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Small Munsterlander

(Small Munsterlander Pointer, Kleiner Münsterländer)
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Small Munsterlander

Form and Function

This versatile hunting dog is prized for his elegant style, characterized by skillful retrieving, staunch pointing and meticulous tracking. Capable of enduring even the most difficult conditions on land and in water, the Small Munsterlander uses his wagging, horizontally carried tail to signal game. His smooth, feathered coat can either be brown-and-white or roan (brown-and-white with brown ticking).


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Breed Traits

Energy Level

4 out of 5

Exercise Requirements

5 out of 5


4 out of 5

Affection Level

5 out of 5

Friendliness To Dogs

5 out of 5

Friendliness To Other Pets

3 out of 5

Friendliness To Strangers

3 out of 5


3 out of 5

Ease of Training

5 out of 5

Grooming Requirements

3 out of 5

Heat Sensitivity

2 out of 5


3 out of 5

Breed Attributes




45 to 60 pounds (male), 40 to 55 pounds (female)


45 to 60 pounds (male), 40 to 55 pounds (female)


Gun Dog (UKC), Foundation Stock Service (AKC)

Area of Origin


Date of Origin

19th century

Other Names

Small Munsterlander Pointer, Kleiner Münsterländer


His exact origin unknown, the Small Munsterlander is believed to have been developed during the 19th century in the Münster region of northern Germany, where the breed was nicknamed “little spy” for his tenacity and intelligence in the field. Besides his ability to perform numerous hunting-related tasks, the Small Munsterlander also was developed as a supreme family companion. This multipurpose breed was recognized by the United Kennel Club as a member of the Gun Dog Group in 2006 and continues to be a part of the American Kennel Club’s Foundation Stock Service throughout its development.


Confident and eager to please, the Small Munsterlander is an equally devoted hunting partner and steady, calm family companion. He is intelligent, alert and friendly, and good with children, provided he’s properly socialized and raised with them from the start. Joyful and adaptable, the Small Munsterlander relishes in plenty of attention and affection from his human family and prefers to be by his master’s side as much as possible.


The occasional brushing and bath is all it takes to keep the Small Munsterlander’s coat in tiptop shape. Keep in mind he sheds seasonally, typically in the late spring and early fall, during which more frequent brushing and bathing may be necessary. In addition, his nails should be trimmed, ears checked and cleaned and teeth brushed regularly. The Small Munsterlander also needs regular exercise and mental stimulation to keep him occupied, such as daily supervised free running or playtime in a large fenced yard. He’s happiest when hunting, but also excels at agility, obedience, retrieving and hunting tests or trials.


Major Concerns: N/A

Minor Concerns: Hip dysplasia

Occasionally Seen: N/A

Suggested Tests: Hip dysplasia

Lifespan: 12 to 14 years


Note: While the characteristics mentioned here may frequently represent this breed, dogs are individuals whose personalities and appearances will vary. Please consult the adoption organization for details on a specific pet.

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