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History The Large Munsterlander is among the various continental breeds of hunting dogs. This breed is different from the Small Munsterlander in its size and colour. This breed was developed in Munster, Germany, during the 1800s, although its forerunners are said to have been existing since the Middle Ages. Although this breed is among the last of the German breeds to be granted official representation by a distinct breed club, the Large Munsterlander was recognized before that time as a colour variant of the German Longhaired Pointer. It was in the early 1900s that the Large Munsterlander finally gained official recognition in northwestern Germany.
Dogs of this breed can be used for retrieving, general utility work, and pointing. These dogs were brought by Kurt von Kleist to North America in 1966. The breed then gradually gained popularity outside of Germany.
Appearance Large Munsterlanders have a well-balanced body with a slightly rounded and broad head. The ears of these dogs are round-tipped, broad, and hang close to their head. Their teeth meet in a scissors bite. These dogs have dark eyes that are heavy lidded. Their coat is dense and long, and they have feathering on their tail, ears, forelegs, and hind legs. The backside of their upper feet should have no feathering. These dogs have strong, firm feet that have hairs between their toes. The tail may be left naturally or can have a small portion of its end docked.
Colours The acceptable coat colours for this breed include white with black patches, or black with a white star or snip. These dogs can be ticked or flecked, but they shouldn't be all black. Some specimens have brown coats, but these are rare.
Temperament These dogs are intelligent, cheerful, and obedient. They are loyal, friendly, and need constant human companionship. When left alone for long periods of time, they may bark excessively and become destructive. These dogs like retrieving and carrying things in their mouth. Although Large Munsterlanders can get along well with older children, they should not be left alone with smaller children because these dogs may be too boisterous for them. Large Munsterlanders may chase rodents and birds, but they will leave cars, bikers, and joggers alone. These dogs are very active, and it’s best for them to have owners who love being outdoors.
Weight Large Munsterlanders are 23 to 25.5 inches high and 50 to 70 pounds heavy.
Problems These dogs are generally healthy, although some lines may show susceptibility to getting afflicted with hip dysplasia.
Living Conditions It's not advisable for these dogs to be kept inside apartments. They will do best when provided with a yard where they can run around and do some physical activities.
Requirements Play sessions lasting for 20 to 30 minutes will be of much benefit to Large Munsterlanders. Two to three play sessions per day will keep these dogs happy and physically fit. Like other dog breeds, though, it's also important for these dogs to be taken out for brisk walks or jogs daily.
Training Requirements Being intelligent and obedient, Large Munsterlanders are relatively easy to train. These dogs do well in obedience training but should not be over-trained because they are slow to mature as working dogs. Proper socialization should be undergone by these dogs at an early age.
Life Expectancy These dogs can live for as long as 12 to 13 years when properly taken care of.
Grooming Owners need to brush the coat of these dogs regularly. Female dogs of this breed have shorter coats and just need to be brushed at least once every three days, while male Large Munsterlanders should be brushed at least once in two days. These dogs shed heavily and should be brushed more frequently during shedding season.
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