Small Munsterlander Pointer

April 12, 2012

The Small Munsterlander Pointer is a breed of dog that comes in two distinct varieties. One is the large variety and the other one is the small variety. As the name implies, the Small Munsterlander Pointer is more petite and smaller than the large variety. The Small Munsterlander Pointer originated from a cross of the German Long Haired Pointer and the Brittany. The Small Munsterlander Pointer are dogs that enjoy the outdoors and they are well balanced. This breed has fur of medium length. It comes in various markings and shades. The Small Munsterlander Pointer has been described to as sassy and sweet.. This breed enjoys being active outdoors and also likes the water. The Small Munsterlander Pointer really likes spending time with its family.

The Small Munsterlander Pointer will do better if it is not kept in a kennel. This breed has a desire to please their owners and they are happy dogs. This breed has been nicknames “moonster”. Some people have reported that when this breed is left alone, they will give a distinct greeting when the family returns. They are very intelligent and friendly. In fact, they tend to make friends with almost everyone they meet. They get along with children and other animals. An onwer who enjoys the outdoors and is active would be a good owner for this type of dog.

Other names for the Small Munsterlander Pointer include Heidewachtel, Vorstehhund, and Kleiner Munsterlander.

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Appearance

The Small Munsterlander Pointer is a breed that is white and brown. Roam or ticking variations are considered to be acceptable for this breed. The Small Munsterlander Pointer should have only moderate feathering on its under body, tail, inside of its thighs, and back of the forelegs. Around the year 1912, Herr Lons wrote about two different examples of the characteristics of this breed. One line was described as more like a setter. It was smaller and had an excellent pointing ability with excellent stamina. This was the result of line breeding and inbreeding. Because of that, most of these dogs were too frail to be used in hunting, although there were a few outstanding exceptions. The second line was a dog that was more robust. These dogs had excellent hunting abilities. Both of these lines were found to be living close to each other in little country towns in the country of Germany.

The Small Munsterlander Pointer average between 40 – 60 pounds. They are between 19 – 22 inches tall. The body of the Small Munsterlander Pointer is lean and powerful. Because of their active lifestyle and athleticism, they do not usually get overweight.

Personality

The Small Munsterlander Pointer is a very intelligent and faithful dog. This dog really desires to please its owner. The Small Munsterlander Pointer can accurately be described as family oriented and they enjoy beign with its owner and family. This breed is considered to be an outdoor dog but it does not do well when it is left alone for an extended period of time. While the Small Munsterlander Pointer usually gets along well with the entire family, it tends to bond with one family member more than the others. The Small Munsterlander Pointer are social and affectionate. They are known to get along with other pets inside the home but they do not get along as well with outside animals. The Small Munsterlander Pointer can also be described as dominant and stubborn. Because of that, they need early and consistent training. This breed really enjoys the water and is a very good hunting breed. They make excellent watch dogs and decent guard dogs

Care

Grooming of the Small Munsterlander Pointer is not overly difficult but it does take daily attention. They need to be brushed each day to keep the coat clean. In addition, the Small Munsterlander Pointer needs an extensive amount of exercise. On a daily basis, this breed should be take on a walk or run for 1-2 hours each day. Other exercises can be playing, swimming, or other activities in the water. The Small Munsterlander Pointer also enjoys hunting. This breed has a high rate of learning and their obedience is considered medium. They need to be given proper training because even though they desire to please their owner, they have a tendency to be dominant.

The Small Munsterlander Pointer will not do very well living in an apartment environment because they enjoy activities outdoors. They do better if they live with an active family that likes to spend time outdoors.

History

The Small Munsterlander Pointer originated in the country of Germany. It was formerly referred to as the German Long Haired Pointer and was used for hunting game. In the country of Germany at the time, there were various types of gun dogs and bird dogs. These dogs were interbred amongst themselves until the nineteenth century. Toward the end of the nineteenth, fanciers created a standard for the breed. Before then, the German Long Haired Pointer came in a number of different colors. However, the new standard included only the white and liver colored Pointers. Because of that, the colored pupies were given away, manily to farmers. From that poitn in history, the farmers bred the dogs not for their appearance but for their specific abilities. This resulted in the large Munsterlanders that were white and black.

In the year 1919, these farmers (and soem hunters) formed a club for this breed. Since that time, the breed has basically become an all purpose dog. The Small Munsterlander Pointer has only been developed fairly recently. In the early part of the 1900’s, the Munsterlander was bred with the Brittany. As a result of this breeding, the Small Munsterlander Pointer was formed. At this time, the Small Munsterlander Pointer has not been accepted by the AKC. It was only in 2006, that the Small Munsterlander Pointer was put on the AKC’s Foundatin Stock Service. This breed is now moving forward but not at a fast rate. It is known mainly in England, Canada, and some countries in Europe

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