Non-sporting Breeds

Munsterlander

Munsterlander
Pedigree Points
Recognized: ANKC, FCI, KC (GB), KUSA
Height: Large dog: 24 in (61cm) Large bitch: 23 in (58-59cm) Small: 19-22 in (47.5-55cm)
Weight: Large dog: 55-65 lb (25-29kg) Large bitch: 55 lb (25kg) Small: 33 lb (15kg)
Coat: Moderately long and dense, with feathering
Color: Large: head solid black, white blaze, strip, or star allowed; body white or blue roan with black patches, flecks, ticks, or a combination of these Small: liver and white with ticking

Munsterlanders combine the best qualities of the setter and the spaniel, having the setter's build and the spaniel's head. While officially recorded as one of the newest pointing and retrieving gundog breeds, the Large Munsterlander has been well established in its native Germany as an all-purpose gundog since the beginning of the 18th century. Then it was regarded as a German Long-haired Pointer, but in the early days of the German Kennel Club it was decided that only brown and white German Long-haired Pointers would be eligible for registration and pups of other colors were given away.The "odd-colored" puppies fell into the hands of farmers whose aim was to perpetuate the best working qualities, irrespective of color. Thus, the farmers were able to build up and save an interesting and attractive variety of gundog, known today as the Large Munsterlander. The Small Munsterlander is a more recent breed, derived by crossing the Brittany with the German Long-haired Pointer in the early 20th century. Munsterlanders are loyal, affectionate, and trustworthy dogs that admirably fulfill the roles of sportsman's companion and family pet. They are energetic and so need plenty of exercise, and a daily brushing.
 
 
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