- SIZE: 3
- GROOMING:: 4
- EXERCISE NEEDS: 6
- GOOD WITH DOGS: 3
- WATCHDOG: 5
- BREED: Munsterlander
- COLOR(S):Brown, brown and white, or dark red and white.
The Large Munsterander possesses a well-balanced conformation suggestive of easy, steady movement and drive. The breed\'s head is sufficiently broad and slightly rounded giving an impression of stability, even dignity. The Large Munsterlander, also known as the Grosser Munsterlander Vorstehhund, although a German bird dog, has not been around quite that long. It evolved in Munster, Germany from its smaller cousin in the 1800\'s - because at that time only the liver and white dogs which were descended from the German Long-Haired Pointer were accepted.
The Large Munsterlander is courageous, cheerful, intelligent and obedient. It makes a wonderful house companion dog and is very trainable. Munsterlanders are loyal and friendly dogs that are responsive to their humans. They make very good friends.
The bitch has a shorter coat and will not need so much grooming. A brushing every 3-4 days should be enough. The dog has a longer coat and needs a good brushing every second day. This breed is a seasonally heavy shedder especially in the spring. Regular grooming will keep the shedding down.
Some lines are prone to hip dysplasia although it is not common in this breed.
As with all their hunting relatives, they require sufficient exercise, although not as much as a pointer. They need to be taken on a daily, brisk walk or jog. While out on the walk the dog must be made to heel beside or behind the person holding the lead, as in a dog\'s mind the leader leads the way, and that leader needs to be the human. In addition, if you engage them in active play, then he will usually be tired in 20 minutes. Two to three 20-30 minute sessions a day will make this dog happy. They love to be outside and run around free.
Bred for training and ability to withstand the pressures involved, this dog will adapt to any terrain whether it be valleys, prairies, forest or water, and to every type of hunting. It is resistant to fatigue and to bad weather. Particularly appreciated for the sureness of its point and the precision with which it retrieves. Munsterlanders can easily learn to come and sit on command in the first six months of life. Proper human to canine communication is essential.