Originally from Germany where they are known as the Kleiner Münsterländer (and formerly as the Kleiner Münsterländer Vorstehhunde), the Small Munsterlanders (SM) or “Moonsters” are quickly gaining popularity in the US as the newest versatile hunting breed, although they are one of the oldest hunting breeds in Germany. Their intelligence makes them readily trainable. They are best known for their natural ability to point, retrieve and track for all realms of hunting, such as waterfowl, upland game birds and fur bearing.
Unlike other hunting breeds, the Small Munsterlander is not high strung or skittish indoors, but rather calm and loving, a very affectionate breed who give kisses freely and will gladly sleep in your bed if you let them! They love human companionship and make great house dogs, but what makes this breed truly amazing is their sharp intelligence, intense hunting drive, keen sense of smell and their tracking and retrieving skills. Munsterlanders are becoming valuable in local communities as Search and Rescue dogs because of their sense of smell/tracking abilities, and because of their high intelligence and calm demeanor they are becoming highly sought after as Service Dogs for the handicapped.
WHAT ARE “MOONSTERS” LIKE TO LIVE WITH?
THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW:
- The Small Munsterlander can live as long as 13 years with relatively few health issues. However, some may develop hip dysplasia. which is something Mustain Kennels vigilantly guards against by ensuring all of our dogs are PennHip tested and ranked in the lowest percent possible. Our dog Asia has the second lowest PennHip score in the US today for the breed.
- Grooming the Munsterlander is easy, just brush its coat every few days and check its ears and eyes for signs of infection. Longer coats will need to be brushed more often — especially during spring and fall shedding seasons.
- Both Small and Large Munsterlanders are medium-sized dogs with a love for the outdoors. Apartment living might not suit them. A home with easy access to a fenced yard is ideal.
- Daily walks are essential, but time off the leash is also highly recommended. The Munsterlander loves to hike and explore.
- The Small Munsterlander is a beautiful, lean, well-balanced canine covered in a slightly wavy coat that is feathered on the front legs, back legs and tail. Its flat head has a long muzzle, brown nose, thin hanging ears and dark brown eyes. Its strong neck leads to a deep chest, nimble legs and a long, thick tail. Overall, the Munsterlander has an elegant and agile look.
The Small Munsterlander is a rare breed in the United States, numbering perhaps in the low thousands, and demand from hunters outstrips the number of available dogs, so breeders typically give preference to hunters – they are especially hard to come by for non-hunters in the US. They are more numerous in Germany, the Netherlands, and the Czech Republic. In the United Kingdom, the breed is rarer still. Recognized by The Kennel Club as an imported breed in 2006, they are still to be established in the hunting community. Other names for this breed include “Spion” in Germany and “Heidewachtel” in the Netherlands.
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References: American Kennel Club (AKC) | Dogster | Puppyer