By Eduardo C. Gonzalez
Large Musterlanders are old breed of dogs that have been here since the middle ages. There are evidences of these dogs existence. Several paintings of these dogs that were done in the 16th and 17th century have been discovered. These dogs were recognized as a breed only in 1922. Large Munsterlanders originated in Germany. In the year 1879, German breeders decided to establish and control these dogs, giving them a proper breed standard. Before the breeders decided to do this, Large Musterlanders were registered as German Longhaired Pointers. This breed had variaons of black and brown dogs. When the breeders were able to give it a fixed standard, they only allowed brown or brown and white dogs. The hunters who owned these dogs gave their full support for breeding them with the black and white long haired pointers. This was done in 1919 and it was done so that ther would be a steady continuation of this breed.. The breeders then decided ro form a society. There was a a foundation list that was done so that the breed could be registered.
Large Munsterlanders are strong dogs and they do have very well balanced bodies. These dogs have heads that are rather broad and a bit rounded. These features gives an impression of stability. Their bodies are colored white with black patches or dots or black speckled. These dogs have large rounded tipped ears that hang closely near their heads. Their teeth are joined together in scissor like bites. They have dark eyes and they do possess heavy lids. The coats of these dogs are long and thick. Feathers appear on their ears, front and back legs. plus on their tails. No feathers should be seen on the backsides of their upper feet. Males commonly have bigger heads, longer hair on their chests and more feathers than females. Upon standing, these dogs back feet must stand in a right angle to the ground. Large Mnsterlanders have sturdy feet and lots of of hair between their black nailed toes. They are well known for their fine looking gaits.
Large Munsterlanders are brave, happy, smart and obedient dogs. They are great companions and they can be trained easily. These dogs are faithful and friendly Owners must be the leaders of their dogs and they must give them mental and physical exercises to do. They can be destructive if they these types of stimulation.are not given.Never leave these dogs alone in your homes because they can keep on barking.and destroy things. These dogs are not meant to be guard dogs. They will always like to retrieve things. Owners can play retrieving games with them. They will love it and this could be good physical exercises for them. Do this on a regular basis. They love to carry things in their mouth. Large Munsterlanders will do good in obedience competitions. If these dogs do not get the exercises they need, they will become high strung and too excited. Large Munsterlanders can adapt to any kind of terrain. Train and socialize these dogs during their early ages and they will be very responsive dogs. They will know what thery can and cannot do.These dogs are known to chase birds. Large Munsterlanders must go for daily long walks with their owners Dogs of this kind must be properly leashed so that they won't chase rabbits or any small animals that they see.They need to be taught to heel by their owner's sides and at their backs. By doing it this way, they will know that their handlers and owners are their pack leaders.
Large Munsterlanders are not meant to live in apartments. They are not so active indoors. These dogs will do alright living in homes that have large yards that are properly fenced. They love to play around when they are outdoors.
Large Munsterlanders will live for about 12 - 13 years.
Large Munsterlarders can acquire hip dysplasia. This rarely happens to this breed.
Large female Munsterlanders have short coats and do not need much grooming. Brush them every 3 – 4 days. Large Male Munstelanders have long coats and they must be brushed every two days. These dogs are heavy shedders. They shed usually in spring. Grooming them regularly will lighten a bit their shedding. Give them a bath only when it is needed.