Great Muenster Spaniel

Other names: Grand Münsterländer, Münsterländer Vorstehhund, Large Munsterlander

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The Great Muenster Spaniel is a solidly built dog with well-defined lines and developed musculature. It gives off an impression of nobility and intelligence. The gait of the Great Muenster Spaniel is characterized by a supple gait and trot, as well as extended strides that allow it to cover a lot of ground. His gallop is just as elastic.



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Hair type Long
Origin Germany
Template Big
Head shape Long
Weight and size
Sex Weight Cut
Female From 25 kg to 30 kg From 58 cm to 66 cm
Male From 25 kg to 30 kg From 58 cm to 66 cm
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History of the breed

The origins of the Great Muenster Spaniel are very old, since they would go back to the hunting dogs of the Middle Ages , passing by the Stöberhund, the Wachtelhund and the Pointers of the 19 th century. The Great Muenster Spaniel belongs to the large family of German pointers . The breedings of this dog as a full breed were structured and controlled from 1922. The litters are registered in the Verband Grosse Münsterländer eV register.

Physical features

His hair: long, dense, with a rather smooth texture, never curly. Even longer and denser on the back of the limbs and on the tail. Presence of fringes on the ears. Shorter on the head.
Its color: white with black markings and speckles, roan blue or entirely black. The head is still black.
His head: rather elongated, noble expression, with a well-defined and muscular jaw. The stop is moderately marked, the nose very black, the muzzle strong, long and well developed, the lips not hanging, the dentition complete (42 teeth) and articulated in perfect scissors.
His ears: large, set rather high, rounded at their end and tightly pressed against the head.
His eyes: the darkest color possible, displaying a look full of liveliness and intelligence.
Its body: writable in a square, the height at the withers being equal to the length. The neck is strong, well muscled and presenting a noble curvature. The withers are of medium height, long and well muscled. The back is short, firm and straight, the kidney pronounced and protected by a lean musculature, the chest wide and deep, the line of the underside and the belly slightly raised, the sides short and high.
Its tail: carried horizontally or slightly higher, attached in the continuity of the line above.

Behavior and character

Barks / howls

Behavior with others

Cohabitation with children
Sociable with other animals
Love strangers

The Great Muenster Spaniel   is a dog specialized in shooting hunting , before the shot as well as after this one. He is able to work on different types of terrain, especially in forest and in water. The Great Muenster Spaniel is known to be reliable , lively , but not nervous. He has a balanced and pleasant temperament .

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The Great Muenster Spaniel asks to be taken in hand firmly , but without any form of brutality. He likes to work and to please his master , which facilitates his education through learning. It is important to teach him to recall quickly enough , as with most hunting dogs.

Living conditions

Suitable for apartment living
Good for new masters
Love it hot
Love the cold

The Great Muenster Spaniel is above all a hunting dog . He therefore asks to be treated as such by having a master sufficiently available to offer him regular activities and large spaces. It is therefore difficult for him to adapt to an exclusively urban lifestyle, even less in an apartment. A house with a large fenced garden would be an ideal living environment for this dog.


Ease of gaining weight

the   Great Muenster Spaniel   is a rather robust dog with good resistance . There is no predisposition to a particular disease in this breed.

Hypoallergenic breed


Litter size

Between 5 and 9 puppies

Major concerns
Hip dysplasia
Minor concerns
Elbow dysplasia
Osteochondrosis of the shoulder and elbow
Occasional concerns
Aortic stenosis
Suggested tests

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Life expectancy

Minimum: 12 years old

Maximum: 14 years

The life expectancy of a Great Muenster Spaniel is, on average, between 12 years and 14 years.

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Maintenance and hygiene

Ease of maintenance
Cost of maintenance
Hair loss
Drool level
Ease of grooming

the   Great Muenster Spaniel   is a simple maintenance dog , which requires only basic care and carried out regularly.

It is recommended to brush the dog twice a week . Its hair, ears, eyes and pads should be examined after each outing in the wild to detect and remove any debris or external parasites.

Her teeth need to be brushed regularly to eliminate tartar build-up and the proliferation of bacteria. Finally, if they do not wear out naturally, its claws need to be cut. If you are new to this, it is recommended that you seek advice from a veterinarian or groomer.

Price and budget

Purchase price

700 €
900 €

The purchase price of a Great Münster Spaniel is between € 700 and € 900.

Annual maintenance cost

400 €
600 €

The annual maintenance cost of a Great Muenster Spaniel is between € 400 and € 600.

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Physical activity

Energy level
Potential to play

the   Great Muenster Spaniel   needs to stay active on a daily basis . It requires long and frequent walks , ideally on natural sites.


Classifications & Standards
(AKC) American Kennel Club
(ANKC) Australian National Council Kennel
(CKC) Canadian Kennel Club
(FCI) Fédération Cynologique Internationale
(KC) The Kennel Club
(NZKC) New Zealand Kennel Club
(UKC) United Kennel Club


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Owner’s words

Lise N. (Petite-Forêt, France)


This is Leucky my second Golden, this breed is tailor-made for us cuddly, affectionate humans and they understand more than other breeds. He is a dog who adapts to his place of life and who adores children. It is even a certain therapy for some because it also adapts to those around them. My son, being autistic, has a real connection with my Golden. The first two years of life, a Golden (in general) has a destructive side when they are bored, but they get rid of it over time. You have to explain it to him and there is no need to speak up with them. They understand very quickly.

Mily F. (Aix-les-Bains, France)


FCI Information



FCI Group

Group 7: Pointing dogs

Recognized by FCI

Since 1954


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