The Stabyhoun or Stabij is one of the top five rarest dog breeds in the
world. It is from Friesland and in particular from the Frisian forest
area, a region in the southeast and east of Friesland. The breed has
been mentioned in Dutch literature going back to the early 1800s, but
has only extended its range from the 1960s outside of Friesland and not
until the 2000s did the range officially extended beyond the
Netherlands. The name Stabij translates roughly as "stand by me" with
the last part simply Frisian, meaning dog, which is pronounced "hoon".
The dog is considered a Dutch national treasure. There are only a few
thousand Stabyhouns in existence today worldwide.