Affectionate and tolerant, Stabyhoun gets along with people, kids, and other pets.
There are TOP 10 interesting facts about Stabyhoun.
The Stabyhoun Dog is probably descended from Spaniels. It is mentioned in literature in the early 1800s but wasn’t raised outside of that area until after the 1960s. The Stabyhoun Dog breed received official recognition in 1942 and is now a Dutch treasure. At that point, the crossbreeding with a related breed, the Wetterhoun, stopped.
Male Stabyhoun Dog are around 21 inches (53.3 cm) high, while females are almost as large. Males range from fifty to fifty five pounds (22.6 to 25 kg) in weight while females are around 45 pounds (20.4 kg). The Stabyhoun Dogs are related to pointers and have the long skull and narrow head with a slight dome and they have a scissor bite. They have ears that project form the head; feathering is common but not present in all dogs.
The Stabyhoun Dogs have an even temper. They are tolerant of young children and other animals. They are never snappy unless abused. The Stabyhoun Dog have average intelligence by average to below average obedience. Dogs require extensive socialization to avoid reservations around strangers.
The Stabyhoun is an intelligent breed which makes it highly trainable. Because these dogs are somewhat independent by nature, however, they require a firm and consistent hand in training. It is recommended that you use positive reinforcement-based training methods with this breed and that you start training and socialization as early as possible.
Because the Stabyhoun Dog were bred to assist in hunting down dinner and chasing down vermin, they are physically active and ready to chase down squirrels and other critters. The Stabyhoun Dog are natural retrievers and will go into the water to get a toy or animal. Owners must be a confident and consistent pack leader to avoid behavioral problems.
The Stabyhoun Dogs have a black head, though they may have white spots or a white stripe on the bridge of the nose. Their bodies are primarily white with black spots on the back and sides. The Stabyhoun Dog legs are mostly white, though black spots and patches do occur. Brown and white Stabyhoun Dogs exist but are rare outside of the Netherlands or unless the dog is a hybrid. Tricolor dogs are considered a fault in the breed. The hair is usually straight and sometimes wavy, but curly hair is seen as a fault in the animal and the Stabyhoun Dog have long coats.
Stabyhoun are happy when they are given an ‘occupation’. Agility training and the Stabyhoun are a match made in heaven!
Their name translates to, ‘stand by me dog’ which is quite apt given the adaptability of these fine dogs who seem willing to participate in multiple roles.
It wasn’t until the 2000’s when this medium sized black or white or brown and white beauty moved out of his homeland of Friesland in the Netherlands. Before then, these dogs had been resident since the 1800’s and were generally owned by peasant farmers who needed a dog that was a good all rounder – a ratter, a guard dog or a hunter. Because of the fact that the Stabyhoun was never renowned for any particular special task, this may account for his lack of popularity over time.
The number one heath problems amongst Stabyhoun Dogs is obesity, so always make sure your dog doesn't get to fat. Many foot problems that Stabyhoun Dogs have are just an issue of long toenails. The Stabyhoun Dog breed has had problems with epilepsy almost bred out of it. Inbreeding, however, is a concern for animals raised outside of the Netherlands. Hip dysphasia remains an issue for the breed.