44-48 lbs
Stabji, Dutch Stabyhoun, Frisian Pointer

The Stabyhoun, pronounced stay-be-hoon, is a Dutch breed that is medium sized. He was classified in 2013 as one of the top five rarest breeds in the world with only an estimated 3,500 of these dogs in existence. Any breeding made between Stabyhouns are closely regulated by the Dutch Association for Stabyhouns and Wetterhouns. There are very few Stabyhouns found outside of the Netherlands. He is a very loyal and smart dog. He makes an excellent companion for families. The Stabyhoun is a typical pointer and loves to have a job to do. He can be very excitable and needs plenty of exercise to keep him happy.

purpose Purpose
Hunt vermin
history Date of Origin
19th century
ancestry Ancestry

Stabyhoun Health

Average Size
Male Stabyhoun size stats
Height: 20-22 inches Weight: 51-55 lbs
Female Stabyhoun size stats
Height: 18-20 inches Weight: 44-48 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Elbow Dysplasia
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA)
Minor Concerns
  • Epilepsy
  • vonWillebrand’s Disease
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Compulsive Deviant Disorder
Occasional Tests
  • OFA
  • Heart
  • X-Rays
  • Genetic Testing

Stabyhoun Breed History

Texts from the 19th century described dogs similar to the Stabyhoun. Joost Halbertsma wrote about a dog named Bijke and described him as a “long-haired piebald” and a “good hunting dog” as well as “a child’s friend”. The Stabyhoun’s ancestry can be traced back to the Drentsche Patrijshond and the Heidewachtel. He originated in Friesland, more specifically from the Frisian forest area in the southeast and east of Friesland. His name is derived from the “sta mij bij” or in English “stand by me” and “houn” which means dog in Frisian. His other ancestors probably came to the Netherlands during the Spanish occupation in the north. Many historians strongly believe the Stabyhoun and the Small Munsterlander are closely related. The Stabyhoun was originally used for hunting moles, skunks and rats. He was also used as a watchdog and wild hare hunter. He was found on small farms and was a very versatile dog. He is now mainly used as a companion dog. The Stabyhoun was regularly crossbred with the Wetterhoun in the early 20th century. Because of this regular crossbreeding, both breeds were on the verge of becoming lost. In 1938 a group of people who fancied the Stabyhoun became a part of the Kynologenclub Friesland and began the process of purifying the Stabyhoun. In 1942, the Stabyhoun was officially recognized by the Kynologenclub Friesland. The first official breed standard for the Stabyhoun was adopted in 1944. The Dutch Association for Stabyhouns and Wetterhouns was established in 1947. There are approximately 6000 Stabyhouns worldwide. 

Stabyhoun Breed Appearance

The Stabyhoun is a powerfully built pointing dog. His body should be a little longer than his height at the withers. He should never appear too rotund or too fragile. His skin should not be too loose and should fit close to his body. He has a medium length to his coat and can have feathering on his chest, neck, legs and tail. His coat is weather-resistant and straight. A slight wave is acceptable but no defined curl should be present. His feathering can give him the appearance of being a longhaired dog but excessive feathering is not desirable. The Stabyhoun is considered a pied dog when he is black or brown with white markings. His white can have ticking or freckling. His head should be black or brown and he can have a blaze on his face. The Stabyhoun can also be black or brown roan. He should have a black nose and eye rims. 

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Stabyhoun eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Stabyhoun nose
Coat Color Possibilities
black Stabyhoun coat
brown Stabyhoun coat
white Stabyhoun coat
pied Stabyhoun coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
coat density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
coat texture
Stabyhoun straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Stabyhoun Breed Maintenance

The Stabyhoun has a medium-length coat that is weather-resistant and pretty much dirt resistant. By keeping him brushed at least once a week, dirt and loose hairs will be removed. He should be brushed with a pin brush and metal comb to work out any tangles that may form in his feathering. Bathing is only necessary about two times a year or as needed if he gets into something really foul. He does shed seasonally, so he will have two times a year when he is shedding heavily. This is because his undercoat is being released. Brushing daily is required when he is shedding his undercoat. His nails need to be trimmed as needed, usually every two to three weeks. His ears will need to be checked weekly and cleaned as needed. A routine dental plan should also be put in place. Brush his teeth weekly with canine approved toothpaste. He may also benefit from a professional teeth cleaning once a year. 

Brushes for Stabyhoun
Pin Brush
Pin Brush
Nail Clipper
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
fur daily fur weekly fur monthly
Stabyhoun requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Stabyhoun Temperament

The Stabyhoun is a rare breed and is rarely found outside the Netherlands. He is a lively dog who enjoys spending time with his family. The Stabyhoun is an excellent guard dog and will sound the alarm if strangers approach. He will also keep your home and property free of vermin such as mice, rats and moles. He is an independent dog but can be affectionate to his family. He does like to have his way and can be described at times as stubborn. Training is essential to ensure the Stabyhoun is a well-rounded and obedient dog. All members of the family should be involved in his training so he understands who has authority over him. He does well with children and cats but does have a strong prey drive so smaller pets such as ferrets and guinea pigs should never be left alone with him. He is somewhat reserved with strangers and early socialization is important to keep him from becoming afraid of people and new situations. 

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