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Stabyhoun health

The Great British Stabyhoun Inventory

At our September event, Klaas Zonnebeld from Stabijhounkennel Fan it Heideheim and Gerrit V. D. Veen had travelled from the Netherlands to perform and teach us about the ‘inventory’. Now, Klaas explains why… We always love to see Stabijs and, in such a small breed, dogs in other countries are very important. In isolation, it...

Dog breeding: A leaf out of nature’s book

UKSA Vice President, Janice Vittachi sets out why she believes we could learn a thing or two from nature when breeding. We are all familiar with Charles Darwin’s theory of natural selection: healthy, successful animals thrive and ultimately pass their genes on while unhealthy, unsuccessful and (let’s face it) ugly animals do not. In this...

An eye for health testing

Breeding with any animal carries a degree of risk and we are fooling ourselves if we think that testing and screening will one day eliminate all ails. However, where there is an identified risk of dogs passing on hereditary conditions, and where there is a tried and tested method of screening for that condition, it...

Vaccinations

The following is adapted from a report produced by the World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA), coupled with expert views and modern research. When it comes to the health and safety of your Stabyhoun puppy, the choice and responsibility is ultimately yours and that of the breeder’s. So read, learn, ask around as much as you can and...

Conditions we monitor

Patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) This is a hereditary heart defect which can be detected in very young puppies – usually around 5-6 weeks of age. As such, breeders are able to make sure that the dogs are treated very early on and of course buyers can be informed. However it is one of the main...

Diet: What to feed your Stabyhoun

What you feed your dog has a huge impact on its health, energy and well-being. For Stabyhouns we highly recommend feeding a diet of raw meat, bones and vegetables (BARF). Don’t worry if mincing and mixing isn’t quite your thing. These days, a BARF diet is as easy to buy and feed as any other...