small munsterlander breed information
common health issues
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.