The Stabyhoun, pronounced sta-BAY-hoon, is one of the rarest dog breeds in the world. This retriever and pointer breed hails from the Netherlands. Its name translates to “stand by me dog.” Could this rare breed stand by you and your family? Read our Stabyhoun puppies guide to find out more.
Where To Get Stabyhoun Puppies
Since the Stabyhoun is rare, the most likely source for a puppy will be a responsible breeder. In North America, breeding standards and genetic testing are heavily regulated by organizations like the American Kennel Club and Ameri-Can Stabyhoun Association. Going through these organizations gives you a good chance of finding a responsible Stabyhoun breeder. The rarity of the Stabyhoun means they’re very unlikely to show up in rescue organizations and animal shelters. Nori…
As with any puppy, you’ll want to do your research before committing to a breeder and requesting a Stabyhoun. Certifications from breed-specific organizations and the American Kennel Club are always a good sign you’ve found someone responsible. Here are other good signs of a responsible breeder:
- Up-front about health issues
- Can answer any questions you may have about the puppies and their parents
- Let you tour or virtual tour their breeding location
- Have only one breed of puppies at their location
Stabyhoun puppies tend to be fairly expensive for a few reasons. The rarity of the breed can increase the price, depending on where you live. In addition, some Stabyhoun puppies or breeding pairs need to be imported. This will add importation fees into the overall cost of the puppies. The Ameri-Can Stabyhoun Association has set the average price range at $2000 to $3200. Milomiss…
Stabyhouns have a short, smooth double coat. In America, most Stabyhouns are black and white. Some can be brown and white. The rarest color combination, orange and white, is nearly extinct. Stabyhouns have spotted, ticked, or roan markings all over their bodies.
Your Stabyhoun will grow to be 19 to 21 inches tall at the shoulder. Most weigh between 40 and 60 pounds.
Stabyhouns are devoted and affectionate with their family pack members. They are great with kids, but you should still supervise any interaction between your dog and children. Stabyhouns do fairly well with other dogs, and are a great option for multi-dog families. While they are a bit more reserved around strangers, early socialization can help encourage them to be more friendly and welcoming. Staby…
Stabyhouns have a moderate amount of playful energy. While daily exercise is necessary for this breed, they’ll definitely need a daily mental challenge as well. They thrive on jobs and activities that engage their brains and provide variety. Canine sports like agility and rally may be just what your Stabyhoun needs for mental stimulation. In addition, since they love water, you may want to consider dock diving and other water work.
In training, Stabyhouns are highly intelligent and usually eager to please. Their self-motivation and independence can mean a bit of stubbornness. As always, use positive reinforcement, consistency, and patience. Overall, though they may ignore you at times, they will learn commands quickly.
Stabyhoun Puppies – Veterinary Needs
Despite their rarity, Stabyhouns tend to generally be very healthy dogs. A responsible Stabyhoun breeder will still screen for health conditions common to the breed. These can include epilepsy, hip and elbow dysplasia, cerebral dysfunction, and a heart defect called patent ductus arteriosus. Even with health screenings, you’ll still want to keep an eye out for symptoms of these conditions. Regular vet visits should help with diagnosis, detection, and treatment. The Ameri-Can Stabyhoun Association’s breeding program is intent on reducing these conditions in this rare breed. Niinija…
After bringing home your Stabyhoun puppy, you’ll want to schedule a vet visit every three weeks until they’re a few months old. These visits will help your vet make sure your Stabyhoun is growing up happy and healthy. In addition, this is where they’ll administer a series of important puppy vaccinations. Along with an optional Bordetella vaccine, these shots will include parvovirus, distemper, and rabies. Read our puppy vaccine schedule for more information.
Whatever recipe or formula you choose for your Stabyhoun should be made with high-quality ingredients. If searching for a kibble, make sure it has a good percentage of protein to support your Stabyhoun’s energy levels. Protein in any dog food should come from a recognizable meat or meat meal. The meat should also be one of the first ingredients, if not the first, in the ingredients list.
Stabyhouns can sometimes develop food allergies and sensitivities. If this is the case, pay attention to the specific ingredients that cause the reaction and choose foods that exclude them. At the very least, you can choose a food that excludes common allergens for dogs. These include corn, soy, wheat, and even chicken. If you’re very concerned about the quality of ingredients, you can also home-cook your Stabyhoun’s meals. This process gives you more control over what your dog eats. Stabij…
As always, you should take your dog’s age, health, activity level, and weight into account before choosing a food. While raw and grain-free pet diets have been gaining recent popularity, they do have some associated risks. Make sure one is right for your Stabyhoun before committing. Your veterinarian or a certified pet nutritionist should be able to help you choose a food that’s best for your Stabyhoun.
Despite having a double coat, Stabyhouns are relatively easy to groom. Their self-cleaning hair naturally repels dirt as long as it’s dry. Brushing them through once a week with a pin brush and metal comb will help get rid of more dirt and loose undercoat. While they don’t shed a lot if they’re not neutered, neutering a Stabyhoun results in an “exploding undercoat.” If your dog is shedding, or neutered, you’ll probably want to brush them more than once a week. Elain…
Stabyhouns rarely need a full bath. Even if they’re very dirty, a rinse without shampoo is usually all that’s required to get them fresh and looking their best again. They’ll only need a shampoo if they’ve gotten into something very stinky. Even then, you should use a neutral, unscented dog shampoo. This will keep their natural oils in their coat and skin much better than a shampoo that isn’t neutral.
Check your Stabyhoun’s floppy ears regularly, especially if they like to swim. Dogs who interact more with water are more likely to develop ear infections. Brush their teeth regularly to cut down on plaque and tartar buildup. Trim their nails every two weeks or so.