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.


After a long hike or an hour of active play, the Small Munsterlander will likely take a nap or chew quietly on a toy. However, this dog forms tight, affectionate bonds with family members and doesn’t appreciate being left alone. In fact, it can get rowdy and destructive if left to its own devices for long periods of time. The Munsterlander is a team player, getting along with everyone in the family—including cats. Overall, this is a sweet, life-loving breed.


  • Loyal & affectionate
  • Loves the outdoors
  • Great swimmer
  • Brave
  • Easy to train
  • Hardworking


Small Munsterlanders are very intelligent, trainable and attentive but require gentle and patient training, which provides excellent results. They are also strong-willed and an owner who is inconsistent or indecisive might find that his dog is hard to control. Both voice and hand signals are used, and an SM looks back at the hunter for silent signals at intervals when on hold or pointing.

Small Munsterlanders have a very strong drive to follow their keen sense of smell, and thrive with hunting or comparably challenging exercise for an hour or more every day. They love swimming, too. Lack of regular and sufficient exercise and mental challenge will likely result in unwanted behavior, which is common in highly intelligent, driven breeds. They mature rather slowly over 2.5 to 3 years but a well-trained, mature SM is a hunter without peer, and the upland bird hunter hunting over such a dog will enjoy both the experience and great success.

The Small Munsterlander is a happy, affectionate family pet when in the house, while remaining a keenly focused, even driven, hunter-pointer-retriever when in the field. They are not suited to life in a kennel because of their sociable nature and need to interact with people— they need to live in the home of their human family . SMs will pick an individual person to bond most closely with, typically the one who hunts with the dog, but will revel in the company of the rest of the family, too.

When raised with other pets in the household, such as cats, they can coexist happily though they may enjoy a game of chase and point. Unfamiliar small animals outdoors will not be tolerated in the same way.

In the spring of 2016 we again partnered with Katerina Lisova from the Czech Republic to bring 4 puppies into the US and we kept one of the females, Violet EBEN-EZER who we named “Pepper” because she is almost all white with black sprinkles across her back.  Pepper is a gorgeous dog who like Uros, excells at everything she tries – at a little over 1 year old she won 1st place in the SMCNA Bird Derby (puppy division) and received a perfect 112 on her NA test and is now training for the UT test.  We have high hopes Pepper will grow into as phenominal a dog as the rest of our pack!

Shortly after Christmas in 2016 we imported our little Danish beauty, Trixer Jixer Judy.  “Trixie’s” sire, Pixer Jixer van de Chesannehof, is a grand champion in the Dasnk Munsterlander Klub from the Netherlands and just a beautiful dog.  Trixie’s dam is from Fuglejæger’s Kennel in Denmark named Hedeskov’s Judy.  Both are phenomenal dogs and we are so very happy with Trixie, she is growing into a beautiful Munsterlander with amazing natural ability!

In the fall of 2017 we imported another pup sired by Pixer Jixer van de Chesannehof, this time a dark roan male from a Danish Kennel, Svalegaardens Kleiners named Ronko – we call him Rocky.  Rocky is as sweet as he is beautiful, a very intelligent dog with amazing natural abilities who we are confident will follow in the footsteps of our other imports and be easy to train with a gentle temperament and a joy to own, as well as a superior sire for our future litters.



  • 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