Munsterlander Pointer

Munsterlander

'n Germany, where the Small Munsterlander Pointer originated, the breed is known as the Kleiner Munsterlander. This breed has been known as a versatile hunting dog for more than 500 years. These dogs were owned by the common people who used them to point, track, and retrieve game for the dinner table.

Small Munsterlanders stand 19 to 22 inches tall and weigh 35 to 55 pounds. They have brown eyes and dropped ears. The body is longer than it is tall, and the tail is of medium length. The undercoat is soft, while the outer coat is straight to slightly wavy with feathering on the ears, legs, and tail. The coat is brown and white. For much of its history, this breed was bred for performance rather than appearance.

The coat needs twice weekly brushing to keep it free of tangles. If the dog has been working in the field, the coat will need additional brushing to remove burrs and grass seeds.

This is an active breed that needs daily exercise. If not used for hunting on a regular basis, these dogs need a chance to go for a long run or even for a swim (the breed loves water). They also enjoy retrieving, which can be great exercise. All exercise should be on leash or within a fenced-in yard.

Although generally easy to train, the breed was bred to be a persistent hunter and can be stubborn. Training should not be harsh or forceful; this will cause the dog to fight back. Instead, this breed is generally eager to please and will do much better with a varied, fair, and fun training method. A bored Small Munsterlander will invent ways to amuse herself.

The Small Munsterlander is still a popular hunting dog, especially in Europe, but is also a wonderful family pet. These dogs are very affectionate and good with children and other dogs. They do have a strong prey drive and should not be trusted with smaller pets. The primary health concern is hip dysplasia.

Breed in Brief

Registries: AKC FSS, UKC Occupation: Hunter Size: 19 to 22 in tall; 35 to 55 lbs

Longevity: 11 to 13 years Exercise: Active Training: Moderate Grooming: Easy to moderate

oft Coated Wheaten Terrier

Munsterlander Pointer

any of the breeds in this book have been cultivated and favored by nobility and royalty in the past, but not these dogs. Known for more than 200 years in Ireland, this breed was known as the poor man's terrier. Throughout her history, the Soft Coated Wheaten was a versatile, hardy, hardworking dog who could do everything from hunt vermin to turn the spits in the kitchen.

Today, the Wheaten is a medium-sized terrier, standing 17 to 19 inches tall and weighing 30 to 40 pounds. The head is well-balanced, the eyes are dark brown, and the ears drop forward. The body is compact and as long as the dog is tall at the shoulders. The tail is docked. There is no undercoat, and the outer coat is soft and silky. The coat may be any shade of wheaten.

This coat requires some regular care. The soft coat can tangle and mat if not brushed and combed several times a week. Show dogs must be groomed in a specific manner; most pet owners keep the dog's coat short.

This breed needs a chance to run and play every day; these are active dogs who can easily get into trouble if bored. All exercise needs to be on leash or within a fenced-in yard; Wheatens do have a strong prey drive and will chase small animals. Socialization is important, as these dogs are wary of strangers.

Training the Wheaten can be a challenge. Although intelligent and cheerful, they can be stubborn. Training should be structured and establish the owner as the leader, while at the same time remaining fun and motivating. Wheatens love games, so trick training, agility, or other games should be incorporated into their training regimen. Many Wheatens do well in canine sports.

This breed needs an owner who can establish leadership without being rough or harsh. Although adult Wheatens are usually good with children, puppies can be rowdy. Most Wheatens are good with other dogs but some can be scrappy. Health concerns include eye problems, kidney disorders, Addison's disease, and allergies.

Breed in Brief

Registries: AKC, UKC, CKC Occupation: Versatile farm dog, companion Size: 17 to 19 in tall; 30 to 40 lbs

Longevity: 12 to 14 years Exercise: Daily

Training: Moderate to difficult Grooming: Difficult

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