Breed Standard

Large Munsterlander
Kennel Club, London 1994
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The Large Munsterlander is a multi-purpose gundog, ideal for the rough shooter. He has an excellent nose, staying power, and works equally well on land and in water. A keen worker, easily taught. 

General Appearance:
Alert & energetic, with a strong muscular body, having good movement with drive.

Loyal, affectionate and trustworthy.

Head & Skull:
Well proportioned to the body, elongated. Skull sufficiently broad, slightly rounded, with no pronounced occiput. Strong jaw muscles, well formed black nose, wide soft nostrils, slight rise from the nasal bone to the forehead but no pronounced stop. Lips slightly rounded and well fitting.

Intelligent, medium size, dark brown, not deep set or protruding. No haw showing.

Broad and set high, lying flat and close to the head, with a rounded tip. Hair on the ears should be long, extending beyond the tip.

Strong and sound, with well developed teeth, with a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite. i.e. Upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws.

(This 5 month old puppy bitch has lovely dark eyes, correct ear placement and has already started growing long hair on her ears, to create a classical head. )

Strong, muscular, slightly arched, joining the shoulder and chest smoothly.

Chest wide and with good depth of brisket. Shoulder laid well back, forelegs straight, pasterns strong.

Firm strong back, short coupled, slightly higher at the shoulder, sloping smoothly towards the croup and tail. Wide well muscled loin. Wide croup. Ribs well sprung, deep and reaching well up to the loins. Taut abdomen, slightly tucked up.

Hips broads. Well muscled thighs, well turned stifles, hocks well let down. Hind dew claws should be removed.

Tight, moderately rounded and well knuckled with dense hair between the toes, well padded. Nails black and strong.

Free, long striding springy gait.    

Well set on, in line with the back. Base thick, tapering evenly toward the tip, well feathered. It should be carried horizontally, curved slightly upwards. Docking of the tip of tail optional.

Hair long and dense, but not curly or coarse. Well feathered on front and hind legs and tail, more so on dogs than bitches. The hair must lie short and smooth on the head.


Colour: (The above dogs are some examples of colour combinations)
Head solid black, white blaze, snip or star allowed. Body white with black patches, flecks, ticks or blue roan, or a combination of these.

Dogs: 60-65cm (23 1/2 -25 1/2 inches)
Bitches: 58-63cm (23-25 inches)

Dogs:    approx 25-29 kg (55-65 lbs)
Bitches  approx 25kg (55 lbs)  

Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault, and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree.

Male dogs should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.


Page Title                                  Last Updated

Breed Standard                                  11th April 2001Kyle_and_Alex_2.JPG (120373 bytes)

Breed History                                      18th April 2001

Living with a Large Munsterlander     4th May 2001

About Mistypoint Kennels                   11th April 2001

Meet my dogs                                    25th February 2002

Next litter due                                    30th April 2002

Roll of Honor                                      1st Sept 2001

How titles are gained in Australia      13th August 2001

More Munsterlander Pictures              4th May 2001

Group pictures                                    26th January 2002

Pets as therapy                                   19th April 2001

Agility Photo's                                     4th May 2001

Retrieving & Field                               29th April 2001

Obedience Photo's                             21st October 2001 

Previous litters                                   13th August 2001

Xmas Pictures                                    11th April 2001

Small Munsterlander                          18th April 2001

Links                                                   13th August 2001

Guestbook                                           4th May 2001

Web Rings                                          11th April 2001


Please note the pictures I have used are mostly ones that I own, or have taken at shows. Other photos I have been given permission to use (if they were not my photo's) either by having the photo sent to me or copying it from the persons website. There are some photo's of dogs I particularly like that I have also included, if you own these dogs in question and do not wish them to be included please let me know & I will remove the picture immediately. Also if I have included a picture of your dog I have taken at a show and you want it updated with a picture you prefer please send it to me and I will change over the photo.  If I have listed your dogs name in the Roll of Honor and you wish to add a photo e-mail me a jpeg picture or e-mail me for my postal address.   

Should you wish to use any pictures included on these pages (unless you own the dog) please contact me before copying them.  The little "Munster on point"  was created by and is owned by Tracie Edwards. 

All details included in the breed history has been gained from reading many articles, and collating the most common reports. Should you feel you have a more accurate recount of the breeds history please contact me so I can rectify any errors.