small munsterlander breed information


common health issues

Epilepsy is a neurologic disease that manifests as seizures. Often epilepsy is idiopathic (meaning there is no known cause) and generally we see the onset between the ages of 2 and 5 years old. Treatment for this life-long condition centers on controlling seizures with oral medication.

Hip dysplasia is an inherited condition in which the ball and socket of the hip joint do not fit well together, resulting in a hip with increased laxity. This laxity can lead to degenerative changes and depending on the severity, may require surgical correction.

While he may be relatively new to the United States and Canada, the Small Münsterländer has been used to hunt birds and game in the Münster region of Germany since the 13th or 14th century. His prey ranged from waterfowl to small game, all the way up to deer and boar. The breed is thought to be over 500 years old, but he didn’t become well-known until the 1800s when social and governmental changes began allowing commoners to hunt. These new hunters generally needed a versatile dog that was capable of handling a variety of game birds and animals.

Standing around 20 inches at the shoulders, the Small Münsterländer weighs between 40 and 55 lbs. His brown-and-white coat features feathering on the tail, underbody and legs, and only needs a brushing about once a week.

His intelligence and devotion make him easy to train, but these traits also mean he needs plenty of mental and physical exercise. He is happiest when pointing, tracking and retrieving — all of which he will do naturally — so a fenced-in yard is best to keep this natural hunter well-exercised and close to home! Affectionate and warm, he also makes a very good family companion.

Although generally a healthy breed, the Small 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 Small Münsterländer is prone to include hip problems such as hip dysplasia and neurological problems such as epilepsy.

Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your Small Münsterländer inherits anything more than a penchant for pointing, you’re protected.

Use the condition checker tool to learn what common conditions your pet may have.

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  • your share of the cost: $450
  • Petplan's reimbursement to you: $1550
  • coverage remaining in policy period: Unlimited
    (full policy limits are reinstated upon renewal)