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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OriginNetherlands flagNetherlands
Other Names
What other names does the Stabyhoun have?
Friese StabijStabijStabijhounStabyBeike
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?

Stabyhoun Price and Availability

How much does the Stabyhoun puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of a Stabyhoun in the United States? How much money is a Stabyhoun?

Where to buy a Stabyhoun with a good pedigree?

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.
How easy is it to get a Stabyhoun? How many Stabyhoun are there in the world?
Average: The Stabyhoun is a commonly available dog breed. There is less risk of overbreeding compared to the very popular dogs.

Of course, they may be more popular in some countries, and inbreeding may occur, so be careful.

Stabyhoun Size

Is a Stabyhoun small, medium or large dog?

How big do Stabyhoun get?

What is the average size of a Stabyhoun?

How much does the Stabyhoun weigh? How much should a Stabyhoun weight? What is the normal weight of a Stabyhoun? How much does a full-grown Stabyhoun weight?
40-55 pounds (18-25 kg)
Average Weight
What is the average weight of a Stabyhoun?
47.5 pounds (21.5 kg)
How tall is the Stabyhoun? Stabyhoun height:
19-21 inches (49-53 cm)
Average Height
What is the average height of a Stabyhoun?
20 inches (51 cm)

Stabyhoun Grooming, Hair and Care

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the Stabyhoun have? What does this canine coat/fur 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? How often should I take my Stabyhoun to the groomer?
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 Friese Stabij? Do Stabyhoun dogs shed a lot?
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.
Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
How often does the Stabyhoun need a bath? How often should you give a Stabyhoun a bath? Can I bathe my Stabyhoun every day?
3-4 weeks
More often than average. These dog coats tend to be longer, softer, and oilier than short-haired breeds. While a good bath every now and then is a great way to keep your buddy from becoming overly smelly, be mindful about overbathing.

Bathing will wash away your dog’s natural oils, while a simple brushing every few days should keep them clean.

Stabyhoun Personality / Temperament

What kind of personality does the Stabyhoun have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Stabyhoun? Is the Stabyhoun breed dumb or smart?
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 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.

The Stabyhoun ranks below average in the intelligence ranking of dogs.

Are Stabyhoun dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training? How hard is it to train a Stabyhoun?
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? Is a Stabyhoun a good family dog?
High: 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 are considered 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 Friese Stabij 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 their main job.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do Stabyhoun dogs have 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 its territory in every situation.
Biting Potential
Do Stabyhoun bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Friese Stabij? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Stabyhoun? Why do dog bites happen?

Low 🔽

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.)
Bite Force
Does the Stabyhoun has a hard bite? What is the bite force of a Stabyhoun? How much bite force does a Stabyhoun have?

Between 200 and 400 PSI

Stabyhoun bite force: Ordinary. Average dogs have a bite force between 200 and 400 PSI.

The Stabyhoun, and many others, have a fearsome presence because they have significant jaw strength, so it is important not to anger the dog and have it around strangers until it is fully trained.

However, they are usually quite calm and good companions, they work well in families and are easy to care for.

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? Can you have a Stabyhoun in an apartment?
It is not the best choice if you want to keep them indoors, however, with careful exercise and several walks a day, they will tolerate the indoor environment, so it is possible to keep Stabyhoun indoors.
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Average: Stabyhouns adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
How long can a Stabyhoun be left alone? How long can you leave a Stabyhoun 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.

Stabyhoun Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Stabyhoun temperament with other people:
Stabyhouns are stranger-friendly dogs.
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.
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? Can the Stabyhoun breed live with a cat?
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?
Stabyhouns are average friendly towards other dogs.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Stabyhoun breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners? Is Stabyhoun breed suitable for first-time owners?
Stabyhouns are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
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 Friese Stabij temperament with senior people? Are Stabyhoun dogs good for elderly owners?
Stabyhouns are usually recommended for elderly people.

Stabyhoun Health

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
Veterinarian Visits
How often does the Stabyhoun breed need to go to the vet? How often should you take your dog to the vet? How often should the Stabyhoun see the vet?
The Stabyhoun should have a complete physical check-up at least once per year. If your dog shows any symptoms, call your veterinarian.
Life Expectancy
How long do Stabyhoun dogs live? How old can a Stabyhoun be? What is the age limit of the Stabyhoun? How many years can the oldest Stabyhoun live?

What is the average life expectancy / lifespan of a Stabyhoun?

How long is the lifespan of a Stabyhoun?

12-14 years
The average lifespan of Stabyhoun: 13 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 exercise does a Stabyhoun need? How much exercise do Stabyhoun dogs require per day?

Do Stabyhoun dogs need a lot of exercises?

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 the Stabyhoun breed need?
Stabyhouns sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered a lazy breed.
Average daily food consumption
How much food does a Stabyhoun need? What dog products should I buy? How much food does a Stabyhoun breed eat per day? What is good dog food for Stabyhoun? How much food should I feed my Stabyhoun?
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 and Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot or cold weather and climate?
Prefers average to warm weather conditions
Different dogs have different preferences when it comes to weather conditions. However, in general, most dogs prefer average to warm weather conditions, as they typically find hot weather conditions to be uncomfortable and taxing.
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 of a 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 minimum 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 As a Working Dog

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 is 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 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

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases. 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

This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog. The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and locating missing people.

The Stabyhoun is not the best breed for SAR purposes.

Boat and Sailor 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.

Boat dogs were typically bred for their strength, stamina, and water resistance, as they were often required to perform tasks such as pulling in fishing nets, and jumping into the water to retrieve ropes or lines, or helping to move cargo.

Sailor dog is a type of dog that was bred to accompany sailors on their voyages. They were typically used for three purposes: as a working dog, a watchdog, and as a companion. A boat dog is a term used to describe a type of dog that was traditionally bred and used as a working dog on boats.

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.

Fighting Dog / Military Dog
Where Stabyhoun dogs used as fighting / military dogs in history?

Not really

In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Stabyhoun Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long is a Stabyhoun pregnant?How long does it take to have puppies? How to tell if the Stabyhoun breed is pregnant?

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.

Litter Frequency

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 in a litter? How many puppies can the Stabyhoun breed have for the first time? How many puppies does a Stabyhoun have? How many puppies can a Stabyhoun give birth to?
3-5 puppies

Stabyhoun Recognition

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.

Stabyhoun Pros and Cons

  • Trainability: Stabyhouns are easy to train.
  • Grooming: Effortless: The Stabyhoun requires minimal grooming.
  • Drooling Tendency: The Stabyhoun is a perfect example of a 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.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Stabyhouns are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
  • 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.

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.

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Stabyhoun Comments, Reviews and Questions

  • Wubbo

    Aug 30, 2022, 6:43:52 PM:

    Very nice dogs, loyal, watchdog, playfull and smart

  • Nina

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

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