Lifespan: 12 – 13 years
Temperament: Strong Willed, Affectionate, Intelligent, Attentive, Happy, Trainable
Weight: Male: 18–27 kg, Female: 18–27 kg
Height: Male: 50–58 cm, Female: 48–56 cm
Colors: White & Chocolate, Brown Roan
Nature and character
As a typical hunting dog, the Small Munsterlander Pointer is intelligent and spirited and proves to be a very adaptable animal. During the hunt, he proves a good nervousness and always shows his leader to be a team player and attentive. A small Munsterlander contributes to the success of the hunt with good game acumen, fetching enthusiasm and a passionate prey and is particularly suitable for duck hunting thanks to his love for the water. At the same time he shows people a friendly and open-minded attitude, so that he also finds his place within the family.
The Small Munsterlander Pointer has a balanced and stable nature with a good social connection. With his strong play instinct, he is an ideal companion for children and harmonizes well with other pets, if he grows up with them. With his spirited, open-hearted, but never nervous nature, a small Munsterlander quickly meets with sympathy everywhere. However, he also needs a lot of physical balancing work as a family or companion dog if he is not used according to his original purpose as a hunting dog.
Activities with the Small Munsterlander Pointer
As a versatile, affectionate and balanced dog, the Kleine Münsterländer is an ideal family and companion dog. His play instinct and his nature make him an ideal companion for children. His true purpose is a small Münsterländer but still in the hunt today. There he provides valuable services as a hunting dog due to his versatile abilities. Due to its pronounced water preference, it is particularly suitable for duck hunting. However, the Kleine Munsterlander is not suitable as a watchdog, as he appears to strangers very friendly and open-hearted.
Origin & History
Already from the Middle Ages so-called hawk or bird dogs are known, which were used in the Beizjagd and possessed the unmistakable racial characteristics of the small Münsterlander. In the 19th century they were distributed in the Münsterland as so-called quail dogs. At the beginning of the 20th century, the almost repressed breed was rediscovered by the breeder Edmund Löns and rebuilt under the name Heidewachtel. Although already in 1912 a breeder association for the pointer dog Small Münsterländer was founded, the breeding takes place according to set breed standards only since 1921. Until today the small Munsterlander remained first and foremost a hunting dog, which with its versatile abilities are used in almost every terrain can.
Racial characteristics Small Munsterlander Pointer
The Small Munsterlander Pointer is led in the group 7 "pointers" and in the section 1 "Continental Pointers". According to the standard, the average size for males is 54 cm, and for bitches 52 cm with a permissible deviation of 2 cm each. According to FCI, a small Munsterlander reaches a weight of 17-25 kg.
The Kleine Münsterländer is a medium-sized and strong dog with a harmonious physique. The contours are fluent in an upright posture with a flat-carried tail. The Kleine Münsterländer has a tight-fitting skin and shiny, not too long hair, which appears smooth or slightly wavy. The hair is dense with a pronounced flag on the tail, but not so long that it obscures the body outline. The color varies and can be both brownish-white and brownish-brown with brown marks, with a blaze and tan markings possible.
The Kleine Münsterländer has a character-defining head and facial expression. The upper head has a flat or slightly curved shape with a little pronounced, but clearly recognizable stop. The catch is strong with short brown lips and a long and straight nose bridge. The medium-sized eyes should neither stand out nor lie too low. The neck harmonizes with the overall appearance and spreads to a very muscular neck.
The Kleine Münsterländer has a straight, slightly sloping profile line with a pronounced withers. The back is firm and well muscled, as are the loins and the slightly sloping croup.