Dog Breed Group: Gun Dog
Life Span: 13-14 years
Weight: Male: 25-27, Female: 18-25
Height: Male: 20-21, Female: 19-20
Origin of Name: The Stabyhoun or Stabij is one of the top five rarest dog breeds in the world.
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A native of the Netherlands, Stabiehön Drensch is related to Patrijsond and Heidewachtel. Perhaps his name is due to his versatility; The word stabyhoun is derived from the words sta mij bij or ""stand by me"", while houn is the Frisian word for dog and is called ""hoon"".
The Stabyhoun we know today exhibits definite similarities to the dogs that were depicted in 17th-century paintings. For example, by the famous Dutch artist Jan Stein. Stabyhoun originated in the Western Forest region of the Netherlands with another breed, the Wetterhoun. In the early 20th century, Staubhoun and Wetterhoun were regularly crossbred with each other, threatening to lose unique varieties of each. In 1938, a group of enthusiasts from Kynologenclub Friesland began to purify the two breeds again, and in 1942, both breeds were officially recognized. Important names in this process were: J.V. Bose, T. van Dijk, B.C. D. Graff and W. Hoxema. The first standard was dated February 10, 1944. In 1947, the Dutch Association for Stauby and Wetterhönen (NVSW) was founded with the mission of representing the interests of Frisian breeds.
The first Stabihon litter born in the United States was recorded in 1994. As of 2017, Staubhoun has a population of over 7,000 dogs worldwide. Their popularity has risen in Europe and North America, including Belgium, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, the US and the UK, in addition to their native Netherlands.