Small Munsterlander Facts

  • The German word for Pointer (Vorstehhunde) was added to the names of several versatile hunting dog breeds a number of years ago. The German name of this breed was recently changed back to Small Munsterlander from Small Munsterlander Pointer. The German club, however, did not change its title.
  • There are more than 10,000 FCI registered Small Munsterlanders in Germany alone, and the Small Munsterlander is the third most popular versatile hunting dog in Europe, where it is known as the Kleine Münsterländer, lying in numbers behind the Deutsche Drahthaar (German Wirehair) and slightly behind the Deutsche Kurzhaar (German Shorthair).
  • The German Small Munsterlander club has over 5500 members in 16 chapters throughout Germany; there are 12 Small Munsterlander clubs throughout Europe and a new International Small Munsterlander club was formed in the spring of 2006. The Small Munsterlander is specifically listed in the breed registries of at least 23 nations.
  • There are three long haired versatile hunting breeds, the Deutsche Langhaar (German Longhair), the Grosse Münsterländer (Large Munsterlander) and the Kleine Münsterländer(Small Munsterlander). Small Munsterlanders are about 2½ inches lower at the shoulders than the first two, larger breeds. German Longhairs have shades of brown and white, including solid colors, while Large Munsterlanders have only black and white coloration. Solid colors are not permitted in either Munsterlander breed.
  • Small Munsterlanders typically weigh 40-60 pounds and females are about ¾ inches lower at the shoulder than males.
  • Even though Small Munsterlanders don't have an undercoat they are hunted throughout the colder countries in Europe. They are used in Lapland and have been hunted in -60° (wind chill) in South Dakota.
  • Small Munsterlanders have little or no doggy odor and shed relatively little.
  • Small Munsterlanders are superb water dogs with great endurance and love salt and fresh water, as well as surf and rapids. Their beautiful tails are important swimming tools for these dogs.
  • Small Munsterlanders are agile and athletic, and can sprint at up to 25mph. In cool weather and with ample water, a properly conditioned healthy Small Munsterlander won't tire out on an all-day hunt through wooded grouse terrain, rocky chukar territory, brushy pheasant country, open partridge plains or mucky duck marshes.
  • Small Munsterlanders have a strong pack instinct and thrive in outdoor oriented families. In the house they often can be found sleeping near (or on) the feet of their master or other family members.
  • The integrity of this breed in Germany is maintained by a testing program administered by the JGHV. This program tests hunting performance, conformation and temperament. Similar performance tests in America are administered both by NAVHDA (North American Versatile Hunting Association)and the JGV (the American branch of the JGHV).
  • The breed is now registered with the American Kennel Club under the Foundation Stock Service program. In the US, Small Munsterlanders may also be registered with the United Kennel Club and the North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association.


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