The original name of this dog was Großer Münsterländer Vorstehhund. The breed origins can be traced back to the medieval dogs from the German region Ozel (Oysel), that have been trained for falconry.
In the late 18th century in Germany there was a growing interest in different hunting dogs. Due to this fact, canine enthusiasts created the breed near Munster. The excellent sense of this dog is similar to dogs of Lower Saxony, and its looks – to the long-haired German Pointer and Continental setters.
This is primarily a hunting dog, but today it is used also as a family pet.
The Large Munsterlander is a well-built dog, with strong movements, that is tireless during hunting and has an unbelievable flair. It very well withstands the harsh climate of Northern Europe.
The skull is broad and slightly rounded. The head is usually black with a small white asterisk on the forehead. The muzzle is dry, elongated, with a neat black nose and wide nostrils. The eyes are dark and the ears are relatively high, fixed wide with rounded ends and hang down tightly to the head. The back is short and muscular. The limbs are strong and muscular, the foot pads are thick. The tail is thick at the base and gradually tapering towards the top. It is horizontal or slightly raised up. The coat is long, dense and smooth, at the back of the ears and in the middle of the queue it is longer. Coloration is white with black spots, lines and splashes. The average height is between 58 and 65 cm and weight - 23-32 kg.
Character and behavior
The Large Munsterlander is a perfect hunter both on land and in the water. It easily adapts to the situation and the different manners of hunting. Excellent tracker of wounded game, it loves bringing birds fallen into the water. These are the natural qualities that are well preserved. If not used for hunting, your puppy can quickly become bored and you need to invent other activities in which it can spend its energy.
This breed is lively by nature but not nervous, friendly, but merciless with wild animals. This is a very durable dog, smart and loyal. It is good-natured family friend and incorruptible guard.
Training and education
The Large Munsterlander is both easy and difficult to train. It is a very smart dog, observant and sensitive. It learns fast, but is quickly tired of the exercises. It takes great ingenuity and patience to complete the training. The education should be solid and balanced. The owner must clearly show the pup who's in charge because it will execute commands not because you want it, but because you have acknowledged yourself as the leader of the pack.
You must be fair and not save praise and caresses when the dog deserves it. When properly trained, the Large Munsterlander stands quietly at home and rarely barks.
Grooming and care
Large Munsterlander does not require any special maintenance except combing the fur, which is often entangled. The coat does not retain dirt, once dry, the mud falls as dust. Bathe your pet only if needed.
Tolerates relatively well a life in an apartment, but only if you bring it out for long walks and provide it with various toys at home. Of course, this animal will be happier to live in a house.
The Large Munsterlander is a healthy dog. There are rare cases of hip dysplasia.
The dry food has everything your puppy needs, but you can also feed it with raw meat, supplemented with rice or pasta and fresh vegetables.
The average life expectancy of this breed is 12-13 years.
Children and other pets
The Large Munsterlander is a good-natured dog and adapts well to family life. It is particularly suitable for active families. It gets along very well with both young and grown up children.
At first, it was thought that the Large Munsterlander is a black and white version of the German Langhaar. In 1919, however, it became a separate breed. Besides Germany, puppies for sale can be found in Scandinavia, France, England and Czech Republic.