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History

Staby originates from Friesland and in particular from the Frisian forest area, a region in the southeast and east of Friesland. The breed has long been known in these parts, but has only become more famous since the sixties outside Friesland. Already in the nineteenth century in various texts (eg Joost Halbertsma, Waling Dijkstra and Nynke fan Hichtum) reported "Bijke" which was described as a "long-haired piebald", including "a child's friend" and a "good hunting dog". The ancestors can most likely be traced to the spanjoel (or spaniel), who had come during the Spanish occupation to the north. There is probably a strong relationship between the Staby, the Small Munsterlander, and the Drentsche Patrijshond. Staby were used for hunting moles, rats and skunks, as a watchdog and as a pest exterminator in the yard and around the house. They were also occasionally trained as a hunting dog for wild hare and upland birds. In the latter case, it was mainly a matter of hunting by poachers because the Staby was not a dog of the nobility, but the small farmer. The Stabyhoun was originally the dog of the "little guy", the day labourer, farmers or small landholders. It is a very versatile dog that is now mainly a companion dog. The breed was recognized by the Dutch Kennel Club in 1942, and has been an AKC-FSS breed since 2006. The Stabyhoun belongs to Group 7, Pointing Dogs within the FCI.

The name Stabyhoun can be translated to the words “stand by me”, and this refers to their multipurpose. In Dutch, we say stabijhoun, whereas “houn” is the Frisian word for “dog”. Stabys are independent. Some people call it cockiness, others call it stubbornness or obstinance. But, in fact, it is independence, and that is something that is deliberately bred. The farmers wanted a dog that could work independently. And that property Stabys have retained still today. In case of insufficient and / or inconsistent guidance, a Stabyhoun can develop into a difficult and unstable dog. With proper guidance, you will have in a Staby, an adorable dog and a great friend for life.
Stabys are very inquisitive. A nice feature, but at the same time they can also get into trouble. Generally they expect the boss to offer a helping hand. So always pay attention to what a Stabyhoun is up to, because with their inquisitive nature they also can fairly quickly find themselves in a difficult position.



Overview of the Stabijhoun population

 
Founded 
Members 
Stabij’s 
Litters  
2018 
Litters total 
Breeders 
 
Nederland 
(Data 2017) 
NVSW 
1947 
2993 
3855 
53(NVSW) +12 overig
3123 
252 
 
Zweden 
SvSK 
2000 
360 
725 
11  
184 (1189 pups) 
16 active (14 take a break) 
 
Denemarken 
DASK 
2001 
196 
720 
16 
136 (908 pups) 
14  
(45 since 2001) 
 
Finland 
SCF 
2006 
186 
748 
8+4 (40 +26) 
12 (17) 
9 (4 in both clubs) 
Breeders in both clubs Totaly Finland 19,  litters 101 pups 
USA Canada 
ASA 
2006 
232 
380 
9 (47 pups)  
61 
112 
 
Noorwegen 
(Data 2017) 
NoSC 
2007 
134 
215 
2 (11 pups) 
21 
7 (2 not member) 
 
Engeland 
UKSA 
2013 
144 
159 
2 (29 pups ) 2017 
13 
12 
 
Finland 
FSCF 
2013 
134 
+ 550 
5+4 (35 =26 pups) 
9 (17)  
10 (4 in bout clubs 
Breeders in both clubs Totaly Finland 19, litters 101 pups