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Is the Stabyhoun right for you?

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Other name(s): Friese Stabij; Friesian Pointer

The basics:
The Stabyhoun originated in Friesland, a province in the Netherlands. Its name derives from the Dutch “sta-me-bij-hond,” which literally means “Stand-By-Me-Dog.” Bred as a sporting dog, the Stabyhoun is used even today to hunt birds and small game. The breed also makes a good watchdog. Capable of thinking for themselves, they demand a more experienced owner who knows how to be a kind but consistent alpha.

Though the Stabyhoun was officially acknowledged as a breed since 1942, it remains a rare breed that is not much known outside the Netherlands. The Stabyhoun has been recorded in the Foundation Stock Service of the American Kennel Club (AKC) since March 2005 and has been assigned the Sporting Group designation.

Appearance / health:
The Stabyhoun has a sturdy build. The skin fits tightly to the body, leaving no hanging folds. It has a wide chest and well-developed feet. The head is longer than wide, the skull and foreface being equally long. It has low set low hanging ears. Its striking appearance comes from the dark head which is often in stark contrast to the spotted body.

The Stabyhoun needs regular brushing to avoid matting. The breed sheds only twice a year. The Stabyhoun may be bathed only when necessary.

The Stabyhoun needs a good amount of exercise, including walking and running off the leash.

The Stabyhoun is a healthy breed. Careful breeding practices have ensured the elimination of genetic problems.

Behavior / temperament:
The Stabyhoun is eager to please and loves to show off its skills. While hunting, they tend to bring in the game in an undamaged condition.

They have the characteristics of pointers, but also make good watchdogs and draught dogs. This versatile breed is a quick learner. However, the flip side of owning a versatile dog capable of making intelligent decisions is that you need to be good at training independent-minded dogs. A novice or inconsistent owner could spoil this animal's fine personality with bad training.


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