Large Munsterlander


A medium to large sized Large Munsterlander
Large Munsterlander Quick Summary
Also Known As
Height (at withers)58-65in (23-26cm)
Weight50-70lbs (23-32kg)
Hair Colour(s)Black, white
Lifespan9-15 years
Energy LevelMedium
Litter size5-7
Barking TendencyHigh
Exercise requirementsHigh
Ease of trainingHigh
Suitability for kidsHigh
Animal compatabilityHigh
Aggression levelsLow
Distress if leftHigh

The Large Munsterlander is an athletic and noble looking dog. The body is strong and well muscled with a firm strong back, well sprung ribs, slightly tucked up abdomen and the horizontally carried tail is normally docked. The elongated head has a well formed black nose with wide nostrils, brown eyes, and high-set broad ears lying flat and close to the head. The coat is thick, long and sleek, and the colouring tends to be black and white.


Large Munsterlanders are energetic and alert dogs that are also loyal, affectionate and trustworthy. They make lovable pets and will bond well with families. Intelligent and eager to please, they are fairly easy to train and so are suitable for inexperienced and experienced owners alike. However, any training must be consistent because they can be dominant and may become almost unmangeable. Large Munsterlanders are patient dogs and will get along well with older, more considerate children and also other dogs and pets. These dogs make good watch dogs.

History & Skills

Large Munsterlanders originate from Germany, specifically the Munster region that gives them their name, and were used as hunting dogs. They come from litters of Long Haired Pointers that were deemed not to fit the standard colours of liver and white in the late 1800s, and were later possibly bred further with Spaniels and Setters.

Breed Specific Ailments

Large Munsterlanders tend to live between 9-15 years and are a healthy breed with few genetic health problems. Some of the health problems that have been noted include cataracts and hip dysplasia.


Large Munsterlanders are medium shedders that also shed more heavily on a seasonal basis. Their grooming requirements are pretty low and the coat will only need brushing once a week, and the feathering on the ears, legs and tail will need occasional trimming, as will hair between the pads of the feet. Grooming will need increasing during the heavier shedding periods.

Exercise & Environment

Large Munsterlanders are very active dogs and need a lot of exercise, something like an hour a day in the form of a long daily walk, an outside area in which to play, and preferably the occasional chance to swim too.


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