FCI-Standard N° 222
STABIJHOUN FCI-St. N° 222 / 29.05.2015
: D.L. Striegel-Oskam (EN). Revised by Renée
ORIGIN: The Netherlands.
DATE OF PUBLICATION OF THE OFFICIAL VALID
STANDARD : 03.11.2014.
Pointing dog. The Stabijhoun is a
very versatile dog. He is an all-round
hunting dog and has a good reputation as a
mole and polecat catcher.
Group 7 Pointing Hunting Dogs.
Section 1.2 Continental Pointing Dogs.
Spaniel type. With working trial.
HISTORICAL SUMMARY: The Stabijhoun
is related to the Drentsche Patrijshond and
Heidewachtel. The Stabijhoun probably owes
its name to its versatility. The word
Stabijhoun is derived from the words
sta mij bij or stand by
me, while Houn is the Frisian word for
dog and is pronounced "hoon". The
Stabijhoun originates in the Frisian forest
area. In the early 20th century Stabijhoun
and Wetterhoun were regularly crossbred with
each other. Thereby, the unique varieties of
each were threatened to be lost. In 1938 a
group of enthusiastic people of the
Kynologenclub Friesland started purifying the
two breeds again and in 1942 both breeds were
officially recognized. Important names in
this process were: J. Bos, T. van Dijk, B. de
Graaf and W. Hoeksema. The first standard was
dated February 10, 1944. In 1947, the Dutch
Association for Stabij and Wetterhounen
(NVSW) was established. The NVSW represents
the interests of The Frisian Breeds since
1947. The population of the Stabijhounis
currently (2013) more than 6000 dogs
APPEARANCE: Functional and powerful
built pointing dog. The body is slightly
longer than its height at the withers. The
overall picture is neither too robust nor too
fine. The skin should fit tightly. The
feathering on chest, collar, forelegs,
trousers and tail gives the Stabijhoun the
impression of being longhaired, but the coat
should not be excessively long. Sexual
dimorphism should be unmistakable.
PROPORTIONS: The body is slightly
longer than its height at the withers. It is
important that the harmony and balance
associated with a functional body is in
accordance with the size of the dog. Elbow is
approximately equidistant from ground to
The Stabijhoun guard the yard and
keeps it free of mice and rats. The
previously common larger type Stabijhoun
pulled the milk carts, while the smaller type
made his name as a professional mole catcher.
This talent made the Stabijhoun popular with
the poorer farmers and farmhands. The
moleskins were worth a lot of money as
linings for the wrists of sleeves and other
items. The Stabijhoun was carriedin a basket
on the bike so that they could cover long
distances. The Stabijhoun is very independent
and likes to go his own way. The Stabijhoun
is affectionate but can also be very
nce and a consistent education are essential.
In the house or in the yard, the Stabijhoun
is a quiet but vigilant dog. With strangers
or in unfamiliar situations, Stabijhoun may
be reserved at first, but should not be
Dry, without pendulous lips or dewlap. The
size of the head is in proportion to the body
and sexual dimorphism should be clearly
defined. The head exhibits more length than
width. The length of the muzzle, measured
from the nose to the stop is approximately
equal to the length from the stop to the
occiput. The expression is gentle, friendly
Skull: The skull is slightly rounded and also
slightly rounded on the sides, not narrow,
but should not give the impressi on of being
broad or round.
Stop: The skull is sloping gradually to the
foreface. Seen from the side, the stop seams
more marked due to the developed brows.
Nose: Black in dogs with a black and white
coat colur. Brown in dogs with a brown and
white coat colour. Nose well developed with
Muzzle: Strong, tapering gradually to the
nose tip, without being snipy, viewed both
from above and from the side (wedge shaped).
The nasal bridge is straight and broad, and
viewed from the side neither concave nor
Lips: Tightly fitting, not pendulous and not
showing labial folds.
Jaws/Teeth: Powerful and complete. Scissor
bite. Missing PM1 or M3 is allowed, as is
also a duplicate PM1.
Cheeks: Barely pronounced.
Eyes: Set horizontally. Medium sized,
slightly rounded shape with close fitting
eyelids, without a visible conjunctiva. The
pigment of the iris is dark brown for dogs
with black and white coat and a lighter brown
colour for dogs with a brown and white coat
Ears: The ears are set in an imaginary line
drawn from the nose tip through the inside
corner of the eyes. When attentive, the ears
should not protrude beyond the outline of the
skull. The ear auricle is not strongly
developed, so the ears are worn smoothly
lying against the head. They are moderately
long, reaching to the corner of the mouth,
and have the shape of a trowel that is not
round, but ends in a rounded point. The hair
of the ear is a typical feature; at the base
of the ear it is quite long then decreases in
radually with the lower third of the ear
being covered with short hair. The hair
should be straight, but slightly wavy is
allowed. Hair onthe ears should not reach
longer than the ear itself as it gives an
Strong and rounded, of medium
length, but not toolong. The neck runs
smoothly with a blunt angle to the back line,
so that the head is usually carried low. The
neck shows no throatiness or dewlap.
Powerful, clean cut and well muscled. Top
line: Smooth and strong topline. Withers: Far
enough back, strong, but not prominent. Back:
Strong and straight. Loin: Strong and
muscular. Croup: Slightly sloping. Chest:
Deep, reaching to the elbows. Viewed from the
front rather broad, so that the forelegs are
set wide apart. Ribs well sprung but not
barreled. The ribs are deep and long, so the
ribcage extends as far back as possible.
Elbows must be tight to the chest. Underline
and belly: Smooth and reaching far enoughto
the rear. The belly only slightly tucked up.
Length reaching to the hock joint. Not set
high. The tail is usually worn down although
the last third of the tail may turn up
during rest or at a stand. During movement
the tail lifts, but should ever be worn on or
over the back or in a spiral. The tail is
round and covered up to the tip with long,
dense hair, without curls, waves, or
feathering. Instead, the tail has a bushy
structure, so the hair around is generously
long and thick, giving a full and rich
FOREQUARTERS: General appearance: Powerful,
muscular and functionally angulated, so the
legs are correctly under the body. Forelegs
seen from the front standing a bit wide.
Shoulder: Shoulder blade close to the
chest/body and well laid back. Upper arm:
Functionally angulated. Length is equal to or
only slightly shorter than the length of the
shoulder blade. Elbow: Strong, straight and
parallel. Forearm: Strong, straight and
parallel. Carpus (Wrist): Powerful, in the
front straight, metacarpus.
Metacarpus (Pastern): Slightly sloping.
Forefeet: Strong, compact and slightly oval
shaped.Toes well arched, closed and facing
General appearance: Strong and functionally
angulated, without exaggeration. When viewed
from the rear, the legs are wide and hocks
parallel. Thigh: Of good width and length,
well muscled and with functional angulations
at hip and knee. Stifle (Knee): Functionally
angulated Lower thigh: Of good length. Hock
joint: Straight, parallel and placed well
apart, turning neither in nor out. Metatarsus
(Rear pastern): Of normal length. Hind feet:
Strong, compact and slightly oval shaped.
Toes well arched, closed and facing forward.
/ MOVEMENT: Powerful, harmonious,
with good drive and covering a lot of ground.
Viewed front on the Stabijhoun moves a bit
broad. During movement, the head is carried
low. The tail is carried above the topline
with a slight bow during action.
Firm, well fitting, without wrinkles
Hair: The coat is of medium length and
straight on the body with a eather-resistant
undercoat. At the most, a slightly wavy coat
tolerated on the croup. With the bushy hair
on the chest, collar, trousers and tail, the
coat gives the impression of being
longhaired. Coat on the head, the front of
the forelegs, and on the front of the hocks
is short. The hair on the back of the front
legs is longer and well developed. On the
trousers and the tail, the hair is bushy
rather than feathered. A curly coat is not a
The Stabijhoun is a pied dog in black or
brown with white markings, but also black or
brown roans are accepted. The white may have
roaning or ticking. The head is black or
brown with or without a blaze. Both of these
colours occur with or withou
t plates. Coats with a (distinct) saddle are
tolerated. Tan markingor tricolor is
Ideal height at the withers: Males:
Females: 4850 cm.
2 cm above and 2 cm below the ideal size is
allowed. Breed type is more important than
Males: 2227 kg. Females: 1823 kg.
: Any departure from the foregoing
points should be onsidered a fault and the
seriousness with which the fault should be
regarded should be in exact proportion to its
degree and its effect upon the health and
welfare of the dog and its ability to perform
its traditional work.
Too heavy in head, too wide or round
Weak back or feet.
Lack of sexual dimorphism.
Curly tail or tail carried over the
Strongly sloping pelvis.
Standing and/or moving with legs too
far in under body.
Elegant or graceful appearance.
Narrow front and flat ribs.
Aggressive or overly shy dogs.
Any dog clearly showing physical or
behavioral abnormalities shall be
Untypical, lacking breed type.
Improper fitting eyelids.
Overshot or undershot bite or wry
Missing too many teeth.
Very curly coat (astrakan).
Any other colour or the absence of
Male animals should have two
apparently normal test icles fully descended
into the scrotum.
Only functionally and clinically
healthy dogs, with breed typical
conformation, should be used for breeding.