Stabijhoun adult © Eric Isselee / Shutterstock

The Stabijhoun is a medium-sized Dutch breed which is famed for its friendly, loving and gentle temperament. Originally bred as a working farm dog, this smart and active breed needs plenty of daily exercise and mental stimulation if kept as a companion pet. Despite this, providing this lovely breed’s needs are met, it’s a calm, cuddly and good-natured dog to have within a family home.

Key facts about the Stabijhoun

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Playful Intelligent Hunter

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Origins and history

The Stabijhoun originates from Holland and is believed to have descended from Spaniels. Literature concerning the breed dates back to the early 1800s, though the breed wasn’t officially recognised until 1942. Nowadays, the Dutch consider the Stabijhoun a national treasure - however, the breed has also gained popularity in numerous other countries, including the UK.

FCI breed nomenclature

FCI Group

Group 7 - Pointing Dogs


Section 1 : Continental Pointing Dogs

Physical characteristics of the Stabijhoun

    Adult size

    Female : Between 19 and 20 in

    Male : Between 20 and 22 in


    Female : Between 40 and 60 lb

    Male : Between 40 and 60 lb

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    The Stabijhoun is a medium-sized dog with a strong and powerful build. The body is very slightly longer than it is tall, and has an athletic and agile appearance. Females of this breed are visibly smaller than males. The Stabijhoun’s face boasts friendly, round, brown eyes, low-set feathered ears and a black nose with wide nostrils. Overall, the breed is similar in appearance to Spaniels.

    Good to know

    The name ‘Stabijhoun’ translates to ‘stand by me, dog’ - which, considering the breed’s warm and friendly nature, seems perfectly apt!


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      This breed is renowned for its sweet, friendly, warm and affectionate nature.

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      The Stabijhoun loves to play, especially with children. Learning through play can help this dog to focus during training.

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      Providing the Stabijhoun’s needs are met, it’s a calm, gentle and content breed in the house.

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      The Stabijhoun is an intelligent pooch who is eager to learn and please its owner. However, due to its high intelligence, it does need plenty of mental stimulation.

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      This breed was bred to work and hunt, so it should come as no surprise that a high prey-drive comes as part of the package. While this breed may be tempted to chase, it is fairly obedient once trained, meaning a strong recall can dissolve tricky situations.

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      Fearful / wary of strangers

      The Stabijhoun is very protective of its family and has a healthy suspicion of strangers. It’s essential to socialize this breed well as a pup to avoid excessive shyness around new people.

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      This dog was bred to be able to hunt independently with little direction from its master, so it can be a rather free-thinking and stubborn breed. 

      Behaviour of the Stabijhoun

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        Tolerates solitude

        The sociable Stabijhoun will become depressed and unfulfilled if regularly left alone. If you’re looking for a pooch who can be left for several hours at a time on a regular basis, you’d be better looking elsewhere.

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        Easy to train / obedience

        Although the Stabijhoun has an independent and stubborn streak to its personality, it’s generally an obedient dog who likes to please its owner. With consistent training sessions, plenty of praise, positive training methods and rewards, you’ll be rewarded by a well-behaved, obedient dog.

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        The Stabijhoun was bred to guard its territory, so barking comes as a natural instinct. However, it does seem that some Stabijhoun pups are more vocal than others. If you’re looking for a quiet breed, the Stabijhoun is probably best avoided regardless.

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