tail while short hair are present on head.
The Grosser Münsterländer Vorstehhund is a multitalented dog breed that makes an excellent gundog as well as a good natured family pet. When hunting, It works closer and is more responsive to its master than most other hunting breeds. An excellent tracking and recovery dog, it makes use of its nose to locate the wounded bird. Its versatility is evident on land as well as in the water. The dog is capable of not only retrieving the game from land or water, it can also hunt small game like rodents and birds. It is very adaptable to difficult terrain, harsh weather and resistant to fatigue. As a working dog, it likes to be entrusted with some task to do. As a family companion, the dog is very cheerful, playful, kind and friendly to its master and family as well as brave, alert and watchful. Obedient and submissive to its family, this breed is very tractable and trainable. Very people oriented, this dog does not like to be left alone for longer time periods and may become noisy or even destructive if left unattended for longer. It gets along well with children in the family, being very playful with them specially when playing retrieving games. This breed gets along well with other dogs in the family. It is a suitable dog even for first time owners due to its calm and even temperament but like all dogs, it needs training from early age.
Grooming requirements vary in dogs and bitches of this breed. Bitches have shorter coats and require brushing once or twice a week while longer coats of dogs will need twice as much grooming as bitches. This breed is a seasonal heavy shedder.
The Grosser Münsterländer Vorstehhund is known for its obedient and submissive nature. It is an intelligent and easily manageable dog that is not difficult to train with proper training routines. This breed tends to mature slowly than some other breeds and hence should not be "over trained" during early days of its life.
This dog loves to be working. It is not a laid back dog and will require fair amount of physical exercises and stimulation to be happy and fit. Daily walking or jogging and playing time in a secure open area is needed for this dog.