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The Munsterlander is a breed developed from the German Long-haired Pointer. In due course the Long-haired was stabilized and the only accepted color was brown and white. Any black and white puppies were either destroyed or given away to farmers or keepers, most of whom lived in the area around Munster. The rejected puppies were gratefully received, as the dog worked well and a club for the resulting new breed was formed in 1919. In 1921 there was an official register, which initially accepted both large and small dogs as both were genetically from the same background. Eventually, the small Munsterlander went its own way and in Germany today it is more popular than the large.

Apart from size, the essential differences between the two breeds now are color, the large being black and white and the small brown and white, with the latter having finer heads and very light eyes, similar to the Weimeraner. To this day, though, the occasional brown and white will still appear in litter of Large Munstelanders.

The German Long-haired Pointer, from which the breed originally came, is today receiving a revival on the Continent.


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