Large Münsterländer

Not recognized by AKC

Large Münsterländer dog sitting in front of white background

Height at Shoulders

Females 23-25 in, Males 24-26 in

Weight

50-75 lbs

Life Expectancy

11-13 yrs

History

The Large Münsterländer originated in the Munster region of Germany, bred as a gun dog. The breed is an offshoot of the German Longhaired Pointer and was officially considered its own breed in 1919 when the German Longhaired Pointer Club denied the black-and-white variation as their own. Today, the Large Münsterländer is still popular as a versatile gun dog, used to track, point, locate, and retrieve game. It is a relatively rare breed in the United States and breeders generally won't place them in non-hunting homes. The Large Münsterländer is not recognized by the American Kennel Club.

Breed Characteristics

While not all Large Münsterländers will display the exact characteristics typical of the breed, most share a personality and temperament can be generalized by the characteristic rankings below. 

Intelligence

Affection Towards Family

Friendliness Towards Strangers

Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

Exercise Needs

★★★★★

★★★★☆

★★★☆☆

★★★★★

★★★★★

Energy Level

Sensitivity

Noise Level

Prey Drive

Shedding

★★★☆☆

★☆

★☆

★☆

Intelligence

★★★★★


Affection Towards Family

★★★★


Friendliness Towards Strangers

★★★


Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

★★★★★


Exercise Needs

★★★★★


Energy Level


Sensitivity

★★★☆☆


Noise Level

★☆


Prey Drive

★☆


Shedding

★☆

Common Traits

Affectionate, gentle, and low-key at home if sufficiently exercised 

Love to retrieve- sticks, frisbees, socks, etc.

Slow to mature, keeping puppy-like personality for over a year

Intelligent, quick learners who are eager to please and easy to train

Generally do best in hunting homes but can thrive in a household that is willing to accomodate their energy and mental stimulation needs