About the Breed

About Munsterlanders

For those of you who may be new to the breed, this is just a brief description and history of the Large Munsterlander.

The Large Munsterlander is officially recorded as the youngest pointing retriever gundog breed, but has been known in Germany for as long as all the other German gundog breeds. It resembles a setter in both build and coat, and has a head similar to a spaniel. It is a multi-purpose gundog, ideal for the rough shoot: it has an excellent nose and staying power, and works equally well on land or in water. It makes an intelligent and likeable family pet, but this is an energetic dog needing plenty of exercise.

In colour, the Large Munsterlander has a solid black head, or with white blaze, snip or star. The body is white or blue roan with black patches, flecked or ticked or a combination of these. In size, dogs should be 60 – 65cm, and bitches 58 – 63cm.

Way back in the past, the best working dogs were mated to the best working bitches, with little thought to colour, breeding or coat texture. Early in the 19th century, however, people became breed and colour conscious and records of the best dogs were kept. So it was with the Large Munsterlander, which was at that time classed as a German Longhaired Pointer, which included both black and brown variations.

When the German Kennel Club was founded and the general studbook came into operation, only brown and white German Longhaired Pointers were allowed registration.

In 1919, a few supporters of the black and white Longhaired Pointers decided to form their own society. This group met in an area called Munsterland, and named the breed the Large Munsterlander.

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