Country of OriginGermany
Nicknames and Other NamesGroßer Münsterländer Vorstehhund
Großer Münsterländer
Scientific NameCanis lupus familiaris
Breed TypePurebred
GroupGun Dogs, Sporting
Bred ForHunting both on land and water
SizeMedium to Large-Sized
Recognized ByFCI, APRI, ACR, DRA, KDGB,
Life Span12-13 Years
Ideal WeightMale: 24-26 Inches
Female: 23-25 Inches
Ideal Height51-71 Pounds (male and female)
Fur TypeMedium to long length,
Short and Smooth hair on the
head, legs, tail, ears
Common ColorsSolid Black head, Blue Roan, White Blaze
MarkingsWhite body with Black Patches
AvailabilityModerately Available
Suitable for ApartmentsNo
Used in World WarNo
Most Similar ToSmall Munsterlander

The Large Munsterlander is a medium to the large-sized dog breed that is also known as Großer Münsterländer Vorstehhund, Großer Münsterländer. It is one of the three versatile hunting dogs breeds among German Longhaired Pointer, Large Munsterlander, and Small Munsterlander.

Although the name Large Munsterlander sounds little stranger, it is a beautiful breed with medium length, silky, beautiful coat. It is a very talented hunter but is very gentle with its family. So, it is one of the best breeds if you are looking for both hunting and companion dog.

History and Origin

The Large Munsterlander was originated in the Munster, Germany. It was bred as a versatile hunting dog that used to hunt both on land and water. Its ancestor was the German Longhaired Pointer that was crossed with various Spaniel.

At the time of World War II, this breed nearly got extinct but it was revived after the war. In 1966, it was brought in the United States by Kurt von Kleist.

The United Kennel Club recognized Large Munsterlander in 2006. The American Kennel Club has not yet recognized this breed.

Temperament, Behavior, and Personality

Temperament: The temperament of the Large Munsterlander is docile, cheerful, and loving. They make an excellent family companion due to their friendly and gentle nature. They form a strong bond with its people and bond closest with its master.

Behavior: The Large Munsterlander is happy when they have a job to do and if they are not given any activities to do, they become destructive. They also have a high instinct to carry things in their mouth as a retriever. They will pick up the fallen stuff and you can rain them to clean the house as well!

Personality: The personality of the Large Munsterlander is a friendly, independent, and intelligent. They are suspicious of strangers and will bark to warn their owner at their presence but they are not aggressive. So, they also make a good watchdog for a family.

Large Munsterlander retrieving a bird
Large Munsterlander retrieving a bird.
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Training Large Munsterlander is not for a novice owner as it needs an experienced leader who knows its temperament. It is a smart dog that is not hard to train for an experienced master. Do not repeat the same stuff and challenge their mind with a variety of tricks and commands.

Use positive reinforcement of training as the source of motivation and encouragement. Do not be harsh on them even if they make some mistakes. Teach them gently and with firmness.

Is Large Munsterlander Child-Friendly?

Large Munsterlander gets along with kids very well, so they are suitable at homes with kids. They are playful and energetic that makes them excellent playmates for children.

Although they have a friendly nature around kids, their interaction should be supervised so there is no harsh behavior from either party.

A baby and Large Munsterlander hanginng
A baby and Large Munsterlander hanginng.
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  • Large Munsterlander is a gundog that can hunt, point, and retrieve.
  • It first gained recognition in the Munsterland of northwestern Germany in the early 1900s.

Health Issues

General HealthHealthy
Common Health IssuesHip Dysplasia, Bloat, Skin Irritation,
Ear Infection, Osteochondrosis, Cataracts
Vaccination RequiredRabies, Canine Parvovirus, Canine Distemper,
Kennel Cough, Canine Coronavirus,
Canine Parainfluenza, Leptospirosis
SheddingModerate Shedder
DroolingLow Drooler
GroomingAverage Grooming Required
Weight Gain PotentialAverage to High
Separation AnxietyModerate Chance
AllergiesSkin Allergies
Diets and SupplementsProtein: 25%
Fat: 8%
Digestive Enzymes

Large Munsterlander can face the following canine health problem:

  • Hip Dysplasia: It is a condition that is a genetic problem. It is caused due to dislocation or underdevelopment of the hip joints. There is pain on the back of your dog causing it difficult to move from one place to another. So, before buying a puppy from a breeder, check for its parent’s health problem.
  • Ear Infection: It is caused due to the bacteria or yeast that are trapped in the ears. So, it is necessary to clean your dog’s ear so there are no chances of it getting any ear infection. If it is not treated in time, it will cause pain in your dog’s ear.


The Large Munsterlander comes in the following color combination:

  • Black and Brown
  • White patches
  • Roan
  • White body with black patches


Large Munsterlander puppy
Large Munsterlander puppy.
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Cost: The average cost of the Large Munsterlander puppy is between $400-$500 USD.


Height: The average height of the Large Munsterlanderb is between 23-25.5 inches.

Weight: The average weight of the Large Munsterlander is between 50-70 pounds.

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