Stabijhoun, probably from
the "sta-mij-bij" (stand by me). The correct old friesian genomic name
was Stabijhûn - but "distorted" by the Dutch Kennel Club to Stabijhoun
after the EnglishHound. Like Kleiner Münsterländern in Germany was
Stabijhound in Holland - the "poor" man's dog. The breed was called farm
dog, if the owner was a farmer and hunting dog if the owner had the
proffesion as a hunter.
When the breed from 1800 began to be
described in the literature, it stemmed probably from the spaniel, which
came to the country during the Spanish occupation. For example: written
breed even in Italiens FCI list as Spaniel Olandese. Since long ago
described color and coat as two-colored: either black and white or brown
and white (although orange is allowed ist.f. brown). A typical mixture
of races was Stabij with Wetterhoun or Friesisk Curly-coated.
1942 90% of the total population was said, not entirely "pure bred".
Thanks to some hardworking enthusiasts (Mr. Toepels, Mr. Jan Bos and
Bertus de Graaf) were the two breeds devided inte Wetter and Stabij .. A
list of breeding criteria were made the same year, which was approved by
the Dutch Kennel Club 1945. A breeding program was completed in 1947 and
the club NVSW started. 20 Stabijhoun registered - compared with the
current figure, which is about 3500 in Holland.
Two males can be said to be the basis for the Stabijer we have today:
Pieter NHSB 228 968 -53 black and white. Four litters
with a total of 25 puppies. Johnny NHSB 227 619 -54 black and
white. Eleven litters of 57 puppies
Hounehiem succeeded with his G-litter to play a major role in its
further breeding. Breeding Management was above mentioned Pieters
daughter Elskeh fen't Hounehiem, who along with Johnny had a litter of
nine puppies. Three of the males in the litter got about 60 children and
three of the females accounted for five litters.
thinksa lot of the genetic breeding base, which was not normal just
30-40 years ago. The word "matador breeding" was something you did not
realize the extent of. For example a male was born in 1971, Kast Fen't
Hounehiem received 58 litters with an amount of 390 pups in total.
Correspondence was then in most countries with "small" races. Within
Kleiner Münsterländer was such a widely used male with approximately 340
puppies as well as his brother who got over 100 puppies in Sweden.
Hand in hand with the matador breeding eventually problems with
inbreeding occured. For Stabijens part started hip problems, epilepsy.
Problems also appeared in that some were "extremely scared" /afraid of
things they weren’t used to. Inbreeding was often over 25%. In the year
1978 was therefore a strict breeding program (now more FAC), which then
as a first step, reduced the inbreeding ceiling to 12%.
will be much lower!
According to my views it’s important to know
as much as possible about the breed, before one starts to think about
breeding. Trying to know as far as possible about genetic inheritance in
diseases is obvious. Colours are inherited in an easier way and can not
be influenced by the environment. Externally there is a breed standard
as the basis, although some things may be a matter of what the breeder
himself wants to "type". Homogeneity in a litter is a trademark, in
order to at least endeavored to find so homogen parents as possible -
specially in pure out-breeding.
Inventory of dogs that are used
into breeding, like in the home country the Netherlands, should not be a
utopia for Sweden - especially considering that we are in the beginning
of a new race for us! Having a breeding conference is a great start, and
later hopefully develop into a "breedingday" where all the litters are
invited. In Holland they arrange this twice a year, where the dogs in
the litter - not individual dog, is reviewed by a judge. Something to
strive for - even with us!
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