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Large Munsterlander Dog Breed… Everything That You Need to Know at a Glance!

When it comes to discussing the Large Munsterlander dog breed, really the first thing that one must mention is the fact that these should be considered a hunting dog like no other!

In fact…

The Large Munsterlander is a natural born predator. He is a ferocious hunting dog breed, who can accompany you on a hunt in any terrain and in any condition.

Now when…

We say ferocious, we don’t want to give you the impression that these are a wild and dangerous animal, we just want to stress the point that hunting is what these guys do.  In fact, there aren’t that many dogs out there that have the same level of stamina and sheer running power as the Munsterlander does.

This is why…

He is a favorite of hunters across Europe mainly because these guys can hunt just about any type of animal, despite the fact that his favorite prey will be water birds.

As a hunting dog…

These guys do everything – he is a tracker, pointer and a retriever which is evident by how well these guys usually don on the Navhda Natural Ability Test, which measures the inherent natural ability of a dog.

They are particularly…

Well known for his ability to track a scent, point at a target and retrieve big and small game. If you’re not an avid hunter yourself, and don’t care too much about that, then maybe the Large Munsterlander is not the right dog for you.

In fact…

Large Munsterlander breeders are very careful about placing their Munsterlander puppies only in homes of avid hunters for this reason.

The Munsterlander is a very physical, athletic breed and requires his share of daily exercise. He is most comfortable in a rural area and in a house with a large yard, where there is more than enough space for him to run around.

But Remember…

It is the Large Münsterländer’s natural instinct to hunt. Not allowing him to do that is cruel, it’s going against nature and what nature intended for this creature.


Unless you’re someone who loves hunting, this dog isn’t for you.  This is why we wanted to take a moment and discuss what it might be like to own a Large Munsterlander so that if you’re considering adopting one, you’ll know for sure if it’s a good idea for you!

Large Munsterlander Dog Fast Facts

Country of Origin: Germany

Original purpose:  Hunting and retrieving

Height: 23 to 25 inches at the shoulder

Weight: 50 to 75 pounds

Dog Breed Classification:  Sporting group (although not “officially” recognized by the American Kennel Club)

Life Span: 11 to 13 years

Origin of the Large Munsterland

We have all read about the great German hunting dogs. They have been around for more than 1,000 years through the Middle Ages in the forests of Bavaria. That said however, the history of the Large Munsterlander is not so old.

This is a recent dog breed…

Which emerged as a “type” of the German Longhaired Pointer in the 19th century. He was different from the German Longhaired Pointer because of his black patches – while the Pointer had brown spots.  This is mainly why the Large Munsterland hasn’t been “officially” recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC) as its own unique breed.

But that hasn’t…

Stopped those who are passionate about this “type” of dog from creating a breed “Standard” for the Large Munsterland which has been modeled after those dogs that first originated in the town of Munster or Munsterland in the early 20th century and later accepted by the German Kennel Club in 1922.

The Large Munsterlander…

Soon became a popular hunting dog across Europe. But events such as the World War II, and before that the Great Depression intervened and most dog owners forgot about this dog for a while.

This is probably why…

The Large Munsterlanders weren’t actually brought to the United States until the mid-1960’s.  Here in the US, the breed’s development in the U.S. is overseen by the Large Munsterlander Club of North America. Today…

The breed is considered a huge success within the hunting community and is slowly gaining more and more “recognition” by Kennel Clubs worldwide day by day.

Physical Characteristics of the Large Munsterlander

The Large Münsterländer rises up to a height of 23 to 25 inches. He has a powerful, muscular body. He has a lean and mean look about him, and looks big and strong without being bulky.

These guys also…

Have an elongated head, powerful teeth and jaws, dark, oval shaped eyes, and ears set just above the eye level. You can sense how strong he is from his powerful looking, very muscular neck and back, deep chest and tucked abdomen.

His coat is…

Thick and dense and usually black and white with black patches. He looks every bit a ruthless hunter capable of hunting absolutely anything that moves. He walks with a spring in his steps and can start running at full gallop almost effortlessly when needed to.

Comparisons Dog Breeds

The Large Munsterlander is often compared with the Small Munsterlander. The Small Munsterlander is a smaller version of the breed that’s a few inches shorter at shoulder level.

This is a German dog, and is often compared with his compatriot, the German Long-Haired Pointer, another versatile hunting dog breed, which equally adept at tracking, pointing, and retrieving.

Temperament and Personality of the Large Munsterlander

The Munsterlander can be a very good family pet. He is loyal to his family and is always cheerful and gentle with children in particular. He is easy to train, and is very quick at learning new things. He is one of the most intelligent dogs out there.

That said however…

He is above all a hunting dog and it is his natural instinct to hunt. Never deny him that. When on the prowl, he is in a zone of his own. There’s just no stopping him when he gets started on a scent.

But even though…

The Large Munsterlander loves to be outdoors, they really should live in the house with you and your family. You cannot just leave him out in the yard all by himself. That would bore him senseless and lead to destructive habits. This is a dog that craves human company and wants to be around his family.

And while…

He is a calm and cheerful dog, and great with children. But he may not be the right dog for a family with toddlers.

He gets along with other dogs. Remember… he is a predator. If you have other pets in the house, such as a cat or something more exotic, he is probably going to have them for dinner.

Large Munsterlander Health Issues

Large Münsterländers are among the healthiest dogs out there. They have a very good life expectancy of 11 to 13 years. However, even these dogs are vulnerable to certain health problems.

Such as…

  • Allergies
  • Elbow dysplasia
  • Hip dysplasia

And while…

Many of these conditions may not be life threatening, they can certainly become quite expensive to deal with particularly if they become recurring issues.

This is why…

We here at IndulgeYourPet also recommend that any new pet owner take a moment and see what it might cost for you to purchase a pet insurance policy for your new animal.

Now will a pet insurance policy be right for everyone?

No, probably not.  But until you fully understand what these policies “will” and “won’t” cover and how much these pet insurance policies cost, how will you know if one might be right for you?

For more information on who we feel currently offers the “best” pet insurance policies out there, we would encourage you to check out our Best Pet Insurance Policies article.

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