Breed History

Kleiner Münsterländer is known since the 15th century. Pointing spaniel or Westfalisk Wachtelhund as they were called, was characteristic for it´s good ability to search for birds and their pointing ability. In the district of Münsterland there were a small amount left of these dogs in the 19th century, they lived with priests and farmers in the area. They were so few that they were not mentioned in any standard at that time.                                                                                                                                                                 



In the end of the 19th century there were two leading names connected to the remains and the continued existence of the breed, Löns and Jungclaus was the names. These gentlemen each started to breed, what´s later on became known as the Kleiner Münsterländer. Typical for the Löns-dogs were their skimmel colour, their raising and their robust constitution. The Jungclaus-dogs was lower, often down to 30 centimeters in height of withers, they were brown and white often with tan-signs. Dr Jungclaus was later on commisioned to compose the first standard for the breed.                                                                                                                     



The 17th of March 1912 the breed was approved with it´s own standard. Kleiner 
Münsterländer in Sweden today are often in varying size and type, there is all from small dogs with snipey noses to big leggy dogs and there is the type that fits with the standard of today.  
Kleiner Münsterländer should be rectangular, full of strenght with upstanding, springy movements and a noble expression. All that together makes Kleiner Münsterländer to a exceedingly good working dog, with workability in hard weather conditions.