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Our association takes an intermediary role in the purchase and sale of Stabyhoun pups bred by our members. We are equally dedicated to the welfare of the puppies, breeders, and interested new owners. Therefore the association has established the Puppy Mediation, under the responsibility of the Breeders Advisory Committee and in close contact with the Board of the ASA. The ASA only mediates the pups who are bred according to the requirements of the breeding rules of both our Code of Ethics and the regulations of the Dutch Stabijhoun and Wetterhoun Association (NVSW), our “Mother” Club. These puppies will have a pedigree certificate from the Federation Cynologique Internationale (FCI).

I filled out an application to adopt a Staby puppy but only received a vague acknowledgement. Why?

After submitting your puppy application, the first communication you will receive will be to let you know that your application has been received and is “ in our system” for consideration by breeders who may be planning upcoming litters. You have essentially been placed on our wait list and as litters become available you will receive updates letting you know of this activity. Once a litter is in work, the breeders will begin the process of searching for great homes for their prospective puppies. Half of each litter is kept intact for the future, and the other half goes to people of the breeder’s choice. It is like waiting for an adoption of a baby! So few Stabys are available that the best homes will get selected. Is that your family? Is someone at home during the day? Do you have experience with previous dogs? What kind of training will you be willing to do? Will you support and protect the Stabyhoun breed by staying in touch with our group?

Who are the breeders approved by the ASA and where are they located?

Our Breeders breed to the highest standards as set forth by the ASA in conjunction with the NVSW of Holland. All our breeders strictly adhere to the ASA Code of Ethics with the goals of maintaining the health, temperament, working ability and conformation of the Stabyhoun as written in the Dutch Breed Standard. Our breeders are located all across North America and they all work in unison to fill the demand.  All applicants will hear more after filling in the application.

Getting on the puppy waiting list?

Once you are interested in a Staby pup and have filled out the questionnaire and received confirmation from the Puppy Intermediary that you are placed on the list, you will be asked to drop us a note quarterly to let us know that you are still interested in our breed.  This is important as many people will decide to get a different breed and if we don’t know that we cannot safely breed our future litters.   We do not advertise for purebred pedigreed Stabyhoun or Friese Stabij puppies.   If you see such an ad, it is most likely going to be from a mix breed or a non-pedigreed dog.

So please do stay in touch!  We will try to arrange for you to meet Stabys in your area and to spend time learning more about the breed from several owners within 3-4 months of applying. The questionnaire can be found by clicking here — Prospective Owner Questionnaire


On the questionnaire, there will be places to express your preferences. Consider for example, sex, a maximum travel distance from your home, or timing. Perhaps you want a gentle companion, or do you prefer to go hunting with him or have breeding plans? Your preferences will be taken into account as much as possible.  Please understand that this is a rare breed.  In order to maintain health, we need to place pups in homes that will maintain contact with our association and contribute to our success.   Half of all our pups born go to homes that will keep their dogs intact for possible future breeding if they meet the standards.  This is not the breed for someone that is not interested in communicating with us and attending occasional gatherings so we can share knowledge about our dogs.

What may affect the waiting period?

Litters in North America are still quite rare! Often, if you are flexible about sex and location, the wait may be less than two or three months.   Breeding homes with families that are interested in supporting our Association come first.  Pet homes are important too, but our breeders will be very careful to choose homes where their pups will be trained, exercised, and seldom left alone.   Please be aware that with a rare breed, only the “best” homes will be selected for adoption.

If you are called by the breeder, you may have only a week to let them know if you are ready, due to the time constraints once pups are born. If you are called that a puppy is available for you and the timing is not correct, fear not. You will remain on the list and we will check again with the next opportunity! As a side note, not all puppies born are placed through the Association. The breeder may have close friends that he/she would like to see have a pup, and they may get first choice. We do work in conjunction with the Dutch Association (NVSW) and occasionally import pups to expand our gene pool. If you are interested in this possibility, which is for intact pups only, you should make that option known to the Puppy Intermediary also. If you can travel to Holland to pick up your very own puppy and help us to expand the gene pool, let us help you find the right pup to import.

Communicate with Us

To keep the waiting list up to date, we ask you to check in with the Puppy Intermediary quartertly. Do you have additional preferences? Would you like to come to our occasional gatherings? If so, please let us know. It is better for everyone if the waiting list is as current as possible.

More Questions?

For all questions regarding the mediation please contact the Puppy Intermediary.

Stabyhoun births over the years in North America

  • In 2006, 4 litters containing 26 pups born.
  • In 2007, 3 litters containing 18 pups born.
  • In 2008, 2 litters containing 12 pups born.
  • In 2009, no litters
  • In 2010, 2 litters containing 11 pups born.
  • In 2011, 6 litters containing 41 pups born.
  • In 2012, 2 litters containing 12 pups born.
  • In 2013, 4 litters with 24 pups born.
  • In 2014, 9 litters with 46 pups born.
  • In 2015, 5 litters with 22 pups born.
  • In 2016, 6 litters with 22 pups born.
  • In 2017, 5 litters with 28 pups born.
  • in 2018, 9 litters with 52 pups born.
  • In 2019, we expect another 9-11 litters, so stay in touch with us!! Our Stabys are carefully chosen for breeding in the most responsible way possible. We don’t choose the closest match, but the best match!

The average per year since 2009: 5 litters and 29 puppies;  rare is really rare!