The Large Munsterlander is keen, alert, intelligent and active. Munsterlanders are loyal and affectionate dogs towards their handler or family. They are easily trained and can happily live within a kennel or the home. The Large Munsterlander is eager to work and enjoys being active. They can be fairly dominant and need a handler that can take positive control. They have no difficulties getting on with other dogs, children or household pets. Munsterlanders tend to be friends with everyone.
The Munsterlanders coat does not require much work. Regular grooming with a brush or comb is sufficient and the ear canals should also be kept clean.
Large Munsterlanders are primarily field sport dogs, but they can easily adapt as a family pet so long as they receive adequate exercise. Most of these dogs love water and retrieving. They are not suitable for small urban homes as they need plenty of space to roam freely.
Large Munsterlanders were once known as the Long Haired German Pointers and when they were first recognised by the German Kennel Club only the brown and white dogs were accepted. This resulted in the black and white puppies being given away and it turned out that these black and white dogs excelled so well in field trials that they had to be recognised. Small Munsterlanders (also called Moorland Spaniels) were recoginsed in the early 20th century after cross-breeding with Brittany Spaniels and Long Haired German Pointers.
General Appearance: Muscular, hardy and active.
Color: Black head with a white blaze. The body is black which is white ticked or flecked.
Coat: Dense, long, feathering on the legs and smooth hair on the head.
Tail: Tapering, well feathered, carried horizontally or curved slightly upwards and docking is optional.
Ears: Set high, hanging flat with hair extending beyond the tip.
Body: The shoulders are well laid back and the chest is deep and wide. The topline slopes from the shoulders towards the tail and the back is firm and strong.
- Large Munsterlanders have excellent scenting noses and work equally well in both water and on land.