(aka: Frisian pointer, Frisian Pointing Dog, Stabij, Beike)
The Stabyhoun is sturdily built and possesses great stamina and power. This breed is a member of the Sporting Group due to their abilities in pointing, hunting, retrieving, and agility. This is such a rare breed in the United States that the first litter was not recorded until 1994.
The Stabyhoun is a graceful pointer dog. They have a square head and muzzle with small dark colored eyes. Their ears are quite big compared to their other features and lie close to their head. They have a broad chest and body with short, muscular legs leading to small oval shaped feet. A long tail feathers out covered in long, silky hair. Their coat is long and thick and can be brown or orange with white but is most commonly black with white.
Stabyhoun's are a devoted and loyal companion that is excellent with children and other pets. They exhibit patience, are friendly with people they know, but are reserved with strangers. They are protective of their family, territory, and livestock, but are never vicious. This well-rounded breed makes a perfect companion, excellent watch, and avid hunting partner. The Stabyhoun is extremely affectionate and is slowly steadily gaining popularity in the United States for their pleasing personality.
The coat is long and sleek and with a natural fresh smell. The dog doesn't need much grooming. It usually keeps its body very clean. The Stabyhoun does not need any special care apart from proper and regualr brushing to keep the tangles out. The dogs usually sheds twice a year, and thorough brushing helps the dog to finish its moult in about two weeks. Washing should be avoided when possible, because it affects the natural sleekness of the coat. The coat by its nature will lose dirt very quickly. After a swim the dog is usually quite clean and dry in a couple of hours.
The name: the Stabyhoun originates from Friesland, a province in the North of the Netherlands (which probably is a descendant of Spaniels brought to the Netherlands by the Spanish conquistadors). The first part of the name is probably from the Dutch: sta me bij (stand by me). The last part is simply Friesian, meaning dog. It is pronounced "hoon".
The Stabyhoun is a gundog of which descriptions were already found as early as 1800. In earlier days it was used for small game and bird. It turned out to be a fine mole catcher, which also during the hunting season was used as an all-round gundog. It was a fine pointer, an excellent tracker and also a good watchdog. It was also used as a draught dog. Its looks have not changed a lot today, although in earlier days the breed was often mixed with other Friesian breed, the Wetterhoun, because only working capacities were counted. In 1942 the breed was officially acknowledged and since then crossbreeding between the two has stopped.
The Stabyhoun is intelligent and highly trainable. Training must be done with fairness, firmness, and consistency. The Stabyhoun excels in agility, triathlon, fly-ball, retrieving, hunting, pointing, and frisbee.
The Stabyhoun is a healthy dog. In the past the breed had some problems, but careful breeding expelled most problems. The Dutch have been trying to breed out hip dysphasia for many years and no one in that club is allowed to breed their dog if they have any signs of hip problems.
The population of the Stabyhoun today is about 3500 animals. Therefore careful breeding is important.