Stabyhouns have some very typical characteristics, with their sleek coats
on top of the list. Also known as the Stabijhoun, Dutch Stabyhoun, or the Friesian
Pointer, this dos has a sturdy built, with a long coated pointer greater in
length than height. Stabyhouns have tight skins that hug the body closely.
They show no dewlap or too much lip. Their ears have hair – long at the
top and decreasingly shorter up to the last 1/3 of the ear where the hair is
short. The Stabyhoun’s ear takes the form of a mason’s trowel.
They have typical hair on the legs and tail. As with their tail, they have
bushy front and hind legs that should not be feathering. They have fairly big,
well-developed feet and a rather wide brisket. They have gentle, intelligent
expressions and warm eyes.
Some Quick Facts:
Calm and gentle.
Needs a yard.
Daily outdoor play.
Standard Hair Colors:
Black, brown and orange with white markings.
National breed club:
AKC Stabyhound Page
Stabyhouns were originally for hunting but today, they are used mainly as family companions. Those who have been with a Stabyhoun during hunting claim they can last for hours in the field. They will patiently and calmly wait for the shot. Being both a soft-mouthed retriever and a pointer, they are particularly good at duck-hunting. Water work is one of their best areas. They are eager searchers that mark well and can easily be controlled over great distance. Though they are mostly family companions now, they still enjoy a moderate, though very devoted fancy among Dutch sportsmen. They also used to be used by farmers so they learned to be tolerant toward the other livestock on the farm
Though they are not vicious or snappy, Stabyhouns make excellent guard dogs. As a pet, they are devoted, very intelligent, obedient, soft, and gentle. When training them, one has to be consistent. They have a nice temperament – friendly, tolerant and willing too please. In fact, one of their best characteristics is their amazing tolerance toward children and other animals that belong to the household. Stabyhouns are very sweet, affectionate, and love to cuddle. Stabyhoun owners claim they are the ultimate companion and family dog. This breed is also often used as agility dogs because of their great intelligence, speed, flexibility, and eagerness to please. Even if they are keen, active dogs outside, they are calm, kind dogs inside the house.
Stabyhouns need a fair level of exercise and they love to play outdoors especially with children.
Stabyhouns are not suited to apartment living. They will be miserable in small spaces. For this breed, a medium to large yard is ideal. This breed can adapt easily to weather changes provided they have adequate shelter.
Proper brushing is enough to groom the Stabyhoun. They do not require special attention in this area.
On an individual level this dog is very healthy, although on a breed level it is endangered. It used to have some problems with hip dysphasia, but careful breeding has managed to expel it. The Dutch have been trying to resolve this problem for many years and no one in their club is allowed to breed their dog if they are suspected to have health problems. Special Note: careful breeding of this dog is important because only about 3500 Stabyhouns are in existence today.
If you liked this dog…
...you would also like the Wetterhoun, which has some similarities with the
Stabyhoun. They are both Friesian breeds as well.