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Small Münsterländer

This sturdy breed can be distinguished from its larger relative not only by its size, but also by its coloration, which is invariably liver and white. It is otherwise of similar type, being a powerful, muscular dog very well suited to working in the field for long periods.

History of Small Münsterländer

The breed’s origins can be traced back to Westphalia in Germany. It was developed from crossings involving French spaniels and dogs similar to the Dutch Partridge Dog. It was used as a bird dog, and valued especially for its pointing skills. It reached its greatest prominence in the early 1900s.


This good-natured dog is now becoming more popular outside Germany.

Other Names of Small Münsterländer: Kleiner Miinsteriander Vorstehhund, Heidewachtel, Spion.

Identification keys of Small Münsterländer

  • predominantly liver-coloured head
  • signs of feathering
  • sleek coat with signs of feathering
  • variable amount of ticking
  • skin is tight over body
  • well-feathered tail
  • straight forelegs
  • strong, rather setter-like body
  • thick feet with thick pads
  • considerable feathering at back of hidlegs

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