Originally a Frisian farm dog, the name ‘Stabyhoun’ is derived from the Dutch ‘sta me bij’ which means ‘Stand by me’ – a true reflection of this dog’s loving and loyal nature. It is also sometimes known as the Frisian Pointer.
For people who could only afford a single dog, the Stabyhoun's versatility made it a popular choice. The dog had to be tolerant around livestock on the farm, friendly with the children and protective about the premises, without being vicious or snappy. Popular also as a mole catcher which was a lucrative business back in those days, the Stabyhoun had to be small enough to load onto the back of a bicycle for cheap and easy travel to and from work.
The Stabyhoun is not currently recognised by the Kennel Club (UK) but is a fully recognised F.C.I. breed.
A medium sized, sturdily yet elegant long coated pointer, the Stabyhoun is intelligent and enjoys activity; whether that is play, a good walk in the woods, obedience training, agility and even field work. It is an outstanding swimmer and is growing in popularity in Scandinavia as a pointer, retriever and for tracking wounded big game in the field.
By their nature, the Stabyhoun is obedient, peaceful, kind and patient - deeply fond of their family and eager to please. Although they feature an impressive coat and beautiful long tail, this is a breed that requires no grooming at all. In fact, its coat is practically 'self cleaning' and doesn't have that usual 'doggy' smell.
The Stabyhoun's ability to get on with other animals in the home is one of their great charms.
Strictly managed breeding has meant that the Stabyhoun is a very healthy breed with few hereditary problems.
Careful selection has reduced instances of hip dysplasia to an impressive low, breeding stock must still be hip scored and assessed on at least two occasions by experienced Stabyhoun judges.
All litters of puppies are evaluated at the age of 12 months old; allowing the central Dutch Stabyhoun Association (NVSW) to monitor the health and wellbeing of the breed on a global scale.
All incidents of epilepsy, Radius Curvus and Patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) are recorded and restrictions are placed on dogs associated with any of these conditions.
- UK Stabyhoun Association (external link opens in a new window)