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. A lean well-muscled and athletic dog.
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.
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.
Height bitch 58-63cms
Height dog 60-65cms
Weight (kilos) bitch 23-32kgs
Weight (kilos) dog 23-32kgs
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.
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.
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.
Medium. The Munsterlander has soft, silky feathers on its ears and legs, body and tail.
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.
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:
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.
A healthy dog can expect to enjoy an expected lifespan of between 10-14 years.
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.
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.
Don’t forget to budget for regular and routine treatments that are not covered by pet insurance:
Many veterinary practices now offer monthly budget schemes to allow you to spread the cost of routine treatments across the year.