Breed Organization The Ameri-Can Stabyhoun Association Website:
http://www.stabyhouns.org Native Country The Netherlands Other Names Stabyhoun, Dutch Stabyhoun, Friesian Pointer Life Expectancy Approximately 12-14 Years Litter Size Large Litters Breed Group Sporting Group/Pointer - AKC/FSS
Breed Appearance A sturdily built long-coated breed, the
Stabyhoun is greater in length than height. It should be neither too
coarse nor too refined in build.
Breed Description Head: Chiseled, longer than it is wide.
Slightly domed skull. Moderate stop. Straight nosebridge. Powerful
muzzle, equal in length to skull. Nose wide, black or brown,
depending on coat color. Lips not pendulous. Ears: Set on low, medium in length, hanging close to the head
without twisting. Hair fairly long near the base, shorter toward the
tip. Eyes: Medium in size, round, dark brown in black-coated variety
and light brown in brown-coated variety. Body: Powerful, rectangular build. Short, round neck without
dewlap. Chest wider than it is deep, such that forelegs are spread
fairly widely apart. Well-sprung ribs. Moderate tuck-up. Straight,
fairly long back. Croup nearly level Tail: Long, reaching the hock, carried low with the last third
curving loosely upward. Covered with long hair. Hair: Long and flat on the trunk, slightly wavy on the croup.
Short on the head. Thick on the backs of the legs. Coat: Black, brown, or orange with white markings. Spotting and
mixing of colors is allowed in the white areas. Size: Approx. 50 cm (20 in). Weight: 15 to 20 kg (33-44 lb).
History The Stabyhoun is a gundog that is first
described in the early 1800s. In earlier days it was used for
hunting foxes, small game, and birds. While on farms, Stabyhouns
exhibited fine skills as a mole-catcher. During the hunting season,
it was used as an all-round gundog. Today, the Stabyhoun remains a
competent hunter, although British and German breeds are more
popular. It is a fine pointer, an excellent tracker, and also a good
watchdog. It has also been used as a draught dog.
Historically, these dogs were nearly exclusively owned
by farmers, whose limited financial means dictated the need for an
all-around working and hunting breed. Due to their versatility,
Stabyhouns have been used as a guard dog on farms despite their
origins as a gundog. The breed's appearance and purpose have not
changed in decades. In earlier days the Stabyhoun was often mixed
with another Friesian breed, the Wetterhoun, in order to optimize
the traits of these working dogs. However, in 1942 the Stabyhoun
received official breed recognition, and crossbreeding between the
Stabyhoun and Wetterhoun has ceased.
Today the Stabyhoun
enjoys a small but thoroughly devoted following among Dutch
sportsmen and homeowners. Its numbers are increasing slowly but
steadily. This breed has caught the attention of dog lovers in the
United Kingdom, Scandinavia and North America.
Behavior The Stabyhoun is a good tracker, a firm
pointer, and a good retriever. Calm and gentle, he is an
Health The Stabyhoun is a healthy dog.
Advice He needs space and lots of exercise, as well as
regular brushing and attention to the ears.