The Stabyhoun, or Stabij, originated around 1800 in Friesland, a northern province in the Netherlands, and was likely descended from spaniels brought there by Spanish conquistadors. Her name indicates her loyal nature: “sta me bij” is Dutch for “stand by me,” and “houn” means “dog.” Initially bred to hunt small game and birds, she also excelled at pointing, tracking and serving as a watchdog. Having an all-purpose dog was particularly useful for farmers, who were generally poor and could only afford one dog to do many jobs. Although she is still popular with the Dutch, she has yet to gain much notice outside her native Netherlands.
The Stabyhoun has a long, silky coat that can be black, brown or orange with white markings, and only requires occasional brushing to get any tangles out. Because of her intelligence and versatility, she can be trained easily to compete in any number of activities, including agility, endurance, flyball and obedience, which will help satisfy her need for daily exercise. She also loves to play with children, and is known to be very tolerant of their energetic antics.
An able watchdog, the Stabyhoun is also gentle, affectionate and laid-back, making her a wonderful family companion.
Although generally a healthy breed (thanks to careful breeding), the Stabyhoun is still prone to a number of hereditary and congenital conditions that can adversely affect her health – not to mention your family budget. Some of the conditions and illnesses Stabyhouns are prone to include neurological conditions such as epilepsy; and joint conditions such as hip dysplasia.
Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your Stabyhoun inherits anything more than a playful personality, you’re covered.