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Small Munsterlander Pointer

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Small Munsterlander Pointer

The Small Munsterlander Pointer is one of two varieties: small and large. They have medium-length fur which comes in a variety of shades and markings. Colors include brown, white and white ticked with brown (roan). Tan markings are permitted on the muzzle and eyes. Their body is shaped like a setter and they have a spaniel head with heavy feathered ears. The tail is heavily plumed and is carried straight.

Temperament The Small Munsterlander Pointer (SMP) is intelligent, faithful and eager to please. This family-oriented breed loves to be with their family. They should not be locked in a kennel or left alone for many hours. They are active, social and get along well with children and other indoor household pets. Animals that are outdoors will not receive the same respect. They are hunters and have a strong prey instinct. They love to swim and will use their tail as a rudder. They will often bring their owners a "gift" when they return home. They make good watchdogs.
Height, Weight Height: 19-22" ; Weight: 40-60 lbs.
Health Problems This is a healthy breed. A minor concern is hip dysplasia.
Living Conditions This breed should not live in an apartment, as they enjoy outdoor life. The best owner for this breed would be an outdoorsy-type with lots of time to spend with the SMP.
Exercise This breed requires a lot of exercise. Walking, playing or running for an hour or two per day would be good exercise.
Life Expectancy About 13-15 years
Grooming The SMP's coat needs to be brushed daily to remove sticks, dirt and other debris. They have little or no doggy odor and shed very little.
Origin The Small Munsterlander Pointer originated in Germany and was once known as the German Long-haired Pointer. Up until the 19th century, bird dogs and gun dogs that lived in Germany were interbred with each other. Once a breed standard was written which only included liver and white long-haired Pointers, farmers decided to breed their own dogs with many coat colors. This resulted in the Larger Munsterlander Pointer. During the early 1900s, the Munsterlander was bred with the Brittany which produced a smaller version of the breed. The SMP is the third most popular hunting dog in Europe behind the German Shorthair and the German Wirehair, which is the most popular. They are recognized by the UKC, CKC, FCI and have been accepted for recording in the AKC Foundation Stock Service®.
Group AKC/FSS Sporting, UKC Gun Dog