Fédération Cynologique Internationale

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United Kennel Club

Large Munsterlander

(Grosser Münsterländer Vorstehhund)

Large Munsterlander

Large Munsterlander


ORIGIN

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FCI
Germany.

PUBLISHED

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FCI
29.10.2013.
KC
February 2009

UTILISATION

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FCI
Versatile, useful multi-purpose gundog. His strength is his work after the shot.

CLASSIFICATION

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FCI
Group 7Pointing Dogs
Section 1.2Continental Pointing Dogs, Spaniel type
With working trial

KC
Gundog
UKC
Gun Dog

TRANSLATION

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FCI
Mrs.Peggy Davis.

BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY

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FCI
The historical development of the large Munsterlander goes back to the white/particolour bird and hawking dog of the Middle Ages via the Stöberhund and Wachtelhund to the Pointer of the 19th century. The Large Munsterlander as well as the Small Munsterlander and the Deutsch-Langhaar (German Longhair) belong to the family of the longhaired German Pointing Dogs, whose planned breeding began towards the end of the 19th Century. After the « German Longhair Club » finally excluded the black colour from breeding in 1909, the « Club for the pure breeding of the black and white Münsterland Pointers » (founded in 1919) took over the breeding of the black and white Longhair.
After incorporating the remainder of these native Longhairs, in particular from West-Münsterland and lower Saxony, onto a foundation list, the Club began the planned breeding of the Large Munsterlander in 1922.
The foundation list comprised 83 dogs. Descendants of the dogs on the original list were entered into the stud book for Large Munsterlander. The Club keeping the stud records is the « Verband Grosse Münsterländer e.V. », to date organised in eight independent regional groups. The « Verband Grosse Münsterländer » is a member of the V.D.H. (Verband für das Deutsche Hundewesen) and of the Federation of Working Gundogs (JGHV).
UKC
The Large Munsterlander is descended from the parti-colored bird and hawking dogs used in the Middle Ages. It was developed in Germany, and was divided into a distinct breed, separate from the other German Longhaired pointing breeds, in 1919. The breed was recognized by the United Kennel Club in 2006.

GENERAL APPEARANCE

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FCI
Strong muscular body, yet racy general impression. Expression of intelligence and nobility. Clean outline.
KC
Alert and energetic, with strong muscular body, having good movement with drive.
UKC
A versatile pointing gun dog that is especially well known for its ability to locate and retrieve shot game, the Large Munsterlander is a black and white dog with elegant, clean lines and a distinct look of nobility. He gives the immediate impression of possessing a combination of strength and refinement.

IMPORTANT PROPORTIONS

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FCI
Length of body and height at withers should, as near as possible, be equal. Length of body can exceed height at withers by 2 cm.
KC
Multi-purpose gundog, ideal for the rough shooter. Excellent nose, staying power, and works equally well on land and in water. A keen worker, easily taught.

BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT

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FCI
The most important qualities are to be tractable and easily taught, dependable for use as a gundog, in particular after the shot. Lively temperament without being nervous.
KC
Loyal, affectionate and trustworthy.
UKC
First and foremost a working gun dog, this breed must be tractable, trainable and intelligent. It has a lively temperament, but is never nervous or hyperactive.

HEAD

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FCI
Noble and elongated, with intelligent outlook. Definite well muscled chin.
KC
Well proportioned to body, elongated. Skull sufficiently broad, slightly rounded, with no pronounced occiput. Strong jaw muscles, well formed black nose, wide soft nostrils, slight rise from the nasal bone to the forehead but no pronounced stop. Lips slightly rounded, and well fitting.

CRANIAL REGION

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Skull

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UKC
Long and moderately wide, with a medium amount of stop.

Stop

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FCI
Modest.

FACIAL REGION

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Nose

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FCI
Pronounced black nose leather.
UKC
Black in color, fully pigmented.

Muzzle

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FCI
Strong, long and well developed for its use. Bridge of nose straight.
KC
Strong and sound, with well developed teeth, with a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws.
UKC
Long and strong, with a well developed underjaw. Nasal bone is straight. Lips are not pendulous.

Lips

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FCI
Not pendulous.

Jaws/Teeth

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FCI
Strong and complete dentition (42 teeth) with well formed canines and perfect scissor bite.
UKC
A full complement of strong teeth meet in a scissors bite.

Eyes

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FCI
The darker the better; eyelids tightly fitting.
KC
Intelligent, medium size, dark brown, not deep-set or protruding. No haw showing.
UKC
Of medium size, with tight fitting lids. Dark brown in color, with no haw showing.

Ears

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KC
Broad and set high, lying flat and close to the head, with a rounded tip. Hair on the ears should be long, extending beyond the tip.
UKC
Broad at the base, tapering to the tips, set on high and carried close to head.

Leathers

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FCI
Broad, set on fairly high, rounded at tips, close fitting.

NECK

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FCI
Strong and well muscled with noble curve.
KC
Strong, muscular, slightly arched, joining the shoulder and chest smoothly.
UKC
Medium in length, strong, and gracefully arched.

BODY

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KC
Firm, strong back, short coupled, slightly higher at the withers, sloping smoothly towards the croup and tail. Wide, well-muscled loin, wide croup, ribs well sprung, deep and reaching well up to the loin. Taut abdomen, slightly tucked up. Length of body, measured from point of shoulder to point of buttock should, ideally, be equal to height at withers, but may exceed height at withers by 2cm.
UKC
Square in proportion, measured from breastbone to buttocks and withers to ground. Chest broad and deep, with well developed forechest. Withers fairly high, back short and straight. Ribs moderately sprung. Loin short and muscular, croup long, broad and very slightly sloping. Belly firm and lightly tucked up without skirting.

Withers

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FCI
Medium height, long, well muscled.

Back

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FCI
Short, firm, straight.

Loin

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FCI
Pronounced, protected by taut muscles.

Croup

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FCI
Long, broad, sloping only slightly, well muscled.

Chest

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FCI
Broad when seen from front, deep seen from side with definite forechest.

Underline and belly

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FCI
Lightly tucked up, taut, slim. Flanks short and set high.

TAIL

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FCI
Carried horizontally or slightly higher. Seen from side in continuation of the upper line, without break.
KC
Docked: Previously, docking of tip of tail was optional Undocked: Well set on, in line with the back. Base thick, tapering evenly towards the tip, well feathered. It should be carried horizontally or curved slightly upwards.
UKC
Set on high, as a continuation of the topline, strong at the base and tapering to the tip. Medium in length. When the dog is in motion, the tail is carried level with the back or slightly elevated, and may be gently curved towards the tip.

LIMBS

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FOREQUARTERS

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FCI
Legs straight, strong and well muscled. Correct angulations.
KC
Chest, wide and with good depth of brisket. Shoulders laid well back, forelegs straight, pasterns strong.
UKC
Shoulder blades fit smoothly into the body, and have good angulation with the upper arm.

Shoulder

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FCI
Shoulder blade close fitting to the ribs.

FORELEGS

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UKC
Long, straight and strong. Pasterns slightly sloping and springy. Distance from elbow to ground is slightly greater than the distance from withers to elbow.

Pastern

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FCI
Springy.

FEET

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KC
Tight, moderately rounded and well knuckled with dense hair between the toes, well padded. Strong nails.
UKC
Oval in shape with tight toes, dewclaws acceptable on front legs, but should be removed from hind legs.

Forefeet

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FCI
Of moderate length and roundness, tight toes; dewclaws.

Hind feet

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FCI
As front feet. Dewclaws are to be removed.

HINDQUARTERS

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FCI
Strong, taut muscles. Vertical stance; correct angulation of stifle and hock joints.
KC
Hips broad. Well muscled thighs, well turned stifles, hocks well let down.
UKC
Strong, with taut muscles.

HIND LEGS

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UKC
Long from hip to hock, with good angulation at stifle and hock joints.

GAIT / MOVEMENT

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FCI
Springy walk and trot, covering ground, with long stride. Gallop elastic, animated with necessary drive and long bound.
KC
Free, long-striding, springy gait.
UKC
Long strided, and springy at the trot.

SKIN

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FCI
Taut.
UKC
Skin taut.

COAT

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HAIR

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FCI
Long and dense, yet sleek and not curly or stand off as this hinders hunting ability. Typical long-hair. The coat must be specially long and dense on backs of front and hind legs (well feathered) in both dogs and bitches. Also on the tail the hair must be particularly long. The strongest tail feathering should be in the medium part of its length. Hair on leathers should be long (good fringes) and reach clearly and evenly over the tip of the leathers (leather ends of ears not desirable). Hair on head is short and smooth.
KC
Hair long and dense, but not curly or coarse. Well feathered on front and hindlegs and on tail, more so in dogs than in bitches. Hair must lie short and smooth on the head.
UKC
Long and dense, except on the head, where it is short and smooth. Flat and close-lying on body. Good feathering on back of front and hind legs, tail and ear leather in both males and females.

COLOUR

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FCI
White with black patches and spots or blue roan. Head black, white snip or blaze admissible.
KC
Head solid black, white blaze, snip or star allowed. Body white or blue roan with black patches, flecked, ticked, or combination of these.
UKC
White ground color, with black patches or spots, or ticked or roaned. Head solid black with or without a blaze or spot on the forehead.

SIZE

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KC
Height: dogs: 60-65 cms (231/2-251/2 ins); bitches 58-63 cms (23-25 ins).
UKC
Males approximately 23½ inches to 25½ inches, females approximately 22½ inches to 24½ inches at the withers. Average weight 65 pounds.

Height at withers

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FCI
Height at shoulder (average) Dogs 60-65 cm, Bitches 58-63 cm.

Weight

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FCI
Weight Approx. 30 kg.

FAULTS

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FCI

Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog.
  • Skull too broad. Too much stop.
  • Roman nose, dish face; lacking pigment completely or only spots.
  • Lips loose or pendulous.
  • Slight faults of teeth and bite Pincer bite, double PM1 absence of 1-2 premolars (PM1) or of the 3rd molars (M3).
  • Eye too light. Visible red haw.
  • Ears low set, standing away from head.
  • Neck too short, too long, too thick, too thin; dewlap.
  • Withers too low, too short.
  • Back too long, hollow or roach back.
  • Loins with slack muscles. Transition to rump not harmonious; overbuilt.
  • Croup short, narrow, falling away sharply.
  • Chest barrel shaped, narrow, not deep enough, lack of forechest.
  • Belly too tucked up, set too low.
  • Tail carried sideways, rolled upwards, kinky or ring tail.
  • Front legs Angulations too steep, protruding or twisted elbows. Weak pastern. Too narrow or too wide in front.
  • Hind legs Angulations too steep; cow-hocked or bow-legged as well as too wide or too close behind.
  • Feet round cat-feet, long harefeet, slpayed feet. Pidgeon-toed or fiddle front.
  • Walking and trotting short, stiff, mincing. Gallop Short, stiff leap; too little drive.
KC
Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog and on the dog’s ability to perform its traditional work.
UKC

Muzzle: Roman nose, dished face.
Eyes: Light eyes, loose lids with prominent haw.
Nose: Butterfly nose.
Ears: Low set ears or ears that are not carried close to the head.
Neck: Presence of dewlap.
Forelegs: Crooked legs
Body: Shallow chest, flat or barrel shaped ribs. Lack of forechest. Sway or roach back.
Hind Legs: Cow hocked or spread hocked, either standing or moving.
Feet: Cat feet, hare feet, splayed feet.
Tail: Kinked or ringed tail, or tail carried sideways.
Coat: Smooth, short hair on ears. Curly coat.

MINOR FAULTS

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UKC
Teeth: Level bite, missing first or second premolars or third molar.

DISQUALIFYING FAULTS

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FCI

  • Aggressive or overly shy.
  • Pale nose leather.
  • Entropion, ectropion.
  • Overshot or undershot mouth, wry mouth; missing incisors or canines, missing molars and premolars (except 2 PM1 and M3).
  • Colours which do not conform to the breed standard.
  • Gun shy or gun-sensitive in any degree. Shyness of living game, fear biter, fear of strangers.
Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.
UKC

(An Eliminating Fault is a Fault serious enough that it eliminates the dog from obtaining any awards in a conformation event.) Fearfulness. Overshot, undershot or wry mouth. Missing any teeth other than those listed above. Entropian, ectropian. Nose completely lacking in pigmentation.
Unilateral or bilateral cryptorchid. Viciousness or extreme shyness. Albinism..


Anatomical Features of the dog

N.B.:

Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.