Small Munsterlander Pointer

Type: Gun Dog

Height: 19 - 22 inches.

Weight: 40 - 60 lbs.

Life Span: 13 - 15 years.

Litter Size: Average is 6 - 8 puppies, although they have been known to have many more than 8.

Country of Origin: Germany

Activity: High. This breed has lots of energy to bound around outside.

Watch-dog: High. Small Munsterlander Pointers are very alert and watchful, and are known to be

Guard-dog: Medium

Description: The Small Munsterlander Pointer is one of two varieties: small and large. Being smaller and more petite than the large, the Small Munsterlander was created from a cross of the Brittany and the German Long-haired Pointer of the 20th century.  Small Munsterlander Pointers are well-balanced dogs that love the outdoors. They have medium length fur, which comes in a variety of shades and markings due to their history. They have "the setter's build and the spaniel's head", making them a handsome choice for an owner. Small Munsterlanders are described as sweet and sassy. They have a love for the outdoors, for water, and for activity. As well as moving about, the Small Munsterlander Pointer highly enjoys being with its family. It will do best if not kenneled and kept inside as a member of the family. They are energetic and happy dogs, doing their best to please their owners. Owners have noticed that when their Small Munsterlander is left alone for a while, the return of their family will bring a warm "talking" greeting from their Moonster and the retrieval of their owners' "treasured possessions." The Moonster, as it has been nicknamed, is an intelligent, friendly animal. They are friends with almost everyone, and are friendly with children and other pets. Sociable and affectionate, the Small Munsterlander Pointer is an excellent choice for an active, outdoorsy family who needs a dog to give a lot of love to!

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Other Names: Kleiner Munsterlander Vorstehhund, Heidewachtel, Small Munsterlander, Moonster (nickname)

Colors: Liver and white colors with ticking.

Coat: Moderately long, dense, and sleek with feathering.

Temperament: Small Munsterlanders are an intelligent, faithful breed that is very eager to please. They love to be with their owners and are very family-oriented. Although an outdoorsy dog, this breed is not suitable for kenneling nor being left alone for hours. This breed will most likely bond with one member of the family more than others, but very much enjoys being with the entire family. Small Munsterlanders are active, sociable, and affectionate. They get along well with other pets inside the house, but animals that can be hunted outside won't be treated with the same respect. They can sometimes be stubborn and dominant, and therefore need consistent training. Moonsters have a strong prey drive, but are still sweet and somewhat sassy. They love the water, and are loyal and trustworthy dogs. They are gentle, eager, and love to bring their owners

With Children: Yes, good with children.

With Pets: Yes, good with other pets. They will have no trouble fitting in.

Special Skills: Hunting dog and family pet.

Care and Training: The Small Munsterlander needs daily brushing to keep their coat soft and free of debris. They also need a lot of exercise, being an active breed. Small Munsterlanders should be walked or run for an hour to two hours every day. Alternative exercise can be swimming, water activities, playing, etc. They also enjoy a good hunt.

Learning Rate: High. Obedience - Medium. Munsterlanders love to please, but can sometimes be dominant if not trained properly.

Special Needs: Exercise, grooming and training.

Living Environment: An apartment is not the most ideal place for this breed, though small they are, they enjoy outdoor activities the most. This breed would do best with an outdoorsy family. The best owner for this breed would be an active family with attention for the breed, living in a rural or suburban home.

Health Issues: There have been a few instances of hip dysplasia. This breed is very healthy.

History: Originally in Germany, this breed was once known as the German Long-haired Pointer. They were used for hunting birds and other quarry. There were several different types of bird dogs and gun dogs that lived throughout Germany, and they were all interbred with each other up until the 19th century. In the latter part of the 19th century, German fanciers drew up a standard for the breed. Until then, all German Long-haired Pointers came in a variety of colors, but for unknown reasons the standard only included liver and white Long-haired Pointers. For this reason, all other colored pups were given away to farmers. Well, farmers bred the dogs for ability and not for appearance, resulting in the black and white large Munsterlanders. In 1919 hunters and farmers that bred the Munsterlander formed a club, and the breed has since proven to be an all-purpose gun dog. The Small version of the Munsterlander has only recently developed. In the early 1900s, the Munsterlander was bred with the Brittany and thus produced a smaller version of the Munsterlander, consequently called the Small Munsterlander Pointer. The breed has not yet been accepted into the AKC, only recently being put on the AKC's Foundation Stock Service list in 2006. Known throughout Canada, England and various European countries these days, the breed moves forward in perpetuation, although not at the fastest rate.

First Registered by the AKC: FSS (Foundation Stock Service - not yet eligible for the AKC)

AKC Group: Sporting Group

Class: Miscellaneous

Registries: FCI (Group 7), CKC (Miscellaneous), KC (UK) (Gundog), UKC (Gun Dog)