Country of Origin: Germany
Weight: Average 16kg / 35 lbs. / (some males are reported at 27kg /60 lbs.)
Height:45 -50cm / 18-20 inches
Grooming Requirements: Bathing and brushing as with any medium length coat
Exercise Requirements: Moderate
Popularity in Australia: Rare Breed
Dog Type: Spaniel / Pointer
Most suited As: Hunting dog
Also known As: Kleiner Munsterlander, birddog, gundog
Expected Life Span: 13-15 years
This very old breed of dog was developed around the area of Munster, Germany. They have been helping hunters feed their families since the 13th century. The hunter, his falcon, and the quality of his dog meant the difference in his family eating or going hungry. They have an excellent nose and will track, point, and retrieve rodents, mammals, or birds on land or in the water. They were a canine for the common man in old Germany that needed a dog with versatility in his hunting talents. Though a late comer to the United States, his inborn hunting instincts, intelligence, and sporting versatility has helped him become more popular in the US as well as the UK.
This breed is very gentle with his “pack” (family members). He is obedient, and makes an excellent, affectionate, family pet. This social animal needs interaction with the family and can be trained to be well mannered inside the home.
The Small Munsterlander may be friends with the family cat if they grew up together, but will not tolerate other small animals that wander into his territory. This is an excellent dog to keep rodents or other pests off of your property. They will also alert you to visitors or strangers, but are not given to excessive barking.
Backyard / Exercise Requirements
Since this breed is well adapted to the hunt, they need regular exercise and running time. Give them at least an hour each day, more as often as possible. This is a very social and active breed that would not do well in a cage – even a large one. This dog can become overweight if not given ample opportunity for activity. Size/weight
These dogs average about 16 kg (35 pounds) and about 0.5m (20 inches) at the shoulder. Their body is normally lean when used as hunting companions on a regular basis, but inactivity can cause weight gain rapidly. Some of these dogs weight near 27kg (60 pounds). They are brown with white patches that may have brown spotting (ticking). Their fur is soft, medium length, and has “feathering” on the ears, tail, and hindquarters. This breed doesn’t usually need grooming more than once a week; more often if hunting in the brush.
General bathing and brushing may be required after a hunt, depending on the terrain. Otherwise a good grooming once a week is sufficient. Their soft fur and clean habits make grooming care easy.
A generally sturdy and healthy breed. Some lines are known to have a problem with Hip Dysplasia.
If you can’t take this dog hunting, participate in agility training, teach him to play catch, or devise other methods to keep him active and healthy. They need the outdoors like a duck needs water. They are not a good candidate for an apartment lifestyle.
This breed’s learning ability makes him adaptable to herding, or most any active chores with proper and patient training. They are very eager to please and will often look to you for signs that he is doing a good job, or for what he should do next.
This breed matures slowly and isn’t considered fully mature until they are past 2 ½ years old. Dames average 6-8 puppies per litter.
Small Munsterlander Pointer Organisations in Australia
No club information listed
Small Munsterlander Pointer Organisations in the UK
Small Munsterlander Rescue
Small Munsterlander Pointer Organisations in the US
Small Munsterlander Club of North America
Small Munsterlander from the Delaware Dog Park Association
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