The Stabyhoun is pretty rare so if you’re committed to adopting a dog, you might be out of luck. Purebred dogs can be hard to find in shelters, let alone rare ones! Just make sure you go to an ethical breeder for these gorgeous creatures, and expect them to be a little expensive.
They’re medium-sized dogs with a short, smooth double coat. Although they come in a few different colors, black and white is the most common in the USA. The orange and white variety is actually almost extinct, making them very coveted when found! Their coat will shed quite a bit so make sure you’re prepared for that if you suffer from allergies. A short coat doesn’t necessarily mean less hair left all over the house.
Stabyhoun – An Independent Dog
These dogs are great with both people and other animals. Make sure you socialize your Stabyhoun well and set boundaries with your kids to ensure your dog is set up for success. For the most part though, your dog will fit in well with any member of your family. Despite their loyalty to their people, they can be a little reserved with strangers. While socialization will help immensely (give them lots of positive experiences with strangers), they may never be a social butterfly. This is fine and you should always respect your dog’s reasonable boundaries.
Although they’re highly intelligent and will catch onto things quickly, they have an independent streak. This means you might experience a little stubbornness while training! Remain cool, calm, and patient, and you’ll find that it pays off. It’s important to keep using positive reinforcement and never resort to aversive methods. They not only damage your relationship with your dog, but they just don’t work as well.
Once you get to know the dog you will quickly grow to love them.