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Munsterlander (Large & Small) Dog Breed Profile

General
Other Names
Munster, Large Munsterlander: Grosser Munsterland 
Dog Group Kennel Club
Gundog 
Breed Classification
Munsterlanders are multi-purpose gundogs, also being used in field trials and in the show-ring. They have fantastic staying power and work well on both land and in water. 
Cost of Ownership
Average Food Cost
per week
Feeding Requirements
As puppies ensure the breeder's diet sheet is followed and do not be tempted to spoil them as they will become finicky eaters. Little and often is the key for successful feeding of Munsterlanders. 
Other Expenses
The price of a puppy will be between 400 to 550. After this initial outlay, they are relatively inexpensive to keep. 
Average Puppy Price
 
Lifespan
9 - 15 years
The Large Munsterlander has a life expectancy of 12 to 13 years, while the Small Munsterland can live to 13 or 14 years of age. 
Average Litter Size
8 puppies is the average size of litter but they have been known to have 14 to 17! 
General Physical Description
The Large Munsterlanders are wellproportioned dogs who carry themselves with pride They are wellbalanced and have a free and easy long striding movement with drive Their coats are flowing and dense with a good deal of feathering on the legs and tail Their smaller relations are more setterlike but in all other aspects apart from colouration are similar in appearance
Height Min Max
Bitch 52cm (20") 63cm (25")
Dog 50cm (20") 65cm (26")
Weight Min Max
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Size Category
Medium 
Weight Height Range
The Small Munsterlander bitch stands 52 to 56 cms at the withers, the dog 50 to 56cms, whilst the Large Munsterlander bitch stands 58 to 63cms,the dog 60 to 65cms. There are no set guidelines given for their weight. 
Ailments
There There are very little health problems in this breed and the breed club's insistence on screening for hereditary cataracts suggest the ailment is well controlled. Although there are incidents of hip dysplasia, the x-ray scores are quite low and therefore very promising. The breed is not prone to any other disorders. 
Common Ailments
 
Susceptibility To Illness
Low 
Other
History
In the 1800's bird dogs in Germany came in all shapes, sizes and coat colours. In the latter part of the 19th century, because of the growing interest in the individual breeds, the different types were all separated. When the German Long-Haired Pointer Club drew up its standards, for some reason, the only colour allowed was liver and white. Litters with all colourations were produced and the black and white puppies, many with excellent blood lines, were given away to farmers and hunters from the Munster area in Germany. Colour did not matter to them and, so these puppies were bred, possibly bringing in other breeds, e.g. spaniel or setter types, until in 1919 the Large Munsterlander was given recognition in his own right to differentiate him from the smaller version. 
Intelligence
Both large and small are bright and keen and therefore relatively easy to train, wanting to please their owners at all costs. They can, however, be dominant and therefore need consistency in handling or they can become almost unmangeable. < 
Show Characteristics
The Small Munsterlander is now declassified in the Kennel Club of Great Britain's breed standards. All pigmentation should be black. The head should be sufficiently broad and rounded with no pronounced occiput or stop. The teeth should be well-developed with a regular scissor bite. The eyes are intelligent, medium-sized and dark brown. The ears should be broad and set on high, lying flat and close to the head. The neck should be strong and muscular, slightly arched and join onto well laid back shoulders. The back should be short-coupled, firm and strong, slightly higher at the shoulders, sloping smoothly to the croup and tail, with well-spring ribs. The front legs should be straight with strong pasterns and the hind legs well muscled with well let down hocks. Dew claws should be removed. The feet should be tight, moderately round and well knuckled with dense hair between the toes. The tail should be well set on in line with the back and well feathered. It should be carried horizontally or curved slightly upwards. Docking of the tip of the tail is optional. 
Country Of Origin
Germany 
Famous Examples
 
Records Held
 
Characteristics
Energy
Medium 
Overall Exercise
100 - 120 minutes per day.
Munsterlanders are primarily field sports dogs but will adapt quite readily to family life as long as they are given plenty of exercise. They love water therefore care must be taken to ensure their safety when they are running loose. They make super companions for active people, being content either to work or play. 
Distress if Left Alone
High 
Personal Protection
Medium 
Guard Dog Suitability
Medium 
Risk of Sheep Worrying
High 
Tendency to Bark
High 
High 
Level of Aggression
Low 
Compatibility With Other Animals
High 
Suitable For Children

High 

General Character And Temperament
These are lovable and affectionate dogs who bond well with the family. There will be no problems whatsoever mixing them with other dogs and pets. The majority of them love and have great patience with children. Munsters will, however, act as watch dogs when necessary. They can be quite vocal, especially after having been left and love to bring you 'presents' on your return home, or alternatively greet you with your slippers or newspaper! They are brave, eager to work and have a very gentle nature, wanting to please at all times. They do however need owners who will spend a lot of time and give plenty affection to them. They give the impression that they totally enjoy life and want their owners to do the same! 
Grooming
Coat Length
Short/Medium 
Grooming Requirement
Once a week 
Trimming
 
Requires Professional Groomer
 
Grooming
Munsterlanders require little in the way of grooming, a weekly comb and brush over will suffice. Their feathering on the ears, front and hind legs and tail will need the occasional tidying up. Excess hair between the pads on the feet should be trimmed when necessary. They are dogs who enjoy all types of weather so be warned, mud and dirt can be a problem! 
Colour
Large Munsterlanders are either black or blue roan with white, while the smaller version is brown (liver) and white. 
Shedding
Little 
Suffers From Allergies
 
Tendency to Cause Allergies
 

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