Frisian Gem - Finland | Kooikerhondje and Stabyhoun



Kooikerhondje breed briefly

Dancer's George-Gismo v.d. Toetesteijn "Kissmo" and mother Dancer v.d. Toetesteijn. Photo A. van KempenThe origins of the Kooikerhondje (Dutch Decoy Dog) can be found as far back as the 1500's. It is said that the decoy dog owned by William of Orange saved his life by warning him of the Spanish attack. Many of the Dutch Masters painted family portraits that depict a small decoy type dog. It is believed that this dog originated from the Spioen or spaniel.

(1626-1679) - During this time period the breed was developed to work in the duck decoys. The hunter would train his dog to lure the ducks into a "trap." While the hunter would hide behind a series of "blinds", he would signal his dog to walk along side the canal. Upon another signal from the hunter, the dog would then disappear behind the blinds, only to come out again at a different location. The quiet playful dog would "lure" the ducks deeper into the canal or "pipe" with this weaving behavior. The white bushy tail of the dog would attract the curiosity of the ducks, which would continue swimming deeper into the "pipe." Eventually the dog would lure the ducks all the way into the catching pen. The hunter would then take the captured ducks to market.

By the 19th century, the duck decoy business had decreased significantly. There are still a few working decoys found in Holland today. They are mostly used for research and tagging of ducks. By the 1930's this lovely breed was nearly extinct. Through the devotion of M.C.S. Baroness van Hardenbroek, the breed was rediscovered. She began her breeding program in 1939. The Dutch kennel Club officially recognized the Kooikerhondje in 1966.

More information


Kooikerhondje           Kooikerhondje


Stabyhoun breed briefly

StabyhounThe Stabyhoun originates from Friesland, a province in the northeastern part of the Netherlands. This medium sized breed probably originates from the Spanjoel, or Spaniels, that were brought to the Netherlands during the Spanish Occupation (1568 - 1648). The first written descriptions of the Stabyhoun date back to the early 1800’s.

The Stabyhoun was officially acknowledged in Holland as a breed in 1942 and the Dutch Staby and Wetterhoun Association (De Nederlandse Vereniging voor Stabij- en Wetterhoun) was formed in 1947. As a versatile breed, the Stabyhoun has been used throughout the ages as both a hunter and watchdog. This "all-around" trait was quite welcomed by farmers, who were often poor and could only afford one dog. This dog also had to be tolerant toward the other livestock on the farm, friendly with the children and protective about the premises, without being vicious or snappy.

It is both a soft-mouthed retriever and a pointer that is particularly useful for hunting ducks and upland birds. It is a fine retriever, and water work is one of its fortes. It is very sharp-eyed, owns a good sense of smell and aptitude, and works fast and efficiently. Although occasionally somewhat willful by nature, Stabyhouns are obedient, gentle, and patient dogs, which are deeply fond of their family, wanting to please their owners.

More information in English:

Stabyhoun breed standard

TRANSLATION: Yoka ten Berge and Prof. R. Triquet. 
ORIGIN : The Netherlands. 
UTILIZATION: Pointing dog. 
CLASSIFICATION F.C.I.: Group 7 Pointing Dogs.
Section 1.2 Continental Pointing
Dogs, Spaniel type.
With working trial. 

StabyhounGENERAL APPEARANCE: Balanced, sturdily built, long-haired pointing dog; rectangular in shape, neither too coarse nor too refined in build.  Skin without folds nor dewlap.  Lips not pendulous.   

BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT: Devoted, soft and gentle as a pet, intelligent, obedient, easy to train, relaxed, good guarddog, not vicious or snappy. 

HEAD: Dry, in balance with the body, showing more length than width.  Skull and muzzle equally long. 


Skull: The skull should be slightly rounded, not narrow, but without giving the impression of being broad.  It merges with a slight rounding into the cheeks.
Stop: Only slightly indicated. 


Nose: Black for dogs with a black ground colour, brown for dogs with a brown or orange ground colour.  Nose well developed, not split; nostrils well open.
Muzzle: Powerful, tapering gradually to the nose, without getting pointed.  Bridge of nose straight, wide, viewed from the side neither concave nor convex.
Lips: Tight and not pendulous.
Jaws/Teeth: Teeth strong, with scissor bite.
Cheeks: Barely developed.
Eyes: Set horizontally, medium in size, round, with tight lids, without showing haw; neither protruding nor deep set.  Colour dark brown for dogs with black ground colour, brown for dogs with a brown or orange ground colour.  Bird-of-prey eyes are objectionable.
Leathers: Set fairly low.  Auricle so little developed that ear flaps hang closely, without a fold at the base, along the head.  Not admitted are ears with a strongly developed auricle which do not fold directly at the base of the ear, but further down, so that they do not hang flat against the head.  The ears are moderately long and have the form of a mason’s trowel.  The feathering of the ear is a typical characteristic of the breed : rather long at the base of the ear, decreasing in length gradually, the lowest 1/3 part of the ear covered with short hair.  The long coat must be straight; slightly wavy is permitted, but curled is objectionable. 

StabyhounNECK: Short and round; head carried mostly low so that a blunt angle is formed between neck and topline.  The neck is slightly arched, without throatiness or dewlap. 

BODY: Powerful.
Back: Straight, rather long.
Loins: Powerful.
Croup: Only slightly sloping.
Chest: Viewed from the front rather broad, showing more width than depth, so that the forelegs are set rather wide apart.  Forechest not like a keel, not reaching lower than to the elbows.  Ribs well rounded; back ribs well developed.
Belly: Only moderately tucked up. 

TAIL: Long, reaching to the hock,  not set high. At ease carried downwards, its last third part may bend upwards in a gentle curve.  In action, the tail is lifted, but never so as to curl.  

The tail is covered with longer hair all around, without curls or waves, not feathered, but bushy. 


Shoulders: Shoulder blade close to the chest, well laid back; shoulder joint well angulated.
Forearm: Powerful and straight.
Pasterns: Straight, not sloping.
Forefeet: Toes well developed and arched, neither cat-feet nor harefeet; pads tough. 

HINDQUARTERS: Powerful, well angulated.
Lower thigh: Not too long.
Hock joint: Set low.
Rear pastern: Short.
Hind feet: Round with well developed pads. 


HAIR: Long and smooth all over the body.  Only over the croup there may be a slight wave.  The coat on the head is short.  The coat at the back of the forelegs and at the breeches is well developed, more bushy than feathered.  A somewhat curly coat indicates crossbreeding; therefore dogs with that sort of coat should not be recognized as Stabyhoun. 

COLOUR: Black, brown or orange, with white markings.  Ticking or roan in the white is permitted. 


Ideal size for dogs: 53 cm,

Ideal size for bitches: 50 cm. 

FAULTS: Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree. 

Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified. 

N.B.: Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the sc

Marikoo Kotisivuratkaisut

© Frisian Gem / Aila Murto