F.C.I. Standard N° 102 / 06.12.2004/ GB
KLEINER MUNSTERLANDER TRANSLATION: Elke Peper.
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Germany.
DATE OF PUBLICATION OF THE ORIGINAL VALID STANDARD: 09.11.2004.
UTILIZATION: Versatile working gundog.
CLASSIFICATION F.C.I.: Group 7 Pointing Dogs. Section 1.2 Continental Pointing Dogs. Spaniel Type. With Working Trial.
BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY: The development of the Small Munsterlander is hidden somewhere in the middle of the 19th century. After the change of the German hunting law, with the increasing number of hunters and hunting enthusiasts and the systematic cultivation of the game stock the breeding of new German Pointing Dogs began. There are reports saying that around 1870 long coated 'Wachtelhunds' (German Spaniels) were well known in the Munsterland region. These dogs were firm in pointing; they had enormous scenting abilities and were also able to retrieve. In the year 1906 the well known heath poet Hermann Löns took care of the matter: He put a public appeal into the magazine 'Unser Wachtelhund' to give him a report on the still existing specimens of the red Hanovarian Heath Hound. However, instead of that he and his brothers discovered a pointing Wachtelhund on the farms, that they called 'Heidewachtel'. Apart from the Löns brothers, well known dog men like for example the Baron of Bevervörde-Lohburg put efforts into getting a reasonable breeding stock in other regions as well. Mr. Heitmann, a teacher from Burgsteinfurt, achieved first success with his line breeding. Several other breeding families, known as the so-called 'Dorsten type', appeared during the following years in Westphalia. On March 17, 1912, the 'Verband für Kleine Münsterländer Vorstehhunde' (Club for Small Munsterlander Pointing Dogs) was finally founded. At that time this Club expressed its aims as follows: 'The Club pursues the purpose to promote the purity and the true breeding of the long coated small pointing dog that has been bred in the Munsterland for many decades.' The lack of the fixed breed characteristics at that time inhibited the breeding activities as well as the Club activities. From 1921, the breeders finally followed the breed standard that had been drawn up by Mr. Friedrich Jungklaus. Nevertheless, the true origin of the dogs of that time is not exactly proved.
BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT: The Small Munsterlander is intelligent and capable of learning, full of temperament but even, with steady character; its attitude towards people is alert and friendly (suitable for family life), with good social behaviour and orientation towards his master (team spirit); with passionate, persevering predatory instinct, versatile hunting aptitudes and strong nerves and keenness for game.
HEAD: The expression of the head is part of the type.
Nose: Wholecoloured brown.
Muzzle: Powerful, long, straight.
Lips: Short, tight closing, well pigmented - wholecoloured brown.
Jaws / teeth: Large white teeth.
Cheeks: Strong, well muscled.
Eyes: Of medium size, neither protruding nor deep set.
Ears : Broad, set on high, lying close to the head, tapering towards the tips, ear leather
NECK: Its length in balance with the general appearance; gradually widening towards the body.
BODY : Topline: Slightly sloping in a straight line.
Back: Firm, well muscled. The spinal processes should be covered by the musculature. Loins: Short, broad, muscular.
Croup: Long and broad, not short slanting, only slightly sloping towards the tail; well muscled. Broad pelvis.
Chest: Rather deep than broad, breastbone reaching as far backwards as possible. Ribs well arched. Underline and belly: Slight tuck-up towards the rear in an elegant curve; lean.
Upper arm: As long as possible, well muscled.
Elbows: Close to the body, neither turning in nor out. The upper arm forming a good angle with the forearm.
Forearm: Strong bones, perpendicular to the ground.
Carpal joint: Strong.
Pasterns: Very slightly sloping.
Front Feet :
Viewed from the rear straight and parallel. Correct angulation in stifles and hocks. Strong bones.
Upper thigh: Long, broad, muscular; forming a good angle with the pelvis.
Stifle: Strong, upper and lower thigh forming a good angle.
Lower thigh: Long, muscular and sinewy.
Hock joint: Strong.
Metatarsus: Short, perpendicular to the ground.
Hind feet :
GAIT / MOVEMENT: Ground covering, with good drive and appropriate reach, straight forward and parallel coming and going, with well upstanding posture.
SKIN: Tight fitting, without folds.
HAIR: Dense, of medium length, not or only slightly wavy, close lying, water-repellent.
SIZE: Height at withers: Dogs: 54 cm. (21.26 inches) Bitches: 52 cm. (20.47 inches) A deviation of +/- 2 cm is within the standard. (.78 inches)
FAULTS: Any departure of the foregoing points must be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree.