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Small Munsterlander


Small Munsterlander Facts

  • Group
  • Hound
  • Affiliations
  • UKC
  • Height
  • 19" - 22"
  • Weight
  • 35-55 lbs.
  • Lifespan
  • 12 years | Add yours

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  • Exercise Requirement
  • High - This breed requires vigorous daily activity
  • Training Requirement
  • Average Training Time
  • Grooming Requirement
  • Moderate
  • Colors
    • White / Brown
  • Breed Characteristics
    • Good with children
    • Hunting heritage

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Alternate Names

Small Munsterland pointer, kleiner Munsterlander vorstehund


The small Munsterlander developed in Germany.

Date Of Origin

This breed originated in the middle ages, however it wasn't selectively bred until the 1900's.


The Munsterlander was developed in the Munster region of Germany, probably from the crosses between Germany longhaired pointers and continental spaniels. The dogs are versatile hunters, used for pointing and retrieving both in the water and on land.
Originally a dog bred to work with noble families' falconers before guns were used in bird and small game hunting, ancestors of the Small Munsterlander had to work in upland areas to flush prey for the falcon, then allow the falcon to keep the prey until the falconer could retrieve it while the dog pointed at the catch. To this day the Small Munsterlander has excellent close searching and pointing drive. With wider availability of guns and personal time for commoners, hunting became more popular, and the breed was further developed as a retriever that worked equally well in the field and water. Owners of the breed consider it to be uniquely effective in working as a team with the huntsman in all phases of the hunt, akin to the close cooperation between a sheep herder and Border Collie.


This is a medium-size, muscular dog. It has a slightly rounded, brown nose; brown eyes; and broad drop ears that are set high and end in a point. The double coat has a sleek, slightly wavy outer coat of moderate length. There is feathering on the tail and legs. The medium-length tail is carried straight, although the last third maybe lightly curved upward. The coat is brown and white or white ticked with brown. Tan markings are permitted on the muzzle and eyes.


The small Munsterlander is an active, social dog. It is affectionate but can be stubborn and has a strong prey drive. Fanciers describe it as having a sweet and sassy personality. It loves water activities and gets along well with children and other dogs.


The small Munsterlander was used almost exclusively as a hunting dog. It has become a welcome companion in recent years.

Health Concerns

Hip dysplasia.

Additional Information

This breed does best with an active rural or suburban family.

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


Publisher: WikiMedia Foundation, On Going

Website: http://en.wikipedia.org/

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