Original name: Stabyhoun
Male size: Ideally, 20¾ inches
Female size: Ideally, 19¾ inches
Degree of grooming
Countries of origin Netherlands
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The feathering of the ear is a distinctive characteristic of Stabyhouns. It is fairly long at the base, tapering gradually, while the final third is only covered in short hair.
Stabyhouns are loyal, docile and calm companion dogs that are prized for their intelligence, obedience and vigilance. They are very easy to train, too, not displaying a shred of shyness or aggression. These versatile dogs can hunt on any terrain, including retrieving from water, because ducks are one of their specialties.
Stabyhoun In a few words :
Lean, proportionate to the body, longer than it is broad, skull and muzzle of same length.
Powerful body, straight, fairly long back, strong loins, slightly sloping croup, broad chest viewed from the front.
Black, brown or orange, with white markings.
Set rather low, medium length, trowel-shaped.
Long, reaching to the point of the hock, not set high.
Long and smooth on the torso, perhaps wavy on the croup, short on the head.
Stabyhouns are strongly built spaniels of regular proportions, neither too heavy nor too fine. They have a square shaped body and a coat of long hair. They appear to be descended from spaniels that entered the country during the Spanish occupation (1568-1648). Their native region is Friesland, in the northeast of the Netherlands, but they are relatively rare outside their homeland. All told, the Stabyhoun population stands at several thousands.