Large Munsterlander

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Height: 58 - 65cm M | 58 - 65cm F
Weight: 23 - 32kg M | 23 - 32kg F
Life Expectancy: 11 - 13 Years

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The Large Munsterlander is a favourite hunting dog and companion in Europe. It has strong hunting instincts and a high level of stamina and endurance for fieldwork, especially in the face of rough terrain and harsh weather. This dog breed is affectionate with its family and sociable with other dogs, being bred to hunt in packs. It is a medium-sized dog weighing 59 to 66 pounds and standing 58 to 65 centimetres at the withers.

Are thinking of getting a Large Munsterlander? Here is a bit of a background about this excellent multi-purpose dog.


book icon History

The Large Munsterlander originated from the Munster area in Germany and descended from the bird dog, the German Longhaired Pointer (GLP) in the 1880s. In fact, it is believed that the Large Munsterlander came from the GLP litters (a subtype) with all colourations, except liver and white, which is the standard colour of the GLP. These multi-coloured litters were given away to farmers and hunters in the Munster area in Germany, where they do not discriminate dog colour.

It was in 1919 that the Large Munsterlander was recognised as a separate breed in its own right. In 1922, early fanciers introduced the spaniel bloodline in the mix to create a new derivation of the breed and develop its standards. The result of the new breed of the Large Munsterlander was recognised by the German Kennel Club in 1922 with 82 registrations.

The Large Munsterlander was recognised by The Kennel Club in 1971. However, its low volume of annual registrations and people's preference to keep it as a hunting dog make it an unpopular dog to keep as a family pet, despite its kind, loyal and affectionate nature.


comb icon Appearance and Grooming

The Large Munsterlander is a medium to large dog weighing 59 to 66 pounds and standing 58 to 65 centimetres at the withers. It is a well-proportioned breed that carries itself with pride. It boasts of a well-balanced, long and easy stride, typical of a gundog. Its head is nicely balanced with the rest of the body with a moderately dome-shaped skull minus a pronounced stop. It has a strong jaw to retrieve live game and well-developed black nose with a wide nostril to smell and point hunters the location of the prey.

Large Munsterlanders have long and dense coats with a great deal of feathering on the legs and tail. The hair on its head is shorter and smoother, lying flat on its head. Accepted standard breed colours of a Large Munsterlander include white and black, blue roan, and black. Their coats are easy to groom and can be dealt with a weekly brushing, although the feathering on the legs and tails will need a little tidying up to keep it clean and in excellent condition.

Other grooming regimens, including brushing its teeth two to three times a week to avoid oral problems such as gum disease and bad breath. The ears should be checked and cleaned out at least once a week to prevent ear infections. Look out for clicking sounds on the floor, which means it's time to trim its nails.


bulb icon Temperament and Intelligence

No doubt that the Large Munsterlander is an excellent gundog breed highly-praised for its hunting instincts, intelligence and stamina. However, most people do not know that this dog has the bearings of a kind, gentle, loyal and friendly dog, which are characteristics of a wonderful family pet and companion. They are also great watchdogs, very vocal to quickly alert their owners when there are strangers around. Large Munsterlanders are quite the social dogs and get along well with any members of the family including other dogs, even cats. However, this can only be achieved when this dog breed is well-socialised at an early age.

Large Munsterlanders form a strong attachment with its family and do not like to be left alone for extended periods. Thus, this dog breed is well-suited to households where one family members stay at home. Nevertheless, Munsterlanders are an excellent choice for inexperienced dog owners since they are intelligent and easy to train, as long as the owner can dedicate enough time to provide them with enough exercise.

The Large Munsterlander has natural affinity with children and are extra careful around them. However, like in most dogs, supervision is necessary when playing games to make sure both the children and the dog stay safe, especially given the size of the Munsterlander.


food icon Nutrition and Feeding

A typical serving for an adult Large Munsterlander is 2.5 to 3 cups of premium quality dry dog food per day. No single food is generally right for all dogs since there are factors to consider such as its age, size, gender, health, metabolism, and activity level. Finding the right food is not a challenge especially if you consult a veterinarian or a canine nutritionist for a diet recommendation specific to your dog.

Typical daily calorie needs of an adult Large Munsterlander weighing 60 pounds:

  • Senior and less active: up to 1,340 calories daily
  • Typical adults: up to 1,500 calories daily
  • Physically active/working dogs: up to 1,670 calories daily

It is essential to provide the Large Munsterlander quality dog food formulated for its medium to large size. Also make sure that diet is rich in animal protein to support bone and muscle growth, especially for an active hunting gundog such as the Munsterlander.


stethoscope icon Health and Exercise

The Large Munsterlander is generally healthy when properly cared for and fed well with healthy dog food. They can live up to 13 years unless they suffer some health conditions they are predisposed to such as Hereditary Cataracts, Hip and Elbow Dysplasia, Osteochondrosis, Black Hair Follicular Dysplasia, Epilepsy, Otitis Externa, and some skin allergies.

Since Large Munsterlanders are gundogs, they are active dogs with high stamina. In short, they will require the right amount of daily exercises (at least 2 hours) to be happy and well-rounded dogs. Without a job to do or activities to engage in, this dog breed can exhibit destructive behaviours due to boredom. Also, Large Munsterlanders love to roam around so make sure you have a securely fenced back garden to keep it from escaping.


pound icon Cost of Ownership

Since only a few puppies are registered from the Large Munsterlander litter, it is inevitable that to buy a Large Munsterlander puppy one must be on a waitlist. However, this is not as bad as you think, since the waiting can help you get the funds you need for the purchase as well as for other expenses necessary to raise it. Below is a breakdown of some costs required for a Large Munsterlander:

  • The purchase price is not less than £500 for a well-bred puppy.
  • Getting a pet insurance will set you back £30 to £65 a month.
  • Buying high-quality dog food will cost around £40 to £50 a month, minus treats.
  • Veterinary costs (include vaccination, boosters and neutering) can quickly add up to £1,100 annually.
  • Initial dog supplies and equipment can cost more or less £200, depending on the quality you buy.

As a rough guide, you will have to spend at least £80 a month to own and raise a Large Munsterlander.


Is a Large Munsterlander Right for You?

  • The Large Munsterlander is an excellent hunting companion.
  • It is affectionate, kind, gentle and loyal.
  • It is ideal for inexperienced dog owners since it is easy to train.
  • It is vocal, which makes it an excellent watchdog.
  • It requires enough mental and physical stimulation, at least 2 hours of daily exercises.
  • It is a rare breed, which means getting one is tricky.

Are you sure the Large Munsterlander is the best breed for you? Take the Pet Breed Selector Quiz to find your perfect breed match.

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The information, including measurements, prices and other estimates, on this page is provided for general reference purposes only.
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