Affectionate and tolerant, the Stabyhoun hunting dog breed gets along well with people, children and other pets. However, like all sporting breeds, they need a great deal of exercise to keep them happy and calm. They excel especially at water retrieving, but also enjoy other dog sports. Although they are purebred dogs, you may find them in the care of shelters or rescues. Remember to adopt. Stabyhouns get along well with all members of the family, including children and other pets. They are intelligent, playful companions and accept training easily. Make sure you can give them plenty of exercise and mental stimulation, and you will have a happy friend for life.


The Stabyhoun originated in the northeastern region of the Netherlands, where it was used as a hunting and guard dog. Its name is believed to derive from the Dutch words meaning “stand by me dog”. It is an excellent retriever, especially in the water, so if you have a pool or live near a lake, it will be in seventh heaven. Like most sporting breeds, he is gentle, tolerant and eager to please. In addition to hunting, he enjoys participating in dog sports such as agility, flyball and obedience.The Stabyhoun loves spending time with his people and is affectionate with children and other pets. Start training him early to take advantage of his intelligence and desire to be with you.

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Dog Breed Group: Sporting Dogs
Height: 19 to 20 inches tall at the shoulder
Weight: 45 to 50 pounds
Life Span: 13 to 14 years

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