Ancestors of today’s Large Münsterländers can be spotted in artist representations of hunting scenes as far back as the Middle Ages. Previously recognized as a black color variant of the brown German Longhaired Pointer, the breed gained recognition in the Münster region of northwestern Germany, where, for over a century, he was bred to be a hunting companion. Introduced to North America in 1966 by Kurt von Kleist, by 2007 more than 1,500 pups had been registered in the United States and Canada.
The Large Münsterländer is an athletic gun dog averaging 60-65 lbs., with a medium-length black and white coat. His thick coat provides protection against the cold, but he can also do well in warmer climates. Plenty of exercise and a strong leader are especially important for him, and without both, he can become destructive and distressed. He is happiest when working, and does best in a home with a large yard.
Excitability aside, the Large Münsterländer is courageous, cheerful, intelligent and obedient, making him a wonderful, trainable companion. Münsterländers are loyal and friendly, and are good with children and other animals. He loves to retrieve, especially in water, and you may spot him carrying his favorite toy around the house in his mouth.
Despite his athleticism, the Large Münsterländer is still prone to a number of hereditary and congenital conditions that can adversely affect his health – and your budget. Some of the conditions and illnesses the Large Münsterländer is prone to include skin problems such as follicular dysplasia; eye conditions such as cataracts and progressive retinal atrophy; urinary conditions such as hyperuricosuria; and stomach conditions such as gastric dilatation-volvulus (GDV or bloat).
Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your Large Münsterländer inherits anything more than a thick coat, you’re protected.