The Stabyhoun's Origins and History Source: Wikipedia. Country/Region of Origin: Netherlands Original purpose: retriever, pointer, gundog, guarding, draft Name: From the Dutch phrase "sta me bij" which means "Stand by me" and the Dutch word for dog, "hoon"; also known as the Frisian Pointing Dog and the Stabij. Historical notes: Though Stabyhoun dogs make excellent hunting companions, they were originally used as all-around work dogs. As farmers in Frisia were too poor to own more than one dog, they greatly appreciated a dog that can do all kinds of chores. Their devotees are primarily located in the Netherlands for now but international popularity is growing.