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Weight: 40-55 lbs.
Energy Level: Moderate
The American Kennel Club recognizes the Stabyhoun in the following colors:
Health & Longevity
Average Life Span: 13-14 years
The Stabyhoun is considered a healthy breed and because of the breeding policies, they are not known to develop any serious health problems. It is important that you work with a reputable breeder to ensure that your new pup is happy and healthy. If you run into a Stabyhoun that does have serious health problems, it lies with the breeder and how the pups were bred.
While no serious health issues are known, there is still the chance that your Stabyhoun can have hip dysplasia as this condition has not been bred out of the lines. In addition to hip dysplasia, Stabyhouns can have elbow dysplasia and epilepsy.
Hip dysplasia is caused by a hip joint that is incorrectly shaped or the joint does not fit properly within the socket. This condition is hereditary, but environmental factors can also cause it. This condition will often make it difficult for your dog to stand up from lying down and it can cause pain in the rear legs.
Elbow dysplasia is similar to hip dysplasia, but occurs with the elbow joint. The name is used to describe problems with the development of the elbow joints. This condition is also caused by environmental factors or it may be hereditary. While hip dysplasia causes lameness and weakness in the rear, elbow dysplasia will cause lameness in the front legs.
Epilepsy is another condition that your Stabyhoun may experience. Epilepsy is best known as seizures in dogs and can be mild or violent depending on your dog’s condition. Underlying factors often cause this condition, but it can be hereditary too. Typically, a Stabyhoun will be two years old or older before he or she experiences epilepsy.
The Stabyhoun’s life expectancy is 13 to 14 years.
Temperament & Train-ability
The Stabyhoun was assigned into the sporting group by the American Kennel Club and is considered to be an all-around type of dog. From playful to loving and affectionate, hunting, and pointing, all of these names fit the breed entirely.
It is no wonder that many families own a dog from this breed category. They make wonderful family pets as they are loyal and devoted to their owners. This breed is great with children and is extremely tolerant and patient, even with young toddlers around.
The Stabyhoun is considered an intelligent breed, which means that your puppy will need a lot of physical and mental stimulation to keep him or her busy. It is not a good idea to leave him or her alone for long periods of time as they can become destructive.
This breed is not aggressive by any means and does not display dominant behavior over other dogs. Since the Stabyhoun is eager to please, your new pup will pick up on tricks quickly. If you are looking for a watch dog, the Stabyhoun is a good choice.
Since the Stabyhoun is considered intelligent, he or she is able to be trained and quite easily too. This breed is independent, which may make training a bit more difficult than other breeds, but with a firm voice and consistency, you can do it.
This breed does respond well to positive reinforcement and does require time outdoors playing to work off any built up energy throughout the day.
The Stabyhoun does not require a lot of grooming, but it is a good idea to brush their hair once or twice per week to prevent any tangles or mats. You should note that the Stabyhoun does molt twice in the year, which means that extra grooming will be required during these phases to help get rid of the hair and minimize shedding.
Your Stabyhoun does not need to be bathed unless he or she really starts to stink. The coat on the Stabyhoun is designed to remain sleek and silky, so baths should only be given when necessary. Your pup’s coat can be ruined if you bathe him or her too many times.
A good nail trim is in order once a month or whenever their nails grow too long. Nails that are not trimmed can easily break or split and this is painful for your pup.
Since the Stabyhoun is considered a medium-sized dog, your pup will need to eat food appropriate for his or her size and activity level. It is recommended that you feed your pup a healthy diet with a good quality food made from real ingredients and not by-products or chemicals.
The best types of dry kibble for your dog will include some kind of meat, such as chicken or beef, rice, and vegetables. If you are unsure of what to feed your new Stabyhoun, talk to your local veterinarian and see what he or she recommends.
While wet food is okay as an occasional treat, you should not feed wet food only to your Stabyhoun. Wet dog food is known to cause bad breath, obesity, and poor oral health.
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The cost of a Stabyhoun puppy can range anywhere from $1,000 to $2,000. It is not uncommon for some Stabyhouns to fetch a higher price for different coat colors, such as the orange and white.
In addition to the cost of the puppy, you will need to be prepared for the cost of veterinary services, which can range from $400 to $600 annually for a checkup and vaccines.
Paws ‘N’ Pups Ranking
Paws ‘N’ Pups ranks every breed out of 4 with 1 being easiest to integrate into your life and 4 being the toughest – The lower the ranking the better.
Ranking takes into account a few basic factors including cost, skill level needed, high vs low maintenance and how critical regular training is to success. This breed is incredibly easy to care for when it comes to grooming, and your Stabyhoun will be easy to train. As a Stabyhoun owner, you must understand that this breed does require daily exercise, and he or she can be destructive if left inside your home without any attention all day long. This breed ranks a 3 because it is on the more expensive side.
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