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Munsterlanders are well-proportioned dogs with dense, flowing coats and a great deal of feathering on the legs and tail. There are two sizes, the Large Munsterlander and the Small Munsterlander. 

Appearance-wise the two types are very similar, although the Small Munsterlander is a little more ‘setter’ like. The major difference asides from size is colour. Currently the Small Munsterlander is on the Import register, the Large Munsterlander is fully recognised by the Kennel Club. 

12-13 years
Large Munsterlanders: 25-29kg for males and around 25kg for females
Small Munsterlanders: 15-17kg
Large Munsterlanders: 60-65cm for males and 58-63cm for females
Small Munsterlanders: 54cm tall for males, 52cm for females
Large Munsterlanders: black or blue roan with white
Small Munsterlanders: liver and white or liver roan
UK Kennel Club Groups
The need-to-know
  • Dogs suitable for experienced owners
  • Extra training required
  • Generally healthy breed
  • Enjoys vigorous walks
  • Enjoys more than two hours of walking a day
  • Medium dog
  • Some drool
  • Requires grooming every other day
  • Quiet dog
  • Barks and alerts to visitors/anything unusual
  • Generally friendly with other dogs
  • Gets along with other pets with training
  • May need additional supervision to live with children
  • Needs a large garden
  • Can live in semi-rural areas
  • Can be left occasionally with training
Generally healthy breed

The Large Munsterlander breed can suffer from: 
- Hip dysplasia
- Elbow dysplasia
- Hyperuricosuria which is where a substance called uric acid build up in the urinary tract and can lead to the formation of bladder stones.
- Hereditary cataracts which is a condition where the lens in the eye becomes cloudy and this can result in blindness.
- Epilepsy¹ which is a condition where abnormal brain function can lead to seizures which damage the brain.
Priority Kennel Club health schemes and testing: 
- Hip dysplasia screening scheme 
- Elbow dysplasia screening scheme 
- Eye screening scheme 
- DNA test for hyperuricosuria which tests whether or not a dog has the potential to be affected by this condition.

¹A. D. Short et al, 'Characteristics of epileptic episodes in UK dog breeds: an epidemiological approach', 2011, Veterinary Record


Affectionate, lovable and patient, the Munsterlander makes an excellent family dog as well as a good working gundog. They will also act as watch dogs however, alerting their family to the presence of strangers or suspicious activity, and can therefore be quite vocal. Eager to work and with a desire to please, they are easily trained to perform a variety of tasks beyond the typical gundog jobs.

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Did you know?

Whilst the Large Munsterlander can really be considered a different coloured German Long Haired Pointer, the Small Munsterlander (who is not that much smaller than the Large!) originates from a mix of Large Munsterlander and smaller Spaniel types. This is why the Small Munsterlander tends to be a slightly more intense, busy and independent dog compared to the calmer, steadier Large. 

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