Breeds of dogs: Munsterlaender Grande

Breeds of dogs: Munsterlaender Grande

Origin, classification and history

Origin: Germany.
F.C.I classification: Group 7 - standing dogs.

The Great Munsterlander (Grosser Munsterlander Vorstehhund) derives directly from the "Oyser Dogs" of the Middle Ages, who were trained in falcon hunting. The breed was established in the 19th century, in the city of Munster, after some crossings between "Setter Gordon" and "Langhaar".

General aspect

Medium-sized set dog. he is a powerful, very muscular dog with pure lines. Its height at the withers should be equal to the length of the body, but the latter can also be greater than 2 cm. There is a homonymous breed and morphologically very similar, called "Little Munsterlander" or "Kleiner Munsterlander".


This is a multipurpose hunting dog. The strength of the breed lies in the work after the shooting. Docility and intelligence are the main characteristics of the breed. He is a live dog and never nervous. He is also considered by many to be an excellent companion dog. It requires a lot of exercise. Breed that does not require special care.

Münsterländer Grande (photo

Münsterländer Grande (photo

Münsterländer Grande (photo


- males between 60 and 65 cm
- females between 58 and 63 cm.

Trunk: well proportioned and with good muscles. The length of the trunk is equal to the height at the withers.
Head and muzzle: head with a distinct appearance, elongated and intelligent expression.
Truffle: with nostrils well open and black.
Teeth: scissor joint. Correct and complete teeth, well developed.
Neck: with strong gluing, rather robust.
Ears: they are wide, with a rather high junction and a rounded bottom, well fitting to the skull.
Eyes: they are as dark as possible.
Limbs: in perfect perpendicularity. Well proportioned feet. Good bone. Muscle masses of excellent development.
Shoulder: muscular.
Musculature: very evident and well developed.
Tail: carried horizontally or slightly higher. It extends the line of the back without interruption.
Hair: long and dense, not curled or open, which would damage it in hunting. Particularly long and dense on the posterior face of the limbs, both in males and females. The ears are abundantly fringed with hairs that descend symmetrically over the edge.
Allowed colors: white with black or gray spots and spots. Black head, possibly with a small spot or a white list.
Most common defects: depigmented truffle, hair too long or too wavy, coat colors not allowed by the standard, non-standard sizes, monorchidism, cryptorchidism, badly worn ears, prognathism, enognatism, twisted tail, badly worn tail, light eye, insulated back, limbs not in haunch, insufficient musculature, obesity, diffident and shy character, insufficient or excessive posterior angles.

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