By Jags Goldie Last updated: 17th November 2022

Large Munsterlander


Jags Goldie
Last updated: 17th November 2022

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.

Large Munsterlander Pictures

Quick Information

Alternative NamesGroßer Münsterländer Vorstehhund, Großer Münsterländer
CoatLong/medium-length, dense; short and smooth hairs on the head; legs, ears, and tail have feathers
ColorSolid black head, white blaze, blue roan/white body with black patches
Breed TypePurebred
CategorySporting, Gun Dogs
Lifespan12-13 years
Weight51-71 lbs
HeightFemale: 23-25 inches
Male: 24-26 inches
SheddingSeasonally heavy
Size of Litter5-10 puppies
TemperamentIntelligent, cheerful, courageous, docile
Good with ChildrenYes
Country Originated inMünster, Germany
Competitive Registration/ Qualification InformationFCI, 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).

Temperament and Behavior

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.



The Large Munsterlanders love activity including plenty of outdoor romps. An hour of regular hiking, jogging, or any other vigorous exercise will tire your dog out. Since they enjoy tracking and retrieving, you can toss a soft toy, rope, small stick, or a ball and let your dog carry it in its mouth.


Your Munsterlander does not need much grooming. Brushing its coat on a regular basis is not required except during the shedding season. The feathers on its legs, ears, and tail needs occasional tidying up. Trim the excess hair that grows between the pads of its feet. Bathe your dog only when its coat gets muddy and dirty.

Health Problems

It is a healthy and hardy breed, not predisposed to any breed-specific ailments. However, some individuals have been reported to develop hip dysplasia.


Training these dogs is easy because of their intelligence and enthusiasm to please their handlers.

  • Teach your pup some basic commands such as “assist” and “stay” since these serve as the fundamental instructions for complex hunting demands. Hold a treat over your pet’s head, and instruct it to sit while pressing gently on its hind legs. Give the treat as soon as your Munsterlander obeys the command. Repeat this several times.
  • Introduce your pet to training dummies and waterfowl scent. Make sure that you set the decoys far away before throwing the dummy bird. This will help it in differentiating between the decoy and the real duck, as well as locating the bird.


An adult LM’s diet should comprise high-quality dry food with small amounts of cooked eggs, cottage cheese, fruits, and vegetables.

Interesting Facts

  • In several hunting trials conducted by the NAVHDA (North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association), the Large Munsterlanders exhibited greater cooperation, more responsiveness, and better concentration in tracking and recovery of game birds than other versatile dog breeds.

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