Munsterlander

Lifestyle Needs

Munsterlander

The Munsterlander is a hunting dog originally from Germany of medium to large size.  He has the ability to find and retrieve game and will enjoy being challenged to perform similar tasks.  Ideally he needs to live in a house with a garden, and have plenty of exercise  with opportunities to run free.   His coat is short to medium in length, soft and rather Spaniel- like in texture.  Frequent grooming is necessary.

Inbreeding Coefficient - COI
(Should be as low as possible)

The UK Kennel Club breed average COI is 7.7% - see 'A Beginners Guide to COI'

Effective Population Size - EPS

59.77

EPS is a measure of how many individuals are contributing genetically to a breed population. It is a measure of the size of the gene pool in a breed. Lower than 100 is considered critical by conservationists and below 50 brings a breed close to extinction. For more information see the Kennel Club article.

Health and Welfare Problems due to Conformation
(Body shape and physical characteristics)

None known

BVA/KC Health Schemes: www.bva.co.uk/chs

Hip dysplasia (abnormality of hip joints causing pain and disability) breed mean score 8.5 (parents should be lower).

Estimated Breeding Values (EBVs) are now available for Hip Dysplasia and Elbow Dysplasia:
www.thekennelclub.org.uk/about-ebvs

DNA Tests Available

Hyperuricosuria (HUU) (bladder stones).

Unofficial (Breed Club) Schemes

None known

Ask the breeder to show you the certificates for the above tests/screening for both parents. If any of the above tests have not been considered necessary by the breeder (and there may be good reasons), ask her to explain why.

Other Diseases Reported
(For which there are currently no genetic or screening tests for sire or dam)

  • Shoulder osteochondrosis (males predisposed) (abnormalities of bone and cartilege, causing inflammation and pain
  • Black hair follicular dysplasia, causing hair loss (alopecia)
  • Cataract

Ask the breeder about the medical history of the parents, grandparents and great grandparents.  Consider carefully whether to purchase a puppy if some of these or other diseases are in the family line.

Ask about the breeder’s policy in cases of serious genetic diseases occurring to your puppy in later life. Good breeders will request to be informed of such events in order to improve future breeding decisions. Some breeders will also agree to contribute towards medical costs or refund purchase price.

You are strongly advised to buy from a breeder who uses (or is prepared to use) the RSPCA / BVA AWF Puppy Contract and Puppy Information Pack (PIP):  www.puppycontract.org.uk

You are also advised to buy from a breeder who follows the Dog Breeding Reform Group’s (DBRG) Standard for Dog Breeding:
www.dogbreedingreformgroup.uk/the-standard-for-dog-breeding.html

Or the Kennel Club’s Assured Breeders Scheme Standard and Guidance:
Standard PDF | Guidance PDF

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