The Small Munsterlander is a beautiful, lean, well-balanced canine covered in a slightly wavy coat that is feathered on the front legs, back legs and tail. Its flat head has a long muzzle, brown nose, thin hanging ears and dark brown eyes. Its strong neck leads to a deep chest, nimble legs and a long, thick tail. Overall, the Munsterlander—whether small or large—has an elegant and agile look.
Even-tempered but alert, the Small Munsterlander is also very huggable—just try and you’ll see. Hardworking outside, steady inside, it’s a perfect dog for the outdoorsy household. Take the Munsterlander on a long hike and it will lead you through many adventures, following birds and critters, stomping through woods and water.
After a long hike or an hour of active play, the Small Munsterlander will likely take a nap or chew quietly on a toy. However, this dog forms tight, affectionate bonds with family members and doesn’t appreciate being left alone. In fact, it can get rowdy and destructive if left to its own devices for long periods of time. The Munsterlander is a team player, getting along with everyone in the family—including cats. Overall, this is a sweet, life-loving breed.
The Small Munsterlander can live as long as 13 years with relatively few health issues. However, some may develop hip dysplasia. Grooming the Munsterlander is easy: Just brush its coat every few days and check its ears and eyes for signs of infection. Longer coats will need to be brushed more often—especially during spring and fall shedding seasons.
Both Small and Large Munsterlanders are decent-sized dogs with a love for the outdoors. Apartment living might not suit them. A home with easy access to a fenced yard is ideal. Daily walks are essential, but time off the leash is also recommended. The Munsterlander loves to hike and explore.
The Munsterlander dates back to the Middle Ages. Used primarily as a pointer, retriever and all-around hunter, the Munsterlander was also bred for companionship—a particular favorite of noble families throughout Europe. Today, the Munsterlander is found in small and large versions. The Large Munsterlander was developed in the 19th century, possibly from a mix of Small Munsterlanders and larger German pointers.