Large Munsterlander is a German breed of versatile working dogs with an excellent ability for pursuing and retrieving game.They come with a slightly rounded head, broad ears, dark eyes, a scissors bite, and a well-set tail carried horizontally. Their muscular body, well-balanced conformation, and a smooth, elastic gait make them elegant in appearance.
|Alternative Names||Großer Münsterländer Vorstehhund, Großer Münsterländer|
|Coat||Long/medium-length, dense; short and smooth hairs on the head; legs, ears, and tail have feathers|
|Color||Solid black head, white blaze, blue roan/white body with black patches|
|Category||Sporting, Gun Dogs|
|Height||Female: 23-25 inches
Male: 24-26 inches
|Size of Litter||5-10 puppies|
|Temperament||Intelligent, cheerful, courageous, docile|
|Good with Children||Yes|
|Country Originated in||Münster, Germany|
|Competitive Registration/Qualification Information||FCI, DRA, ACR, ACA, ANKC, APRI, KCGB, CKC, NZKC, LMCNA, NKC|
During the late eighteenth century, the need for bird and game dogs increased in Germany, as a result, many versatile gundogs were developed from the Longhaired Pointers. The Large Munsterlanders are believed to have evolved in the 1800s though their ancestors were depicted in works of art dating back to the Medieval Period.
Initially, the Munsterlanders were recognized as the black-and-white variations of the GLP dog. However, since 1919, the LMs have been considered a separate breed because the “German Longhaired Pointer Club” decided not to recognize the black-and-white dogs.
Brought to the US by Kurt von Kleist in 1966, the Large Munsterlandersare now carefully bred and registered under the guidance of LMAA (Large Munsterlander Association of America) and LMAC (Large Munsterlander Association of Canada).
Owing to its calm, gentle, and smart nature, the Large Munsterlander is not just a valued hunting companion but also a family pet.It is a devoted and friendly dog that loves to be close to its people. It is patient with children as well as other pets, but a slight excitement can make it rambunctious.
Being a cooperative and versatile gundog, the Munsterlander is well-suited for different aspects of hunting, be it chasing, pointing, or retrieving. It adjusts its search pattern depending on the cover conditions, reducing its range in dense cover.
It is always obedient and responsive to the owner and does not become independent under any circumstance.It is an excellent swimmer that loves tracking and retrieving game in the water.
Training these dogs is easy because of their intelligence and enthusiasm to please their handlers.
An adult LM’s diet should comprise high-quality dry food with small amounts of cooked eggs, cottage cheese, fruits, and vegetables.