POINT & RETRIEVE "When we first got Ace as a 10-week-old puppy, he wouldn't point any live birds," says Roger Draper of his now 2-year-old Large Munsterlander.
In addition, however, my Large Munsterlander is a consistent and stylish pointer that hunts closer to the gun than do my Llewellins with their tendency to range out a lot further.
Several Large Munsterlanders, in fact, have earned the Versatile Champion (VC) title--all of which suggests that Large Munsterlander breeders are producing much improved lines of dogs and final products.
We chose the Large Munsterlander because we had been told that this was a gun dog bred to be a calm house dog and a well-adjusted kennel dog," say Allen and Alicia Humphrey, who live close to Tucson, Ariz.
PERFECT TIMING "One reason I chose a Large Munsterlander as my first gun dog was because I was told most of them were natural hunters.
Because Schmidt liked his Large Munsterlander so much, he recommended the breed to his 68-year-old uncle who wanted a natural hunter easy to train and naturally willing to stay close to him in the field.
My uncle used the same training methods I did but found that Duke, his year-old Large Munsterlander, sometimes wanted to range too far and to bump ruffed grouse and pheasants way out of the shotgun range.
CERTIFIED BREEDERS For anyone interested in buying a Large Munsterlander there are two clubs in North America that can provide information and insights about the breed as well as sources for finding puppies, started dogs and finished dogs.
Though each organization has similar breed standards and adheres to specific types of hunt testing procedures and conformation requirements, the LMAA, formed in 1977, has "Americanized" the Large Munsterlander by putting more gamebird point into their dogs.
Club members are scattered across North America, which means that almost anyone interested in purchasing a Large Munsterlander can see the pups and parents within a day's drive from home.
Many people look at Barney, my 7-year-old Large Munsterlander, and ask if he's an English setter," says Jim Dixon, who has owned, trained, and hunted Barney on all the upland gamebirds and waterfowl in his home state of North Dakota.
A performance like this, Dixon says, "is why I call this Large Munsterlander a better setter.