Large Münsterländer

The Large Munsterlander (or Großer Münsterländer) is a breed of gun dog originally from the Münster region in Germany.

The Kennel Club (KC) in England recognised the breed in 1919 and established the breed standard in 1921.

History

The Large Munsterlander is one of several continental breeds of versatile hunting dogs. Although the breed is one of the last of the German breeds to gain official representation by a separate breed club, the Large Munsterlander was recognised as a colour variant of the German Longhaired Pointer prior to that time. The breed first gained official recognition in the Munsterland of northwestern Germany in the early 1900s. However, the forerunner of the modern Large Munsterlander can be recognised in artist's representations of hunting scenes as far back as the Middle Ages. The Large Munsterlander was introduced to North America by Kurt von Kleist in 1966.

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