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Munsterlander (Small)

Munsterlander (Small)

The Small Munsterlander is a smaller variety of the Large Munsterlander. They aren’t that much smaller, actually, but they are slighter and a bit shorter than Large Munsterlanders. In fact, they aren’t as closely related as their name suggests, as they came from different breeding stock and developed independently. Small Munsterlanders look a little bit like taller Cocker Spaniels, though they are more versatile on the hunt than Spaniels are, as they work on both land and water.

About this Breed

The Small Munsterlander is a smaller variety of the Large Munsterlander. They aren’t that much smaller, actually, but they are slighter and a bit shorter than Large Munsterlanders. In fact, they aren’t as closely related as their name suggests, as they came from different breeding stock and developed independently. Small Munsterlanders look a little bit like taller Cocker Spaniels, though they are more versatile on the hunt than Spaniels are, as they work on both land and water.

Natives to Germany, Small Munsterlanders are very intelligent and trainable dogs. They were originally bred exclusively for German nobility, and commoners were not allowed to own them—they were highly prized and expensive hunting dogs. Small Munsterlanders are well known for their work with falconers, and they really only became available to the general population in the 1920s.

Small Munsterlanders can make good pets, provided they are given enough exercise and time outside; however, they are still primarily used for their original function: as exceptional and versatile hunting companions. Their biggest joy in life is pleasing their master, especially while hunting, and this eagerness to please makes them very trainable and biddable dogs. Because they are so smart and high-energy, lack of exercise and proper training can make Small Munsterlanders unhappy and may lead them to engage in unwanted behaviors (chewing, digging, hyperactivity, etc.). So wherever they live—and these dogs definitely do best in a rural home—they’ll need adequate exercise and mental stimulation.

Small Munsterlanders are truly people-loving dogs—they adore their family and are very good with children. If raised with smaller animals from puppyhood, they can coexist peacefully; however, Small Munsterlanders are still hunting dogs, and those instincts will always remain intact. Therefore, owners will need to supervise them with smaller mammals.

Small Munsterlanders are still not easy to find or particularly well known outside of Europe, or even outside of Germany. In North America, many breeders sell their dogs exclusively to hunting families. If prospective owners really have their heart set on Small Munsterlanders for pets, though, they will need to make sure they provide an active life with plenty of time outside.

Height

Male: 20-23in

Female: 19-22in

Weight

Male: 40-60lb

Female: 40-60lb

Fun Fact

Because there are so few of them in the world—and because Small Munsterlander breeders are so careful about whom they allow to purchase their puppies—Small Munsterlanders have an unusually low rate of genetic illnesses.

Favorite Names

For Males

For Females

  1. Hunting Hills Yoshes Tikka
  2. Shatzi
  3. Sif

Common Locations

  1. Iowa, United States
  2. Nebraska, United States
  3. California, United States
  4. Montana, United States

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