Stabyhoun

Stabyhoun
Vital Statistics:
Place of Origin: Netherlands
Group: Sporting, Pointer
Height: 19-23 in.
Weight: 45-55 lbs.
Life span: 13-14 yrs.
Trainability: high
Good with children: yes
Good with other pets: yes

What is the origin of the Stabyhoun?

Also known as the Frisian Pointer and Dutch Stabyhoun, the Stabyhoun (stah BAY hoon) is one of the 2 breeds (the other being the Wetterhoun) native to Friesland, a county in Northwest Netherlands. Its ancestors may have been brought to Friesland by Spanish conquistadors in 1568. The Stabyhoun is both a retriever and a pointer on land and in water. At present there are very few Stabyhouns in the U.S.

What does the Stabyhoun look like?

The Stabyhoun is 19-23 inches tall and weighs 45-55 lbs. The head and muzzle are square. Ears are large and pendant lying close to the head. Eyes are small and dark. The tail is long and feathered with silky hair. The coat is long and thick. Colors are black and white, brown or orange with white. Grooming is regular brushing. Bathing is not a necessity as its body is very clean.

What is the temperament of the Stabyhoun?

Stabyhouns are highly intelligent. They are eager to please and learn very quickly. Obedience training and socialization should begin early. Stabys are very playful and particularly love children and playing with them. They get on well with other pets. While not aggressive Stabys are reserved with strangers. They are protective of home and family without being vicious. Stabys are active dogs and should have long walks daily and off-leash runs. They are not suited to apartment living.

What is the Stabyhoun used for?

Hunting, flyball, agility, obedience to name a few, the Staby excels in any dog sport he is trained to do. Although not aggressive they do make good watchdogs. Stabys are very affectionate and loyal to their family.

Possible Health Issues

Hip/elbow dysplasia, epilepsy, patent ductus arteriosis

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