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Last updated: Aug 31 2023

Stabyhoun is an intelligent and loving dog breed from the Dutch province of Friesland. These dogs are one of the rarest in the world today. Although these are hunting dogs they are great family dogs full of affection for their people. They are great workers both as retrievers and pointers. Mostly they excel at water retrieving. Stabyhouns have a high amount of energy and you will have to provide them with a proper amount of daily activities for them to be happy.

These are independent and inquisitive dogs that like to thinks their own way. Don’t be upset if you catch your dog digging holes in the garden or start chasing prey. With the proper socialization, Stabyhouns can be excellent and obedient dogs.



19-21 in (48-53 cm)



40-60 lb (18-27 kg)





Life Expectancy:

13-15 years

Dog Breed Characteristics

Energy Level
Grooming Needs
Exercise Needs
Kid Friendly
Dog Friendly
General Health


Stabyhoun has a long and sleek coat that doesn't require much maintenance. Their coat is self-cleaning, meaning the dirt will easily fall off by itself from the hair. Frequent baths are not required and you will have to bath your dog only if he rolls into something smelly.

Stabyhoun coat colors

  • Black or brown with white markings


Brush their teeth at least three times a week to prevent tartar buildup and infections. Make sure you use products that are made especially for dogs as human products could potentially harm them. Trim their nails if they don’t wear them down naturally. A good indication is if you can hear them clicking on the floor while they walk.

Clean their ears and check for signs of redness or infections. Use a cotton cloth and never insert anything in their ear canal. You can always check with your Vet about the products you should use and the proper technique.


Stabyhoun is a highly energetic and active breed. They were bred to work all day, so these dogs need a lot of daily exercise. These dogs need an active lifestyle to be happy. They love to be outside and be part of the action, whether running and chasing balls, playing, jumping, or jogging.

If you are thinking about getting a Stabyhoun, make sure you have enough free time and energy to spend outside playing and training your Stabyhoun. If your schedule can’t allow you that, consider getting some less active breed.

Stabyhoun puppies

Stabyhoun Training

The Stabyhoun is widely known as a true hunting breed, and their temperament might need some adjustment for them to become good pets. Hunting breeds are usually extremely active, and they need a decent amount of daily exercise if you want them to behave like family pets. Only when their activity needs are fulfilled are these dogs ready to train and become obedient.

Like with any other breed, the Stabyhoun reacts best to positive training methods. Their natural hunting instincts are always present, and their hunting skills must only be sharpened. If you are training them to become house pets, you will need to include many treats and praises. Make training a fun and interesting experience, and you will start noticing good results pretty soon.

Never use punishment as a training method; correct the dog’s unwanted behavior calmly and continue with the training. Negative training methods can result in shy or even aggressive dogs. 

Health problems

The Stabyhoun is generally considered a healthy breed and have an average lifespan of 13-15 years. 

When getting any breed, the breeder must show you the health tests that they have done for their breeding dogs. Dogs must be adequately tested because taking a chance and hoping that the puppy’s parents are healthy is a risk no one should ever take. Only healthy dogs should be bred because that is the only way to ensure that bloodlines will remain healthy and without any problems.

Stabyhoun puppies

Stabyhoun Breeders

If you decided that this is the right dog for you, now it's time to find a good and responsible Stabyhoun breeder. Buying a dog from such a breeder will provide you with a healthy puppy who will not have health and temperament problems.

Like we already said, Stabyhouns are extremely rare dogs in the world which means that you will have to wait for your puppy. Since there are not many Stabyhoun breeders, when they plan a litter, they will set up a waiting list for serious buyers.

If you are unsure whether this is the breed for you, check out this FREE GUIDE that will help you decide which dog breed is right for you.

World Dog Finder team


Updated at31.08.2023.

Breed History

Stabyhouns are closely related to Drentsche Patrijshond. From the beginning, these dogs were owned by farmers to do various jobs, including hunting, guarding, and also to be companions. The appearance and purpose of these dogs haven’t changed since the beginning. Today they can mostly be found in their native land.