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Grand Münsterlander Grosser Münsterländer Vorstehhund, Münsterländer


Homeland and time of occurrence:
Germany, XVIII century

Country of largest population:
European countries

Global popularity:
index 223000

Height Weight:
58-65 cm, 23-32 kg

Average prices for puppies:
Pet-class and tribal marriage -0-1300 €
Brides class -1300-2300 €
Show class -2300-3000 €

Traits of the breed (on a 5-point scale):

Activity in the house3
Outdoor activity4.8
Obedience in training4.3
Obedience to a stranger4
Family dominance2
Dog domination2
Protection of the territory from people3
Protection of the territory from animals3
Sociability in the family4
Sociability with strangers4
Sociability with dogs3.7
Family focus2
Alien Concentration2
Dog focus3
Aggressiveness in the family1
Aggressiveness to strangers1.5
Dog aggressiveness1.7
Aggressiveness to animals2
Petting requirement3.8
Excessive barking1.9
Disruptions in behavior1.7
Tolerance for children under 4 years old4
Tolerance for children over 4 years old4


The Big Münsterlender is a harmonious, well-built animal with strong, laid-back movements. From other hunting dogs, it compares favorably with endless endurance. Although the breed is rare, its representatives are known and loved by German, English and Canadian hunters.

Breed History:

The end of the 18th century was marked in Germany by an increased interest in various breeds intended for bird hunting. The big münsterlender just belongs to the same bird dogs. His wonderful scent testifies to his close family ties with the dogs of Lower Saxony, and his appearance says that the Münsterlenders look like continental setters and long-haired German cops. It is believed that the big münsterlender is just a black and white version of the German langhaar. The club of breed lovers was founded in 1919.

Games, entertainment, recreation:

An active skillful dog that enjoys hunting in the field, forest and in the water. The search leads near the owner, accurately indicating the location of the game rack.

Attractive features:

The hallmark of the great Münsterlander is the laid-back pursuit with voice trail. Able to get any game. Excellent apporter. His dignity is also that he not only confidently gets up in the rack, but can also raise the bird to the wing, and also follow the blood trail to find lost game. At the same time, no matter what thicket this dog encounters, the coat protects it from wounds. Great Münsterlender has a lively and balanced character, obeys commands, is friendly and reliable. He is a wonderful family dog, watchman and friend.

Genetic diseases:

There are diseases of the extremities.

Features of the content:

When breeding, breeders select individuals solely for their working qualities, so almost all representatives of the breed are hunters. But if your pet does not have the opportunity to go hunting, take him to appropriate games with the search and the pursuit.

Breed Standards:
Big münsterlender - a dog with a strong muscular body
Head - proportional to the body, elongated
Muzzle - medium length, with a well-formed nose and wide nostrils
The ears - hanging, relatively high set, tight to the head
Eyes - dark
Neck - with well-developed muscles
Back - short, strong, straight
Limbs - muscular, strong
Tail - middle length

External data

The lean, but muscular and elegant big münsterlender has smooth, long, thick coat. The height of the dog is from 50 to 63 cm. Weight is about 20 kg. Strong body, widespread color white with black spots. The head is oblong, the muzzle is narrow, hanging wide ears and dark eyes. Possessing harmony and balanced structure, the dog steadily holds and moves beautifully.

Munsterlander - characteristics, description, photo

For protection:
For children:
Difficulty in leaving:

Münsterlender is a breed of cop dogs bred in Germany specifically for hunting. There are two varieties of the breed: the small münsterlender (Klein-münsterlender) and the large münsterlender (gross-münsterlender). At home, these dogs are called "detectives", they are used not only in hunting, but also as service dogs and companion dogs.

The nature and features of care

Dogs of this breed are responsive and affectionate, they love to play with children, they are friendly and obedient. They don’t tend to be capricious and demonstrate their character. The big münsterlender is always friendly, not inclined to show aggression, devoted to the owner and loves to demonstrate his devotion.

A dog of this breed is an excellent guard, for this reason it can sometimes be harsh in relation to suspicious strangers. These animals are well trained, however, perseverance will be required during training.

In a confined space, the big münsterlender feels uncomfortable; for complete comfort and calm, the dog needs a large yard, active physical and mental stress.

Not a whimsical and smart münsterlender at home does not ask much attention to himself. All that he needs is a systematic brushing so that the coat is in good condition, and daily walks with active games.

It is distinguished by good health. Prevention of various diseases and the key to excellent health can be a balanced diet, an active lifestyle, the ability to run, jump and frolic daily.

The Big Münsterlender is a well-built, sturdy dog. Free strong movements make her an indispensable hunter with excellent reaction and incredible stamina.

According to its hunting characteristics, the large münsterlender stands out among other breeds; it is an almost universal hunting dog that works equally well both in water and on land. Easily overcoming any obstacles, the dog moves perfectly through impassable, impassable places. In addition, the big Münsterlender has a tremendous instinct, endurance and endures any weather troubles.

Recently, the hunting skills of this breed of dogs for various reasons have little demand. More often representatives of the breed are used as pets.

Breed history

Münsterlender is considered a young breed, they were bred in Germany in the 20th century. The breed owes its appearance and character to its ancestors:

  • German Pointing Dog.
  • French dogs.
  • Danish dogs.
  • Spanish dogs.

Both breeds belong to little-known hunting breeds, the most recognized among the breeders of Great Britain, Canada and Germany.

Both varieties of the Münsterlenders with their physique are a bit like setters - their body is square in shape and has a short back. Growth at the withers of large Münsterlenders is: Males - 59-66 cm, bitches 57-64 cm, weight respectively 26-31 kg and 24-28 kg. The growth of representatives of the small subspecies of the breed in males is 51 -56 cm, in females 47 -53 cm, weight, respectively, 19 -23 kg and 18 -22 kg.

The head of the dogs is long and lean with a narrow skull, the transition from the forehead to the muzzle is almost imperceptible. The nose is long, brown for a small species, and black for a large one. The eyes of both species are very dark. Ears set high, hanging, tight to the head. In large dogs, the tips of the ears are rounded, in small ones they are pointed.

Muensterlander has a wide chest, croup elongated slightly sloping with well-developed muscles, and his stomach is tightened. The front and hind limbs are flat, muscular, the legs are of medium length, the fingers are gathered in a lump, the legs are more rounded in a small breed. The tail is medium length, set low, always raised up.

The coat is long and smooth, with small Münsterlenders the coat is slightly shorter. The hair on the head is short and tight, with a small suspension on the tail. The color of small münsterlenders is usually brown or pied with specks on a white background. Large münsterlenders are black-piebald with black spots, or gray, the head is always black, there may be a white mark on the forehead.

Münsterlender very brave and fearless animals, to achieve their goal no obstacles will stop them. This hunting dog has a wonderful flair and a firm stance.

Such a pet very quickly gets used to his family and loves all its members, but he considers one person to be the owner. These German cops adore young children and especially games with them. They differ in balanced temperament and prudence. Dogs have a sharp mind and quick reaction.

Münsterlender can live in the same territory with other dogs and even cats, especially if he grew up with them from early childhood, but hunting instinct will not get along with small domestic rodents and birds.

Care and education

It is better to keep large Münsterlenders outside the city, but for small ones a city apartment may be suitable, however, for both species regular physical activity will be the main thing, the dog should have two walks for an hour and a half each.

Dog care is quite simple - you should bathe only if the dog is very dirty, not more than 1 time in two months, the hair should be combed regularly with special hairbrushes. It is very important to monitor the cleanliness of the ears, they need to be washed regularly to prevent the occurrence of otitis media. It is also necessary to wash the dog’s eyes daily and trim the claws in a timely manner.

Both varieties of Münsterlenders good at training, the main thing is to be persistent and firm, the dog must immediately learn the authority of the owner. During training, you should not use physical punishment, but the encouragement of goodies will give a positive result. During training, it is necessary to load the dog with physical exercises as much as possible, otherwise the dog can become lethargic and fall ill. It is best if the dog will be used for its intended purpose - an assistant on the hunt.

This breed of cops unpretentious in food, and can eat special quality dog ​​food or natural products. It is very important not to feed the dog leftovers from the table, as salt, seasonings and spices are contraindicated to him. The basis of a natural diet should be protein foods - lean meats. Also in the diet should be:

  1. Porridge - wheat, barley, oatmeal,
  2. Crackers,
  3. Vegetables supplemented with vegetable oil,
  4. Fruit,
  5. Dairy products.

It is better not to offer milk, chicken and eggs to dogs of this breed, since after these products the dog may experience an allergic reaction, or digestive disorders. The dog should not eat smoked and pickled foods.

Large and small münsterlenders are healthy breeds, and they have no genetic diseases. However, these dogs may have joint dysplasia and ear diseases, which can be avoided with proper care of the pet, after bathing the ears must be wiped with a dry cloth. It is very important to vaccinate the dog on time in order to avoid infection with dog infections.

Breed photo