Large Münsterländer

The Large Münsterländer is an excellent companion and a magnificent hunting dog. His need for exercise is very important, and if he cannot hunt, he must be able to run to be happy. The Large Münsterländer is a great outdoors dog, unfortunately not very widespread and rather confined within Germany's borders.

Height 58 to 65 cm
Weight 28 to 32 kg
Life expectancy 12 to 13 years
Home country Germany

Quick Overview of the Large Münsterländer


  • Intelligent
  • Docile
  • Lively and calm at the same time


  • Sleek silhouette
  • Powerful and very muscular build
  • Noble and elegant look
  • Wide ears


  • Robust and solid
  • Rarely ill
  • No particular genetic disease
  • Excellent health

Temperament of the Large Münsterländer

Intelligent, docile, lively and calm at the same time, this excellent hunting dog adapts easily.

His education is generally easy, but must still be adequate.

The Large Münsterländer is an excellent family companion. Compatible with all members of the family, even toddlers, he gets along with everyone.

Even though his temperament is lively, he knows how to keep calm in just about any situation.

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Breed Appearance

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With his sleek silhouette, the Large Münsterländer has a powerful and muscular built.

His general outward appearance gives a glimpse of his superior abilities. His physical appearance is noble and elegant. He's a dog with a very distinguished appearance.


Between 60 and 65 cm (23.62 to 25.59 inches) for the male
Between 58 and 63 cm (22.83 to 24.80 inches) for the female


Between 28 and 32 kg (61.73 to 70.55 pounds) for the male
Between 28 and 32 kg (61.73 to 70.55 pounds) for the female


The color of his coat is black and white, with a white background speckled with black and grey.

His head is black but may also have a small white patch or band.


His long, smooth hair is dense but neither scattered nor curly.

His ears are fringed and the hair is very long and dense on the back of the legs.


His head is elongated, with a slightly accentuated stop.

His noble eyes are as dark as possible. His large ears are close to the skull and slightly rounded on the lower part.

His pretty nose is black. His tail is generally carried horizontally.

According to the FCI breeds nomenclature, this breed belongs to group 7, section 1 and is #118

Tips About this breed

Very lively without being nervous, he is docile and learns quickly.

When hunting, he knows what he must do and always stays close to his master when searching. He can work on all types of terrain; on plains, in water or even in woods.

Gun hunting remains his strong point and he can hunt small and large game. He can also work very well in a pack.

As he has a great capacity for assimilation, learning is all the easier. Nevertheless, the owner must conduct a firm and adequate education.

He's far from sedentary and loves to run free. City life doesn't really suit him. Hunting life is way better.

Health of the Large Münsterländer

Rather robust and strong, he is rarely sick.

As the breed is not affected by any particular genetic disease, the subjects generally enjoy excellent health and life expectancy.


It is best to check his ears regularly.

His fleece needs a good brushing at least twice a week to keep it clean and healthy. No other special maintenance is required.

History of this breed

Native to Germany from the mixed-breed of Oysel Dogs of the Middle Ages, the Large Münsterländer is apparently a cross between the Spaniel, Pointer, Setter and Longhaired Pointer, with no further explanation of the specific type or variety of breed used.

Together, with the Small Münsterländer and the German Longhaired Pointer, they belong to the large family of German Longhaired Pointers, whose official methodical breeding did not begin until the end of the 19th century.

Around 1909, the German Longhaired Pointer Club eliminated definitively black specimens.

In 1919, the Black and White Longhaired Münster Spaniel purebred breeding club took over the promotion of this category of pointing dogs.

The methodical breeding of the Larger Münsterländer began around 1922. At that time, 83 dogs were registered and their descendants were entered in the Book of Origins of the Greater Münsterländer.

The breed received its first official standard in 1936. However, this large dog has always been less widespread than its counterpart, the Small Münsterländer.

This very versatile hunting dog specializes in gun hunting. He is a very powerful pointer that can find and point small game without any problem.

He is endowed with very good hunting skills, but also has wonderful qualities to become an excellent life companion.

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