The Small Munsterlander (original name: Kleiner Munsterländer) was born by crossing spaniels and Langhaars in the early 19th century in the city of Münster. A selection was developed separately from that of the large Munsterlander, although they have many similarities.
In the 19th century the breed numbers decreased and it became less known in Europe. At that time, this dog was used more as a companion, and only occasionally for hunting. But in the early 20th century, its incredible comprehensive hunting abilities tipped the scales in its favor. The Small Munsterlander can do everything, in all areas and on all terrains. In 1906, the poet Hermann Löns and his brothers began to track down the last specimens of the breed and in particular the Hanovre Red Heidebracke. At a same time the breeding program in a school of Reitmann in Burgsteinfur, startedcollaboration with Baron von Bevervörde-Lohburg.
In 1912 the Association of Small Munsterlander was created, whose purpose was to promote the purity of the race. Dr. Friedrich Jungklaus prepared the official standard of the breed in 1921, which increased a popularity of the breed and listings for puppies for sale started to appear in all corners of Germany.
This dog is small, with powerful muscles, but elegant and harmonious body. It combines power and elegance. Eyes are very dark brown, and ears are wide, high, well-fitting to the head with a sharp tip. Muzzle of the dog is in a nice warm brown color, lips are tight, not hanging. Tail is of medium size, with long hair.
Coat of this breed is smooth, thick, medium length and slightly wavy. Its color is brown and white. Ginger markings on a muzzle and around the eyes are allowed. Male specimens are high between 52 and 56 cm, while females - 50 to 54 cm. Average weight ranges between 18 and 23 kg.
Character and behavior
The Small Munsterlander easily adapts to any terrain and climate. This is a small but very brave dog, that is not afraid of anything. It is appreciated not only as a hunter, but as a loving companion.
It is obedient and kind, very energetic, clever, sociable, with quick reactions and friendly behavior.
Training and education
The Small Munsterlander is not a good guard, because it is ready to be friends with everyone. Because of its intelligence, a training is very easy. However, an education must be done with a firm hand, and without punishment.
Grooming and care
A beautiful hair of this dog requires vigorous combing at least twice a week to stay clean and healthy. A further particular maintenance is not necessary, so you will not spend much time on grooming.
The Munsterlander loves open spaces in the countryside, where it can run freely. It can live in an apartment, but then you should provide enough space and time to spend its limitless energy.
A beautiful hanging ears of the dog should be monitored and checked regularly to reduce a risk of otitis. The Small Munsterlander is a healthy animal. It lives relatively long - its average lifespan is about 14 – 15 years.
Children and other pets
The Small Munsterlander likes to be close to its owners. It's a very clean dog and generally does not cause problems at home. It easily adapts to any families. This breed is very appreciated as a companion because it is fun and lively dog, always ready to play with children and all other occupants of the house.
The Small Munsterlander is registered in all record books as the smallest German hunting breed.