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Large Munsterlander


Large Munsterlander Facts

  • Group
  • Other Breed Classes
  • Affiliations
  • UKC
  • Height
  • 23" - 26"
  • Weight
  • 53-76 lbs.
  • Lifespan
  • 10 years | Add yours

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  • Exercise Requirement
  • High - This breed requires vigorous daily activity
  • Training Requirement
  • Average Training Time
  • Grooming Requirement
  • Easy
  • Colors
    • White
    • White / Black
    • Blue
  • Breed Characteristics
    • Hunting heritage
    • Ok outdoors
    • Should sleep indoors

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Alternate Names

rosser Munsterlander vorstehund


The Munsterlander originated in Germany.

Date Of Origin

This breed is represented in paintings since the middle ages, however, it was not recognized as a distinct breed until the early 1900's.


The large Munsterlander is a cross of pointers, wachtelhunds and stoberhunds, all believed to be descended from the bird and hawk dogs used in the Middle Ages. The breed was developed in the West Munsterland, Germany, and is a cousin of the small Munsterlander and German longhaired pointer. It only became a separate breed in the early twentieth century and is differentiated from the longhaired pointer by its black and white coloring.


This is a medium to large-size, muscular, and square-shaped dog. It has a long head with a black nose and dark eyes. The drop ears are broad and set high and the tail is long. The medium-length, sleek coat is white with black patches or blue roan, with feathering on the legs, tail and ears.


The large Munsterlander is active and easygoing. It is friendly with almost everyone, including children and other animals and is highly trainable. It tends to vocalize.


This breed was first used as a tracking, pointing and retrieving dog. Today it has developed into a companion and gun dog.

Health Concerns

Hip dysplasia.

Additional Information

It does best with an active family in a rural or suburban environment.

Show Sources & Contributors +


The Howell Book Of Dogs

Publisher: Wiley Publishing Inc, 2007

Website: http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/

Author: Liz Palika

Dog Bible

Publisher: BowTie Press, 2005

Website: http://www.bowtiepress.com/bowtie/

Authors: Kristin Meuh-Roe, Jarelle S. Stein

The New Encyclopedia of the Dog

Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Publishing, 2000

Website: http://www.dk.com

Author: Bruce Fogle

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