LARGE MÜNSTERLANDER DOG

Smile and say Münsterlander!
A strong, hunting dog that stands out for its colorful white and black (or roan blue). It is a well proportioned dog, which moves lightly and has a professional stance. The skull is wide enough, slightly rounded; the eyes, medium sized, as dark as possible; the ears are wide and high inserted, dropping and flat on the head; scissor bite, with mandatory complete dentition; the neck is strong and muscular, slightly arched; the chest is wide; the shoulders well sloped backwards; the back short, compact, slightly higher at the shoulders; the hindquarters well muscled. The tail is well inserted and carried slightly upwards or horizontally; docking the tip is optional. The coat is long and thick with long bristles at the limbs and tail. It stands at 60 cm; the female, 2.5 cm less; it weighs between 27 and 32 kg; the female about 26 kg. For the FCI the males from 60 to 65 cm; females from 58 to 63 cm and a weigh around 30 kg. The head should be completely black (white cord is admitted); the body mottled with roan blue and black spots.
 
WHO IS IT RIGHT FOR             
Although your grocery store can have a cheese with the same name, probably nobody in the neighborhood has heard of the Large Münsterlander. Despite its scarcity, this attractive German hunting dog has exquisite skills and a charm that few breeds still don’t know. 
 
Not too large despite its name, this is a medium sized breed that adapts to the family life perfectly, always affectionate and loyal. It is a versatile hunting dog, perfect for the serious athlete; it is a clever worker and it learns quickly. It need long walks, and doesn’t mind the weather. It also needs an owner who can devote time and affection. With due teaching it is an easy companion to control, able to be a good guardian.
 
DEVELOPMENT
The Large Münsterlander weighs between 6 and 7.5 kg at eight weeks. As in every less known breed, the buyer should research and know the breed before selecting. Despite its name, the Large Münsterlander is not that large, and the buyer should avoid specimens that are too large. A healthy, well balanced puppy should be sought, with a completely black head and dark eyes if possible (light eyes rarely darken correctly). With age, the coat color darkens, and patches appear over the white coat, even in areas previously white. (Breeder advice: brushing against the grain reveals gray areas in the puppy’s skin, which are an indication of the adult coat coloring.) The adolescent is usually bursting with energy and should exercise physically as mentally. Usually two meals per day are recommended.
 
The black and white Large Münsterlander stands at 58 to 65 cm. For the bird hunter, who wished for a healthy and easy to care for partner, this can be the right dog. 
 
HEALTH
Breeders inform few problems in the breed, and the fact that it has been kept by serious amateurs and connoisseurs can only confirm this information. The check up that has been performed in the breed for hereditary cataracts suggests that this problem is very limited within the breed. Breeders insist in checking the eyes. Information about hip dysplasia is also promising, although there is certain incidence in the breed.
A close relative is the Small Münsterlander, standing at only 48 to 56 cm, and is brown (liver) and white. This breed is even less heard of than the Large Münsterlander, although equally attractive.