The Ibizan Hound is an athletic and elegant breed. A native to the island of Ibiza, this hound requires a high fenced yard and plenty of exercise.
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Finding an Ibizan Hound
- Deer-like looks
- Lean, flat muscle, straight legs, hare-foot
- Long, large ears
- Coat: Can be wiry or smooth. Color is any combination of red (from light to dark) and white. Black is a disqualification.
- Height: 23.5-27.5 inches but can by slightly smaller or taller
- Weight: 45-60 lbs.
- Average lifespan: 10-12 years
- Adults are clean, playful, polite, gentle, protective. Puppies are very energetic.
- Interaction with people: Good with children. Treats humans as part of its pack, and wants to be a part of all activities.
- Interaction with animals: Not recommended for cats or small pets
- Training: Needs early socialization with other dogs, adults, children and animals. Easily trained; quick learner
While the listed ailments may be common in this breed, not all members of the breed suffer from these conditions. Responsible breeders screen for orthopedic and genetic diseases.
- Adults can adapt to apartments if sufficiently exercised. Puppies need a large, well-fenced yard with room to run and play.
- Need a large yard and high fence
- Needs two to three long walks a day
- Very fast runners
- Enjoys running along side a bicycle
- Average shedder
- Needs occasional brushing
- Smooth-haired can be groomed by running a rubber glove over the coat
- Wire-haired Ibizans do not need hand-plucking
- Make sure ear passages are clean and nails are trimmed regularly
- Egypt's Tomb of Tutankhamen features a life-size statue of Anubis, or "The Watchdog of the Dead" - identical to today's Ibizan Hound
- First imported to the U.S. in 1956 by Colonel and Mrs. Consuelo Seoane
- Great military leader Hannibal (247 B.C. - 183 B.C.), is said to have led these dogs across the Alps during the Second Punic War
- Blush when excited
- A favorite breed of Cleopatra
- Native to Ibiza, one of the Spanish Balearic Isles
- Traceable back to approximately 3400 B.C.
- Ancient Egyptian depicts dogs closely resembling the Ibizan Hound
- Brought to the islands off the coast of Spain by Phoenician traders around 700-900 B.C.
- Used to hunt rabbit and small game