The Stabyhoun is a medium-sized half-haired hunting dog of Dutch origin. Black, chocolate or red ointment with white markings sometimes covering a significant body surface. A dog with a well-developed hunting instinct, gentle towards people and dogs.
Friesian pointer has a cheerful disposition. Though lively, they are not noisy. Dogs of this breed are very alert, but not aggressive – even strangers welcome with kind interest. Their gentle and lively disposition makes them great companions for children’s games.
Stabyhoun still act as hunting dogs. They are known in particular for their “soft muzzle” (the shot animals are caught gently). Friesian Pointer is not only excellent dogs displaying animals, but also versatile hunting dogs. They swim great and are very happy to retrieve from the water. They are characterized by a good stand-up (freezing without disturbing animals). Of course, to make the most of their talents, they should be trained.
Stabyhoun. Training and education
Stabyhouns are smart and easy to raise – provided they are busy. So if someone wants to have a couch, don’t choose stabyhoun! The Frisian Pointer has a delicate psyche and endure bad handling with a “hard hand”.
It is best if we have the opportunity to train in a fishery, according to the natural predispositions of this breed. Even if we do not hunt, we can train under the guidance of an experienced hunter and take part in hunting dog competitions. If this is impossible, the dog must be provided with some other occupation.
Who is this race for?
Stabyhouns are gentle to humans and other animals, so they work well as family dogs. However, if they are to perform this function, their temperament must be taken into account – they need at least two hours of movement a day.
Stabyhoun. Advantages and disadvantages
needs a lot of movement and activity
sensitive, requires a gentle approach
excellent hunter’s helper
delectable family dog
gentle to people and animals
The breed is generally healthy, although epilepsy was the breed’s biggest problem until recently. Currently, genetic dysplasia and degeneration of the joints are the most common of genetic diseases – conditions typical for larger breeds.
This is not a breed with special requirements. They can be fed like other dogs, just remembering that an active hunting dog should receive a higher dose of energy.
It is not complicated, but you must remember to comb your hair regularly, check after walks to remove tangled sticks, leaves, etc., and ears (especially after swimming). We bathe the dog only occasionally.
Friesian pointer comes from the eastern and south-eastern parts of Friesland – a province in northern the Netherlands. They probably originate from spaniel-like hounds brought here by the Spaniards.
Dogs called Stabyhoun (or Stabijhoun) have been known in these areas for centuries. They were used during hunting small game, mainly birds. They were effective helpers of hunters because they were very good at fetching.
At the end of the 19th century, Frisian pointer was almost completely supplanted by the more popular alien pointer and setter breeds. Fortunately, a small percentage survived on rural farms where they were kept to catch rodents and moles.
In the 1930s, during the economic crisis, many of the unemployed traveled around the villages on bicycles, carrying miniature stabyhoun with them. They were hired as pest exterminators.
The demand for small dogs in the basket meant that larger puppies were usually drowned. Fortunately, some of them avoided this fate and in 1942 two Frisian pointers were presented at the exhibition for the first time. The last dogs found of this breed were entered in the pedigree book and planned reconstruction of the original, larger variety began. These efforts were successful and today Stabyhoun still plays the role of hunting dogs.
Nowhere in the world – apart from the native Netherlands – are Frisian Pointer popular. The first bitch of this breed came to Poland from Sweden in 2003. The breed is still very rare with us.
Friesian pointer – stabyhoun – group VII FCI, section 1.2, reference number 222
Country of origin: The Netherlands
Character: faithful, gentle, intelligent, obedient, trainable, good guardian
Size: ideal height: dogs 53 cm, bitches 50 cm
Weight: dogs: approx. 20 kg, bitches: approx. 18 kg
Coat: long, smooth and close-fitting, only on the rump it may be slightly wavy; on the head – short; on the back of the forelegs it forms a feather, and on the hindlegs – trousers.
Color: black, chocolate or orange – all with white markings; admissible droplet and roaniness (colored dots or sieving on a white background).
Lifespan: 12-14 years
Vulnerability to training: very high
Resistance/susceptibility to diseases: very resistant
The name of the stabyhoun breed – or more properly stabijhoun – comes from the expression “sta me bij”, meaning “be with me” + houn – dog, and in fact they are dogs very attached to a man.
Stabyhoun’s close cousin is wetterhoun – similar, but with hair twisted in locks. It has a much harder character than stabyhoun. His second close cousin is drentsche patrijshond, a Dutch partridge dog.