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The stabyhoun is a gundog that originated in the Friesland province of the Netherlands during the 1800s. The stabyhoun is a pointer breed, and it was utilized for tracking small game. In 1942, the Dutch Kennel Club officially recognized the breed. In 2006, the American Kennel Club welcomed the stabyhoun into their foundation stock service program, which is the step that enables breeders to pave the way for full official breed recognition.

The Stabyhoun is a medium-sized pointer, it is longer than tall and have short legs. They are sturdily-built and have muscular bodies. They have broad muzzles and pendant medium-sized ears. Stabyhouns have long coats and most often come in black and white. Their coats need to be brushed regularly to prevent tangling or matting.


This is a friendly, affectionate breed that is eager to please its family. They are very fond of children and have remarkable patience. Stabyhouns need a lot of exercise to stay happy: they enjoy going for jogs, playing fetch or frisbee. Stabyhouns are alert and active. They may become stubborn if they are not trained consistently.

Breed Characteristics

Life Span:13-14 Years
Nicknames:Friesian pointer, a stabyjhoun and a Dutch stabyhoun

Stabyhoun Build Information

The sturdy stabyhoun stands at a height of 19 to 21 inches at the shoulders and weighs between 50 and 55 pounds. The coat is short with longer hair on the tail, armpits and legs. The coat color may be black and white, orange and white or brown and white, and spotting may be visible within the white areas. The long, bushy tail is carried low, and curves upward toward the tip. The earflaps hang downward to frame the face.

Length (Male):13-20 in.
Length (Female):18-20 in.
Weight:41 - 65 lbs

Behaviour and Personality

The stabyhoun is a gentle, loyal, affectionate and patient dog. The breed gets along with other household pets and adores children. Stabyhouns are playful and intelligent. They are obedient, eager to please and easy to train. They are energetic outdoors and calm indoors. Stabyhouns are equally content to play fetch with the family and to tag along on the hunting trails. Stabyhouns are effective watchdogs.

Activity Level:Very Active
Affection Level:Affectionate
Kid Friendliness:Very Friendly


Stabyhouns need to be brushed once a week to prevent tangles and matting, particularly where the hair is longer. Inspect the ears once a week, and clean them if debris is noted in order to prevent ear infections. Brush the teeth every other day to prevent tartar accumulation and periodontal disease.

Grooming:Low Maintenance

Stabyhoun Common Health Conditions

Stabyhouns live average lifespans of 13 to 14 years. Some health conditions to be aware of in this breed include hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, patent ductus arteriosis, epilepsy and von Willebrand disease.

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Breed Talents and Facts

For a rare pointer breed, you will be hard pressed to find a more loving friend and loyal family member than the stabyhoun. The stabyhoun originated in the Netherlands. The stabyhoun is also called a Friesian pointer, a stabyjhoun and a Dutch stabyhoun. The stabyhoun is a gentle companion and a keen watchdog. The stabyhoun stands 19 to 21 inches tall and weighs 40 to 55 pounds. The stabyhoun has a moderate energy level. The stabyhoun requires minimal grooming. The average lifespan for a stabyhoun is 13 to 14 years.