Large Munsterlander Breed Summary
Loyal, Alert, Intelligent, Loving and Trustworthy
|Lifespan||11 - 13 Years|
|Height (at the withers)||Males and Females 23in - 25in|
|Weight||Males and Females 50lb - 70lb|
|Coat||Coats are Long, Dense and there is Lots of Feathering on their Front and Back Legs and Tails|
|Color||Heads are Black with a White Blaze, Star or Nip. The Body is White or Blue Roan with Black Markings|
|Eye color||Dark Brown|
|Common health issues||Hereditary cataracts, Hip dysplasia, HUU (urinary stones), Osteochondrosis of the shoulders, Black hair follicular dysplasia|
|Other Names||Munster, Grosser Munsterland|
These dogs are known for their incredibly loyal and devoted natures. Additionally, they are extremely intelligent and it's for these reasons that they are such highly prized hunting dogs. It also makes them a good breed for first-time owners, as they are easy to handle and train! They absolutely love to be around humans and are extremely sociable by nature, meaning they form very strong bonds with their owners. For this reason, they shouldn't be left alone for too long as it can result in them developing separation anxiety. As they are wary of strangers and highly alert, they make excellent watchdogs, although they can sometimes be very vocal.
The Munsterlander originated in the Munsterland region of Germany as a German Spaniel. These dogs were first documented in 1870; however, it is believed that these dogs have been in existence since the 13th or 14th century. Artwork dating back the Middle Ages was discovered. Many of these pieces had dogs depicted the strongly resembled the Munsterlander. Size was not distinguished until the early 20th century when the breed standard was set. The Small Munsterlander was outlined to be 19 to 23 inches tall at the shoulder whereas the Large Munsterlander was outlined to be 23 to 25 inches tall at the shoulder. The Large Munsterlander was officially recognized as a breed in 1919.
Many researchers believe that longhaired Pointers were crossed with Spaniels of various sizes to create the Munsterlander. In the early 20th century breeders began setting a specific type for each size by only breeding dogs with certain qualities together to ensure those qualities were passed on. In 1966, the first documented Munsterlander arrived in the United States. This started a small movement of dog enthusiasts who created the Large Munsterlander Club of America and the Small Munsterlander Club of America. The United Kennel Club recognized both the Large and Small Munsterlander in 2006, allowing them to compete in all UKC sanctioned events.