Intelligent, energetic, easily trained and usually friendly dogs that are great hunting companions. Enjoy participating in dog sports such as field trials, tracking, agility, and obedience, or retrieving items such as tennis balls or Frisbees. May engage in chasing small pets or wildlife, barking, or digging. Excellent hunters, some may be full of nervous energy and as a breed they thrive when receiving plenty of exercise.
Like its larger namesake, the Small Münsterlander originated from the Münster region of Germany in the early 1900s. A fine hunting dog which can tolerate extremes of weather, the breed is descended from the crossing of Spaniels with the German Longhaired Pointer. This is a very versatile breed and is thought to be developed from different breeding stock than the Large Münsterlander and therefore the breeds are thought to not be as similar as the names would imply. In the United States, the Small Münsterlander is now recognized by the American Kennel Club as a Foundation Stock Service breed.