Munsterlanders are dogs with a lot of history. A lot of people might know they originated from Germany. But while they were in Germany, they were known as Kleiner Munsterlanders.
The name Small Munsterlander or in shorter terms ‘moosters’ became quite popular in the U.S. as of recently. Although they are considered the oldest hunting breeds throughout all of Germany.
What makes Munsterlander very unique is that they have this natural ability to track all categories of hunting, including fur-bearing, waterfowl, and upland game birds.
As you may know, other hunting breeds can be very nervous or jumpy while being indoors. But Munsterlanders happen to be very loving and affectionate towards their human companions. And because they love human companionship so much they make great house pets.
So not only can they hunt, but they are also very intelligent and have a strong sense of smell. Because of these unique hunting abilities, Munsterlanders have become very important in small towns whenever there’s a search or rescue mission.
And because of their calmness and intelligence, they are one of the most sought after for the disabled. There’s no doubt they make great service dogs and even therapy dogs.
Living with them
As mentioned earlier, Munsterlanders are very loving animals despite their hunting side.
They are energetic and love being active. But when that’s all said and done, they do love a good cuddle and will likely take a nap after a long tiring day.
Munsterlanders can form strong, loving bonds with their owners. But that also means that you, as an owner, have to work for that bond. If you’re not home a lot and you’re gone for most of the day, it’s going to be hard to grow a special bond with your mooster.
Because one fact is for certain that they do not like being left alone. If they’re left alone for too long, they can become quite destructive. That’s something you don’t want to happen. So please be mindful of this.
But overall, the breed of dogs is very sweet and gets along with every member of the family as well as cats.
Some personal traits that you will love about Munsterlanders are that they are affectionate, intelligent, trainable, and patient animals. Although they are attentive, you will have to be patient and gentle with them when it comes to training them.
Keep in mind that they are very strong-minded, so if there’s any amount of inconsistency in their training, you’re not going to be able to achieve the results you want. Because they are natural-born hunters, they love to run.
Stay fit is apart of who they are, so it’s important they get the right amount of exercise daily.
It’s been proven that lack of exercise can lead to changes in mood and other unwanted behavior. Other cool traits are that they’re great swimmers, they’re hardworking, they love outdoors, they’re brave and easy to train, and most importantly they’re loyal.
When you look at a Munsterlander, all you see its beauty. Just first glance, you can tell that they are very lean and athletic dogs. But they also have this elegant and agile look to them that just sucks you in.
They have a soft wavy coat on both its front legs, back legs, and tail. They have these adorable hanging ears and dark brown eyes. And their coats are usually colored black and white. You can’t help but stare at them.
Grooming a Munsterlander is not as hard as it looks. Many people assume that the longer the coat, the harder it is to groom the dog. Well, that’s not always true because grooming the Munsterlander is quite easy. All you have to focus on is brushing.
Make sure you brush their coat every few days or so, and check their ears for any signs of infection. Although with longer coats, you might need to brush them more often, it’s still not that big of a hassle.
Think about it like this, when fall and spring seasons are over, you will be doing little to nothing because those are the shedding seasons.
- Small Munsterlanders rarely have any health issues. Overall, they’re very healthy dogs. But, keep in mind that they may develop a condition called hip dysplasia. But if heavily monitored, it’s nothing to worry about truly.
Just make sure your dog is Pennhip tested so that there’s a chance it can be ranked in the lowest percentile possible.
- Like mentioned earlier, Munsterlanders are active breeds. So it’s important they you walk them daily. If you have a wide-open space for a backyard that even better because time off, the leash is essential. Time off the leash is also important because Munsterlanders love to navigate and explore.
- Small and Large Munsterlanders are both medium-sized. You would assume that because one is named small while the other is named large that they aren’t the same size. But if you thought that, then you are wrong. And because they love being outside, having an apartment is not ideal. So if you do happen to live in an apartment, then getting a Munsterlander is probably not the best choice for you. A house with an open space is the perfect environment for a Munsterlander.
- The Small Munsterlander is a rare breed in the U.S. The breed is in high demand for hunters. The demand is so high that it overrides the actual availability of the dogs. Because of this, breeders give preference to the hunters over the non-hunters, so it’s hard to get your hands in a Munsterlander if you’re a non-hunter in the United States. They are more breeds in Germany, the Czech Republic, and the Netherlands than in the U.S. or U.K.