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GENERALBreed group: Sporting Type: Pure Breed
PHYSICALSize: Medium Weight: 40-70 lbs depending on size (large or small) Fur length: Ears: Flappy Fur type: Straight
Fur Color: Black, Black & White, Brown & White, Merle / Spotted / Brindle / Speckled
ATTRIBUTESLife Expectancy: 12-14 years Rarity: Common Availability: Easily available
Climate: Good for every climate
The Munsterlander is a German breed of gundog. There are two separate breeds by this name; the Large Munsterlander and the small Munsterlander. Both breeds are known for their exceptional hunting, pointing and retrieving skills. The large Munsterlander is the descendent of parti-coloured bird and hawking dogs used in Middle ages. A large dog with height between 24-26 inches and weight about 66 lbs, it is athletic, intelligent, noble and elegant in appearance with a muscular yet lean body that comes in black and white medium length hair. The Small Munsterlander descended from Long coated German Spaniels. It is a medium size dog with height and weight of 20-22 inches and 35 lbs respectively. The dog comes with a lean yet powerful, elegant and balanced body. The medium length, glossy coat comes in solid or ticked white colour with large patches of brown. Both small and large Munsterlander breeds are NOT recognized by AKC. However they are recognized by other major kennel clubs like FCI, UKC, CKC, KC(UK) as gun dog breeds.
The Large Munsterlander is found in White ground color, with black patches or spots, or ticked or roaned. Head is solid black with or without a blaze or spot on the forehead. The Small Munsterlander is found in Brown and white, Brown roan, Brown mantle, Brown ticked, White blaze and tail tip acceptable. Tan points on cheeks, above eyes and around anus acceptable.
The Long Munsterlander has long and dense coat except on the head, where it is short and smooth. Flat and close-lying on body. Good feathering on back of front and hind legs, tail and ear leather in both males and females. The Small Munsterlander's coat is dense, flat lying, straight or slightly wavy. Water, weather and thorn proof. Nicely feathered on ears, front legs, back legs down to hocks and tail.
The Large Munsterlander is a loyal, affectionate and trustworthy dog as well as courageous, intelligent, cheerful and obedient. It makes a wonderful house pet with its excellent behavior with children. It is a friendly breed that may not make a good guard dog. It is a highly trainable breed that is easy going and loves to be used as working dog. It gets along well with other dogs and pets in the family but early age socialization is important. The Small Munsterlander can be described as intelligent, trainable, attentive and a little stubborn. 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, too. The Small Munsterlander is a happy, affectionate 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 a kennel because of their sociable nature and need to interact with people?they need to live in the home of their human family.
Grooming needs for both breeds are not very high. Brushing the coat two to three times a week should keep the coat clean. Both energetic breeds need lots of exercise and playing time in open spaces.
Both small and large Munsterlanders are very trainable dogs. They can be trained basic commands rather easily when the dogs are puppies and they respond well to positive training methods.
Both breeds need lots of physical and mental stimulation. They require large open spaces to run, roam and play. Under exercised Munsterlanders will become destructive.