Working Wednesday: The Large Munsterlander

The Large Munsterlander is a Gundog, in the HPR category that is originally from the Munster region in Germany. They are a relative of the German Longhaired Pointer and were first officially recognised as their own breed when the German Longhaired Pointer Club started to deny recognising the black and white colour variation.

Munsterlander Fun Facts:

  • He is an excellent versatile gundog

  • They are slow to mature and take lots of patience to train!

  • They are very much 'people dogs' and crave attention.

  • He resembles the Setter dog, but has a broader, slightly more rounded skull.

  • They LOVE water!

Working Munsterlander

Originating from Germany, like most dogs from the continent, the Munsterlander belongs to the HPR (Hunt, Point & Retrieve) group. They are often described as 'versatile' or 'all-round' gundogs as in their name they can hunt up, point, flush then retrieve their quarry.

They are great dogs in all aspects of the field as they can beat, pick up and be sat on the peg (e.g if you were water fowling/flighting due to their love of water).

Their thorough and steady work makes them the ideal 'rough shooting' dog as they are excellent game finders and don't tend to miss much, which also gives them popularity as a deer stalking dog alongside their excellent natural ability for tracking wounded game, which they can track over 20 hour old trails!

Breed History:

Although as a registered breed in its own right, the Large Munsterlander has only existed since 1922, the history of the Large Munsterlander goes back to the Middle Ages. The breed has evolved from the ancient long haired pointing and retrieving dogs found across Europe, where they can be seen in paintings from the 16th and 17th centuries. Up to the middle of the 19th century the breeding of hunting dogs in Germany was quite well regulated, then breeders decided that improvement was required, which is where selective breeding came in.

In most areas in Germany, out-crosses with English Setters and Pointers were very popular, but by 1879 the German breeders decided to take control and establish proper breed standards. Up to this time, what are now known as Large Munsterlanders, were registered as German Longhaired Pointers, which included both black and brown variations. When the new breed standard was fixed for the German Longhaired Pointer, it only allowed for brown or brown and white dogs to be included.

The hunters who owned them keenly supported the breeding of the black and white Longhaired Pointers and in 1919, to ensure the continuation of the breed, decided to form their own society. A foundation list for the breed was compiled for the breed register, which was started in 1922.

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