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The Large Munsterlander Association of Canada (LMAC)

LMAC commits to maintaining the Large Munsterlander (LM) as a dog for hunters, their families and ethical hunting. The Large Munsterlander is a long-haired versatile hunting dog, developed in Germany, which has been bred to performance standards in North America for over 40 years.

LMCNA (Large Munsterlander Club of North America) which was founded in Alberta in 1977. It was incorporated under the Animal Pedigree Act of Canada in 1999, and its name changed to LMAC in 2014.

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Bear Hill's Atim (VHDF HAE Good), photo by Craig Koshyk

This web page was first mounted in October 2011 and last updated on February 6, 2020 by Sheila Schmutz.

3 Nominations for 3 Canadian Board Members were received by Janurary 30, 2020. They were therefore elected by acclamation.

Newsletter the winter newsletter, prepared by John Staley, was emailed on 19 December 2019. Please email sheila.schmutz@usask.ca if you did not receive your issue. Please submit stories, photos, etc. by 1 March 2020 to jsmunster@gmail.com, for the next issue.

Feature Dog

100 Years of the Large Munsterlander

1919 - 2019

At the 2019 VHDF-Canada test near Alvena, Saskatchewan, participants commemorated the 100-year Anniversary of the Large Munsterlander as a separate breed. Prompted by a picture of LMs and their owners a Century ago, participants reflected on what life was like then, and on the events through time that gave us the dogs we love today. How did this happen?


At an 11 February 1919 meeting of owners of black & white long-haired versatile dogs in Haltern, in the Münsterland of northwestern Germany, the assembly agreed on a breed standard for one of the last breeds of versatile dogs to emerge in Germany, the Large Munsterlander. This newly written standard for what was actually a very old breed, was recorded in the corporate registry and is protected to today.

Before 1919:


The Second World War was a difficult time for maintaining the working dog standards set by hunters decades earlier. The breeds’ population sizes declined reducing the breeders’ choices for mates and threatening the health of the populations overall. All German breeds suffered. During the Allied Forces occupation, hunters had to give up their guns. Especially at this critical time, hunters questioned why the German Longhair and the Large Munsterlander were ever separated. The division served neither group well.

1970 and beyond:


Many dedicated people applied themselves with forethought and diligence to guide the Large Munsterlander as a first rate hunting dog. The LM gained a reputation not only as a capable hunter but an intelligent dog that responds well to training and living with the family. Among the many people who helped achieve the successes of today was Egon Vornholt. Vornholt also facilitated the import of four dogs to Canada.

The accompanying photograph shows left to right: Anneliese Vornholt and Sheila Schmutz with Caesar vom Mennonitenhof. Caesar was the result of a LM x GLP pairing. Egon Vornholt and Joe Schmutz stand with Bea von St. Vit. Both dogs were selected by Vornholt for us.

The successful creation of versatile dogs and a versatile dog culture by the brothers vorm Walde, A.E, Westmark and many, many others is a unique achievement. There is no group of animals on earth that have been so successfully shaped over generations for such a variety and often potentially opposing tasks, as fully versatile dogs do today. It is uncertain what the next hundred years will bring for versatile hunting dogs. For the LM, we can always remember the selfless dedication and achievements of a handful of visionaries and the black & white Longhairs at their sides.


by Joe Schmutz

Profile of a Large Munsterlander

The Large Munsterlander is one of several continental breeds of versatile hunting dogs. It gained breed recognition in the Münsterland of northwestern Germany in 1919. Although this makes the LM the last of the German breeds to gain official representation by a separate breed club, the LM was recognized as a black color variant of the brown German Longhaired Pointer going back to its breed club formation in 1878. Even before that time, the forerunner of the modern LM can be recognized in artists' representations of hunting scenes as far back as the Middle Ages.

The LM is a black and white dog with hair of medium length. They weigh 50-75 lbs with males about 60-67 cm and females 58-63 cm at the shoulder. In its German homeland and some other countries, this dog has been bred for over a century for hunting and not show. Hence coat color is highly variable, ranging from predominantly white to predominantly black. Markings occur as solid white patches, or ticked or roan regions.

This field dog characteristically is calm, gentle and intelligent, and therefore also valued as a family dog. The versatile and cooperative characteristics of the LM provide for a reliable companion for all facets of hunting. It is well suited for a variety of game, including the tracking of big game as practiced by some owners. On average, LMs search well outside of gun range in open country but are still responsive and not independent. LMs excel as bird finders before and after the shot due to excellent noses and a purposeful searching style with good coverage, rather than speed. Many LMs point with intensity from puppyhood on, and many honor naturally. Given their passion for retrieving, steadiness needs to be encouraged through training, especially in the exuberant youngster. LMs tend to be strong in the water. The LM's long and thick coat protects them against cold and allows them to search dense cover thoroughly. Even so, their coat is a compromise well suited for temperate climates. Short-haired breeds may be better suited for upland hunting in the hot South, while the oily and dense coat of retrieving specialists makes them better suited for prolonged water work in the late-season North.

The Large Munsterlander was introduced to North America by Kurt von Kleist of Pennsylvania in 1966. By May, 2007, at least 78 dogs had been imported to North America from Europe. The first LMs were brought to Canada in 1973. There have been 368 pups born in Canada, from 55 litters.

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Available Pups

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The best method of obtaining a pup of your choice is by reserving from a breeder who plans a litter. Most pups are born in spring or early summer. Occasionally pups are available immediately.

LM breeders, see below, will place pups only in hunting homes for several reasons. Breeders rely on progeny performance data when planning future breeding - a dog that is not hunted/tested is in that sense lost. Although LMs make good companions, their insatiable hunting instinct can lead to frustration for non-hunters when their dog insists on chasing nearly everything - even the squirrels during a picnic in the park.

We encourage potential owners to do their homework, including meeting an LM owner and dog where possible. Even "retired" breeders may be willing to show their dogs and answer questions about the breed. Most breeders encourage continued contact with puppy buyers/owners.

All sires and dams have earned at least a Prize III in the NAVHDA Natural Ability test or a Fair in the VHDF HAE test or a Pass in the VJP test. Their total test scores and accompanying ratings are shown below. Most dogs have also run in intermediate level hunt tests, such as NAVHDA UPT or VHDF AHAE, or JGHV HZP. Some have also run in the highest level tests, such NAVHDA UT or the VHDF PE test or the JGHV VGP test. All dogs were judged to be of normal temperament in their test. They have all been certified HD free and are free of elbow dysplasia. Some dogs have received Progeny Performance Awards when at least four of their pups from a single litter have passed first level tests.

The early litters born in North America were registered with the Verband Grosse Munsterlander in Germany. From 1983 to 2011, all LMs born in North American were registered by the Large Munsterlander Club of North America (LMCNA®), and since that time all litters born in Canada were registered by LMAC. Such registration implies that both parents have met breeding eligibility criteria, which include passing a test of hunting performance and certification free of hip dysplasia. ALL litters listed below are bred under the guidance of the Animal Pedigree Act of Canada.

The Large Munsterlander Association of Canada has been formed to foster the continued breeding of LMs in Canada and by like-minded U.S. breeders. LMAC registered dogs will have a "C" at the beginning of their individual tattoo in their ear.

Litters Planned for 2020

Litters Whelped in 2019

Other LMAC Breeders

Some of these kennels have not breed a litter recently, or have retired from breeding, but are shown here so that owners of pups in the past have their current contact information.

Registration Criteria

Performance Requirements for Breeding LMs

All LMs in North America that were eligible for breeding in LMCNA® as of Dec. 31, 2011 will continue to be eligible to breed (see list of eligible sires) in LMAC. LMs approved after January 1, 2012 must meet the requirements listed below at a minimum:

Sire owners are welcome to contact the LMAC Registrar, Sheri Hallwyler to inquire about females eligible to breed and have pups registered by LMAC. If you have a male or female that you want to have recorded as eligible to breed, please email the TDP Keeper for a form and instructions.

  • 1) Hunting Tests(more information on the linked webpage)

    Breeding females and males must pass an introductory level versatile hunting test. The North American testing organizations recognized are the Versatile Hunting Dog Federation (VHDF), the North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association (NAVHDA) and the breed club tests recognized are the Large Munsterlander Tests, the Bodo Winterhelt Pudelpointer Organization tests, and the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon Club of America (WPGCA) tests. Imported dogs with tests from Germany, Austria, and Czechoslovakia are also considered to meet the performance requirements.

  • 2) Conformation Evaluation

    Both dogs will meet basic criteria of the FCI published standard for the Large Munsterlander, assessed at conformation portions of hunt tests, specific conformation evaluation, and by photograph included with the Total Dog Profile submitted to the Registrar.

  • 3) Health and Genetic Tests

    Hip Dyplasia Testing. Rradiographic evaluation by Farrow's VMI, or pre-2012 by WCVM, at a minimum age of 18 months; or the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) at a minimum age of 24 months. The appended list of inherited disorders will be used as indicated in the table (Appendix A, LMAC Bylaws).

  • 4) Temperament Assessment

    Both dogs must have normal temperament assessments in a field test or conformation evaluation. Neither males nor females may be gunshy as evaluated in hunting dog tests.

Performance Requirements for LMs Potentially Exportable to countries where the breed was originally developed, the "Original" Stream

All of the above requirements must be met, but for registration identified as "Original Stream", in addition:

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