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Other name(s): Grosser Münsterländer

The basics:
The Large Munsterlander is a German gundog developed in the Münster region in the 1800s, probably from a black and white variant of the German Longhaired Pointer. Thanks to its all-round skills as a hunting dog that can point and retrieve, its popularity is growing outside its native Germany. The Kennel Club (UK) says, "The large influx of breeds of gundog from Continental Europe since the early 1950s has introduced a number of multi-purpose dogs to the rough-shooting scene in the UK. None has been more strikingly handsome than this..."

As a bonus, this highly regarded breed loves to please its people, a trait that makes it a good family pet as well as a topnotch hunting companion.

Appearance / health:
The Large Munsterlander possesses a well-balanced physique that suggests easy, movement. Its head is broad and slightly rounded, implying stability. The eyes are dark and heavy lidded. Males usually have larger heads, longer hair on the chest, and more feathering than females. When the dog stands, the hind feet stand in a right angle to the ground. It has firm, strong feet with black-nailed toes. The tail is carried horizontally.

These dogs require a good brushing every other day. The female’s shorter coat requires relatively less grooming. This breed is a heavy seasonal shedder, especially in spring; regular grooming may help to check excess shedding.

Like other gun dogs, this breed requires a good amount of exercise. Two to three 30-minute sessions of exercise and play daily may be adequate.

Although generally a healthy breed, the Large Munsterlander may be prone to hip dysplasia, a deformation of the hips leading to lameness.

Behavior / temperament:
Large Munsterlanders are trainable and make wonderful house companions. They are people dependent, preferring not to let the owner out of sight for even a short while. They get destructive and bark when left in the house to themselves. They seem to enjoy car drives.

These dogs are happiest when working. They possess a natural instinct for retrieving and like to carry things about in their mouths. They may chase every small rodent and bird. Upon spotting game they freeze, with the heads pointing, body shifted slightly forward and one of the front feet held up off the ground. This rapid freeze prevents the prey from being alarmed, while showing the hunter where the prey is hiding.

Large Munsterlanders are easily trained. They are slow maturing dogs and so are gradually trained for fieldwork. Training them may require patience and firmness, especially during the first six months. It is usually trained for agility, obedience, and other sports and utilities.

They are not generally noisy unless bored.

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