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Welcome to Our !RARE! Breed of the Month Feature!

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Featuring June’s !RARE! Breed of the Month
the Stabyhoun / Stabyij / Frisian Pointer

What is a Stabyhoun?

It is both a soft-mouthed retriever and a pointer that is particularly useful for hunting ducks and upland birds. It is a fine retriever, and water work is one of its fortes. It is very sharp-eyed, owns a good sense of smell and aptitude, and works fast and efficiently. Although occasionally somewhat willful by nature, Stabyhouns are obedient, gentle, and patient dogs, which are deeply fond of their family, wanting to please their owners. Stabyhouns like to have tasks and they can be used in almost any imaginable form of training: Obedience, Hunting, Endurance, Flyball, they love to retrieve tennis balls and are excellent as Agility Dogs. They are highly intelligent and can be trained easily, but need consistency.

History & Origin

The Stabyhoun originates from Friesland, a province in the northeastern part of the Netherlands. This medium sized breed probably originates from the Spanjoel, or Spaniels, that were brought to the Netherlands during the Spanish Occupation (1568 - 1648). The first written descriptions of the Stabyhoun date back to the early 1800's.

The Stabyhoun was officially acknowledged in Holland as a breed in 1942 and the Dutch Staby and Wetterhoun Association (De Nederlandse Vereniging voor Stabij- en Wetterhoun) was formed in 1947. As a versatile breed, the Stabyhoun has been used throughout the ages as both a hunter and watchdog. This "all-around" trait was quite welcomed by farmers, who were often poor and could only afford one dog. This dog also had to be tolerant toward the other livestock on the farm, friendly with the children and protective about the premises, without being vicious or snappy.


The Stabyhoun is a sturdily built dog and has a coat that is long and sleek all over the body, except over the croup where there may be a slight wave. The coat on the head is short while at the back of the forelegs and at the breeches it is well developed, bushy rather than feathered. The ears are trowel shaped and have feathering that does not extend past the ear itself.

The coloring of the Stabyhoun is black or brown, with white markings. Spots and/or roan in the white are permitted. Many Stabyhoun have a solid color black or brown head, but some white on the nose and/or forehead is acceptable.

The Stabyhoun usually keeps its body very clean; its coat has a naturally fresh smell and requires very little maintenance. Proper brushing to keep tangles out and minimize the shedding is all that is required. Their coats lose dirt very quickly. After a swim the dog is usually clean and dry within a few hours. Washing should be avoided, when possible, because it affects the natural sleekness of the coat.

The Stabyhoun's preferred height at the withers is 20-21 inches for males and 19-20 inches for females. Their weight ranges from 38 - 58 pounds.


They are keen and active dogs outside, but very calm inside the house, as long as they get a moderate amount of exercise daily.


Featuring June’s Targeted Breed of the Month
the Tornjak / Bosnian and Herzegovinian-Croatian Shepherd Dog

The Tornjak is a breed that is subject to breed-specific legislation and other forms of discrimination, the breed is banned in the country of Denmark.

Tornjak is a calm dog and is friendly with people, it is carefully aggressive towards wild animals and those who attack its home, herd or its owner. This dog is persistent in performing given tasks, with a good understanding of master’s requests and training requests. It is an incorruptible dog, with a necessary dose of suspicion toward strangers. Another one of its characteristics is that is also quite resistant to illnesses and it has modest requests regarding feeding and breeding. For example, during the snowing winter nights, these dogs lie on the ground so that is often gets covered by snow. Genetically, this is a very dominant dog. The body of this dog is strong and well built, with harmonious and dignified movements. The part of its face, usually the top of muzzle, is always lighter that dark signs at the body. The look is specified, clear, self-confident, serious and calm. The hair is rich with such configuration that adequately protects the body against bad weather conditions. The tail is shaggy, kept high like a flag.


Quick Facts:
• Country of Origin: Bosnia/Herzegovina
• Functionality: Livestock herder & family guardian
• Coat Colors: Multi-colored with usually numerous markings of solid colors. The most common color is solid white, possibly with a black mantle and black markings around the neck area, the head and around the legs. There may be dogs with less markings of both white and black.
• Height: Dogs – 65 to 70 centimeters & Bitches – 60 to 65 centimeters
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TeaPhotography Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012  Professional General Artist
Added again to #DevNews for July 1st Edition.
JamminJo Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Added to #DevNews posting on June 15, 2012.
brionywolf Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
They're rare, but I've met quite a few. I think in certain areas and communities, they're quite common - I'm in the gundog working community, so they are still used.
glassreflections Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Great job Heather!
Bafa Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012
Nice stuff! Gorgeous breed!

I wonder if you will ever do a Petit Bleu de Gascogne.. ;) (I am getting one in a couple of weeks!!) *spazz*
sassawj Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012
Oh, by the way, congratulations!
Bafa Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012
Ok.. :XD: I can't wait to see what the next rare breed will be! I always learn something new from this! :)

Thank you so much! :hug:
sassawj Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012
I am happy to know you enjoy these so much, it makes all of our administrators feel good to know that our blogs are educational and helpful to our members, thank you!
sassawj Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012
Can't tell, it's always a secret and a surprize. :meow:
imke14 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
cool :D a dutch breed
i actually know a girl who lives on a farm with one
sassawj Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012
Great job, Heather. I love this one, because not only does it feature one rare breed, it also features another rare breed but one that is targeted by breed-specific legislation, this is definitely going to introduce not just one but two new / unheard of breeds to a fair amount of our members here who may have never known either of these breeds existed, that's why I love it, this is fantastic (all of our RBotM blogs are!). Great choice in breeds, also, great choice in images, they definitely compliment this wonderfully written article so well.

Eeeeeeee, I just love our Rare BotMs, they're so fun and educational! :la:
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