Stabyhoun dog with a stethoscope

Stabyhoun At a Glance

Country of Origin:


Breed Group:

AKC (FSS: Sporting); FCI (Pointing Dogs); UKC (Gun Dog)


Medium to Large. Weight: 40–55 lbs Height: 19.5-21 inches


Long and sleek.


Black, Brown, Orange, All with White Markings

Life Span:

13 to 14 years

Breed Profile

Affection Level
Barking Tendencies
Cat Friendly
Cold Weather Tolerance
Exercise Needs
General Health
Grooming Needs
Hot Weather Tolerance
Kid Friendly
Shedding Level
Social Needs
Watchdog Ability

Did You Know?

Stabyhoun is Dutch for 'Stand-by-me dog'.


Stabyhoun Overview

The Stabyhoun has been a part of the Dutch Friesland since the 1600s. The breed was expected to have a well-rounded temperament in order to complete the many jobs he was assigned as a hunter, watchdog, and pet. The breed’s name actually translates to “stand-by-me dog”, in part due to their personalities. The breed also excels and hunting, flushing and retrieving game, usually birds.


Stabyhoun Characteristics

This dog breed features similar feathering and body shape to many other pointing and retrieval dogs such as spaniels. They are most commonly seen in a black and white pattern with large black blocks of fur and smaller spots over a white body. However, the breed also comes in an orange and brown variety. Their long, lean body, feathered tail and triangular ears give them a calm, and loving appearance.


Stabyhoun Temperament

The most well-known and liked characteristic of the Stabyhoun’s temperament is his being “well balanced”. Good at most tasks, the breed does well as a calm watchdog, but also a loving family pet. The breed gets along well with humans and other animals, and does well with children, playing gently. They are popular for their all-around good nature and companionship.



Stabyhoun Care

The Stabyhoun lives on average 13 to 14 years, good for a medium-sized dog. Few health concerns are reported, most likely due to their smaller population, however, epilepsy and hip dysplasia may be major concerns. Both issues can be treated through good veterinary care and careful screening and selection of breeding parents.


Stabyhoun Coat

Despite the feathering throughout the coat, the Stabyhoun is easy to groom. Weekly brushing and combing will help keep the hair free of mats and debris, and remove any loose hairs from shedding. The feathering does not need any special trimming or grooming, and will naturally grow over time as the dog ages.


Stabyhoun Training

Intelligence and a desire to please come together to make this dog an easy dog to train. The breed excels at any sport or task given to him, be it traditional roles such as hunting and retrieval, or more popular modern sports such as agility or fly-ball. Socialization around strangers is important, however, to prevent the Stabyhoun from being standoffish.


Stabyhoun Activity

Long daily walks or jogs, or lots of play time in a fenced yard will help keep this dog exercised. Enrolling him in activities that use both mind and body such as dog sports or hunting roles will also help keep the breed active mentally and physically. The versatility of the breed make them great active companions, and then great house pets at the end of the day.

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