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has a current practice which teaches nearly
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dogs to love and obey their owners and bond
deeply with them - while guiding owners to truly
appreciate the wonderful gift of friendship
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Munsterlander: Personality, Health, Grooming
: Gun Dog.
Small Münsterländer : Hunting-Pointing-Retrieving
Also Known As
Grosser Münsterländer Vorstehhund. (Large
Kleiner Münsterländer Vorstehhund (Small
Country of Origin, History of the breed
Münsterländer evolved in Münster,
Germany from its smaller cousin in the 1800's.
Its excellent nose properly indicates the
correlation to the Lower Saxon area; its similar
conformation to the German Longhaired Pointer
and Continental setters suggests that connection
as well. Many insist that the Grosser Münster
was once simply the black and white Longhaired
a Small Münsterländer was bred to
work with noble families' falconers before
guns were used in bird and small game hunting
By the 1800s the breed had fallen into obscurity.
Small Munsterlanders were little known, kept
by a few families on farms around Munster.
At the end of the 19th century, a concerted
effort was made to re-establish the breed
from the remaining lines in the Munster region.
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A General Description
of the Breed
The Large Münsterländer
possesses a well-balanced and athletic conformation
suggestive of easy, elegant and steady movement
and drive. The breed's head is sufficiently broad
and slightly rounded giving an impression of stability,
even dignity. Solid black with a white snip or star
is allowed. The body is generally white with black
patches, flecked and/or ticked. Its broad, round-tipped
ears hang close to the head. They should have a
scissors bite. The eyes are dark and heavy lidded.
The coat is long and dense, neither curly nor coarse.
It has feathers on the ears, front and hind legs,
and tail. There should be no feathering on the backside
of the upper feet, so that you can see the 90 degree
Males usually have larger heads,
longer hair on the chest and more feathering than
females. When the dog stands, his extended hind
feet should stand in a right angle to the ground.
It has firm, strong feet with ample hair between
the black-nailed toes. The tail is carried horizontally
and may be left intact or have a just a tiny bit
of the end removed.
The body of a Small Münsterländer
is lean yet powerful and not prone to becoming overweight.
Coloration is large patches of brown on a ticked
or solid white background. The soft coat is of medium
Large Münsterländer :
Height: 23-25.5 inches (58-65 cm.).
Small Münsterländer : Height : 18-20 inches
:Weight: 50-70 pounds (23-32 kg.).
Small Münsterländer :Weight : Around 45
pounds (20 kg.)
Temperament of the Breed
Both the Large and Small Münsterländer
are courageous, loyal, friendly, cheerful, intelligent
and obedient breeds. They make wonderful house companion
dogs. They are working dogs, are suitable for children,
but not good guard dogs.
The LMs grow very dependent on
their owners and hate being left alone. This dog
will adapt to any terrain and every type of hunting.
It is resistant to fatigue and bad weather. Particularly
appreciated for the sureness of its point and the
precision with which it retrieves, specially from
It loves water and has shown itself
to be a dedicated enemy of birds of prey. When it
spots a bird or rabbit it will usually freeze in
its motion.Its head will point towards the prey
and its whole body shifts slightly forward; one
of the front feet will often be off the ground.
The rapid motion freeze will prevent the prey from
being alarmed and shows the hunter where the prey
is hiding. Described by the German word "Vorsteh"
The SMs have a very strong drive
to follow their keen sense of smell. They love swimming,
too. The remain 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.
SMs will pick an individual person
to bond most closely with, typically the one who
hunts with the dog, but will revel in the company
of the rest of the family, too. When raised with
other pets in the household, such as cats, they
can coexist happily though they may enjoy a game
of chase and point. Unfamiliar small animals outdoors
will not be tolerated in the same way.
Better suited to outdoor
or indoor lifestyle?
The Large Münsterländer
is not recommended for apartment life. They are
moderately active indoors and will do best with
at least a large yard. The Münsterländer
wants to play (with a bone or toy), specially when
it is outdoors. They might attack smaller animals.
How active is the breed?
As with all their hunting relatives,
they require sufficient exercise. They need to be
taken on a daily, brisk walk, run or jog. In addition,
engaged in active play, it will usually be tired
in 20 minutes. Two to three 20-30 minute sessions
a day will make this dog happy. They make great
companions for active, outdoor people.
The Small Münsterländer
requires more than an hour's exercise everyday and
gentle and patient training, which provides excellent
results. They are also strong-willed and an owner
who is inconsistent or indecisive might find that
his dog is hard to control. Both voice and hand
signals are used, and an SM looks back at the hunter
for silent signals at intervals when on hold or
They respond well to training and
pick up obedience trainings fast. Münsterländers
can easily learn to come and sit on command in the
first six months of life.
The bitch of this species has
a shorter coat and will not need much grooming.
A brushing every 3-4 days should be enough. The
dog has a longer coat and needs a good brushing
every second day. This breed is a seasonally heavy
shedder especially in the spring. Regular grooming
will keep the shedding down.
Some lines are prone to hip dysplasia
although it is not common in this breed.
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