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The Stabyhoun or Friesian Pointer, a brave, gentle and loyal dog

The Stabyhoun or Friesian Pointer is a native Dutch dog, but it is not known outside the Netherlands. This does not prevent us from being interested in this exceptional, brave, gentle and loyal breed that makes a wonderful pet.

Characteristics of the Stabyhoun

The Stabyhoun is a pointing dog of normal proportions, with an average height of about 50 cm for females and 53 cm for males. It has a strong build and its body is inscribed in a triangle. His physique should not be too coarse, but in balanced and harmonious proportions. Also called the Friesian Pointer, the Stabyhoun is remarkable for its lean, elongated head that remains in proportion with the rest of the body. It has round, medium-sized, horizontal eyes that can be brown or dark brown depending on the coat. The Stabyhoun's ears are always low set, hanging and shaped like an elongated triangle (trowel). The animal has a straight, smooth coat that is long near the base and then becomes shorter as it reaches the lower third of the body and the bottom. The coat may be slightly wavy on the croup. On the breeches and lower legs, bangs appear and the hair is bushy, thick and abundant. The coat is brown, black or orange with white markings.

History of the Stabyhoun breed

Not much is known about the origins of the Stabyhoun. It is said that the breed evolved from small farmers and farm workers in the province of Friesland in the Netherlands. The history speaks of a long-haired piebald dog from the 19th century. It is said to be descended from spaniels such as the Munster Spaniel and the Drenthe Partridge Spaniel, which were introduced into the country by the Spanish during the occupation. The Stabyhoun had a talent for chasing small pests such as moles, skunks or rodents. The breed is unknown outside of Holland.

Living conditions and behavior of the Stabyhoun

The Stabyhoun is a docile, obedient and loyal dog, which makes it an excellent pet. Affectionate and close to his masters, he follows them everywhere during their movements. The animal can perfectly leave its usual living environment and share the trips with its masters if it received the adequate education. In any case, this one will not be too complicated, because the Stabyhoun is an intelligent dog and easy to educate provided that you are consistent, firm and patient with him. Life in the city is possible provided that he has received early socialization. To be happy, he needs daily activity such as walks, games or work trials.

Diet and main health problems of the Stabyhoun

The Stabyhoun is spared from hereditary diseases. It is a robust and solid dog whose longevity reaches 12 and 13 years. As far as his diet is concerned, he will be satisfied with a daily ration of premium kibbles in a quantity calibrated to his lifestyle.