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Large Munsterlander, Dog Breed Guide

Breed summary

Size: Large
Weight: 50 to 70 pounds
Height: 23 - 25.5 inches
Longevity: 13
Bark Tendency: High
Aggression: Low to Medium
Compatibility to other pets: Medium to High

Adopt a Large Munsterlander, Dog Breed Guide


The Large Munsterlander is closely related to the Small Munsterlander as well as the pointing dog now known as the German Longhaired Pointer. The three separate dog breed was even treated as one breed before the 20th Century.

Official Name

Large Munsterlander
In its native country, this dog breed is officially called the Grosser Munsterlander Vorstehhund.


Date – Late 18th
Century Country – Germany
Family / Group – Gun Dog Sporting Pointing Dog


The Large Munsterlander has been bred since the late 18th century. These large German hunting dogs were developed by crossing various pointing dogs. Dog historians believe that German pointing dog breeds such as Stoberhunds and Wachtelhunds were crossed together to produce the modern Large Munsterlander we know today. Some dog breeders believed that this breed, together with the other pointing dogs of Germany, are dogs that descended from the Middle Ages era dogs used for hunting hawks and other birds.


The Large Munsterlander is a versatile hunter that shows impressive skills, resilience and versatility when hunting in various terrains and in both land and water environment. They are naturally very energetic and even-tempered. These large German dogs are very friendly as well. They will show friendliness with everyone especially with children, other dogs and other animals as well. These dogs also have impressive obedience levels making them one of the most highly trainable dogs today. Unfortunately, the Large Munsterlander dog can be quite loud. They have a habit of being very vocal.

Bred For

Large Munsterlander dogs were developed to be versatile hunting dogs that can work in both land and water environments.


This is the type of dog that is not suitable in the residential building style of living conditions. Apartments or condos are not recommended. The ideal home setting for these large German dogs is a rural home with a large yard where they can move about.


The Large Munsterlander grooming needs depend on this breed’s gender. The female breed requires minimal grooming as they have shorter coats while the made breed is covered with longer coats that require higher amounts of grooming requirements. They should be groomed every other day. These are large dogs that shed heavily and seasonally.


The Large Munsterlander was naturally bred and trained to be able to react properly in a high pressure type of situation. This made their obedience level very high. This trait makes the Large Munsterlander very trainable among all other pointing dogs.


This breed is very healthy. There are lines of this breed that may be prone to the common canine medical condition that is hip dysplasia. This health issue is uncommon for the breed but does happen.


They are pointing dogs that require plenty of exercises that can sufficiently satisfy their energy needs. Taking them for brisk walks is recommended. Having them as jogging or running partners is ideal.



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