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. 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.
As the name would suggest, the Large Münsterlander originates from the Münster region of Germany in the early 1900s. A fine hunting dog, the breed descended from the German Longhaired Pointer, to which both the Gordon Setter and Irish Setter were bred in the 1850s to refine the breed. It became a recognized breed in its own right in 1919 in Germany, and has spread globally in small numbers driven by the devotion of dedicated breeders. Even today, this characteristically long black-and-white-coated breed is still relatively rare in the United States.