Large Munsterlander

The Large Munsterlander is a large and elegant working dog from Germany. It forms part of the gundog group. This stunning looking dog is renowned for its distinctive white coat with black markings, and black head. Black & Blue Roan also exists in this breed, but is rarely seen.

Large Munsterlander breed group


Size of the Large Munsterlander

Large. A lean well-muscled and athletic dog.

Country of origin

The Munsterlander can be traced back to the 1870s in Germany, but was only recognised by the Kennel Club in 1971. The Large Musterlander is a   competent and intelligent working dog and was originally used for hunting, pointing and retrieving on land and in water. Today it is kept mostly as a companion dog.

Large Munsterlander introduction and overview

The Large Munsterlander is an athletic gundog with a white coat with black markings, with the head normally being black. The coat features long featherings on the ears, legs, abdomen and tail. The hair on the feet and pads can also grow long.

It’s a sporty breed and excels at obedience. It also enjoys the water, and is a strong swimmers.

Sadly, it’s not a dog that is seen often in the UK with only 97 puppies recorded with the Kennel Club in 2015.

Size and weight of the Large Munsterlander

Height bitch 58-63cms

Height dog 60-65cms

Weight (kilos) bitch 23-32kgs

Weight (kilos) dog 23-32kgs

Exercise requirements of the Large Munsterlander

High. The Munsterlander needs at least 2 hours of exercise, preferably off the lead. Lack of exercise or mental stimualtion can quickly result in unwanted and destructive behaviour including separation anxiety. Prospective owners should give careful thought to the time commitment and exercise requirements of this sporty, athletic breed.

Large Munsterlander Temperament, socialisation with children, other dogs and other pets

The Munsterlander is a friendly, loyal and trustworthy dog with a high level of intelligence. They normally make good family pets and with early socialisation skills adapt well to children and family life. They tend to mix well with other dogs, and enjoy exercising and socialising with familiar dogs. They may be slightly shy and aloof with new dogs initially but rarely show signs of aggression. Care should be taken around cats and smaller pets due to the natural hunting instinct of the breed.

Is the Large Munsterlander a good dog for a first time dog owner?

Yes. The breed is easy to train and a quick learner, but any new owner must be aware of the high levels of physical exercise this breed requires.

Large Munsterlander coat length

Medium. The Munsterlander has soft, silky feathers on its ears and legs, body and tail.

Grooming requirements of the Large Munsterlander

The coat needs brushing regularly with a soft slicker brush to prevent tangles and matts, especially the feathers.

Ears should be check on a regular basis for foreign bodies such as thorns, brambles and ticks. Ears should be cleaned with a specialist ear cleaner for dogs, especially for frequent swimmers.


No. The Large Munsterlander sheds throughout the year so is an unsuitable choice of dog for allergy sufferers.

Health issues in the Large Munsterlander

The breed is generally healthy and has a lengthy expected lifespan. But all new owners should consult their breeder about the following known health issues:

  • Hip dysplasia - an inherited malformation of the hip joint, has been found in the breed but is very rare.
  • Skin problems - the short coat means the breed is prone to problems from fleas, ticks and injuries from thorns and brambles.

As with all pedigree dogs, it is very important to obtain a puppy from a source where you can be guaranteed that it has been bred with a view to avoiding the inherent physical and psychological diseases of the breed.

Average lifespan of the Large Munsterlander

A healthy dog can expect to enjoy an expected lifespan of between 10-14 years.

Approximate Large Munsterlander pedigree puppy price

Expect to pay around £550-750 for a puppy. There are usually between 6-8 puppies in an average litter. There were just 86 Large Munsterlander puppies registered with the Kennel Club in 2014, so litters are fairly uncommon.

Estimating how much a Large Munsterlander would need to be fed each day

A bitch weighing 25kgs requires 330gms of complete dry food per day. A dog weighing 30kgs requires 365gms of complete dry food per day.

The weekly cost of feeding a 25kgs bitch is around £8.00

The weekly cost of feeding a 30kgs dog is around £9.00

This is an estimate based on a feeding a slightly above average quality complete food bought from a popular supermarket on the high street.

Other necessary costs to consider when owning any dog

Don’t forget to budget for regular and routine treatments that are not covered by pet insurance:

  • Flea treatments
  • Worming treatments
  • Annual vaccination boosters
  • Dental treatment
  • Microchipping
  • Neutering and spaying

Many veterinary practices now offer monthly budget schemes to allow you to spread the cost of routine treatments across the year.