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Small Munsterlander (Imp)


Illustration of Small Munsterlander (Imp)

The Small Munsterlander is known in its Germany as the Kleiner Munsterlander Vorstehund. He was developed with his larger cousin (see Large Munsterlander) in the Munster region of Northern German. The breed became popular in the 19th Century when hunting rights were extended to all people in Germany and the size and versatility of the Small Munsterlander made them popular and more affordable in upkeep for working people.

In many ways the Small Munsterlander is a scaled down version of his larger namesake: the same ability to find, point, track and retrieve game. He has also been used to hunt deer and boar. There is the same clean cut, flowing outline with slightly sloping topline and horizontally carried tail and the same characteristics, almost aristocratic head and expression.

However, there are two main differences which are therefore characterising features of the breed. Firstly size – 54 centimetres (21.3 inches) for dogs and 52 centimetres (20.5 inches) for bitches. Colour in the breed is liver (brown) and white or liver roan, a contrast with the black, white and blue roan of the larger breed.

On the continent, the breed retains its popularity in the field and musters a fair entry for the show ring. His temperament is endearing and biddable whilst still retaining his sporting instincts and athleticism.

Breed Group
Vulnerable Native Breed
How much exercise?
Up to 1 hour per day
Length of coat
How much grooming?
Once a week
Supposedly sheds? *
Town or Country
Type of home
Small House
Minimum Garden Size
Over 10 Years

* If you are asthmatic or have an allergy, you should consult your medical advisor before considering obtaining a dog. More information can also be found on the Kennel Club website.

The Gundog Breed Group

Dogs that were originally trained to find live game and/or to retrieve game that had been shot and wounded. This group is divided into four categories - Retrievers, Spaniels, Hunt/Point/Retrieve, Pointers and Setters - although many of the breeds are capable of doing the same work as the other sub-groups. They make good companions, their temperament making them ideal all-round family dogs.

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