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Stabyhoun Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Stabyhoun so you can get to know the breed more.

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Other Names
What other names does the Stabyhoun have? The dog breed also known as...
Beike, Friese Stabij, Stabij, Staby, Stabijhoun
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
AKC Group
Is Stabyhoun recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group
Is Stabyhoun recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Recognized by FCI in the Pointing Dogs group, in the Continental Pointing Dogs section.
How much does the Stabyhoun puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it? Stabyhoun price:
If you choose to purchase the Stabyhoun, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Stabyhoun for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Stabyhoun gets to a happy place.

Stabyhoun History

The Stabyhoun finds its origins in the north-eastern parts of the Netherlands, in a forestry region called Friesland. This is the reason why the breed is also known as the Frisian Pointer. The breed owes its name to the dogs’ versatility; the word Stabyhoun is derived from the words sta mij bij or “stand by me,” while houn is the Frisian word for dog and is pronounced “hoon.” According to one of the theories, the breed is presumed to be a descendant of the Heidewachtel and the Drentsche Patrijshond. According to another story, the Stabyhoun is presumably descended from spaniels that were brought to the region, during the Spanish Occupation between 1568 and 1648.

The earliest records and mentions of the Stabyhoun date back to the 1800s in historic literature, by Nynke fan Hichtum and Joost Halbertsma. The breed we known today shows significant similarities that were depicted in paintings form the early 17th century, for example, those by the well-recognized Dutch artist named Jan Steen. Later, in the late 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century, the Stabyhoun was mostly used by Dutch farmers. The breed was fancied among farmers thanks to the dogs’ versatility. Initially the breed was developed to hunt birds, foxes, and other small game. Moreover, they are great pointers, watchdogs, retrievers and trackers, the ability of this Dutch farm dog to fill many roles was widely sought after. Sometimes the Stabyhoun is thought to be a relative of the Labrador Retriever, for the reason being that, the breed also excellent in working in water, in addition to hunting, the dogs enjoy sports, agility and obedience

The Stabyhoun alongside with another indigenous breed, the Wetterhoun is originated from the same region, from Friesland. These two breeds were constantly crossbred with each other in the early 20th century, consequently, the unique, pure variation of each breed was on the verge of extinction. Fortunately, in order to preserve both breeds’ uniqueness, this practice was put to an end, in 1942. Two years later, in 1944 the first breed standard was drawn up. In the same year, the first litter of Stabyhoun puppies was born in the United States of America. The UKC (United Kennel Club) recognized the breed in 1996.

Nowadays, in fact, within the Netherlands, there are a lot of rules regarding the breeding of the Stabyhoun, with the intention of revitalizing and increasing the breed’s popularity. The breeds population number is approximately 6000-7000 specimens worldwide. The dogs’ popularity had grown across much of Europe, including the UK, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Belgium and even in North America, yet it is considered to be one of the rarest breeds on the globe today.

Stabyhoun General Appearance & Basic Info

What size is this breed? How big is this dog? Stabyhoun size:
How much does the Stabyhoun weigh? Stabyhoun weight:
40-55 pounds (18-25 kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of the Stabyhoun? Stabyhoun average weight:
47.5 pounds (21.5 kg)
How tall is the Stabyhoun? Stabyhoun height:
19-21 inches (49-53 cm)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido? Stabyhoun average height:
20 inches (51 cm)

Stabyhoun Hair & Care

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the Stabyhoun have? What does this canine coat look like?
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Stabyhoun's coat?
How to groom the Stabyhoun and how often?
Effortless: The Stabyhoun requires minimal grooming. Seasonal flea treatment is needed, but cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't necessary. Ears and eyes should be cleaned sometimes to avoid infections. Stabyhoun is one of the best choices if you don't have the time, skill or money to take care of a high maintenance dog. Highly recommended for beginners.
Shedding Level
How much do Stabyhoun dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Beike? Stabyhoun shedding level:
Stabyhouns shed above average. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. The amount and frequency of hair loss mostly depend on their health status and breed type. If you don't like vacuum cleaning, you might have to reconsider your choice of having a puppy from the Stabyhoun breed.

Stabyhoun Characteristics

What kind of personality does the Stabyhoun have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Stabyhoun? Are they intelligent?
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one. Keep in mind that if you want to teach them any tricks, they understand and memorize new commands in 40-80 repetitions. Stabyhoun obey for the first command 30% of the time or better. So if you want to have a smart dog, you might have to reconsider your choice with this breed.
Are Stabyhoun dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Stabyhouns are easy to train. They find out the association between commands and actions quite quickly.
How playful is this breed?
The Stabyhoun is a highly playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Stabyhoun sensitivity:
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds. Soft punishment affects them emotionally. Stabyhouns don't tolerate irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits really well. They are receptive to their owner's emotions and make wonderful family companions.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they? Are they affectionate?
Stabyhouns are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers. They enjoy quality time with their owners despite the activity and considered as a great therapy dog for those in need. This breed responds strongly to their handler's emotions because they bond closely. Their happiness is your happiness.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Beike need? Stabyhoun social needs:
Stabyhouns are a social breed. They enjoy being around people or other animals. This breed doesn't tolerate being left alone.
Do Stabyhoun dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my Friese Stabij bark?
Low to Average: The Stabyhoun rarely barks. This breed could be a good choice if you're looking for a quiet breed. They don't bark unless there is a good reason. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is Stabyhoun good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
Stabyhouns are average watchdogs. If they sense something different, they will alert you, but the observation isn't considered as their main job.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do Stabyhoun dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
Stabyhouns are average defenders. Some dogs are very protective of their territory, while others easily let a stranger to trespass. This breed is not sure to defend his territory in every situation.
Biting Potential
Do Stabyhoun bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Beike? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Stabyhoun? Why do dog bites happen?
The Stabyhoun has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Stabyhoun do?
Stabyhouns have a low tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Stabyhouns need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Stabyhoun to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Stabyhoun roam?
Stabyhouns have average wanderlust potential. Sometimes they like to explore the world and they might escape once or twice, but usually, they prefer staying safely at home. Safer to teach them how to get back to you on command.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Stabyhoun have high prey drive?
Stabyhouns have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds. Cats or any other small animals might be in danger. It's a natural instinct, doesn't necessarily mean that Stabyhouns are aggressive. Better to keep this breed on a leash.
Apartment Friendly
Is Stabyhoun good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Nem a legjobb választás Stabyhoun, ha lakásban szeretnéd tartani, ugyanakkor alapos lemozgatással, napi többszöri sétával tolerálják a benti körülményeket is, így megoldható Stabyhoun tartása lakásban.
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Stabyhouns adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home alone?
Stabyhouns do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
Fighting Dog
Where Stabyhoun dogs used as a fighting dog in the history?
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Stabyhoun Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Stabyhoun temperament with other people:
Stabyhouns are stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Are Stabyhoun dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Stabyhoun temperament with children:
Stabyhouns are kid-friendly dogs. This breed is a good choice if you have children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Stabyhoun dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats? Can they be good with cats?
Stabyhouns are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Is Stabyhoun good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Stabyhoun dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Stabyhouns are average friendly towards other dogs.
Office Friendly
Are Stabyhouns good office dogs? Do Stabyhouns make good office friendly dogs? Can Stabyhouns be office dogs?
Stabyhoun is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Stabyhoun dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Beike temperament with senior people? Are Stabyhoun dogs good for elderly owners?
Stabyhouns are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Stabyhoun dogs get along with other pets? Are Stabyhoun dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Stabyhouns are generally with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Stabyhoun breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
Stabyhouns are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Stabyhoun be a guide dog? Are they used as seeing-eye dogs?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). Stabyhoun is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Stabyhoun be a therapy dog? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a Stabyhoun be an emotional support animal?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with anxiety disorders or autism. Stabyhoun is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Stabyhoun be a sniffer dog?
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones. Stabyhoun is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Stabyhoun be a search and rescue dog?
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people. The Stabyhoun is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Stabyhoun be a boat dog?
Not really
Stabyhoun breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Stabyhoun be a drafting dog?
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination. Stabyhoun is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Stabyhoun Health Factors

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do Stabyhoun dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
The Stabyhoun is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems
What genetic/health problems does the Stabyhoun breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Stabyhoun breed? Most common health risks of Stabyhoun:
Elbow DysplasiaEpilepsyHeart DiseaseHip DysplasiaRadius CurvusWork-related Injuries
Life Expectancy
How long do Stabyhoun dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Stabyhoun be?
13-14 years
Is the Stabyhoun breed hypoallergenic?
Stabyhouns don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Stabyhoun have? What is the activity level of the Stabyhoun?
Stabyhouns have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
How much activity does this dog need? How much exercise do Stabyhoun dogs require per day?
Stabyhouns have an average exercise need. This breed is satisfied with short walks every weekday and a long one on weekends.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Stabyhouns sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Avg. daily food consumption
How much food does the Stabyhoun need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
2 to 2.5 cup of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Stabyhoun risk for obesity:
Average. The Stabyhoun has an average risk for obesity. Daily walks should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Stabyhoun's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot and cold weather & climate?
Prefers average to warm weather conditions
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
The Stabyhoun has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling tendency
Does the Stabyhoun drool?
The Stabyhoun is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency. If you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, the Stabyhoun could be a perfect choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool minimal compared to others, just like the Stabyhoun. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Stabyhoun Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long does this dog pregnant? How long does it take to have puppies?
60-64 days
Reproductive cycle of the female Stabyhoun: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the female is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the female’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
How often can the Stabyhoun have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Stabyhoun have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
3-5 puppies

Stabyhoun Pros & Cons

  • Trainability: Stabyhouns are easy to train.
  • Grooming: Effortless: The Stabyhoun requires minimal grooming.
  • Drooling tendency: The Stabyhoun is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
  • Mouthiness: Stabyhouns have a low tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
  • Child Friendly: Stabyhouns are kid-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Stabyhouns are usually recommended for elderly people.
  • Intelligent Rank: Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
  • Hypoallergenic: Stabyhouns don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Shedding Level: Stabyhouns shed above average.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: Stabyhouns do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
  • Office Friendly: Stabyhoun is not the best dog breed for office environment.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Stabyhouns are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.

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  • Nina

    Aug 27, 2020, 9:47:29 AM:

    Cute dogs, very loving towards owners and other people. Loyal dog. Playful!