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.