(Ronija - German Longhaired Pointer owned by Ulrika Larsson - Sweden)
1919 brought about the most significant event in the
breed's history. A meeting of supporters of the black and white dogs was held at
Haltern im Munsterland Westphalia. At this meeting the breed name of Grosser
Munsterlander - Large Munsterlander was fixed, with registration only going to
black and white dogs! A register of these dogs was compiled which totalled 83
Ch Foxbrae Flora of Ghyllbeck (UK)
At last the breed seemed to be safe, experimental matings with German Longhaired Pointers during the 1930's took place to increase the gene pool. The numbers of Large Munsterlanders added to the list grew and all looked well......
Unfortunately life took a turn for the worse for the Large Munsterlander as with all the German breeds with the onset of World War II. Many Munsterlanders found themselves in the hands of military personnel, one litter even being whelped by Benno Fisher at the home of Adolf Hitler. Two less than fortunate dogs ended up at Auschwitz. Once again life had tried to eliminate the Large Munsterlander. Records of the breed, matings and kennels during that time are very sketchy, although it is believed that only six kennels survived the war.
Was it not for the efforts of the breeds enthusiasts guided in the breed warden Herr Egon Vornholt, they would surely not have survived. In 1973 the German Longhair was again crossed with the Large Munsterlander to increase the gene pool. In pedigrees the letters DL after a dogs name denotes the dog was a Deutsch Langhaar.
Even now the occasional liver and white puppy will be produced in a litter of Large Munsterlanders, from black and white parents.
Ch Axel V Esterfeld of Raycris (Imp Gmy (UK))
The first Munsterlander was imported from Germany into the United Kingdom in 1971 by the end of 1972 six bitches (five in whelp) and one dog had made their home in the U.K.. The Large Munsterlander Club in the U.K. was formed the following year in 1973. Although the breed was accepted by the U.K. Kennel Club Challenge Certificates were not on offer to Large Munsterlanders at shows until 1980 at Crufts. The first CC being awarded to Craigburg Baron of Hansmic.
The first Large Munsterlander imported in whelp into New Zealand was Datroy Briarvanter in 1982 by Mr Dawson. A second bitch in whelp was imported by Mr W. Newport of Ivydale soon after, Foxbrae Jean at Datroy, these bitches and their progeny formed the basis of the breed in New Zealand, with several of the blood lines making their way into Australia.
The first Munsterlander to
arrive in Australia in April 1983 was Dawsons Munster Aktiva (Imp NZ). This
bitch was imported by Mark Nielsen of Victoria. She went on to become the first
Australian Champion and whelped the first home bred litter to Aust & NZ Ch
Everard of Ivydale. From the same litter Dawsons Munster Adrett by Atkinson
(NSW) and Dawsons Munster Adel by McLaughlin (Vic) also reached Australia.
Ch Barry Vom Entenschnabel JW (Imp Gmy)
In 1988 the first German Import
arrived in Australia, Ch Barry Vom Entenschnabel JW (imp Gmy) was brought in jointly by Kathy
Seeley and Peter Smith.
Very few Large Munsterlanders have left Australia. NZ Ch Seelenmeyer Falcon, NZ Ch Rheinmunst Von Claus (Baker) and Ratek As Good As It Gets (Bennett) have all been exported to New Zealand. Two of which have made their mark in New Zealand, being used at stud successfully. Ironically all bar one of the imports from New Zealand in the last few years are either sired or grand sired by either NZ Ch Seelenmeyer Falcon (Imp Aus) or NZ Ch Rheinmunst Von Claus (Imp Aus).
Ch Ratek Lord of the Manor AI (from frozen semen)
Additional bloodlines have also been brought into Australia and New Zealand via frozen semen. Ratek kennels in Victoria (Australia) and Hermes kennels in New Zealand both have brought in frozen semen from the UK. Ratek kennels had the honor of breeding the first litter of frozen semen AI puppies in the world (Eng Sh Ch Thaxmead Lord of the Rings x Aust Ch Lionesque of Ivydale (Imp NZ), there was only one puppy born and he was tragically killed at 8 weeks. In 1993 they again tried using the same dog to Aust & NZ Ch Ratek Lady Tamara, again tragedy struck, this time 6 puppies were produced but Tara was struck down with pneumonia and died only days after the litter was born. The puppies from this litter have gone on to be Ratek kennels most successful dogs next to their mother. Hermes kennels and Ratek kennels both have semen from Ferdi Vom Mareienbrink Bei Raycris (imp Gmy), Hermes kennels have successfully produced two litters from this semen out of NZ Ch Flique Flaque of Hermes ADX.
It was to be several years before new blood
was to arrive in Australia, Ch Ghyllbeck Carlina ET (Imp UK) (Pedler &
Jarret) arrived in 1993. Ch Raycris Ratek Top Lady (Imp UK) (Lees) (Vic) arrived
in 1997. Since then there has been an influx of dogs from New Zealand and
another English import. New Zealand has also had several new Imports including
Kapp Von Hessenland (Imp Gmy) (Lomas & Lister) of Hermes Kennels, who
also gained an English bitch from Raycris kennels in 2001 Raycris
Lexi's Special. With all the
new bloodlines combined with some excellent stock from the original lines the
breed is set to prosper
in the coming years.
There are now believed to be over 3000 Large Munsterlanders in existence, world wide, with around 400 in Australia (from 1986 - 2000, 360 Large Munsterlander have been registered in Australia).
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